Today, October 19, is the anniversary of the death of Henry Tillinghast Sisson.
Regular readers of this blog will know that our friend Henry was a general in the Union Army in the Civil War, a Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, and he lived just down the road from me in Little Compton. Not at the same time as me, you understand. Old Henry kicked the bucket 102 years ago today, in 1910.
But his lasting contribution to the world is that it was Henry who invented the 3-ring binder.
Where would we be without the 3-ring binder?
Before everyone started storing all their stuff on digital storage devices (or in the "cloud" whatever that is) we kept our stuff in 3-ring binders.
All kinds of stuff. Lecture notes. Tax returns. Technical manuals. Whatever stuff turns you on.
I discovered while watching the television machine on Tuesday evening that some men even have binders full of women! Whatever turns you on dude.
Me, I have binders full of boats. Well, not real boats. Articles about boats that I have clipped from sailing magazines and similar publications over the years. Articles about racing Lasers and tactics and strategy and fitness for sailing and racing rules etc. etc. etc.
My binders full of boats sit on a bookshelf in my man cave.
I hardly ever look at them.
If I want to find out something about boats these days I use the Google.
I really should look at my binders full of boats more often.
I could find interesting stuff in there to blog about, I'm sure.
So on this day, October 19, give thanks for the life of Henry Tillinghast Sisson, inventor of the 3-ring binder.
What's that you say?
You wanted to see a binder full of women?
Oh. All right then.
What do you have in your binders?