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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Trivia Tuesday: What Good Is It?

After witnessing a successful balloon flight in France, this well-known individual was asked, “What good is it?”

The now-famous response was, “What good is a newborn baby?”

Who was this person?

Barry Schiff, Test Pilot 1,001 Things You Thought You Knew About Aviation

Sign up to follow Flight To Success, and take a guess and you'll be entered in the drawing to win Barry's book, Test Pilot 1,001 Things You Thought You Knew About Aviation.

Drawing for Barry's book to be held on December 22nd.

The answer will be posted around midnight tonight.

Enjoy the Journey!

XOX Karlene

And the Answer is: Benjamin Franklin Congratulations to those who knew, and everyone has an entry into the drawing. Next week... you'll get another chance!


  1. Hi, Karlene!

    I believe that was Dr. Franklin.


  2. Benjamin Franklin


  3. Franklin, Jefferson and John Adams were all present that day, negotiating a pact between the US and France. Of the 3 of them, it sounds the most like pragmatic lawyer John Adams, rather than dreamer/intellectual Jefferson or scientist/potician Franklin.

  4. OOps, I thought the question was "who asked "what good is it?". That was John Adams, 2nd President of the United States. The person who answered "what good is a new born baby?" was Ben Franklin, scientist, politician, statesman and author.

  5. Well, I'm late, but yes, it was Benjamin Franklin indeed :)

  6. I e-mailed the answer to you... and didn't check my e-mail last night.. so I'm posting the answer after you post the answer.. but we both know I e-mailed the answer yesterday... (confused yet?)

    Hee Hee..
    Answer: Benjamin Franklin

  7. Daniel, you have an excuse with airlines on the brain. Funny thing is, I think my husband guessed the same.

  8. Frank, Jessamyn, Mario and Sean... excellent guesses. Way to go you brilliant people.

  9. D.B. How do you know all this? You amaze me! Excellent info.


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