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TJ wrote the Declaration of Independence. BF invented the lightning rod. GW was a commander in the Revolutionary War and the first President of the US. AL was our President during the Civil War and delivered the Gettysburg address. JD was a President of the Confederacy. FDR was a President during the WWII. Together with WC of England and JS of Russia he fought AH of Germany. MA and 18 others performed a terrorist attack on 9/11.

Etc. etc. What if our history in schools is described as the paragraph above? How would we like it? No names, just initials; the whole narrative gains a sense of anonymity, like it never happened in reality. The paragraph above sounds strange, even grotesque. Names matter. They enliven the events, make them what they are. Names are the reference points which we use to make the description coherent, build a connection between the reader and those people described. Here's what we get when we don't use the name:

CIA captured KSM"

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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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