"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." — Benjamin Franklin
Using the pseudonym Richard Saunders, American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin began publishing his yearly pamphlet "Poor Richard's Almanack” on this day nearly three centuries ago — all the way back in 1732. Selling more than 10,000 annually, Franklin’s almanac was a massive success in colonial America —providing a mix of weather forecasts, puzzles, and political ramblings with some of Franklin’s timeless aphorisms and witty wordplay seamlessly weaved in. Already a successful newspaper editor, the pamphlet was Franklin’s method of spreading literature to those who could not afford books or newspapers — leading to his almanacs becoming best sellers and furthering the spread of literacy in the original thirteen colonies. Franklin released a new version of "Poor Richard's Almanack” every year from 1732 to 1758, ceasing production as the American Revolution began to pick up steam.