In Year of Franklin's 300th Birthday, It's Good to Be Ben

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It is clear to anyone attending a convention or visiting historic sites here that Ben Franklin is not only alive 300 years after he was born but that he has also been cloned. Several times.

Franklin has always had a big presence in Philadelphia. Mayor John F. Street and others have recently endorsed renaming the 30th Street train station in his honor. And the city's yearlong celebration of his 300th birthday has created a huge demand for the small cadre of people who portray him.

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