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A Visit With Ben Franklin

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Ralph Archbold, who portrayed Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia for decades, passed away in March 2017. 

Ralph Archbold began portraying Benjamin Franklin in 1973, and went on to perform as the Founding Father around the world. His family says, the sculpture of Benjamin Franklin that graces the Vine Street Expressway was modeled using Ralph's likeness. "May we always remember him, in colonial costume, doing what he loved best," said his family in a statement announcing Ralph's death. 

So that's exactly what we will do here on Kids Corner! 

Ralph Archbold visited the Kids Corner studios several times - most recently in 2007. Below you can listen to this special chat between Kathy O'Connell and Dr. Benjamin Franklin.