Lead: In a life distinguished by business success, intellectual curiosity, and community innovation, Ben Franklin, by the 1740s financially secure, embarked on a course of extraordinary public service.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The foundation of Franklin’s success was the printing business which he leveraged into a succession of lucrative ventures. He published Pennsylvania Gazzette, one of the best colonial newspapers, Poor Richard’s, a wildly popular almanac which appeared yearly for 25 years after 1732. He invested in real estate and other successful printing ventures throughout the colonies. This gave him the financial security and leisure to pursue his intellectual and social interests.