One of the Founding Fathers f the United States, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. He was admonished to stop the foolish experimenting with lighting. What an absurdity and waste of time! Why, nothing could outdo the fabulous oil lamp. Thank goodness Franklin knew he could make it happen. As a prodigious inventor, his gift to mankind includes the lighting rod, bifocal glasses, and flexible urinary catheter.