Hello, Philadelphia! This is my first blog post, and my father always says that, when considering the great “firsts” in American history, “always go with Benjamin Franklin”. In Philadelphia, Franklin looms large over our public consciousness. A science museum, two high schools, and a large Parkway are all named after him. Everyone in Philadelphia has at least some inkling of his deeds and pioneering efforts – the first fire company, the first public library, the first lightning rod.