OC Weekly (Dave Barton): You've written two books on Benjamin Franklin. What was your introduction to him and what lead you to focus your writing on him?
While the exhibition was hardly hagiography, it seemed to focus much of its attention on the positive. Tell us something about the darker side to Franklin that the exhibition doesn't touch on?
There are no “skeletons in the closet” that I am aware of.
“Benjamin Franklin-In Search of a Better World” at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Open Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through March 13. $14-$18