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Today is National Pencil Day! Did you know?

  • cedar is one of the best woods to use for making pencils
  • the lead is a graphite and clay mixture
  • the lead is baked at 1500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • the pencil molds with the lead glued into the cedar are put into a one-ton press for an hour
  • after compression, the pencil molds are cut into a hexagon shape with three cuts on the top and three on the bottom
  • the bare wood then goes through a paint machine and the rubber eraser is applied with an aluminum top

watch the full video here from the Science Network!

Don’t forget you have just under a week to be part of the Sweet Seats ticket contest to see Amy Grant at the Knox Memorial on April 7th. Find the details here!

– I was born March 30, 1940 in Middletown, Ohio
– I started developing memory games for myself when I was 9 years of age
– My high school basketball team won 76 straight games at one point
– I attended Ohio State and won a national championship in 1960
– I also won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics
– I suffered a major injury in my senior year at OSU, but still played in the NBA
– I won an NBA title with the New York Knicks in 1973
I am Hall of Famer…Jerry Lucas. Congratulations to Matt from Mount Vernon, who wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and a copy of Our Daily Bread!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan