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Robert Potterf (1908 - 1975)

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Robert Potterf
1908 - 1975
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November 3, 1908
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May 1975
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Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana 59457
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Robert Potterf was born on November 3, 1908. He died in May 1975 at 66 years of age. We know that Robert Potterf had been residing in Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana 59457.
Updated: November 10, 2011
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Robert Potterf died in May 1975 at 66 years old. He was born on November 3, 1908. There is no information about Robert's family or relationships. We know that Robert Potterf had been residing in Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana 59457.
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In 1908, in the year that Robert Potterf was born, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1916, when he was merely 8 years old, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1927, at the age of 19 years old, Robert was alive when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1952, Robert was 44 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1975, in the year of Robert Potterf's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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