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June 16, 2006

Bill Gates-Spidey-FDR connection

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano at 9:59 AM

Our summer intern, Bibeka Shrestha, points out a curious coincidence lurking in some of Bill Gates' comments Thursday. In discussing his decision to transition from business leader to full-time philanthropist, Gates said, "I believe that with great wealth comes great responsibility -- a responsibility to give back to society and to see that those resources are put to work in the best possible way to help those most in need."

It sounds a bit familiar, right? Check the tagline on Spider-Man.

Update: Another Times intern, Zachary Burns, followed the Gates quote and the Spidey tag line back further.

Writes Burns, "Actually the line and Stan Lee (creator of Spider-Man) draw their influence from a speech Franklin Delano Roosevelt was to give before he died. The line is a derivative of the following: 'Today, we have learned in the agony of war that great power involves great responsibility.'"

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