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Is there anything wrong with the button? I think not. Still, that didn’t stop Whitcomb Judson from inventing the zipper. The thing didn’t work at first and no one cared anyway, but today—well, where would Erica Jong be without it? Goes to show that today’s technological necessity is yesterday’s oddball time-waster. Author Robert Friedel has written Zipper! An Exploration in Novelty, and will expound upon his subject’s curious history. At noon at the National Archives Theater, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5402. (Dave Nuttycombe)