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cavediver
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Message 211 of 1302 (671461)
08-25-2012 3:38 PM


Neil Armstrong - my hero
Neil Armstrong - 1930-2012
Although far too young to appreciate Eagle's landing, by the age of four I was intimately familiar with NASA and the Apollo programme, and Neil Armstrong became my first and foremost hero.
Thank you, Neil, for the inspiration - it took me many places.

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vimesey
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Message 212 of 1302 (671464)
08-25-2012 4:24 PM
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08-25-2012 3:38 PM


Re: Neil Armstrong - my hero
Hear hear.
I was 2 and a half when the first moon landing occurred, and my mum woke me up to watch it. I don't remember doing so, but Neil Armstrong (and Aldrin and Collins) always inspired me. I've often tried to conceptualise the courage they showed, and it is extremely difficult to grasp the half of it.

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Message 213 of 1302 (671470)
08-25-2012 5:23 PM
Reply to: Message 211 by cavediver
08-25-2012 3:38 PM


Re: Neil Armstrong - my hero
My parents woke me up so I could see it Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon right when it was happening.
About 3 years ago, I bought a box lot of space memorabilia at an auction, and there was a politcal flyer that was put out to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of Apollo 11, and I found leafing through it (after I bought it), that one page was autographed by Neal Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

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Message 214 of 1302 (671471)
08-25-2012 5:34 PM
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08-25-2012 3:38 PM


Re: Neil Armstrong - my hero
I remember John Glenn, you young whippersnappers.
I remember Walter Cronkite discussing the thickness of the dust on the moon's surface. I watched the landing on a 12-inch black-and-white TV and heard the immortal words live - though there was some question what the words actually were.

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Message 215 of 1302 (671548)
08-27-2012 9:42 AM


Damn I am getting old. All my heros are kickin off.
Neil Armstrong, what balls to be the first person to step out that door!! Salute.

"You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative" William S. Burroughs

  
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Message 216 of 1302 (675398)
10-11-2012 3:04 AM


Alex Karras, 77 - RIP Mongo
Alex Karras, All-Pro N.F.L. Lineman Who Also Starred as an Actor, Dies at 77
Wiki page
A couple of nights ago I was watching Steven Wright videos on youtube. That led to looking up the Wiki article on him, then to George Carlin and black humor. The black humor wiki led to Blazing Saddles which led to the Alex Karras article. There I found out that it had just been announced that he had kidney failure and had been given only a few days to live.
I found this to be a strange way to have discovered the news.
Moose
Edited by Minnemooseus, : Tweek.

  
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Message 217 of 1302 (675508)
10-11-2012 7:32 PM


6.5 ounce refillable Coke bottles
Coca-Cola Winona MN | celebrating the last 6 1/2 ounce run
Edited by subbie, : Tyop

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. -- Thomas Jefferson
We see monsters where science shows us windmills. -- Phat
It has always struck me as odd that fundies devote so much time and effort into trying to find a naturalistic explanation for their mythical flood, while looking for magical explanations for things that actually happened. -- Dr. Adequate
Howling about evidence is a conversation stopper, and it never stops to think if the claim could possibly be true -- foreveryoung

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anglagard
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Message 218 of 1302 (676459)
10-23-2012 12:13 AM


Russell Means
Russell Means, the American Indian activist died earlier today of esophageal cancer.
I spent two days with him back in 1989 when he was our keynote speaker at the State Libertarian Convention in New Mexico. As the county chair, I somehow wound up assigned to be his welcoming committee and sort-of chauffeur. To call him interesting or intelligent would be an understatement.
Of all Hollywood actors, of which he later became, glad I met him instead of any other, for what I think should be obvious reasons.
Edited by anglagard, : add 'I met' for clarity
Edited by anglagard, : more clarity

Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. - Francis Bacon

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Omnivorous
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Message 219 of 1302 (676492)
10-23-2012 10:39 AM
Reply to: Message 217 by subbie
10-11-2012 7:32 PM


Re: 6.5 ounce refillable Coke bottles
In the early 70s I drove a daily circuit from Indianapolis to county court houses throughout Indiana, doing real estate abstracting and tax roll checks for mortgage companies.
Nearly every county court house/capitol was that county's most imposing structure--columns, rotunda, colorful ceramic murals mounted on the brilliant Indiana limestone--and every court house had the glossy red, round-topped Coke machine that served 6.5 oz Cokes for a nickel.
You'd pull out a Coke and the entire vertical stack of bottles would move to fill the space. Those little bottles were sturdy--they usually didn't break even when you dropped them. I'd hit a half dozen counties in any given day, and that nickel Coke machine was always a welcome sight.
So long ago...it seems that everything good from that time is gone, and all the bad has flourished: the laid-back bigotry, rather than fading, has been replaced with the passionately intense conviction that the bigotry is not only justified, but patriotic. I miss my naive belief that bigotry and hatred were on the run.
I wish I had some of those Cokes.

"If you can keep your head while those around you are losing theirs, you can collect a lot of heads."

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jar
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Message 220 of 1302 (676496)
10-23-2012 11:04 AM
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10-11-2012 7:32 PM


Re: 6.5 ounce refillable Coke bottles
I grew up in a fairly large family and a favorite tradition when we were allowed to each buy a Coke was to see whose bottle came from the furthest away. When we went out to the diner we always took a US map with us where each bottle was mapped and marked with the kid's initial.

Anyone so limited that they can only spell a word one way is severely handicapped!

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CosmicChimp
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Message 221 of 1302 (676527)
10-23-2012 3:00 PM
Reply to: Message 218 by anglagard
10-23-2012 12:13 AM


Re: Russell Means
You beat me to it. That is a very interesting story Anglagard. We need more like him. Thanks for posting.

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RAZD
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Message 222 of 1302 (682913)
12-05-2012 9:39 PM


Take Five
Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012
Nuff said

we are limited in our ability to understand
by our ability to understand
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to share.


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roxrkool
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Message 223 of 1302 (682926)
12-05-2012 11:37 PM
Reply to: Message 218 by anglagard
10-23-2012 12:13 AM


Re: Russell Means
I don't remember why I happened to read about Russell Means, but that's when I first learned about AIM, their occupation of Alcatraz, and civil disobedience. He truly was a great man.

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Message 224 of 1302 (683590)
12-11-2012 10:32 PM
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12-05-2012 11:37 PM


Re: Russell Means
Free Leonard Peltier!!!
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Leonard Peltier - Wikipedia
I read a great book, In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse, by Peter Matthiessen.

- xongsmith, 5.7d

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Message 225 of 1302 (683612)
12-12-2012 9:01 AM


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