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Death announcements for persons of note

Posted: Thu, 8. Dec 16, 23:02
by mrbadger
John Glen just died. At 95 though, not a bad run.

Somewhat of an awesome life he led, first American in orbit (fiirst man to do full orbits too I think). Actually a nice view into part of it can be seen in the movie 'The Right Stuff'.
Only went into space once during his working life, because he was declared a living treasure and thus not risked. He went up in the shuttle at 76 in 1999, setting the record of oldest man in space.

Of course he was a politician too, but that I know nothing about.

Posted: Thu, 8. Dec 16, 23:11
by fiksal
:(

Posted: Thu, 8. Dec 16, 23:12
by mrbadger
I'm getting old, all my heroes are dying....

Posted: Thu, 8. Dec 16, 23:16
by fiksal
mrbadger wrote:I'm getting old, all my heroes are dying....
well come on. there's always good whiskey

Posted: Thu, 8. Dec 16, 23:25
by mrbadger
not for me, after my 'event' in 2013 that knocked me off the forum for a few months while I was busy recovering in hospital I'm no longer able to drink.

Well I can, but there is so much potential risk it's not fun.

Posted: Fri, 9. Dec 16, 00:34
by fiksal
alright, plan B.

lots and lots of chocolates! bags of cannolies

Posted: Fri, 9. Dec 16, 00:41
by felter
fiksal wrote:alright, plan B.

lots and lots of chocolates! bags of cannolies
Shouldn't that be, bags of calories.

On Topic.

R.I.P. John

Married for 73 years, and to the same person, impressive.

Posted: Fri, 9. Dec 16, 09:01
by muppetts
mrbadger wrote:not for me, after my 'event' in 2013 that knocked me off the forum for a few months while I was busy recovering in hospital I'm no longer able to drink.

Well I can, but there is so much potential risk it's not fun.
err herbal biscuits can be fun :)

RIP JG

Posted: Fri, 9. Dec 16, 10:08
by mrbadger
muppetts wrote: err herbal biscuits can be fun :)

RIP JG
Not until they make it legal, I like my drugs quality controlled.

Posted: Fri, 9. Dec 16, 17:35
by Redvers Ganderpoke
muppetts wrote:
err herbal biscuits can be fun :)

RIP JG
Unless of course if makes you psychotic.

Posted: Fri, 9. Dec 16, 19:04
by muppetts
LOL not those kind, your looking at more of a 4 quick pints feeling than loony tunes!

What have you been eating!

Posted: Sat, 10. Dec 16, 05:08
by Usenko
John Glenn: A life well-lived. He did amazing things early in life, following that up by leveraging his fame into a career of service in the Senate, and his life was long.

Really, that's a good model for the rest of us.

Posted: Sat, 10. Dec 16, 11:25
by muppetts
Not allot of his kind around anymore, I wonder what he thought of the direction of things these days.

Posted: Sat, 10. Dec 16, 15:26
by mrbadger
muppetts wrote:Not allot of his kind around anymore, I wonder what he thought of the direction of things these days.
Given that he was willing as a young man to sit on top of a huge silo of explosive liquid and be fired into space, he probably thought we are a bunch of wimps :)

I believe he fell asleep while he was waiting for the launch too. That was in The Right Stuff at least.

Posted: Sat, 10. Dec 16, 17:01
by pjknibbs
mrbadger wrote: I believe he fell asleep while he was waiting for the launch too.
I'm sure I heard in an interview with another astronaut (I forget which one) that *all* of them do that--there's nothing for them to do but wait for all the ten million checks to be done at that point, so why not grab some Zs?