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Some of the people I am impressed with, and some that the world will really miss.

The Three Men I Admire the Most:

The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost

 

Dana Reeve - wonderful daughter, wonderful wife, wonderful mother

"I might have gotten married but Dana Reeve was already taken."

 

The Only Non-Human Favorite on this page - GRID

A Peace for Everyone™ — Pre-Intro Video below

(America title screen can be passed to about 9 minutes for continuation of presentation)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coretta Scott King, now with her husband again

View my Martin Luther King Jr. page with his "I Have A Dream" speech with Presidential Hopeful Robert Kennedy's announcement that MLK had been shot and killed in Memphis minutes earlier overlaid onto MLK"s words.  Discovered by accident, just a very interesting synergy between the words of Bobby Kennedy and MLK.  Sadly, Bobby Kennedy himself was assassinated just two months after speaking these words.

View Martin Luther King's Page: Click Here

February 1960 Men Protest White Only Counter in North Carolina

Robert Kennedy, announcing Dr. Kings Death at a Rally just 2 months before his own assassination

My Uncle, Steve Shepherd

(Former) FBI Director Louis Freeh - Read His New Book, which among other things shares what life as the director of the FBI was like during the Clinton Years.  From the Washington Post: "For nearly a dozen years, Louis J. Freeh has been pointedly silent about the man who appointed him director of the FBI. That moratorium ends officially and loudly with the publication of Freeh's My FBI, a scorching account of his relationship with Bill Clinton and of leading the bureau at a time when, as Freeh writes, the president's "scandals . . . never ended." To understand the depth of Freeh's antipathy, consider this one anecdote: Sometime after he resigned in 2001, Freeh ran into the former White House counsel who had recommended Freeh for the job. The lawyer reported that Clinton had just complained to him that the worst advice the lawyer ever gave him was to appoint Freeh.

"I wear it as a badge of honor," Freeh writes."

The Men and Women Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the family members of those who have been lost in the War on Terrorism.

The Men, Women and Children of Iraq who have lost their lives or have suffered during the struggle to rid them of Saddam Hussein.

Victims and Family Members of Victims of the 2004 Tsunami

Richard Pryor - Thanks for the Memories, Thanks for making us smile!

Rosa Parks (what an amazing soul)

U.S. President Ronald Reagan

This photo of President Reagan is one of my favorites, taken at the Berlin Wall when he made his now famous statement, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"  This led to the tearing down of the wall that had split Germany between East and West, Communist and Democratic, since the beginning of the Cold War.  For music fans, this event was so significant that the band Pink Floyd played a special version of their "The Wall" concert to commemorate the event.  Part of the reason this was so intense was because this show of Pink Floyd's was so massive, they only did 2 shows in the United States, one in New York and one in California.   I have never wanted to attend a concert so bad but was unable to.  While the rejoining of Germany resulted in much difficulty for the German people, the pain should have been seen as being caused by the original separation and not the re-joining.   While I neither condone nor condemn abortion rights (I believe the decision is between the woman who chooses to have one and God Almighty,) I found President Reagan's view on the matter as one of my favorite quotes of his.  Here is what he said:

“I’ve noticed all those in favor of abortion are already born.”

President Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987, Berlin Wall: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"


President Reagan Scared the Soviets to Death...

A brilliant article about Mr. Reagan by a Soviet Citizen a few days after his death and what President Reagan meant to them is reproduced for you.  Click this link to view it:  Moscow's View of Reagan

Author: You know this could be a great endorsement for Arnold Schwarzenegger for US President. 

One more thing about President Reagan.  In his attempts at ending apartheid in South Africa, President Reagan did something no U.S. President had ever done I don't believe.  Along with many conditions he set for the lifting of economic sanctions against the South African government, he also mandated that Nelson Mandela be freed from prison.  This was amazing and unheard of.  For those that don't know, Mr. Mandela was held in prison because of his outspoken views against the "all white" government of South Africa and his political protests.  Not only was Nelson Mandela freed from prison and apartheid ended, Nelson Mandela went on to become the President of South Africa.  Because of this and so many other things, President Reagan was a President of Presidents. 

AND THE ONE SONG THAT MATTERED MOST IN THE DECIMATION OF THE COLD WAR

From the band The Police with Sting singing lead, I present the Live Version of Russians.   To me this is what a song is really about, and this one more than any other I believe had an impact on the situation.  It vocalized the feelings of millions of people, particularly young people, the feelings in their hearts they were unable to vocalize.  Its bleak look at the prospect of nuclear war was entirely accurate, we would all be gone, burnt to a crisp or so poisoned with nuclear fallout we could not even walk.   There is a movie that was done which was the counterpart to this song, called The Day After, a made-for-tv movie that was excellent and was nearly as powerful as this song by The Police.  I could almost see Sting or The Police or the author of the song receiving a Nobel Peace Prize.  Maybe it was because it came out only a few years before the decline of the Soviet Union, I am grateful for it.  Hear this amazing song with the Media Player link below with the lyrics reproduced after - press the Red X or Stop button on your Internet Browser to stop the song playing when the page opens. (music only, no video):

"Russians" by The Police (Live Version)

In Europe and America, there's a growing feeling of hysteria
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets
Mr. Krushchev said we will bury you
I don't subscribe to this point of view
It would be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too

How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer's deadly toy (Robert Oppenheimer)
There is no monopoly in common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

There is no historical precedent
To put the words in the mouth of the President
There's no such thing as a winnable war
It's a lie that we don't believe anymore
Mr. Reagan says we will protect you
I don't subscribe to this point of view
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
What might save us, me, and you
Is that the Russians love their children too


For information on the fascinating history of the Berlin Wall, visit: www.6913th.org/Bhaven/ Berlin.htm


Space Shuttle Colombia Crew

 

Michael P. Anderson, Dr. David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Dr. Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Rick D. Husband, C. McCool, and Ilan Ramon.

See the Tribute Interactive Page from NASA at: Space Shuttle Columbia Crew Interactive Video

Try the Windows Media Version for better quality:  Space Shuttle Memorial High Res Version

Space Shuttle Challenger Crew 

Commander Francis (Dick) R. Scobee (1939–86); pilot Michael J. Smith (1945–86); mission specialists Judith A. Resnik (1949–86), Ellison S. Onizuka (1946–86), and Ronald E. McNair (1950–86); and payload specialists Gregory B. Jarvis (1944–86) and Christa McAuliffe (1948–86).

Those that died and survived at Pearl Harbor

Mr. Nelson Mandela, former prisoner of 21 plus years, went on to become the President of South Africa!

Nelson Mandela For US President! 

(Hey the non-African population in South Africa thought it was crazy too but look what happened - I think he would make a fine U.S. President!)

 

[Author: Unimaginable revelations.  I understand my appreciation of Nelson Mandela and Stephen Biko better.  Mr. Mandela went on to become the President of South Africa, after 23 years in prison for speaking out against the old South African Government.  Stephen Biko died an excruciatingly painful death by beating, alone in a prison cell in South Africa for speaking out against the old South African Government.  I am humbled beyond my previous imagination at revelations tonight.  No one ever thought Nelson Mandela would be President.   Ronald Reagan played an extremely significant role in getting Nelson Mandela released from prison.]

Stephen Biko—killed in a South African jail. (Learn more about Stephen Biko and hear the famous song by Peter Gabriel about Stephen by clicking: Stephen Biko )

Malcolm X - was too radical at first, but changed before his death.

John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy

"Ray Charles" Robinson - thanks to Jamie Foxx for his outstanding portrayal of Mr. Charles.  Ray Charles overcame so many obstacles and was so fantastic.  He is sorely missed by many.  He was an inspiration and the movie will both warm your heart and encourage you.

4 African-American girls murdered at church by a bomb in Birmingham, Alabama. (See Presidential Proclamation) Also, see new movie "Sins of the Father" (click title to jump to story) on Fox Network, being released in January 2002. 

The victims and their families, of the Alfred P. Murrow Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Special Agents who Died at the Branch Davidian Compound

The Branch Davidian's (excluding those who fired on law enforcement and those who started the fires)

Hostage Situations Note: I think everyone and especially the FBI experienced horror as they watched the Branch Davidian compound burn up - they weren't watching on TV like US.   I hope we can learn from this to help prevent a tragedy like this from occurring again.  Specially designed long range water cannons and multiple helicopters capable of dumping thousands of gallons of water from high altitudes in the sky without endangering fire personnel could be used in the 24/12 hour period before taking down a compound.  If something like this ever happens again, I hope we flood the place so bad a person inside cannot even light a cigarette let alone set their structure on fire.  Especially when the mad man prophesied their demise by fire.  Sort of like 9/11, no one really imagined this would happen.  About 20 helicopters circling between the compound and nearest lake for water pick ups would have sufficed.  What about bullet proof fire vehicles that can move in on a compound with 4 fireman running water cannons from the back, completely safe.  Thinking outside the box.   Armored car/fire engine that can also drive over a victim and lower side panels and open floor to treat officer on the spot where he lays and then take him safely away from danger without risking EMS lives and getting downed officers/soldiers help the very fastest.  That would be good.  They could have used that in North Hollywood- which, by the way, if something like that ever happens again, I hope the police will just take an armored car and very quickly, very nicely, just run the guy over with the armored car.  If someone is spraying a 100 slugs a minute at police and civilians, just run 'em down, we will make sure you don't get in trouble and I feel like I speak for a lot of you on that.  I actually called the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department after that and suggested that.  The person I spoke with told me they didn't feel that would look too good on live TV.  We grew up with The Terminator - I think we'd be ok.   If there were 15 people pinned down by a gunmen and bleeding to death, and I've got an armored car, I'm running some machine gunning scum down.  American Terrorists. That's like Illinois Nazi's !  (Blues Brothers Movie).   

Frank Olson - UPDATE:

I first learned of Frank Olson's case when I read the book "In Search of the Manchurian Candidate" which should not be confused with the movie "The Manchurian Candidate" which came out before the book.   The book details the various efforts of the World Security Agency, the predecessor to the CIA, to utilize any and all substances known to man basically to induce an individual into assassinating someone then killing themselves immediately after.  A person who could be programmed and sent on a path to assassinate someone months even years after starting their mission.  Basically get a young child, program them, and then send them to live in a foreign country.  As the years go by that child eats, sleeps and breathes everything possible to land a job with a foreign government.  After 10 years of climbing the ladder, a simple phone call is made with a pre-recorded message, and the next day this "Manchurian Candidate" goes to work with a gun and kills the leader of the country then kills themselves on the spot.  Diabolical yes, but during the Cold War the fears were so high that every possible advantage to win the cold war were both developed and explored.   Having grown up during the end of the Cold War era was an odd and amazing time.  Before I ramble to much more, the UPDATE is that one of Frank Olson's sons has steadfastly researched and discovered additional information.  An overheard conversation on a hotel party line left those responsible for his death open for investigation.  A link to Mr. Olson's site is provided below.  The story was originally reported as having been dealt with by President Ford in 1975 however, documents at the Ford Presidential Library tell a different story of what happened.  This and more can be found at the link below, and the following is what was originally reported and widely circulated in 1975: