Glenn was a true American hero.

He is one of two men to have two ticker tape parades in New York City (believe they call it through the canyons). The other was the great Bobby Jones.
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
Glenn was a true American hero...


When we were kids, we'd each pick an astronaut that we wanted to be. For some weird reason, I was the only one of my "gang" who wanted to be JG. We'd drag one of those old stinky corrugated trashcans to the playground to use as a space capsule. We'd climb in, folding ourselves up to fit inside and someone would put the lid on. A couple of kids would grab the handles and shake the hell out of us to simulate lift-off, and then we'd hang out in the damn thing for a while pretending to be an astronaut. Then, usually a couple of the "big" kids would toss the trash can a few feet to simulate re-entry and we'd climb out smelling like garbage and stale beer. Fun stuff!

I proudly told Annie this story the first time I met her and I was SO psyched that she laughed quite hard to hear about my hero-worship of her husband.

She then told me a story about a game she and John played a when they were young kids. She said they pulled two chaise longues side by side and held hands pretending that they were flying! How fucking cool is that?

I've got a few more John and Annie stories, but they only get told over a glass of wine. Or schnapps.

PH
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Godspeed, John Glenn.

+1

The first vote for Senator I ever cast was the vote for Glenn's seat upon his retirement. I was quite shaken that I never got to vote for the man. A real hero.
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
Glenn was a true American hero.

He is one of two men to have two ticker tape parades in New York City (believe they call it through the canyons). The other was the great Bobby Jones.


What a life this hero had! Rest easy.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Godspeed, John Glenn.


A real personal loss for me. I knew him and know his wife, Annie. I'm of of age where he was my idol as a kid. I was very fortunate to have the chance to get to know him a little bit. In times where heroes are designated from the sport and entertainment world so often, he was a true hero and an inspiration to so many.

PH


I thought I recalled you had business dealings with him.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by scbeerman:
Glenn was a true American hero...


When we were kids, we'd each pick an astronaut that we wanted to be. For some weird reason, I was the only one of my "gang" who wanted to be JG. We'd drag one of those old stinky corrugated trashcans to the playground to use as a space capsule. We'd climb in, folding ourselves up to fit inside and someone would put the lid on. A couple of kids would grab the handles and shake the hell out of us to simulate lift-off, and then we'd hang out in the damn thing for a while pretending to be an astronaut. Then, usually a couple of the "big" kids would toss the trash can a few feet to simulate re-entry and we'd climb out smelling like garbage and stale beer. Fun stuff!

I proudly told Annie this story the first time I met her and I was SO psyched that she laughed quite hard to hear about my hero-worship of her husband.

She then told me a story about a game she and John played a when they were young kids. She said they pulled two chaise longues side by side and held hands pretending that they were flying! How fucking cool is that?

I've got a few more John and Annie stories, but they only get told over a glass of wine. Or schnapps.

PH


That's a great story, I don't know if they make them like him anymore.
Cool you got to know John Glen PH. He was the same age as my mother. I remember him from childhood. A real hero to me.

But for much later:

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Greg Lake.


I had no idea! I still remember King Crimson and his voice.
Very strange that the 3 people that have just passed away intersected my life in very small ways at different points of my life.

A childhood friend's older brother was big into music and two of the artists/bands that he introduced us to where Todd Rundgren and ELP. Loved ELP and hadn't listened to them that much for years until I purchased a new car a few years ago that had SirrusXM. They play a lot of ELP and I had rediscovered my enjoyment of the band.

Salaam was a first round pick of the Bears and I remember being so excited when they drafted him. He never did really pan out with the Bears, but so sad he's died so young.

Obviously growing up I knew of John Glenn, but Neil and Buzz where the astronauts of my youth. I don't think it was until I moved to Ohio 15+ years ago that I really gained appreciation for Mr. Glenn. He had an amazing life and has impacted many greatly.
RIP, John Glenn. Anyone who's familiar with how frequently the Atlas rocket was failing catastrophically in those days would understand just how brave John and the other Mercury astronauts were.
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
RIP, John Glenn. Anyone who's familiar with how frequently the Atlas rocket was failing catastrophically in those days would understand just how brave John and the other Mercury astronauts were.


My father was an engineer who worked on the Mercury and Gemini projects.

We went to the Kennedy Space Center and he walked us through the building that was dedicated to the early space flight programs. The stories he told were pretty amazing.

The astronauts who volunteered to fly those rockets were truly heroes.

RIP John Glenn.
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Originally posted by SD-Wineaux:
RIP, John Glenn. Anyone who's familiar with how frequently the Atlas rocket was failing catastrophically in those days would understand just how brave John and the other Mercury astronauts were.


My father was an engineer who worked on the Mercury and Gemini projects.

We went to the Kennedy Space Center and he walked us through the building that was dedicated to the early space flight programs. The stories he told were pretty amazing.

The astronauts who volunteered to fly those rockets were truly heroes.

RIP John Glenn.


+1
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Alan Thicke. Reportedly of a heart attack while playing hockey.

A Canadian death if there ever was one. RIP.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Alan Thicke. Reportedly of a heart attack while playing hockey.

A Canadian death if there ever was one. RIP.


Just heard him interviewed on Q last week, sounding like life was terrific. Sorry to hear of his passing.
TBS network NBA courtside reporter Craig Sager has died from his battle with cancer. Very well liked by coaches and players. I will miss his crazy blazers.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
"calling Dr. Bombay" Bernard Fox...


Aka Col. Crittendon on one of my all time favorite shows
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RIP all the victims of Sandy Hook. I believe yesterday was the "anniversary" of that murderous event.

+1 - a truly terrible day.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Dr. Henry J. Heimlich

PH


In 1982 just two weeks after the Heimlich maneuver was shown on network TV I saved my baby brother's life from choking on a gob stopper given without supervision. And my family doctor was also a Heimlich. The name is synonymous with life... RIP!
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Dr. Henry J. Heimlich

PH


One of Cornell University's greatest alumni. I met him earlier this year when he was the guest conductor for the university chorus. What a sweet man. Humble and gracious.
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Rick Parfitt of Status Quo. 2016 has been rough.

Bill -

I believe Status Quo was the opening act at Live Aid in 1985 (Wembley Stadium).

Francis and Rick were supposed to have much more prevalent singing parts in Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas, but they both arrived at the studio stoned and drunk. They sounded so awful that their singing parts were given to other artists. They did manage, however, to provide plenty of entertainment for everyone else.
There were several good stories about the condition of some of the musicians during that late night session. I know Springsteen's voice was completely shredded.
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I know Springsteen's voice was completely shredded.

First, that was USA For Africa and, second, Springsteen's voice always sounds shredded. Razz Big Grin
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Originally posted by billhike:
I know Springsteen's voice was completely shredded.

First, that was USA For Africa and, second, Springsteen's voice always sounds shredded. Razz Big Grin


Go easy on me. The 80's was long ago!
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George Michael. It's been a tough year for musicians

Damn...

2016: Year of the Pop Reaper!

(Currently listening to Everything She Wants) Smile
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Originally posted by Captain Cancun:
George Michael... At 53, way too young. Sad to hear this news, RIP.

Damn, and only 53. A huge talent and tortured soul. RIP.

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