Sunday, October 21, 2012

Things to Know - 22 October

1.  There is a time that even I have to stop and smell the roses and take the opportunity to mourn the loss of a great person.   We feel emotions such as this when our parents or very close friends pass away.  It was the presidential campaign of 1972 that started me off in my interest in staying aware of politics in this nation.   That campaign was also where Lynne and I were both at a rally at the LA Sports Arena for candidate George McGovern.   We really did not get introduced to each other and meet until 6 or 7 years later at our work at Western Airlines.  When we both stumbled upon the fact that we were both at that same McGovern rally, we knew we had much common ground.   Sunday morning, we all learned that George McGovern had passed away.  He was a statesman.  Sure, there are many people in government who are politicians, but a Statesman is a rare find.   He brought decency, compassion, and exceptional patriotism to our American landscape:

2.  Those of you who are too young to remember George McGovern, or know who he was will enjoy this piece from the NY Times.   It's a good time also for those of us who would like to look back at one of the greatest Statesmen we ever had:


"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." 
       -- Kurt Vonnegut
"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair." 
       -- Douglas Adams
"I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago." 
       -- Will Rogers
"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." 
       -- Groucho Marx

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