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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 Three Men I Admire the Most:
The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost
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 Shep
(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:
Ive 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):
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 (193986); pilot Michael J. Smith (194586); mission specialists Judith A. Resnik (194986), Ellison S. Onizuka (194686), and Ronald E. McNair (195086); and payload specialists Gregory B. Jarvis (194486) and Christa McAuliffe (194886).
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 Bikokilled 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:
Government agent who was secretly given LSD by other agents as an experiment to see how it would affect him. Mr. Olson had an adverse reaction to the drug, and experienced very bad hallucinations. He died when he fell approximately 13 stories to his death from a hotel during severe delusions as a result of the drug, during interrogation by government psychiatrists trying to bring him back to reality. His family for years was told that he was mentally ill and committed suicide because of that. The truth finally came out in the mid-'70's, and then President Gerald Ford apologized to the family for what happened, and the fact that had been covered up, and offered financial restitution. Ultimately this was the result of misguided efforts of a select few whose entire interest and passion was national security. It was their job to protect our country, and to do so at all costs. While it was wrong that this happened, it would not have been as bad if the truth had been revealed immediately, sincere apologies made, promises that no other American citizen would go through this, and compensation made to the family. Instead, the family was lied to and they were told their husband/Dad was crazy basically, for many years. God rest his soul, and God bless his family. I met President Ford in 1974 at the age of 12, in Dallas, at D/FW International Airport.
For more information on Frank Olson, hold your "shift" key down and click this link: http://www.frankolsonproject.org
Andy Kaufman (click photos for memorial website)
Andy Kaufman was a strange comedian, loved by some and disliked by others. The first time I saw him was on Saturday Night Live, where he sang along with the "Mighty Mouse," theme song. It was hysterical and still very funny. It was hysterical that night when I saw it because never before had anyone really goofed along with a children's record like that. And now, for your viewing pleasure, I present Andy Kaufman in his SNL debut Mighty Mouse skit. Around the 20th anniversary of Andy's death, May 2004, a person popped up on the Internet claiming that he was Andy Kaufman and he faked his death. Of all the people in the world including Elvis, I could see Andy Kaufman doing this as he was the ultimate prankster, though I don't believe this is him. As a matter of fact, a year later I checked and the page was still as it was. The Police were interested in hearing of his reappearance I hear though (not the band.) <:
Click here download or to view the video of Andy on SNL: Mighty Mouse
John Belushi was my hero. He was so funny and so sincere. If you ever have the opportunity to look at his old skits, do so. He was a great guy, and unfortunately allowed drugs to take his life and maybe his soul.
Funny Story about Belushi by Dan Akroyd about filming first BB Movie: View Now
The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, their family and friends, and the Citizens of Lockerbie, Scotland
259 Souls lost on the Plane, 11 Souls on the Ground
Visit Syracuse University's memorial at: http://web.syr.edu/~vpaf103/photos.htm
And the losses in my community:
Senior Corporal Robert Becker & Officer Brian Jackson - Dallas PD
Officer Hank Nava - Fort Worth PD
Darrel Frito - Fort Worth PD
Senior Corporal Mark Nix
Oh Very Young by Cat Stevens
The music playing in the background was written by Cat Stevens; the words appear below. Cat Stevens was an incredible artist with hits in the '60's and '70's. His brother introduced him to the Muslim religion in the '70's, and he quit the music business and changed his name to a new Muslim name. My favorite song of his was was "Oh Very Young." Just a beautiful song. If you've never heard it before, treat yourself to it. NOTE: Recently Cat Stevens (under his new Islamic name) was attempting to travel to the United States and was blocked entry. He had to return (back to Britain) immediately, within hours of his arrival. Since he left the music business I've not kept up with him too much, although I knew he had quit the music business, converted to Islam and led a life very devoted to its principles. To be considered a threat to US Interests is hard to conceive based on his history. I believe we will someday come to realize that the former Cat Stevens was just one more of the many millions, the majority, of peaceful Islamic people. The words to the song appear below:
Oh Very Young
The Victims and Heroes of September 11, 2001
343 - Remember that Number - Number of Fire Personnel who died on 9/11
(Visit my Remember 911 page after viewing this page)
"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history."
-Governor George W. Bush, Jr.
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My Car Accidents in Dallas
View my car wreck video, with footage of two accidents I was in here in Dallas, the latter one requiring the jaws of life. Photos and video can be viewed at the following links:
Oh Very Young by Cat Stevens
Another Appropriate Song - Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
From the Tsunami Relief Special
(To learn more about the 2004 Tsunami and how it happened, click here)
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