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ed bell
2008-01-11, 01:27
First atop Everest has passed: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=3190797

The Weasel
2008-01-11, 01:49
Now he can ask Mallory The Question.

TW

fiddlehead
2008-01-11, 06:36
Sir Edmund Hillary was an amazing man who did tons of work helping build hospitals and bringing the attention of some very very unfortunate people to the world's attention.

He used his notoriety in the best possible light.
He will go down in history as one of the world's great adventurers.

thanks for a job well done!

Rifleman
2008-01-11, 13:47
Now he can ask Mallory The Question.

TW

Then again, maybe Hillary already knows the Answer.
R.

Geo.
2008-01-11, 17:23
Yes, a real loss but sadly, at 88 inevitable. He was deservedly well liked down here in Enzed and I think will be getting a state funeral. He was a living legend and the only living person to have ever been depicted on a bank note here. (he's on the $5 note) He must have raised millions for various charities and the Nepalese folk over the course of his life. Someone who made a mark. A good bloke.
Unfortunately, Tenzing's life didn't end as happily.

Sir Ed narrowly escaped death in 1979 when his friend Peter Mulgrew stood in for him on an Air NZ sightseeing flight to the Antarctic. He was to be a 'commentator' on the flight but last minute circumstances prevented him going. The plane hit the side of Mt. Erebus in a white out and all died. Ed eventually married Peter Mulgrew's widow who survives him.
Seemed a lot of folk here new someone on that flight. I was stationed at HQ Fire Station in Auckland at the time, and had been showing a young visiting firefighter from the USA around the place. He left his gear with us and was exited about being one of the passengers on that flight. We had the sad task of returning his belongings to his mother's address in the US.

ed bell
2008-01-18, 19:50
Thanks for that post, Geo. That's some insight that you don't often hear about. Thanks for sharing it.

Cactus4Brains
2008-01-19, 13:36
woah its amazing what a small world it can be.