March 2010 Archives

Henry Allingham

While this obituary is a bit old, it was still pretty unique to read. Henry Allingham, who died back in 2009, was 113-years-old when he died. Not only that but he acutally fought in World War I.

As the story goes, Allingham was riding his bike one day when he became enthralled with an airplane flying in the sky above him. He quickly enrolled in the Royal Naval Air Service where he first became a mechanic.

Much of his work surrounded the war, and he also worked during World War II as a mechanic as well, helping to create ways to protect ships against mines.

Reading about war veterans is so fascinating, the things they did and saw, I can't imagine going through what they did.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/287759.html

Brian Barron

Brian Barron was the BBC foreign correspondent for more than 30 years. Though working all those years with the station, this article points out that Mr. Barron is no household name. He's no Tom Brokaw or any other current or past TV news anchor that the U.S. or any other country has come to know, but Barron was an extremely hard worker and loved what he did.

Barron started his profession in journalism at the young age of 16 as a reporter for the Western Daily Press. Later he went on to do radio before finally becoming a field reporter for the BBC news television. I guess his striking good looks and wavy hair made the camera love him.

Barron covered so many fascinating stories during his life, its surprsing that he never died in the field as he reported on wars in Saigon, was banned from countries for his reporting, and interviewed many African dictators. He even won Journalist of the Year award for his interview with Idi Amin, former dictator of Uganda who was forced into exile.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/brian-barron-bbc-foreign-correspondent-who-covered-many-of-the-global-conflicts-of-the-past-40-years-1789269.html

Berniece Houle O'Gorman

For whatever the reason, there's something about seeing somebody really old that died that gets my attention. Now that might sound bad, but when I saw that Berniece died at the age of 95, all I could think about at first was that she was alive during the 1910's, thats insane!

The other insane thing when I read her obituary is the number of family members she has left behind; 9 children, 25 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren. That's amazing the generation gap for this family.

She was a very interesting and busy woman throughout her life as she received numerous community awards, Outstanding Senior Citizen award and many others as well. She was big on education and preached it to her family members and others as well.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/twincities/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=141184404&iadid=search-www.legacy.com-www.twincities.com

Michael Gramling made Powderhorn Park a better place

The Star Tribune did an obituary on Michael Gramling, a very busy man during his lifetime, to say the least.

Gramling was very active within the community, most of his time being spent on making Powderhorn Park a lot better place for everyone. Some of his other time was spent on things such as planting flowers, alley cleanups, and many other community activities.

The story had just a brief sentence on his death, saying he died of colon cancer at 54. I know that obituaries are suppose to be celebrating ones life, but unless his family wished not to have any focus on the cancer, I was a bit suprised how they kind of squeezed it in as a little nugget.

The story really focused on how he dedicated most of his time to helping the community. It sort of is a shame that people like Gramling, who spend so much time helping the community and others, go unrecognized until after they are gone.

http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/89334112.html?page=1&c=y

Robert Culp was part of something historic back in the 1960's, and now he is gone. Culp starred in the hit TV series "I Spy" along with comedian Bill Cosby. It was historic in that this it was the first TV series to feature a black person in a starring role.

It was a weird way of dying for Culp as he just collapsed while walking down the sidewalk and hit his head on the cement. As the obituary says, he died after arriving to the hospital.

He was on many other TV episodes and several movies, but nothing made him more famous then the "I Spy" series.

http://www.legacy.com/NS/Obituary.aspx?pid=141097115

Texas Conservatives Win Textbook Battle

Big controversy down in the heart of Texas. Story out of the New York Times, the Texas Board of Education just voted on information that can be taught in textbooks. The decision came down to a 10-5 voting in favor of a more conservative approach to teaching history. The controversy mostly surrounds the teaching of Darwinism in classes, as the conservative vote will lead to teaching more of what the founding fathers believed of Christian principals.

Cnn.com also carried the story and I think it's funny how both stories seem to make it seem like this is a loss for the state of Texas, almost like this should of never passed. Titling it "Texas Conservatives Win Vote" instead of something like "Board vote passes more conservative history approach" really brings a negative conotation towards the views of those that voted this way.

Big Storms in Northeast knocking out power...and people?

It seems no matter what the season is, the Northeast is always getting pounded with bad weather. Snowstorms, hurricanes, or just strong winds and rain, it doesn't stop in that area of the country. On CNN.com, they had a story about the big storm in the Northeast. Heavy rains and strong winds up to 70 miles per hour have knocked out power to anywhere from 136,000 to 190,000 customer. Trees and utility poles have been falling left and right has caused a huge mess to clean up and, not only that, but has caused major damage to many houses.

The story from CNN mostly talked about trees and poles down in the area, which knocked out thousands and thousands of customers power. Another story I found from the Associated Press out of New Jersey had a little bit more information than the CNN story. It was reported that two people have died due to falling trees, and two others have died due to the storm and possibly killed by falling trees as well.

It really was surprising to me that the CNN story didn't cover that aspect that a couple people have died from the storm. Usually I would believe these big-time news sources like CNN and FOX News have everything covered and would be able to get any and every information possible. The only thing I noticed was the ABC 13 story came out 4 hours later than the CNN, but I would think CNN would have some sort of update if they found out people had died.

Lesbian Air Force Sergeant

I found a story in the Star Tribune titled "Lesbian Sgt. Discharged after Police tell Military." It peaked my interest so I read over it and found that Sgt. Jene Newsome had been given an honorable discharge after South Dakota police saw a marriage certificate in her home showing she was married to someone of the same sex. Newsome has become very upset because she has abided by the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and feels she shouldn't have been discharged because of a third party outing her for her sexuality.

I went to see what the Pioneer Press had to say, maybe they would get a quote or two that the Star Tribune didn't get, or maybe more news not present in the other paper, but the story and headline were the exact same. Both papers took the article written by Timberly Ross of the Associated Press. I thought maybe because the story was close in proximity to where we are that maybe a reporter could of went and gotten a story themselves, but that's not the case here. I was actually a bit disappointed to see the same story, I really was expecting a little difference in the papers.

Beheaded Vikings found at Olympic Site

Whenever I hear the word "Vikings" I instantly think, "Brett Favre drops back, throws it up and TOUCHDOWN SYDNEY RICE." But if course this article isn't talking about Minnesota's beloved football team.

It certainly is interesting when archeologists and other scholars dig up old bones and materials from thousands of years ago. According to the officials studying the bones, they could have come from anywhere between 890 and 1030 A.D. It's just remarkable that we can still find remains from that long ago. What makes this story even better is that the bodies were found didn't have heads. These Vikings from way back when were decapitated! It is thought that they were killed by Anglo-Saxons while trying to invade England.

It's just incredible how far technology has come. There are now ways for scientists to study the teeth of individuals and can tell where they came from determining how the climate and water effected their teeth. Scientists determined that these Vikings probably came from Norway or Sweden, some from even further north near the Arctic Circle.

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