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Randy Pausch Dead at 47: The Last Lecture

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 25, 2008

In honor of Randy Pausch, I am embedding his famous Last Lecture:

The video is 1 hour and 16 minutes long.

PITTSBURGH, July 25, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Randy Pausch, renowned computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, died July 25 of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 47 (b:10/23/60).

Celebrated in his field for co-founding the pioneering Entertainment Technology Center and for creating the innovative educational software tool known as “Alice,” Pausch earned his greatest worldwide fame for his inspirational “Last Lecture.”
That life-affirming lecture, a call to his students and colleagues to go on without him and do great things, was delivered at Carnegie Mellon on Sept. 18, 2007, a few weeks after Pausch learned he had just months to live. Titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” the humorous and heartfelt talk was videotaped, and unexpectedly spread around the world via the Internet. Tens of millions of people have since viewed video footage of it.
Pausch, who had regularly won awards in the field of computer science, spent the final months of his life being lauded in arenas far beyond his specialty. ABC News declared him one of its three “Persons of the Year” for 2007. TIME magazine named him to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. On thousands of Web sites, people wrote essays about what they had learned from him. His book based on the lecture became a #1 bestseller internationally, translated into 30 languages.


Source: Market Watch

Carnegie Mellon–An Enduring Legacy
Wikipedia Article

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Tony Snow Has Died

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 12, 2008

Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit who bedeviled the press corps and charmed millions as a FOX News television and radio host, has died after a long bout with cancer. He was 53.

A syndicated columnist, editor, TV anchor, radio show host and musician, Snow worked in nearly every medium in a career that spanned more than 30 years.

Snow joined FOX in 1996 as the original anchor of FOX News Sunday, and hosted Weekend Live and a radio program, The Tony Snow Show, before departing in 2006. A sometime fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh, Snow said he loved the intimacy of his radio audience.

“It’s a tremendous loss for us who knew him, but it’s also a loss for the country,” Roger Ailes, Chairman of FOX News, said Saturday morning about Snow, calling him a “renaissance man.”

Source: Fox News
Related: Wikipedia

Commentary

This is sad. I used to listen to his radio show on XM Radio. He was a good guy, and it is President Bush’s loss that he never realized the precious gem he had on his White House Staff.

Another Great Man has gone on to his reward.

**update** 11.03 AM The posts in the blogosphere are rolling in, but I think the best I have seen so far is a post on News Busters replaying Tony Snow’s acceptance speech at the 2nd annual MRC awards dinner of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award For Media Excellence:


That was one of the things I loved about Tony Snow, he could find the humor in most anything.


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Memorial Ride and Dinner Planned For Trooper Blanton

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 11, 2008

I have posted information on upcoming benefits planned for the family of slain Highway Patrolman Shawn Blanton on WNC Citizens Blog.

If you cannot attend any of these events, please visit this memorial website, which has information on how you may contribute to the family.

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Live Coverage of Helms Funeral

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 8, 2008

If you wish, you may watch live the funeral of Senator Jesse Helms from 2 PM to 3.30 PM today via the embedded player below, which requires Real Player to watch. [Download]

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Or, you may watch it on C-SPAN 3 via your television or online.

I will remove the player upon conclusion of the event.

Senator Jesse Helms was one of those men whom history pivoted around.

Without him, Ronald Reagan would probably not have been President, and the triumvirate of American President Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and the Polish Pope John Paul II would not have brought The Cold War (World War III) to a successful conclusion. We owe this man a great debt of gratitude that we shall never be able to repay.

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News for June 19th

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 19, 2008

Yesterday, I learned that we had lost another officer in the line of duty, and posted what info I had on the shooting and the shooter.

Here is where you can send money to help his family:

SECU

c/o Michaela Nicole Blanton FBO Brendan Tye Blanton

PO Box 97

Waynesville, NC 28786

Call the SECU at 1-828-452-3570 for more and ask for Allison.

Also, Contributions to the Michaela Nicole Blanton FBO Brendan Tye Blanton fund can be made at any North Carolina State Employees Credit Union branch. Money will go to the wife and baby of Trooper David Shawn Blanton Jr.

Locally, Contributions to the Trooper David Blanton Memorial Fund can be made at any of six Mountain Credit Union branches. Those are:

• Asheville: 219 Haywood St., 252-8234.

• Cherokee: 375 Sequoyah Trail, 497-6211.

• Fletcher: 5010 Hendersonville Road, 684-9999.

• Franklin: 746 East Main St., 524-4464.

• Sylva: 30 Highway 107, 586-0425.

• Waynesville: 721 North Main St., 452-2216.

Even a $10 or $20 donation will help the family.

Here is the roundup of other sources covering the murder of Shawn Blanton:

Sylva Herald, the hometown paper.

WYFF Channel 4
Greenville, SC. News Video Family Remembers Him

WLOS Video coverage, with more videos on that page.

Asheville Citizen-Times has details about Blanton’s life, and family.

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

Wong lingered at the shooting scene, calmly searching Blanton while the trooper lay bleeding to death, Clendinin said.

“The whole thing is just a sickening act,” he said.

The shooting set off a “barrage” of 911 calls, Haywood County Sheriff Tom Alexander said.

Callers gave authorities a good description of Wong, his truck and what had happened.

At the Chevron station just off the Exit 31 ramp, customers in small groups kept walking in and telling store clerk Brandon Luther what they had seen.

“They told me somebody took the cop’s gun and shot him and took off,” he said.

Wong also had maurijuana, pills and three weapons in him at the time of his arrest.

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Commentary

There are no words to make this any more bearable. You have the opportunity to help the family of North Carolina Highway Patrolman Shawn Blanton by donating a little money at one of the above locations.

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CBS Radio: Ned Calmer and Quincy Howe

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 7, 2008

An end-of-the-day report that ties all the threads together of what was known as of 11pm on June 6, 1944:

CBS Radio 11 o’clock News

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CBS Radio: News of the Day and National Prayer by FDR

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 7, 2008

Starting at 9.30pm with news of the invasion, and accounts of some of the fighting, reactions across the nation, and culminating in a National Prayer led by President Franklin Roosevelt at 10pm:

CBS NEWS and FDR Prayer

FDR Prayer Alone
Would they recognize our nation?

Previously:

CBS Radio: John Daly Reports D-Day News

CBS News: De Gaulle Speech and Other War News

Kate Smith Speaks Prayer For Our Troops, News Follows

CBS Radio “The Light of the World”

NBC News Update “Plus 6 Hours”

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway” Pt 3

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway” Pt 2

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway”

NBC News Special Bulletin

This Is London Calling: Communique #1 Invasion of Europe Underway

Unconfirmed Reports of Invasion Underway in Europe

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NBC Radio Report "Cross Country Reaction to D-Day"

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 7, 2008

Reports from various NBC radio affiliates on the mood of the country, and how people reacted to the news of the invasion of Europe:

NBC Affiliates Report on D-Day Reactions at Home

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CBS Radio: Passing Parade on June 6, 2044 by John Nesbitt

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 6, 2008

This is a remarkable tale told by John Nesbitt about a history class learning about the Invasion of Europe a century hence:

CBS Radio John Nesbitt’s Passing Parade

Previously:

CBS Radio: 6 o’clock News [Link to be added later]

NBC Radio: 4.30pm Report [Link to be added later]

King George VI on D-Day [Link to be added later]

CBS Radio: John Daly Reports D-Day News[Link to be added later]

CBS Radio: John Daly Reports D-Day News

CBS News: De Gaulle Speech and Other War News

Kate Smith Speaks Prayer For Our Troops, News Follows

CBS Radio “The Light of the World”

NBC News Update “Plus 6 Hours”

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway” Pt 3

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway” Pt 2

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway”

NBC News Special Bulletin

This Is London Calling: Communique #1 Invasion of Europe Underway

Unconfirmed Reports of Invasion Underway in Europe

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CBS Radio: 6 o’clock News

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 6, 2008

This was heard on the CBS Radio Network at 6 o’clock:

CBS Radio 6.00 News

Previously:

NBC Radio: 4.30pm Report [Link to be added later]

King George VI on D-Day [Link to be added later]

CBS Radio: John Daly Reports D-Day News[Link to be added later]

CBS Radio: John Daly Reports D-Day News

CBS News: De Gaulle Speech and Other War News

Kate Smith Speaks Prayer For Our Troops, News Follows

CBS Radio “The Light of the World”

NBC News Update “Plus 6 Hours”

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway” Pt 3

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway” Pt 2

CBS News Update “The Invasion of Europe Is Underway”

NBC News Special Bulletin

This Is London Calling: Communique #1 Invasion of Europe Underway

Unconfirmed Reports of Invasion Underway in Europe

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