Archive for the ‘Tributes’ Category

SF Writers Who Served

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

This year for Veteran’s Day, I thought I would take the time to recognize some of SF’s writers who served in the Armed Forces. Although mainly looking at U.S. writers, I’ll also be recognizing some of the British Commonwealth writers as well. Robert A. Heinlein, one of SF’s Three Grand Masters, ...

71ST Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Today marks the 71st Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the famous raid on the Japanese homelands in the opening months of the U.S. involvement in World War 2. Only four of the Raiders are still with us, and they held their last public gathering, with three of the men gathering ...

D-Day, 68 Years Later

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

68 years ago today, the Normandy Invasion took place. This would put one of the final nails into the coffin of Hitler’s regime, bring about the liberation of France and the rest of Western Europe, and cost thousands of Allied lives. One of the bloodiest battles in WWII, those who ...

Happy Birthday John Wayne

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

On May 26th, 1907, 105 years ago, John Wayne (born Marion Robert Morrison, and later changed to Marion Mitchell Morrison) was born. For those who know me, you know that I am a big John Wayne fan. He has always been, and always will be, my favorite movie star. He is ...

Schochet on John Wayne

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Steven Schochet has an excellent piece on The Duke over on Big Hollywood. Since we're a little over a week away from the anniversary John Wayne's birthday, I found it to be a darn good tribute to The Duke. Please, give it a read. Interesting to note that one of the ...

Liam Tasker and Theo – A Man and His Dog

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I read about this yesterday and was very touched by the heroism and dedication of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and his dog, Theo, who have taken the final journey home together after long and hard service in Afghanistan. From

Rest Well, Major Winters

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I read about it first on BigPeace last night, and one of my writing partners on LibertySF has also written about this. Major Richard "Dick" Winters has passed away at the age of 92. He was the company commander of Easy Company, 2nd, Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, of the 101st Air ...

Bob Truax, Last of the Rocketmen

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Captain Robert C. Truax (USN - Retired) passed away over the weekend. According to the notice on the AIAA website, "Capt. Robert C. Truax, past president of the American Rocket Society, organizer of the U.S. Naval Missile Test Center's propulsion research laboratory at Point Mugu, Calif., and AIAA Honorary ...

Rest in Peace, Piper Millin

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

D-Day Piper Bill Millin has passed away at the age of 88. For those of you who don't know who he was, he was the British commando under Lord Lovat who played the pipes during the D-Day invasion and immortalized in the movie "The Longest Day". From the NY Times: Mr. Millin ...

Pearl Harbor 68 Years After

Monday, December 7th, 2009

It was 68 years ago today that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War 2. The Empire of Japan planned and executed the surprise attack; although their intentions were to have a Declaration of War delivered just prior to the beginning of the attack, that ...

Happy Birthday Pappy Boyington

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was born on this day in 1912. Pappy was a Marine Corps fighter pilot during World War 2, being awarded our nation's highest medal, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Boyington also served in the American Volunteer Group, the Flying Tigers, during the lead-up to the u.S. entry ...

Tasha, Now running the Great Iditarod in the Sky

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I laid Tasha to rest on Saturday. She had been suffering from arthritis for some time, but we didn't know to what extent. Early last month, the folks at the pet clinic we go to took some new x-rays. They spotted the worst case of arthritis they had ever seen in ...

Benjamin Kopp – A Real American Hero

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

I heard about this story while listening to Greg and Melissa on KS95 this morning. It is a heart-wrenching story that stopped me in my tracks. It is the story of a real American hero, who not only gave his life for his country, but went on to save another ...

Happy Birthday to Robert Sweeney – An American Hero

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

February 20th marks the birthday of Robert Augustus Sweeney, born that date in 1853. Sweeney is interesting historically as being one of only 19 (currently) men who have been awarded two Medals of Honor. He is also the only African-American to hold that distinction. Sweeney was a Navy man, and as ...

Undaunted Courage

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Today marks the 7th anniversary of that tragic day when terrorists rammed airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing thousands of innocent people. It was a day of great heroism as well as a day of infamy. Infamy because Islamic terrorists finally accomplished one of their greatest goals: ...

Katya, Now Running In The Big Iditarod In The Sky

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The last 36 hours have been a sad time for me. Yesterday morning, while we were getting ready to head for home from the extended weekend at MarsCon, I received a call from the guys that run the kennel where the Katya and Tasha go for doggie camp when we ...

Centenial of Robert A. Heinlein’s Birth

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Like many longtime SF fans my age, I grew up on the writings of Robert A. Heinlein. Saturday marks the Centennial Anniversary of Heinlein's birth. A lot of people I know will be at one or another SF Convention (I'll be at convergence) taking place this weekend, including ...

Happy Birthday, Duke!

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Today is the Centennial of John Wayne's birth. Happy Birthday, Duke! The John Wayne's first big role was The Big Trail, made in 1930. But it wasn't until his role as the Ringo Kid in Stagecoach that he achieved stardom, and deservedly so. I can't compare the two ...

Washington’s Birthday

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Today is Washington's Birthday. Sometimes Americans, especially younger ones who grew up in age where we celebrate President's Day as opposed to Washington's Birthday, lose sight of this event. Washington was not a politician, but a statesman, as well as a great general. The difference between a statesman and ...