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Discussion in 'Fred's House of Pancakes' started by samiam, Jan 12, 2008.
Sir Edmund Hillary
I heard an article on Sir Edmund on NPR the day he passed away. I didn't know that he dedicated the bulk of his life to helping the Sherpa people.
I was deeply moved to hear of his passing, he was a national icon (his face is on the NZ $5 bill).
The New Zealand Herald is full of stories on him, check it out if you're interested.
I remember how excited I was when, as a kid growing up in New Zealand, he came to visit our school.
And 10 years ago when my wife and I went trekking in Nepal, we were amazed to see all the schools, hospitals and other aid he'd given to the Sherpa people in the Khumbu.
The world has lost a truly great philanthropist and explorer.
A guy who definately sucked the marrow from life...and a good long life it was.
Not to belittle the death of anyone famous but I am overjoyed when people like Sir Edmond Hillary are recognized and talked about even if only upon death. The media and general public spends way too much time talking about BS and rediculous people like Brittney Spears, Koby, and Anna Nichole who generally do very little to contribute to society and the future except terrible value systems.
A state funeral for Sir Edmund Hillary is expected to be held in Auckland on January 22.
PS, I agree completely F8L
He spent his life doing what he loved and helping others. He didn't brag about his accomplishments. And he didn't say who got to the top first until after the death of his companion in the climb.
Sir Hilllary would have made a great dog.
"Beauty without vanity.
Strength without insolence.
Courage without ferocity."