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2001-09-27 12:04:34 AM  
hero tag eh? cool!
2001-09-27 12:25:34 AM  
Wow. First thing I've ever read from ... very moving.
2001-09-27 12:39:15 AM  
Is this movie out yet? What's the name of it?
2001-09-27 12:52:07 AM  
The (upside-down) state flag of Texas is symbolic for "hero"? If you say so...
2001-09-27 12:52:51 AM  
Wow... Should we flood Jeff Gordon's Website with email concerning same?
2001-09-27 01:03:11 AM  
"Embrace every one you can."
Always good advice.

(Remember the Alamo, RW.)
2001-09-27 01:03:47 AM  
Sorry folks. Am I the only one who resents "hero" and "Earnhart" used in the same sentence? Why don't we save it for people who died saving lives, not making millions by... well, I could go on...
2001-09-27 01:26:34 AM  
Makes me hate these terrorists even more. If that is even possible.
2001-09-27 01:28:48 AM  
Trouserpilot, did you even read the article? It had nothing to do with Dale Earnhardt. It was about a man who was going to make a mans seemingly dying wish for his son to come true. And seeing that the plane that crashed in PA was the one flight that was sucessful in not carrying out the hijackers plan, a lot of people consider the people on that plane heros - they lost their lives trying to avoid crashing another target.

2001-09-27 01:29:25 AM  
Trouserpilot, from what I see you are the only one to have put those two words in the same sentence.
2001-09-27 01:29:25 AM  

Didn't Texas LOSE that battle? Perhaps that's the symbolism - heroism in defeat, upside-down flag.

A little , no?

Aw, hell - I'm gonna get some sleep. I'll check the flames in the morning...
2001-09-27 01:59:30 AM  
Ah, that was nice.

And yes, we did lose the Battle of the Alamo.

And the French Foreign Legion lost the Battle of Puebla. And the Legion still celebrates that battle and we Texans still celebrate the Alamo.

Live with it!

"That which does not kill us, seriously pisses us off."

"Fark with the best? Die like the rest!"

Here dead lie we because we did not choose
To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose;
But young men think it is, and we were young.

-- A. E. Housman
(More Poems, XXXVI)
2001-09-27 02:06:56 AM  
Could we change that Hero tag?

It's cheesey and looks like something from GI Joe.

Or, if we're going to be so segregationist as to suggest that only Americans can be heroes, how about other nation neutral Hero tags? (or would that be 'honourary american'; 'non-american-american' perhaps?)
2001-09-27 02:35:44 AM  
Now before I get ripped up here, I am as touched as anyone else about this story..not brought to tears like the story of those five guys, but still...touched.
Even so, this line made me crack a smile.
"During the four-hour flight from Denver to New York, Quillen and Dahl bonded deeply, discussing careers, goals, families and racing.

NASCAR racing."
you gawdamn raht!!!!!!11 nascar is duh bomb diggety.

Honestly, they should just be done with the formalities and call it "racin'"
2001-09-27 03:03:56 AM  
It was a good article, but I do feel compelled to point out the following sentence:

"Once on the plane in Denver, Quillen sat down in anticipation of a lengthy, yet uneventful, cross-country trek to Denver."

Actually, the Denver to Denver trek is not that lengthy - in fact it often seems like you exit the plane right after boarding it.
2001-09-27 03:33:58 AM  
I thought it was the Puerto Rican flag. Too much New York for me.
2001-09-27 04:45:35 AM  
Drew, luv the hero tag but if I may say the red need to go on the bottom of the tag. As in all the heros who shed their blood for this nation! (like the Texas flag!)
2001-09-27 08:58:54 AM  
very touching story.
2001-09-27 08:59:41 AM  
The hero tag is the upper right corner of the field of stars on the US flag.
2001-09-27 09:08:24 AM  
It does my heart proud to read about a pilot drinking beer. NOW I'm ready to fly again.
2001-09-27 09:19:00 AM  
I dig the hero tag
2001-09-27 09:49:18 AM  
Funny, when I first saw the tag I thought of the Puerto Rican flag and not the Texan flag.

But hey, I DO live in NYC -- mebbe that's why...
2001-09-27 10:15:30 AM  
the pilot wasnt going to fly when he had that beer... i was touched, but it kinda threw me off when the guy implied that he was the chosen one to make the guy's son meet Jeff Gordon, that just seems weird, like religion applied where it shouldnt. although it is cool that the guy is fulfilling the pilots..deathwish i guess.
2001-09-27 11:01:24 AM  
Not a big fan of NASCAR. Go straight, turn left. rinse and repeat.

But this is cool. That kid wants to meet Jeff Gordon, I say he gets to. It's the least thing one could do.
2001-09-27 12:45:54 PM  
"Maybe someone knew this whole thing was going to happen and I was chosen as the way to get his son to see Jeff Gordon."

Yeah. According to him, this is God's version of "Touched by a NASCAR Angel".

I doubt that meeting Jeff Gordon is high up on God's list of reasons for saving people.
2001-09-27 02:08:07 PM  
Gave me goosebumps...

At least SOME of the stories on this site that get "Hero" tags really deserve them (unlike the cam girls selling vibrators...)
2001-09-27 02:14:04 PM  
LOL! Nascar! "Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left..........Turn left. Turn left.........." Booooooooooooooooooooring!!!!!!

-he who stack pork
2001-09-27 04:00:13 PM  
Leopold: it's funny 'cuz it's true.
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