Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Lives They Lived

The New York Times Sunday magazine is one of my must-reads weekly, especially the crossword and acrostics. However, there are two issues annually that simply rock. One is the "Year in Ideas" issue mentioned here previously. The second is the "Lives They Lived" issue, two weeks later (or, this past Sunday). This issue can be linked here for the time being. This issue re-visits the lives of people who died, and not necessarily the most famous passings, but those of the second tier, people we may or may not have heard of.

One I read today that blew me away was the obit for Admiral James Stockdale, Ross Perot's running mate. If you're going to read any of these, read this one here. In retrospect, it is a shame he became such the butt of jokes after the Perot-running mate scenario. He was quite a heroic figure, and the 1992 Vice Presidential debate did not do justice to a man who served his country in such a heroic fashion.

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