I don’t think they make people like this any more

Two deaths caught my eye this week, both over in the good ole’ US of A. But the the thing is, men and women all over the world similar to these gentlemen leave us on a daily basis; these are the generations to whom we owe everything.

“It’s important that we don’t allow ourselves to lose him,” Geren told CNN by phone. “It’s the memory of heroes like James Hoyt and the memories of what they’ve done that we must ensure that we keep alive and share with the current generation and future generations.

“Mr. Hoyt, as a young man, saw unspeakable horrors when he was one of the soldiers to discover the Buchenwald concentration camp, and those are experiences as a country and a world we can never forget.

Buchenwald liberator, American hero dies at 83

“My grandfather was to Western shirts what Levi’s was to blue jeans,” Steve Weil told Gallo. “One of his most remarkable traits was an ability to live on his own terms. That’s probably the result of growing up in the early 1900s and enduring the Depression. He was self-made and self-educated, and he had a strong code of ethics.”

A hat tip to ‘Papa Jack’ Weil (hat-tip to Boing Boing).


  1. Nice post, Ben. I often think that they are indeed "the greatest generation". It made me kind of sad that while everyone heard about the deaths of two actors last week (yes, they will be missed), almost no one picked up on these amazing men. Thanks for sharing…

    Chris Blatnick#

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