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  •  one wellstone story from my high school (11+ / 0-)

    He was supposed to meet with the Close Up group from our school that went to Washington a couple years before mine did. Unfortunately he had a meeting or a vote or something, and wasn't able to make it.  He had a staffer ask where they were staying.  They go through the rest of their program for the day and get back to the hotel to unwind.  

    As they were coming into the hotel, the concierge asked for the teacher from the Minnesota group.  He said Senator Wellstone would be over shortly to have that talk with them  he couldn't make earlier, and that any of the other students were welcome to attend as well.

    The year I went, I think we were supposed to have half an hour or forty-five minutes.  Senator Wellstone gave us at least an hour until he had to go vote.

    I felt horribly the day he died.  and to Freshwater Dan...While not a licensed pilot, I did go through pilot training and you can have carburetor ice form even in the 40s.  Especially if it's cloudy/hazy.  That's why propeller driven planes have a special heater just for the carburetor.  That's just one of the factors that could have caused the plane to crash that day.

    I got a t-shirt (-6.88, -6.15)

    by guyermo on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 04:22:03 PM PDT

    •  What a great story (3+ / 0-)
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      and what an incredible man. Thanks for sharing that one.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 04:25:30 PM PDT

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      •  you're welcome. (3+ / 0-)

        although knowing his character he'd also ask me to share the fact that he would hang out at the Minnesota State Fair in a purple tank top absolutely loving life and enjoying people.

         I only wish I could say I knew him rather than just met him a couple of times.

        I got a t-shirt (-6.88, -6.15)

        by guyermo on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:13:14 PM PDT

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