"To Whom it May Concern:
If this letter has been opened and is being read, it is because I have been seriously injured or killed by my son, Sky Walker." [...snip...] "I do not want him to be punished for actions for which he is not responsible." [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix
on Dec 7, 2009 -
I can't find any major news outlets mentioning that today is the 35th anniversary of the Kent State killings
, when national guardsmen troops fired a fusillade of live bullets at unarmed students protesting the invasion of Cambodia. Not everyone has forgotten. A new documentary
, "Fire in the Heartland: A History of Dissent at Kent State University 1960-1980" was screened on campus today.
posted by tizzie
on May 4, 2005 -
I saw a feature on ESPN last night about Britt Gaston and Cliff Courtney,
two Georgia teenagers who are indelibly linked to history as the kids who ran alongside Hank Aaron
after the famous 715th home run. Then I googled around a bit and discovered Jim Leavelle,
the former Dallas cop who will forever be known as the guy in the hat
watching Ruby take care of Oswald in the precinct basement. And then there's Mary Ann Vecchio,
a 14-year-old runaway who was photographed wailing over a dead body at Kent State in 1970. And, of course, there's Afghanistan Girl.
Can anyone think of other bystanders to historical events whose faces we all know but identities remain anonymous? Is there anyone who has not yet been rediscovered?
posted by PrinceValium
on Apr 7, 2004 -
Kent State student senate denies funding
for the annual commemoration of the May 4, 1970 shooting. The allocation request was for about $16,000, which is a good chunk of change (out of a $300,000 budget) -- until you consider that they shelled out $86,000 for a speech given by Barbara Bush. Should remembering this era in history be a political question? (via the Alt-log
posted by norm
on Apr 2, 2001 -