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    those that we admire or were of such importance

    Rob o and i were having a private messaging discussion in regards to the losses that we as "baby boomers" have had in our lifetime.
    (now, i do not mean the losses of our parents or spouses or loved ones, but i do mean the losses of public figures that we had become familiar with aka sports figures, clerics, movie stars "public figures")

    I think the Ted Kennedy thing got some us us "thinking".
    I told Rob that in my lifetime the losses that affected me in one way or another were JFK, MLK, RFK, Cardinal Cushing , Princess Di and now Ted.

    Now as an 8 yr old JFK really had no impact on my life except that I (sounds silly) wanted to be his kid. I wanted the damn pony, Macaroni. Silly and stupid but hey i was 8.
    His funeral and mourning greatly affected me.
    Then as a 13 yr old when RFK and MLK were killed it hit me differently....the violence and hatred! Who were these hateful violent people??

    So i am opening up this thread.
    Which public figure's death affected you?

    As Rob said to me.....having TK gone is another piece of ur childhood gone too. (i paraphrased)

    andrea

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    Overall not a public figure, but the loss/death which affected me the most was 911.

    If I thought longer about it I might be able to come up with something more profound, but first PERSON who came to my mind.

    Every little girl dreams of being a princess.
    Princess Diana captivated the public.
    Her life snuffed out in one tragic death at such a young age, with so much to live for and so much to give. Fortunately her charitable works go on-- The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund http://www.theworkcontinues.org/

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    I agree with Lisa 911 had much more of an affect on me than any other,knowing someone who died in the attack hit home.

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    ...to Andrea's list, I would add John Paul II. Cronkite also comes to mind...perhaps because it was so recent.

    I am struggling to think of others. Many come to mind, but all of lesser significance.
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    yes indeed pope jp2, !!!
    i was amazed and thrilled to learn of his involvement of the fall of the iron curtain e. germany and eventually the ussr!
    he was a man or reconciliation.

    i love this thread and i am glad that rob o and i had our privaste messaging conversation yesterday.

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    I do remember where I was for JFK and RFK's death. and for reasons I dont understand, princess diana's death.

    But I think what affected me most is 9/11. I knew someone (I had worked with her) who died and I know so many people who were affected.

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    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    I was in high school and playing guitar was a huge part of my life at the time. Outside of that, I really haven't been impacted much by the passing of famous individuals.

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