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Duane Benson
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You're even more famous!
Duane Benson   5/28/2014 2:40:53 PM
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I just hope that once you veryify the hangman in your past, you won't become more of a hangman of an editor.

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Re: You're even more famous!
Max The Magnificent   5/28/2014 2:44:20 PM
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@Duane: I just hope that once you verify the hangman in your past...

I'm sure that he was a very nice hangman who always had a kind word for his customers...

It does make you wonder about one's various timelines though, doesn't it. There could be all sorts of unsavory characters in one's family tree, including lawyers and (whispers) even politicians...

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Seb Coe frontrunner for chairperson of BBC
Max The Magnificent   5/28/2014 2:48:55 PM
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How exciting -- while chatting to my mom about A.E. Housman and stuff, she mentioned that my old school chum, olympic hero Sebastian Coe, is the front runner for becoming the new chairperson of the BBC.

It really is a small world. It's like that "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" thing. If you know me then you are only one hop removed from Sebastian Coe!

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Re: Seb Coe frontrunner for chairperson of BBC
Duane Benson   5/28/2014 4:23:45 PM
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I used to watch Sebastion Coe run. Sadly, not in person. He was one of my idols, back in my running days, along with the likes of Derek Clayton, Mary Decker, Bill Rogers, Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter and others.

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Max The Magnificent   5/28/2014 4:27:38 PM
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@Duane: I used to watch Sebastion Coe run.

Me too -- I remember us all running from one bar to another, desperatly trying to get there before "last orders" were called LOL

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Re: Seb Coe frontrunner for chairperson of BBC
Duane Benson   5/28/2014 4:36:54 PM
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I alegedly have a town named after a great, great, great... something in my history: Benson, Minnesota.

There's also Benson, Arizona, made not-at-all famous by the movie Dark Star. No relation between me and Benson, Arizona, as far as I know. I do like the movie Dark Star, though. I think that's where the label "smart bomb" came from.

I can't forget the Benson Bubbler fountains, in Portlnad, Oregon, near where I live. That was timber baron Simon Benson' work. Again, no known relation to me.

Anyone else have a brush with fame to rival Max's?

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Re: Seb Coe frontrunner for chairperson of BBC
Duane Benson   5/28/2014 4:45:01 PM
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"Me too -- I remember us all running from one bar to another, desperatly trying to get there before "last orders" were called LOL"

Lemme guess - despite his running prowess, if there was only one pint left in the pitcher, you got to it first.

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Re: Seb Coe frontrunner for chairperson of BBC
Max The Magnificent   5/28/2014 4:55:43 PM
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@Duane: Lemme guess -- despite his running prowess, if there was only one pint left in the pitcher, you got to it first.

Hey, my tripping him up and clambering over him to get to the bar was a complete accident (he obviously couldn't hold his beer :-)

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David Ashton   5/28/2014 6:40:10 PM
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Max, not to be pedantic, but

> read Greek in Brail.

Is Brail the American spelling or your fingers being naughty again like mine do?

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AE Housman quotes
David Ashton   5/28/2014 6:45:49 PM
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Good stuff, AE Housman.  There's a good assortment of quotes here

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/38069.A_E_Housman

I looked it up to see if my remembered favourite is there

"The toil of all that be
Helps not the primal fault;
It rains into the sea
And still the sea is salt." 

It IS AEH, and WAS there.  It's nice to know my marbles are not totally gone yet.....

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