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Tribute to Herb Meadows, aka "CHIEF negotiator"
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| Barbara Gould
Posted on 10/04/2001 3:52:42 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: Maurice Tift; Registered; CHIEF negotiator
Hi Mo. Thanks Registered. This is a sad day today.
CHIEF: I'm missing you already. Save us some good seats up there!
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It was nice to talk to you, Chief Negotiator. You will be greatly missed.
Two chiefs in one day. It's hard to take it, I'm going to go cry.
posted on 10/04/2001 7:23:58 PM PDT
I read CHIEF's reup post with great interest last night. I found it inspirational, and was comforted to know there were stubborn jarheads like CHIEF still around. While I did not serve, something along those lines has crossed my mind as well.
For some reason, I knew this post was special. While I did not post, I kept checking back for updates. I suspect I was not alone.
Be well, BCM and CHIEF Negotiator.
Thank You Lord, for blessing us with Heroes. May you welcome them into your safe harbour, and guide us through these stormy seas.
What a bummer. Herb sounded like a wonderful guy who truly earned his moniker. In tracing the original story, the fire sounded very suspicious and was being investigated for arson. Has there been further information released yet?
Have just finished reading all the threads and checking all the links and they brought back so many memories. When his Mom died in January, my Mom was in the hospital and not expected to live. He encouraged me to "hang in there" and be strong. I did and Mom is still alive. I don't know why but this has hit me especially hard. I don't usually give way to tears because I have to be the "strong" one, but I can't seem to stop crying. I think it may be because Chief really was our friend. His spirit came through the wire and landed right in our hearts. He was also a member of my husband's "family", the U.S. Marine Corps. I don't know about this Freeper Village we share. Sometimes I think it may be too painful. We lose too many and it hurts. God comfort us all, and God comfort Chief's family.
posted on 10/04/2001 7:33:30 PM PDT
To: Registered, Taxman
Like many others, I posted early on regarding his death, but still cannot comprehend that this beloved Freeper is gone from us. I loved his tax threads and once told him how my husband was the one who convinced Billy Tauzin (one of the Fair Tax sponsors) when they were in college together that the concept of a Fair tax was the route to take. He was so amused. :-)
Looks like all of the Chief's hard work in reforming the IRS paid off well for him. He is now where the taxes are fairest of all.
posted on 10/04/2001 7:40:05 PM PDT
I can't remember how many times on the FR I read a great reply from CHIEF: thoughtful, funny, brutally honest and sometimes all of that in the same few lines.
Semper Fi, CHIEF. We'll do the work here, you'll watch over us.
posted on 10/04/2001 7:46:13 PM PDT
Thank you for your kind words, RevNan.
Our FRiend, Herb Meadows, was indeed special to each of us. We will miss him, but inspired by his zest for life, we will go on. Our FReeper Family will continue to grow and prosper and show the way for the rebirth of a Constitutional Republic.
CHIEF negotiator would not want it to be any other way. We must pause, and cry, and morn. Then we must move on, and he will always be there urging us to do our best for our country, ourselves and our families.
I am proud to have known him, and the memories of our special FRiendship will continue to inspire me until I depart this mortal coil.
God Bless you, and God Bless America.
posted on 10/04/2001 7:47:06 PM PDT
very saddened 68-69, especially after reading how robustly he wanted to join-up again and fight once more
with all his heart, body and soul for America, for Freedom. His posts were always lively and spirited. God Bless CHIEF. And a proud Salute!
posted on 10/04/2001 7:49:28 PM PDT
To: CHIEF Negotiator
Rest in peace, Herb, my brother.
Though we had never met, we knew ye well.
The world and FR are diminished by your premature departure.
Semper Fi, Do or Die.
A very nice tribute (at #140) Registered!
Chief N. could so often be found fighting tyranny on the battlefield of Taxes, earning a couple of stars and numerous medals for valor IMO.
Thanks for the address Joe.
I am stunned and saddened.
I considered Herb a friend. I will find a way to be at the funeral.
I am not a very emotional person, but your tribute to CHIEF negotiator brought a tear to my eye, Registered.
Since I found FR in 2000, the people here have seemed like an extended family.
Your tribute to CHIEF is worth ten of your normally satirical posts to me.
CHIEF, may God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thanks for the ping, donation sent.May God bless and strenghten the Meadows family.
When I reach Heaven, I hope God has instant replay, so I can experience the reunion Mom and Dad had this morning.
This is what Chief Negotiator posted in the lovely tribute he wrote on the day of his mother's death. He didn't need instant replay because I'm sure his Mom and Dad were waiting for him, and she probably took him in her arms again.
I was so sad when I read of his death this morning. I had enjoyed his post last night about not being able to 're-up' with the Marines. He sounded like such a hoot!
Come to think of it, maybe Chief Moran (BCM) who died at the WTC was there to greet him too, as a fellow freeper.
posted on 10/04/2001 8:06:58 PM PDT
Just think. When Osama's wish to die in his Jihad is shortly granted, he will arrive in Heaven only to discover that the streets are guarded by Herb Meadows.
Won't that be Hell.
Thank you...for my friend.
posted on 10/04/2001 8:11:07 PM PDT
BUMP FOR THE CHIEF.
(We know you're lurking, Chief!)
Last night, Herb Meadows' life was abruptly taken by an unexpected fire in his home.
How horrible. God bless him and his. Thanks for the ping, TGYC.
posted on 10/04/2001 8:14:47 PM PDT
This is so sad, I already miss him. CHIEF is irreplacable.
May God bless his family and everyone at FR that knew him.
I don't know if anyone has already said this, but..... I sure hope that when Chief gets to heaven, he goes right up to the "Let's Roll" guys and tells them how proud we all are of them! They did a great thing!
No More Demofascists and I send a "Semper Fi" to the Chief.....
Thanks, fella. Will send what I can. This is very sad.
To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Re: your post #104 of Chief's post describing his beliefs about death. Thank you for sharing this one.
When I get to heaven someday Chief, I'll be ever so pleased to finally meet you in person. I know you are deliriously happy in the presense of our glorious Lord Jesus, and we left here on earth are lifting your loved ones left behind to God's tender loving care. He will provide all they need according to HIS riches in glory!
You will be missed.
To: CHIEF negotiator
Goodbye my friend for now .... I'll loft one with you when I get there. Just keep em cold till I do
Awww. This is terrible news. I always had a search to read Chief's postings. God bless you, CHIEF.
posted on 10/04/2001 8:34:16 PM PDT
I "chatted" with Chief several times via FR. He seemed like a wonderful and patriotic individual.
This is truly sad news.
Oh Man this is just so sad. My prays to his family. I WILL miss him.
Thanks for the flag
posted on 10/04/2001 8:50:30 PM PDT
Great work as usual Registered. I'm going to link to that on the Yahoo Texas FReepers forum to honor Chief negotiator.
I'm in...thanks for the flag.
Rest those feet Chief...you've earned it.
posted on 10/04/2001 8:54:56 PM PDT
BUMP Thank you for the ping 68. I replied earlier, but thank you for making sure I saw this. This is such a sad time in everyone's lives.
Thank you, kind sir. We are much richer people for having known Barbara, John and Herb as FReedom loving, patriotic Americans, and much poorer for having lost them.
I hope it is appropriate to say, in our time of grief, that it is more important to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.
RIP, dear FReeper FRiends. You will be missed.
posted on 10/04/2001 9:17:31 PM PDT
God Bless his true American soul
Beautiful. Now I'm crying again.
This time, my friend, you have outdone yourself. Darn, crying again.
What a potent statement.
That's really sweet Registered- thanks for doing it.
posted on 10/04/2001 10:01:24 PM PDT
I know there has to be heroes in Heaven, and the CHIEF is sitting with them right now telling war stories.
For the CHIEF's sake, I thank you and your husband for that big Semper Fi.
He lived by that.
posted on 10/04/2001 10:04:27 PM PDT
Thank you for the comforting words Taxman. You take care of yourself now. You are also one of my best cyber friends. You and Chief taught me more about taxes than I ever wanted to know. :)
posted on 10/04/2001 10:08:09 PM PDT
May God bless you, Registered, for that beautiful tribute.
posted on 10/04/2001 10:09:16 PM PDT
Thank you for that memorial wall. What's with everybody dying so young??
posted on 10/04/2001 10:18:59 PM PDT
Great work...Thank you.
posted on 10/04/2001 10:20:28 PM PDT
I know Chief probably didn't have a lot of love for me, but this hits a little close to home, it's a terrible thing to happen and I'm deeply hurt that it did.
Given the circumstances, I can only think of what a terrible ordeal this is/was for Mrs. Meadows...I hope all will be well for her again soon....
My sincerest condolences to her and the rest of his family.
That is beautiful Registered. Got me crying again. I just wonder if he ever had any idea just how special he was to so many people.
Life is short. We need to let people know how much we care about them when they are here with us because we never know what tomorrow will bring.
I remember my first FReeper get together at Landry's in Kima. I didn't know a soul except on line. I walked in the room and Chief greeted me. I told him I was Texas Mom and he gave me a hug. Then announced to everyone. Hey, this is Texas Mom. From that moment on there wasn't a stranger in the room. I met people that day who became life long friends. As buffyT said that day. "It was like meeting your best friend for the first time." I know Herb used that quote many times and it was true.
I don't know why God took him when we all needed him so much but God's ways are not always our ways and God's timing isn't always our timing either. I was always taught not to question God. But I'm sorry, today I do. I think God understands. I pray for comfort for Mrs. Chief and thankful she is okay. I know she is heartbroken..
Registered. Your tribute is beautiful.
Hate to admit it, Looey - but THIS time you're right (partly :-).
Herb didn't hate you - or anyone else. He was merely struggling to try to help bring about the FairTax system to benefit the country ... including you.
You kind sentiments, though, I know are well intended and when Belinda - and the rest of the family - reads all these threads I'm sure they will realize that Herb was liked and actually admired by even those who didn't always agree with him.
Little Willie was "The Worst President In American History".
posted on 10/05/2001 12:32:44 AM PDT
To: BADJOE, Lazmataz
Thanks to you and Laz, Joe, for organizing this. It's a fitting gesture for FR to be a resource to help the Meadows family. The CHIEF was an important goodwill ambassador here; everybody knows who he is whether they met him personally, traded smart talk with him online, or were just lurkers who appreciated fun, meaningful and good spirited banter. Nobody helped newbies feel welcome with gentle admonishment, humor and support like he did. He patiently told me on my first night here that my problem with multiple posts was directly related to my problem with impatient multiple hitting the reply button!!! ^;) I think he also told me, after answereing my inquiry, that my question about what "bump" meant served the same purpose as posting the single word "bump." Took me 27 months to figure that little mind puzzle out.
Dammit T-man, he couldda been yer brother...or my Dad's brother. Never had the honor of meeting CHIEF face-to-face, but I enjoyed many late night conversations with this Patriot. After 9-11, I questioned if I could feel any more sorrow...well, when it hits this close to home, I now know I can.
I prayed for the CHIEF and his family last night...and I will do so again this evening.
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