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Edmund Hillary, first atop Everest, dies
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Posted on 01/10/2008 3:09:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Sir Edmund Hillary, the unassuming beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers, has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced Friday. He was 88.

The gangling New Zealander devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of Nepal and took his fame in stride, preferring to be called "Ed" and considering himself just an ordinary beekeeper.

"Sir Ed described himself as an average New Zealander with modest abilities. In reality, he was a colossus. He was an heroic figure who not only 'knocked off' Everest but lived a life of determination, humility, and generosity," Clark said in a statement.

"The legendary mountaineer, adventurer, and philanthropist is the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived," she said.

Hillary's life was marked by grand achievements, high adventure, discovery, excitement — and by his personal humility. Humble to the point that he only admitted being the first man atop Everest long after the death of climbing companion Norgay.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Sir Edmund Hillary, the unassuming beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest and was the first man to drive a tractor across Anactica to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers, has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced Friday. He was 88.

The gangling New Zealander devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of Nepal and took his fame in stride, preferring to be called "Ed" and considering himself just an ordinary beekeeper.

Hillary's life was marked by grand achievements, high adventure, discovery, excitement — and by his personal humility. Humble to the point that he only admitted being the first man atop Everest long after the death of climbing companion Norgay.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dies; edmundhillary; everest; hillary; obituary
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1 posted on 01/10/2008 3:09:15 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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**FILE PHOTO** Sardar Tensing Norkey (right) of Nepal and Edmund P. Hillary of New Zealand are shown here in the kit they wore when conquering Mount Everest, world's highest peak, on May 29, at the British Embassy in Khatmandu, capital of Nepal, June 26, 1953. (AP Photo)


2 posted on 01/10/2008 3:09:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hillary Clinton is deeply saddened that her namesake has passed on.


3 posted on 01/10/2008 3:10:20 PM PST by CholeraJoe ("At last my arm is complete!" Sweeney Todd)
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To: NormsRevenge

The man Hillary is named after?


4 posted on 01/10/2008 3:10:27 PM PST by Born Conservative (Chronic Positivity - http://jsher.livejournal.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hillary Clinton’s namesake, if I recall the lie.


5 posted on 01/10/2008 3:10:38 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: NormsRevenge

Now there’s a Hillary I could have voted for.


6 posted on 01/10/2008 3:10:56 PM PST by CaptainMorgantown
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Hillary Clinton will attend his funeral..

Seven years from now.


7 posted on 01/10/2008 3:11:03 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a heroic, unassuming man. The world just got a little poorer for his passing.

Salute, Sir Ed.


8 posted on 01/10/2008 3:11:10 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: NormsRevenge

Its a bloody shame, wrong Hillary.


9 posted on 01/10/2008 3:11:14 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kathmandu in this April 15, 2007 file photo. Hillary, who along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first to conquer Mount Everest, has died, New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark said on January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Deepa Shrestha (NEPAL)


10 posted on 01/10/2008 3:11:22 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: Born Conservative

Correct, he was named after Hillary.


11 posted on 01/10/2008 3:12:01 PM PST by Broker (Grandpa Petti Bones wants to know.)
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To: Born Conservative

Yes, she was named after him minus one “l” and 6 years before he climbed Everest.


12 posted on 01/10/2008 3:12:07 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: CholeraJoe

Don’t you know she’s PO’d that he waited until AFTER the NH primary to die. No PR mileage from this.


13 posted on 01/10/2008 3:12:31 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: NormsRevenge

Not to mention he was the namesake of our next President.


14 posted on 01/10/2008 3:12:42 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: D-fendr

Hillary Clinton will attend his funeral..Seven years from now.
Hillarious!!!!!!!


15 posted on 01/10/2008 3:13:08 PM PST by aroostook war
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To: Larry Lucido

Correction, same number of l’s.


16 posted on 01/10/2008 3:13:25 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.

He’s still dead.


17 posted on 01/10/2008 3:13:46 PM PST by toddlintown (Five bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss..)
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To: NormsRevenge

Rest In Peace, Sir Ed.


18 posted on 01/10/2008 3:15:26 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: NormsRevenge

Didn’t Miss Hillary invent mountain climbing?


19 posted on 01/10/2008 3:15:47 PM PST by Always Right
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To: A_Former_Democrat

“Don’t you know she’s PO’d that he waited until AFTER the NH primary to die. No PR mileage from this.”

You got that right. I wonder how she’ll work his passing into her campaign?


20 posted on 01/10/2008 3:15:58 PM PST by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Farewell to a humble hero who used his notariety only for the good.


21 posted on 01/10/2008 3:16:46 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Broker

I think you misread it; I said “the man Hillary is named after”, not that the man is named after Hillary.


22 posted on 01/10/2008 3:17:55 PM PST by Born Conservative (Chronic Positivity - http://jsher.livejournal.com/)
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To: D-fendr

That cold but very funny LOL!


23 posted on 01/10/2008 3:18:02 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: NormsRevenge

Gee, Hillary’s namesake. I wonder if she’s shed a tear over his death.


24 posted on 01/10/2008 3:18:03 PM PST by mass55th
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To: Born Conservative

Quick, get a camera on HRC crying for her namesake....


25 posted on 01/10/2008 3:18:31 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a cool dude. Heaven’s richer, I hope.


26 posted on 01/10/2008 3:18:37 PM PST by kimmie7 (this year i will turn ffff....ffo........foooort.........i can't say it. i'll just be 20. twice.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sad news. Prayers for his family.


27 posted on 01/10/2008 3:19:21 PM PST by SuperSonic (Bush "lied", people dyed.......their fingers purple.)
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To: NormsRevenge

RIP.


28 posted on 01/10/2008 3:19:31 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: CholeraJoe

Ol’ Crusty is going to get another workout.


29 posted on 01/10/2008 3:20:12 PM PST by Politicalmom (Huckabee’s foreign policy experience consists of eating at the International House of Pancakes.)
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To: NormsRevenge
R.I.P., Sir Hillary.

Interesting that your picture shows Norkey with an oxygen mask, but not Hillary. I read Norkey's book, Tiger of the Snows, when I was a kid. Fascinating book. Later, I learned Norkey's and Hillary's accounts differed in one important aspect: I distinctly remember Norkey writing that he assisted Hillary in ascending the final hundred meters or so... Hillary claimed just the opposite.

30 posted on 01/10/2008 3:20:38 PM PST by LibWhacker (Democrats are phony Americans)
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To: NormsRevenge

Come on! Hillary’s parents named her after him because of his Bee Keeping exploits, then he happened to do some mountain thingy later.


31 posted on 01/10/2008 3:21:24 PM PST by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: NormsRevenge

I must assume that somehow they took their own picture.


32 posted on 01/10/2008 3:22:22 PM PST by RAY (God Bless the USA!)
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To: Old Sarge

What a heroic, unassuming man. The world just got a little poorer for his passing.

Salute, Sir Ed.


Worth repeating....


33 posted on 01/10/2008 3:22:45 PM PST by chasio649
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To: CholeraJoe

LOL

If only...


34 posted on 01/10/2008 3:22:47 PM PST by wastedyears (This is my BOOMSTICK)
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To: NormsRevenge

BTW wouldnt it be great if a reporter asks her for a comment on his death since she was named after him? She would either have to correct the lie or lie again. most likely the latter.


35 posted on 01/10/2008 3:23:34 PM PST by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow. That’s a nicely pressed shirt. I wonder who ironed it.


36 posted on 01/10/2008 3:24:56 PM PST by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: CholeraJoe

He was quite the opposite of HRC. A humble, self-effacing and deeply generous man. The world will miss him.


37 posted on 01/10/2008 3:26:04 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Eye of Unk
Its a bloody shame, wrong Hillary.

Let us try to be a little less spiteful then the left wing nuts are. Let us instead wish only for her electoral defeat.

38 posted on 01/10/2008 3:26:09 PM PST by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sadden to hear of that other Hilary having passed on.


39 posted on 01/10/2008 3:26:37 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Walkingfeather

Brilliant. Or ask Bubba...
Could be 2008’s “don’t tase me, bro...” moment


40 posted on 01/10/2008 3:27:32 PM PST by aroostook war
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To: NormsRevenge

RIP Sir Edmund Hillary.


41 posted on 01/10/2008 3:27:34 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: mass55th

Only if a camera’s present.


42 posted on 01/10/2008 3:27:36 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: D-fendr

LOL!


43 posted on 01/10/2008 3:32:51 PM PST by silent_jonny (Huckabee—THE DNC’S CHOICE)
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To: NormsRevenge

I regard him for his IGY trek to SPA. Even though he wasn’t there first, it had been nearly half a century since Amundsen (and Scott).


44 posted on 01/10/2008 3:34:11 PM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: RAY
I must assume that somehow they took their own picture

If you read the caption, the picture was taken "at the British Embassy in Khatmandu, capital of Nepal, June 26, 1953"

45 posted on 01/10/2008 3:34:25 PM PST by Former Fetus
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To: NormsRevenge
Hillary Rodham Clinton — Date of Birth: 26 October 1947

She was born before Sir Ed conquered the mountain and became famous. Clearly, she wasn't named after him.

46 posted on 01/10/2008 3:34:35 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: devolve; NormsRevenge; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; dixiechick2000; MeekOneGOP; Seadog Bytes
88 years, he had a long life!


47 posted on 01/10/2008 3:35:38 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Myrddin
She was born before Sir Ed conquered the mountain and became famous. Clearly, she wasn't named after him

We know that! But that's what she claims.

48 posted on 01/10/2008 3:36:34 PM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Born Conservative

Snopes held out hope for YEARS that Hillary’s mother lied to her and that Hillary was telling the truth “I was told by my mom I was named after...”.

A staffer let it slip finally that it was a load of horses**t.


49 posted on 01/10/2008 3:48:45 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: RAY
I must assume that somehow they took their own picture...

No, it was the middle blocker from the team of sherpas that were playing volleyball up on top of Everest that particular day.

They had to interrupt their crucial third set to do it, but they did so graciously I was told.

50 posted on 01/10/2008 3:49:36 PM PST by Husker8877
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