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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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To: NormsRevenge

one more hilary to go. please make it soon.


51 posted on 01/10/2008 3:50:01 PM PST by Waco
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To: NormsRevenge
"Edmund Hillary, first atop Everest, dies"

Meanwhile, at Clinton campaign headquarters, the following dialogue is taking place: HRC: Time for me to go on TV and express my sadness at the passing of my namesake and make sure the camera zooms in real close when I say "this...sniff...is...real...sniff...personal...for me...he was named after me...and now, he lost so many opportunities to climb more mountains...sniff...and I had so many...sniff opportunities...this is so hard...its hard to climb mountains...sniff, especially if you're a woman in politics..."

52 posted on 01/10/2008 3:50:20 PM PST by JewishRighter (Why, oh Why can't it be Hunter???)
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To: Walkingfeather

You are cruel. Can’t you see, Hillary is in mourning? She’s going to have to play the Crying Game again...


53 posted on 01/10/2008 3:50:28 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder if, anywhere, a headline will be written: HILLARY DIES!


54 posted on 01/10/2008 3:50:36 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: NormsRevenge

Thats Too bad, what a great man. He never rested in helping the people of Nepal

Here is a photo of Hillary and Disney Imagineerings Joe Rhody at a private party in Nepal during the research for Animal Kingdoms “Expedition Everest”

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[IMG]http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w55/Danielredfoot/hllary.jpg[/IMG]


55 posted on 01/10/2008 3:53:02 PM PST by DanielRedfoot ("Contrarianism" is Creativity for the Untalented)
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To: diogenes ghost
Not to mention he was the namesake of our next President.

Edmund Muskie is running?

56 posted on 01/10/2008 3:55:31 PM PST by So Cal Rocket
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To: Born Conservative

You are correct. Sir Edmond Hillary was a great man with dignity and courage. RIP. Mrs. Bill Clinton too.


57 posted on 01/10/2008 3:58:51 PM PST by Broker (Grandpa Petti Bones wants to know.)
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To: LibWhacker
I've read some bits and pieces of various accounts of the expedition.

My memory is failing me, but the expedition leader chose the Hillary/Norkey team for what might turn out to be THE successful assault because the other pair(s) in line to make the attempt consisted of two [Americans/Australians/Dutchmen/whatever] and that would just not do.

Then, another piece on the politics of saying exactly whether it was Hillary or Norkey that first stepped foot on the summit, so they agreed to say "about at the same time".

58 posted on 01/10/2008 4:04:28 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: DanielRedfoot

He made the world a better place. it is unfortunate that so few people will notice that a man who was the first to climb the highest mountain continued to serve his fellow man with humility and grace.


59 posted on 01/10/2008 4:07:22 PM PST by Gideons Trumpet
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To: So Cal Rocket
Not to mention he was the namesake of our next President. Edmund Muskie is running?

No, they meant Edmund G. Moonbeam Brown, Jr.

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60 posted on 01/10/2008 4:09:25 PM PST by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: potlatch

lol


61 posted on 01/10/2008 4:09:34 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: pissant

From the time she was born until Sir Edmund climbed Mt. Everest, her family just referred to her as ‘the girl’ or ‘hey you’


62 posted on 01/10/2008 4:10:09 PM PST by rigor mortis
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To: Always Right
Didn’t Miss Hillary invent mountain climbing?

Actually, if you look on her resume you'll see she created Mount Everest right along with God so she has the unique skills to do the job.

63 posted on 01/10/2008 4:11:55 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: NormsRevenge

continue to call her “Sir Edmund Hillary Clinton”. Or “Sir” for short.


64 posted on 01/10/2008 4:17:50 PM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I don’t see why everyone is picking on Hillary. It’s obvious that one of her parents was prescient. This is obviously an ability that if handed down will be very valuable to her as President.

It’s sad to see the passing of a great man that was so humble. This is the type of man we should hope our children emulate.


65 posted on 01/10/2008 4:19:12 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We have become an oligarchy not a Republic.)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

Here you go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7PSQ3qV0kI


66 posted on 01/10/2008 4:21:44 PM PST by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: Always Right
Didn’t Miss Hillary invent mountain climbing?

Miss Hillary invented lying with a straight face.

67 posted on 01/10/2008 4:25:57 PM PST by dearolddad (Opinions are like rectums: everybody has one.)
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To: CholeraJoe

My personal favorite of the endless, truly endless Hillary Clinton lies: She asserts that she was named in honor of Sir Edmond Hillary.

Young Edmond Hillary was a totally unknown New Zealand bee keeper at the time that we were cursed with Hillary’s birth.


68 posted on 01/10/2008 4:28:15 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: D-fendr
Hillary Clinton will attend his funeral...Seven years from now.

Quote of the day. And I'm stealing it.

69 posted on 01/10/2008 4:29:49 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (**insert witty tagline here**)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Farewell to a humble hero who used his notariety only for the good.

It's unfortunate that more don't follow his example. Maybe he raised the bar too high..
70 posted on 01/10/2008 4:31:00 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: LibWhacker

Hm, but the picture shows them at an embassy for a publicity shot, so it can’t be considered anything but?

There is still at least some chance that Mallory and Irvine were among the first to scale Everest, btw. Most would qualify the feat of mountain climbing by specifying one has to return alive. Hm.


71 posted on 01/10/2008 4:32:18 PM PST by Freedom4US
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To: CholeraJoe

Sir Edmund was named after Hillary Clinton. /S


72 posted on 01/10/2008 4:33:24 PM PST by omega4179 (2008 year of the Rino)
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To: omega4179

He changed his name to Sir Edmund Hillary-Rodham before death /s


73 posted on 01/10/2008 4:34:52 PM PST by omega4179 (2008 year of the Rino)
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To: NormsRevenge
I remember when the news of their success reached the UK.

It was on the morning of the Queen's coronation - made a great day even more special.

RIP Sir Edmund.

74 posted on 01/10/2008 4:45:33 PM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: af_vet_rr
It's unfortunate that more don't follow his example. Maybe he raised the bar too high..

I think most current celebrity follow the shallow paths they do is because they know their "achievements" are hollow. Sir Edmund followed the dictum "to whom much is given, much is expected" and was rewarded with riches beyond anything this world could provide.

75 posted on 01/10/2008 4:45:46 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: HighWheeler

Bravo, and it’s an exact likeness.


76 posted on 01/10/2008 5:06:34 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We have become an oligarchy not a Republic.)
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To: potlatch

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Excellent potlatch!


77 posted on 01/10/2008 5:33:40 PM PST by devolve (---- - Hey Boone! - My bonus check is late again! -)
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To: devolve

Thank you.


78 posted on 01/10/2008 5:45:00 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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You’re welcome!


79 posted on 01/10/2008 5:51:44 PM PST by devolve (---- - Hey Boone! - My bonus check is late again! -)
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To: potlatch

Now, THAT’S funny!!!


80 posted on 01/10/2008 6:22:21 PM PST by Deo volente
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To: NormsRevenge

He has been to the highest point on earth, now he is even higher. Heaven awaits Sir Ed.


81 posted on 01/10/2008 9:12:28 PM PST by TheEaglehasLanded
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To: NormsRevenge

Does this mean Ms. Clinton has to give back her name?


82 posted on 01/10/2008 9:24:49 PM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: NormsRevenge

Dear Santa,

Wrong Hillary!

Redwood99


83 posted on 01/10/2008 9:27:39 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: potlatch; NormsRevenge

RIP, GOOD Hillary!!


84 posted on 01/10/2008 10:44:53 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: potlatch

heheheee! And a SUPER GIF there, my dear ! Love it!


85 posted on 01/10/2008 10:46:46 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: weegee

My dad always told me I was named after Paul Newman’s character Cool Hand Luke, because I was born with severe birth defects and I needed a tough name. The thing is, my mom chose that name before I was born, and before anyone knew of my health problems. But it still makes a good story and people love stories.


86 posted on 01/11/2008 2:52:20 AM PST by LukeL
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To: rigor mortis
From the time she was born until Sir Edmund climbed Mt. Everest, her family just referred to her as ‘the girl’ or ‘hey you’

Since she started out as a Goldwater Girl, I always thought her first name was actually "Barry".

87 posted on 01/11/2008 2:59:13 AM PST by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: CholeraJoe

To bad it was not vice versa.


88 posted on 01/11/2008 6:31:07 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: HighWheeler

that video you posted led me to the “Scary Mary Poppins” video. It’s AMAZING!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T5_0AGdFic&feature=related


89 posted on 01/11/2008 7:09:28 AM PST by EdnaMode
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To: NormsRevenge

Sir Edmund Hillary: 1919 - 2008


Hillary Mounts Everest.
Now this was an adventurer.

90 posted on 01/11/2008 8:06:46 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
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To: NormsRevenge

^


91 posted on 01/11/2008 8:26:23 AM PST by prognostigaator
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To: JewishRighter
"HRC: Time for me to go on TV and express my sadness at the passing of my namesake and make sure the camera zooms in real close when I say "this...sniff...is...real...sniff...personal...for me...he was named after me...and now, he lost so many opportunities to climb more mountains...sniff...and I had so many...sniff opportunities...this is so hard...its hard to climb mountains...sniff, especially if you're a woman in politics..."

Snort! ROFLMDAO!!! Excellent, you just made my day!!!!! Too funny!
92 posted on 01/11/2008 10:19:08 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (A voter wavering between wanting radical change and burning the damn place down)
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To: MeekOneGOP; devolve

Thank you very much Meek!


93 posted on 01/11/2008 2:51:05 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Deo volente; devolve

Thanks Deo volente!


94 posted on 01/11/2008 2:53:23 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

95 posted on 01/11/2008 11:01:09 PM PST by devolve (---- - Hey Boone! - My bonus check is late again! -)
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To: devolve

Lol, very neat!
Kinda resembles Robo-Hillary!

I love the text style you used, hope you remember the name of it!!


96 posted on 01/11/2008 11:17:17 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

I shouda made a note of the font style I use there

It does look good for many grafix


97 posted on 01/11/2008 11:47:22 PM PST by devolve (---- - Hey Boone! - My bonus check is late again! -)
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To: devolve

Yes, it is a really neat style. You need to write it down the next time, lol.

Night devolve!


98 posted on 01/11/2008 11:51:42 PM PST by potlatch
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To: george76

Thanks george!


99 posted on 01/12/2008 10:20:46 PM PST by potlatch
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To: MeekOneGOP

Thank you Meek, I had missed this one!


100 posted on 01/12/2008 10:21:49 PM PST by potlatch
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