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A Patriot is gone...RIP Norm Liebmann [FReeper Firehat]
TheTownCrier ^ | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011

Posted on 04/09/2012 8:18:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

We, on the web, knew him as "Firehat". The world knew him as Norman Liebmann, outstanding award winning comic writer. He was our friend, always there with encouragement to fight the good fight for the country he loved so much.

Following is the message from his family, who we know must miss his wit and love even more than we do. There is an empty space no one else can fill with his passing.

THE PASSING OF NORMAN –Date : 2010-12-20

THE HAT’S OFF, BUT THE FLAME IS ETERNAL ©

by the Family of Norman Liebmann

It is with great sorrow that the family of Norman Liebmann (FIREHAT) now informs all his faithful readers of Norman’s recent passing, December 20, 2010.

Although a brilliant and popular writer with over 50 years experience in the entertainment industry both in New York and California, Norman Liebmann was a very private person- with his comedic and also serious side showing through in all his writings.

For any of those, and others past and future, who might also desire the pleasurable experience of reading Norman’s humorous, prolific, insightful and prophetic email writings, it is the family’s intention to keep Norman’s site and articles (all 595 of them) available, as they are timeless reading.

*** In an interview not too long ago, Norman was asked: “What about the future? Where are you going?” Norman replied: “There are many wonderful places still left for me to go. How “wonderful” they will be may depend on whether or not I have been invited.”

We feel – and many of his readers have expressed the same opinion – it can only be UP!

***

Norman Liebmann was a writer for many celebrities, most notably Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Bob Newhart, and Johnny Carson. The name Firehat came from a friend, a graphics artist, who quipped that Norman was on fire with his quick wit and never ending stream of quips, jabs and jokes. He created the image with the bowler top-hat and eternal flame that became Norman’s moniker... Firehat!


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KEYWORDS: firehat; normliebmann; obituary; prayer; rip
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1 posted on 04/09/2012 8:18:51 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: rw4site; gonzo; onyx; Brad's Gramma; All

Forwarded to me today. Prayers up for Norm’s family and loved ones.


2 posted on 04/09/2012 8:21:28 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (There's no crying in rebellion!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Prayers up


3 posted on 04/09/2012 8:25:14 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Jim Robinson

Prayers going out from this house for Norm. I used to visit his site a lot. He’ll be missed. He was one of us.


4 posted on 04/09/2012 8:26:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The libs don't want to save da planit. If they did, they'd boycott BIG oil and petroleum products.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Prayers up for Firehat, his family and friends.


5 posted on 04/09/2012 8:28:01 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Jim Robinson

I don’t think I read any of his posts, but I’m saddened to hear of his passing.

Hopefully things are good otherwise.


6 posted on 04/09/2012 8:29:23 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Prayers for the family. It is sad for us when God calls the good ones to be with Him.


7 posted on 04/09/2012 8:29:40 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Jim Robinson

RIP.


8 posted on 04/09/2012 8:30:18 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Jim Robinson

Oh my, I didn’t know Norman was gone. Rest in peace Firehat, you were absolutely brilliant. Thank you.


9 posted on 04/09/2012 8:32:25 PM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Jim Robinson

Prayers for the family.


10 posted on 04/09/2012 8:37:19 PM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Wow. I remember reading Firehat's posts when I first started logging into Free Republic. It was always a pleasure to read his material.

I did not realize he had passed away.
Prayers to his family and loved ones.

11 posted on 04/09/2012 8:39:25 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter; Forecaster

He was one of the originals... RIP, Firehat.


12 posted on 04/09/2012 8:40:09 PM PDT by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history)
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To: Jim Robinson

RIP


13 posted on 04/09/2012 8:41:59 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Jim Robinson

Adding my prayers for his family and friends.


14 posted on 04/09/2012 8:44:20 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Wow... Norman died well over a year ago.
I don’t remember hearing about this. Thanks for the heads up.

RIP


15 posted on 04/09/2012 8:44:59 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:firehat/index?brevity=full;tab=comments

Firehat was an original, pre-Lewinsky scandal freeper.
Signed up with the first registration in November 1997.


16 posted on 04/09/2012 8:49:02 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Jim Robinson

Prayers for his family and friends.


17 posted on 04/09/2012 9:00:03 PM PDT by lysie
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To: Jim Robinson

Rest in peace. A truly funny man and a great contributor to Free Republic.


18 posted on 04/09/2012 9:05:02 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Jim Robinson

The classic rant that is occasionally posted here is attributed to him. I saved it the first time I read it as it is hysterical. Out of respect though ... it won’t be posted on here; wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong impression of the man. Would have loved to know him and would love to know the story behind that post if you would care to share sometime.

Why is it that all of our good ones are going? (rhetorical) I don’t get it.


19 posted on 04/09/2012 9:06:02 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (The biggest Hate group in America is located in the White House, Congress & DOJ)
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To: Jim Robinson

This just in: He was one of my favourites.


20 posted on 04/09/2012 9:10:15 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: Jim Robinson
I *highly* recommend to all Freepers that you look up some of Norm's writings. I know that I've taken huge inspiration from him over the years, and sometimes work to model his amazing writing style.

We lost a giant when we lost Norm (aka "Firehat").

21 posted on 04/09/2012 9:10:37 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks, Jim. It’s too bad we did not know of his passing for over a year.

I hope he will be have a tribute on the Free Republic Memorial Wall.


22 posted on 04/09/2012 9:18:33 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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Prayers for family and friends. Sounds like a life well lived!


23 posted on 04/09/2012 9:20:33 PM PDT by daisy mae for the usa
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To: Jim Robinson

Norm’s comic relief was a welcome respite in the heat of the early days here. He always answered my comments and inquiries promptly, and was always thoughful and courteous. I will remember him as a good, good man, who always managed to help us not to take events, or each other, too seriously.
God Bless You, Norm.


24 posted on 04/09/2012 9:22:45 PM PDT by weeder
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To: Jim Robinson

Norm’s comic relief was a welcome respite in the heat of the early days here. He always answered my comments and inquiries promptly, and was always thoughful and courteous. I will remember him as a good, good man, who always managed to help us not to take events, or each other, too seriously.
God Bless You, Norm.


25 posted on 04/09/2012 9:25:50 PM PDT by weeder
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To: Jim Robinson

One of my favorites. We used to communicate through email, and he was about as funny as anybody I’ve ever known. He will be missed.


26 posted on 04/09/2012 9:31:22 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Oh, no! I loved that guy and his sense of humor. He had an amazing wit. Condolences to his family and friends. Very sad to hear this.


27 posted on 04/09/2012 10:00:17 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Jim Robinson; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; al_c; ...

Oh Jim....

Logan’s and trussell’s prayer warriors....please pray for FR Firehat’s family and friends.

If any of his family is reading this, please accept our condolences.


28 posted on 04/09/2012 10:09:03 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Jim Robinson

R.I.P. Norm... I remember the VERY old days of you here at Jim Robinson’s FREE REPUBLIC.... We could read every post and comment in about 15 minutes.. you were a big part of the success.


29 posted on 04/09/2012 10:12:30 PM PDT by Bob Eimiller
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To: Jim Robinson; firehat

Rest in Peace, old FRiend! And THANK you for you insight, wit and wisdom over the years. SALUTE!!


30 posted on 04/09/2012 10:15:09 PM PDT by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER OathKeeper III We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: Neil E. Wright

WE will miss you, brother Freeper!


31 posted on 04/09/2012 10:22:48 PM PDT by CT (Make Mine Newt)
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To: Jim Robinson

Naw .... Damnit ....

Prayers for his family.


32 posted on 04/09/2012 11:07:01 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Jim Robinson
Here's one I did for Norm when he couldn't log-on once-upon-a-time: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1289199/posts ........................ FRegards
33 posted on 04/09/2012 11:27:27 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: Jim Robinson

It should be noted that he helped develop The Munsters and co-wrote the pilot (and other episodes, I believe).


34 posted on 04/09/2012 11:33:42 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Jim Robinson; firehat

RIP Firehat


35 posted on 04/09/2012 11:34:07 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Jim Robinson
Following one of Firehat's posts is what led me here way back when.

R.I.P. Firehat.

36 posted on 04/10/2012 12:22:14 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: Jim Robinson
Following one of Firehat's posts is what led me here way back when.

R.I.P. Firehat.

37 posted on 04/10/2012 12:22:14 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: Jim Robinson

I had no idea, Jim. I had wondered where Firehat had gone to; hadn’t seen anything from him in quite a while. I’m shocked to learn why.

Please pass on our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

He is missed. The guy was awesome.


38 posted on 04/10/2012 12:24:23 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Some of Norms credits: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0509406/

http://images.mitrasites.com/norm-liebmann.html

I'll try to find his web site tomorrow - it's gone from its' old home: FIREHAT@adelphia.net ..................................... FRegards

39 posted on 04/10/2012 12:26:32 AM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: Jim Robinson; Nachum; All
Some of Norms credits: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0509406/

http://images.mitrasites.com/norm-liebmann.html

I'll try to find his web site tomorrow - it's gone from its' old home: FIREHAT@adelphia.net ..................................... FRegards

40 posted on 04/10/2012 12:27:34 AM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: Jim Robinson
Deeply saddened to learn of Norm's passing. He was a master of satire and incisive commentary. You will be greatly missed. RIP. You have earned it!
41 posted on 04/10/2012 12:53:37 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (I really want Obozo to have another term -- in Leavenworth! 25 to life sounds about right.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

BTTT


42 posted on 04/10/2012 2:36:25 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: Lancey Howard

Prayers up, for his family and friends.

May God bless.
Tatt


43 posted on 04/10/2012 4:17:22 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yesterday I read a comment posted by some sweet lady who because of my failing memory I can’t remember her screen name, mentioned Firehat. Realizing I hadn’t seen his postings lately I went to his homepage to view his postings. His last one was in 2010. I then did a web search and found the obit. I checked the Memorial Wall and saw that his name was missing so I notified you.

Thank you for Freerepublic.


44 posted on 04/10/2012 5:26:00 AM PDT by rw4site (Little men want Big Government!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I corresponded with Norm for quite some time. He coined the term “Marxist Brothers” to describe one particularly leftist cabal of congressmen, and I wrote a piece describing what I called the “Lenin Sisters,” Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. He contacted me and asked if he could borrow the line — high praise coming from a man of his talent.

I know his output has diminished of late and now I know why. But you can bet that if there are any shenanigans in the Great Beyond, Norm Liebman will not let them pass unnoticed.
Farewell, old comrade. Keep the fire burning.


45 posted on 04/10/2012 5:27:19 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Jonty30
I don’t think I read any of his posts, but I’m saddened to hear of his passing.

After Mr. Liebmann’s demise his website has disappeared from the internet.

However, here is a small sample of his work, preserved on Free Republic several years ago.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1946867/posts

46 posted on 04/10/2012 5:31:45 AM PDT by Cheburashka (It's legal to be out at night in spacesuits, even carrying a rag dolly. Cops hauled us in anyway.)
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To: Jim Robinson

RIP Firehat, loved your This Just In articles. Nobody ever savaged the Clinton Admin the way you did.


47 posted on 04/10/2012 6:05:16 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Jim Robinson

Prayers for his family and friends during this difficult time. Whenever I read about a FReeper passing, I feel like I lost a good friend. Sad news...


48 posted on 04/10/2012 6:44:26 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Jim Robinson

prayers for his loved ones


49 posted on 04/10/2012 6:58:11 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: Obama sez: "Nice little Supreme Court you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.")
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To: Jim Robinson; firehat

RIP Norm Liebmann/Firehat
God rest his soul

50 posted on 04/10/2012 8:23:33 AM PDT by LUV W (Reserved for a hero........)
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