December 29th, 2006


Losses of 2006

The year 2006 brought many changes to our culture and lives. Most importantly was the loss of many famous people who impacted the world in great ways.

The former President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, died on Dec. 26, the only president not elected to the office. Christmas Day saw the passing of the "Grandfather of Soul" James Brown. Ann Richards, the former Governor of Texas, died on Set. 13. The "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin passed away on Sep. 4. Nellie Connally, the wife of former Gov. John Connally of Texas, and the only surviving occupant of President Kennedy's limousine when he was assassinated, passed on Sep. 1.

Lloyd Bentsen, former Secretary of the Treasury under Pres. Clinton, and Senator representing Texas from 1971-1993, passed May 23. March 28 saw Caspar Weinburger, Secretary of Defense under Pres. Reagan, pass. Corretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King, passed on January 30. Lou Rawls, also a soul singer, died on Jan. 6 of last year.

As we move on to a new year, we look forward to the new beginnings, and the losses that will come. Our great contributors to our society will always be remembered, and when we loose one, it hits hard. We all can recall a time and memory when we saw or heard a famous person give a speech or get elected. So, as we march into the new year, let us remember our great accomplishments those who passed on last year, and years before, gave to us, and let us stride to do the same for future generations.

[Written by Christine Kern, Staff Writer for The Marlin Democrat, Jan. 3, 2007]
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