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A Couple of Stirling Moss Stories

With the news that Sir Stirling has passed away at 90, Motorsports lost a motor sports icon and a true gentleman.  It has been said that he was one of the greatest drivers who never won a Formula 1 championship.

Of the 528 races that he started, he won a remarkable 212.

It was said that he never won the F1 title because he was too much a gentleman.

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A Carroll “Lex” LeFon Primer


Who was Carroll LeFon?

The best description of Lex that I’ve heard is “Imagine Hemingway flew fighters…and liked people.

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With John McCain’s Passing…

The WSJ had a good op-ed and another article on the effect he had in the Senate. I always thought how many could have endured what he endured in Hanoi for 7 years? Somebody today in the F/B group posted a wonderful story on him during his Presidential run and a “television journalist” who tried playing the game of “gotcha“.

You know, ask some absurd question so you can ridicule the the hapless interviewee on his lack of preparation. Who’s the President of Absurdistan? Don’t know? How are you qualified for the office?

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Barbara Bush – A True Lady

My idea of a real lady is a woman who can talk with the boys, yet never lose her grace or femininity. You just know that you are in the presence of a true lady.

Barbara Bush had that quality. Below I’d like to offer a story given by a fellow Lexican yesterday on Barbara – courtesy of author and shuttle astronaut  Mike Mullane from his book “Riding Rockets,” Scribner 2006 – edited)


(By Mike Mullane)

The highlight of our meager postflight PR tour was a visit to George Bush, Senior’s White House. We were shocked by the invitation. STS-36 had been virtually ignored in the press. There were no women on the crew, no minorities, no firsts of any kind that might have turned out the press to cover a presidential handshake. Whatever the reason, the invitation was sincerely appreciated.

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In Remembrance


Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

Requiem – Robert Louis Stevenson


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To Lex

oncewereHappy Birthday Lex. We miss ya down here.


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From a fellow Lexican comes this from his blog RUMBEAR CHRONICLES. Thank you, Charles Mellor for this.

That is an awesome picture BTW!

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by | September 28, 2013 · 11:54 pm

A Moving Tribute

F18 Sunset Red

Came across this post by Brigid today.

If you have not read this lady’s blog before, you need to add her to your list. She is an amazing writer.

It was dusty at Chez Sarge today.

Neptunus Lex – One Year


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Memorial Day Aerial Video

H5 – WWII Bombers over Arizona Landscape from H5 Productions on Vimeo.

SaberCat1 filming in HD the B17 and the B25 WWII Bombers over and around Arizona's Superstition Mountains and Saguaro Lake. H5 Productions, in conjunction with The Commemorative Air Force filmed these aircraft during the Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, November 13th, 2010. The B17 Bomber was flown by pilot Russ Gilmore and the B25 Bomber was flown by pilot Spike McLane. The base for these bombers is Falcon Field located in Mesa, Arizona. SaberCat1 pilot, Mitch Kelldorf. SaberCat1 aerial cinematographer, Mike Murray. Editor, Mike Murray.

Today is Memorial Day which is a somber holiday in my way of thinking. That’s why I didn’t use the normal term for visual material such as this. I thought it was a fitting video for today as we remember those who never came back and gave everything so that we could enjoy our lives. To them, I say thank you and I will remember you and what you’ve done.

I also feel that Lex should be remembered today as well. He might have been retired from the U.S. Navy, but he was still serving his country when he passed away in Fallon, NV. I’ll have a Guinness later tonight in your memory, Lex.

Of course, those who never returned often left behind family and friends who also made the sacrifice when they lost someone they loved. To them, Lex’s family included, I say thank you and you will remain in our thoughts and prayers as well.


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