Humble Heroes

“People don’t seem to realize that the magnitude of heroism is the difference between what you have and what someone is willing to give you in a time of need. The actual per unit value of the commodity is unimportant. That’s why people sometimes don’t fully accept that their personal contribution may have been unusually important to others.” —Jerry Olivieri (1962–1999), Aerospace Engineer

An old friend of mine, Jerry could be really profound, even if in full-on engineer mode! Another of his quotes is on this site, NASA’s Job. He was speaking of my new-at-the-time site HeroicStories, which I’ve since turned over to another publisher.


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Randy Cassingham is best known as the creator of This is True, the oldest entertainment feature on the Internet: it has been running weekly by email subscription since early 1994. It is social commentary using weird news as its vehicle so it’s fun to read. Click here for a subscribe form — basic subscriptions are free.

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