Friday, April 20, 2007

Liviu Librescu...

I think that every one of the victims of the tragedy of Virginia Tech deserves an honor but this one story was very important to me. Many young people died who never got the chance to really live. This man survived one madman's rampage to succumb to another's. This is from MSNBC's Website:

Liviu Librescu
, 76, an engineering science and mechanics lecturer. Born in Romania, he survived the Nazi Holocaust and emigrated to Israel in 1978 before moving to Virginia in 1985.

An Israeli citizen, he had taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years and was internationally known for his work in aeronautical engineering.

"His research has enabled better aircraft, superior composite materials, and more robust aerospace structures," said Ishwar Puri, the head of the engineering science and mechanics department.


After surviving the Nazi killings, Librescu escaped from communist Romania and made his way to the United States before he was killed in Monday’s massacre, which coincided with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Librescu's son, Joe, said his father's students sent e-mails detailing how the professor saved their lives by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before he was fatally shot.

“My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Joe Librescu said from his home outside Tel Aviv, Israel. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.”

Monday, April 16, 2007

Report: French knew of al-Qaida plot

The French did something right! They knew of some kind of hijacking planned by al-Qaida and shared that information with the CIA in January of 2001. Though back then the idea of a hijacking had an entirely different meaning and no one could have predicted the extent of Nine-Eleven.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Joe Murphy Has Left the Building, But His Story Lives On

In the Podosphere 6 degrees of separation I'm sure everyone is linked back to Joe Murphy of the KickAss Mystic Ninjas, Wingin' It, Slice Of SciFi, etc, Podcasts. While today is April Fools day, no one that was ever touched by Joe will find humor today. This comic was written on the same day of Joes passing - its perfect. Goodbye Joe, you mattered!

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