Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English author, social thinker.
Commemorating a great tragedy, and how a school, a town and individuals coped with it. The movie “We Are Marshal”.
In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on.
Jack Lengyel: For those of you who may not know, this is the final resting place for six members of the 1970 Thundering Herd. The plane crash that took their lives was so severe, so absolute, that their bodies were unable to be identified. So they were buried here. Together. Six players. Six teammates. Six Sons of Marshall. This is our past, gentlemen. This is where we have been. This is how we got here. This is who we are. Today, I want to talk about our opponent this afternoon. They’re bigger, faster, stronger, more experienced and on paper, they’re just better. And they know it too. But I want to tell you something that they don’t know. They don’t know your heart. I do. I’ve seen it. You have shown it to me. You have shown this coaching staff, your teammates. You have shown yourselves just exactly who you are in here.
When you take that field today, you’ve got to lay that heart on the line, men. From the souls of your feet, with every ounce of blood you’ve got in your body, lay it on the line until the final whistle blows. And if you do that, if you do that, we cannot lose. We may be behind on the scoreboard at the end of the game but if you play like that we cannot be defeated. Now we came here today to remember six young men and sixty-nine others who will not be on the field with you today, but they will be watching. You can bet your ass that they’ll be gritting their teeth with every snap of that football. You understand me? How you play today, from this moment on is how you will be remembered. This is your opportunity to rise from these ashes and grab glory. We are…
Young Thundering Herd: Marshall!
Jack Lengyel: We are.
Young Thundering Herd: Marshall!
Jack Lengyel: We are!
Young Thundering Herd: Marshall!
Jack Lengyel: The funerals end today!
The Youtube Clip.
The coach, Jack Lengyel, was played by the fantastic Matthew McConaughey.
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. William Mather Lewis
March 24, 1878 – November 11, 1945 was an American teacher, university president, local politician, and a state and national government official. He was mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois from 1915–17, President of George Washington University from 1923-7 and the President of Layfayette College from 1927-45.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Statesman, Writer.
Churchill, the Soldier and War Correspondent
After seven months of basic training, Churchill was given his first leave. Instead of going home to relax, Churchill wanted to see action; so he traveled to Cuba to watch Spanish troops put down a rebellion. Churchill didn’t go just as an interested soldier, he made plans to be a war correspondent for London’s The Daily Graphic. It was the beginning of a long writing career.
When his leave was up, Churchill traveled with his regiment to India. Churchill also saw action in India when fighting Afghan tribes. This time, again not just a soldier, Churchill wrote letters to London’s The Daily Telegraph. From these experiences, Churchill also wrote his first book, The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898).
Churchill then joined Lord Kitchener’s expedition in the Sudan while also writing for The Morning Post. After seeing a lot of action in the Sudan, Churchill used his experiences to write The River War (1899).
Again wanting to be at the scene of the action, Churchill managed in 1899 to become the war correspondent for The Morning Post during the Boer War in South Africa. Not only was Churchill shot at, he was captured. After spending nearly a month as a prisoner of war, Churchill managed to escape and miraculously made it to safety. He also turned these experiences into a book – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria (1900).
Great movie, with two great stars, Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford.
The Frisco Kid. A Polish rabbi, played bye Wilder, wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians, robs a bank and is almost killed by outlaws and wrestles Harrison Ford in wet long underwear.
Chief Gray Cloud: [in reference to Avram’s god] What does he do?
Avram: He… He can do anything!
Chief Gray Cloud: Then why can’t he make rain?
Avram: Because he doesn’t make rain. He gives us strength when we’re suffering. He gives us compassion when all that we feel is hatred. He gives us courage when we’re searching around blindly like little mice in the darkness… but He does not make rain!
[Thunder and lightning begin, followed by a downpour]
Avram: Of course… sometimes, just like that, he’ll change His mind.
This movie is about faith, friendship and the Wild West. I highly suggest you watch it, a flop at the box office even though Ford had played Han Solo three years earlier and Wilder had just finished Silver Streak. Go figure a nice movie though.
Treat every person with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you. Remember that you show compassion to others not because of who they are but because of who you are. Andrew T. Somers
I do not know who Andrew T. Somers is, I did learn that Andy Somers is from the English band The Police, and this quote is found a lot of places on the internet, but no record of who Andrew T. Somers is, or when and where this quote can be originated (maybe your Google Fu is stronger than mine), if you know anything more about Andrew T. Somers please leave it in the comment section below and educate everyone. So I gave you first a picture about kindness and respect, so now some photos of rudeness and compassion.