“A Final Goodbye to Stan Musial”
Texas state Senator Mario Gallegos Jr. passed away in Houston today at the age of 62. Gallegos was a long-serving member of the Texas legislature and a retired Houston firefighter.
“The staunch Democrat had represented Senate District 6 in Harris County since 1995, having served in the Texas House the previous four years. He developed a reputation for toughness in 2007 when he showed up in the Senate chamber shortly after a liver transplant to vote against a measure that would have required a photo ID in order to vote in Texas.”
The front page of The New York Times on June 19, 1983, the day after Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel to space. (via The New York Times)
The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. They’re Caesar’s praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, ‘Remember, Caesar, thou art mortal.’ Most of us can’t rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven’t time, money or that many friends. The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.
“Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do.” - Leslie Cochran (1951-2012)
“He is always a source of strength to us, putting into perspective the fragility of life and the value that we must place on the contribution of all of our colleagues especially when we are blessed with the life, service, and leadership of someone like Donald Payne.”