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Old 01-11-2008, 07:42 PM
Location: Arlington Virginia
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I'm sure you all have read and listened to radio stories about the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary, who with fellow climber Tenzing Norgay, were the first to climb to the top of Mt Everest in 1953. One of the stories I heard yesterday described some of the the most formidable and terrifying terrain that they faced, in extreme conditions, and especially the fact that they did not know what was "on the other side" because no one had ever been there before.

And one thing that I noted was that Sir Edmund described himself as a "humble bee keeper."

Look in the first link ...

Federated Farmers Bees chair John Hartnell

"Beekeepers have always been proud to count Sir Edmund Hillary as one of their own. He described himself as an average New Zealander but was an inspiration to us all," the chair of Federated Farmers Bees John Hartnell said today.

"Sir Edmund Hillary began life following in his fatherís footsteps as a beekeeper and funded his early climbing expeditions from his living collecting honey.

"Today we remember a wonderful life. Sir Edmundís achievements will live on. Our condolences go to his family and close friends at this time," Mr Hartnell said.

Tributes to Sir Edmund Hillary - New Zealand news on Stuff.co.nz

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Old 01-11-2008, 07:46 PM
Location: Corinth, ME
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Hail, Sir Edmund. You did us all proud.
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:46 PM
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Quite a gentleman he was with an extremely infectious smile.
He will most certainly be a hard act to follow. I think he and Wilfred
Thiesinger were the last of the genuine classic explorers.
Thanks so much for posting the links, qw.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:57 PM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Sounds like he was a great guy.

A beekeeper is technically a bee husbandman.

You can only husband three things.

A vineyard: which teaches you the lesson of how to care for, train and prune a living and growing production system.

A beehive: which teaches you that it can work and produce great value if protected from harm, provided an appropriate environment and cared for when in need.

And a woman.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:13 PM
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Sir Edmund Hillary was a true legend in his own time, a class act in every way. What courage, humility and generosity he had. After attaining fame for the first climb to the summit of Everest (along with his sherpa climbing partner Tenzing Norgay) he spent many years of his life trying to help the people of Nepal, the very people who made it possible for him to succeed in that great adventure.
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