January 28, 2013 |
Baseball legend Stan Musial had a request before he passed away recently: He wanted Bob Costas to speak at his funeral. Costas honored that request at Musial's funeral on Saturday, giving an emotional farewell to the greatest St. Louis Cardinals player of all time. "What was the hook with Stan Musial other than the distinctive stance and the role of one of baseball's best hitters?" Costas said. "It seems that all Stan had going for him was more than two decades of sustained excellence as a ballplayer and more than nine decades as a thoroughly decent human being.
August 26, 2012 |
Two days before Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, speechwriter William Safire sent 12 sentences to President Nixon's chief of staff. The title of his memo: “In the event of moon disaster.” Getting the astronauts to the moon was one thing, Nixon had been told. Getting them home was quite another. “The most dangerous part of the moon mission was to get that lunar module back up into orbit of the moon and join the command ship,” Safire told Tim Russert in 1999 on an episode of “Meet the Press,” just after the memo was released.
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October 1, 2011
Philip Matthew Hannan Cleric gave the eulogy for President Kennedy Retired New Orleans Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, 98, who sought to console a grieving nation in his eulogy for President Kennedy, died Thursday in New Orleans after a long period of decline, according to the archdiocese. Hannan was a young auxiliary bishop in Washington, D.C., when Jacqueline Kennedy asked him to deliver her husband's eulogy at the state funeral held three days after the president's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
July 11, 2011 |
First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to California to attend a funeral service on Tuesday for former First Lady Betty Ford, the White House has announced. Ford, born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer in Chicago on April 8, 1918, was the wife of Republican President Gerald R. Ford, who served from 1974-1977. She died Friday at age 93 in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. President Ford died in 2006. Michelle Obama will travel to Palm Desert, Calif., for Mrs. Ford’s funeral, the White House said.
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July 10, 2011 |
A private memorial for former First Lady Betty Ford will be held in Palm Desert on Tuesday, with a eulogy to be delivered by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, before her remains are flown to Michigan and laid to rest beside her husband, a family representative said Saturday. Ford, 93, died of natural causes Friday afternoon, surrounded by family members at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. She had been hospitalized with a brief illness but, contrary to some news reports, did not suffer a stroke, said Greg Willard, the Fords' longtime attorney.
June 22, 2011
Bruce Springsteen eloquently eulogized his friend of more than four decades and E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons Tuesday at a private funeral at a small church in Palm Beach, Fla. The roughly two-hour service for the 69-year-old Clemons, known as the Big Man and Springsteen's main foil onstage over their long careers, was at the Royal Poinciana Chapel on this manicured island of the rich and famous. Faint strains of music could be heard outside the small gray church. Springsteen, among those delivering eulogies, spoke of his long kinship with Clemons, according to those leaving the church.