On the Loss of a Hero

On Thursday, Ohio and America lost John Glenn, a true American hero.

Many touching tributes have been written in the last few days, but one in particular is worthy of note.  It was written by Dale Butland and published in the New York Times.  Dale served as John Glenn's Chief of Staff and directed his last campaign in 1992.   It's worth the read.  An excerpt:

"Despite his international celebrity, the ticker-tape parades and the schools and streets named in his honor, John never let any of it go to his head. He dined with kings, counseled presidents and signed autographs for athletes and movie stars. But he never pulled rank, rarely raised his voice and remained unfailingly polite and conscious of his responsibilities as a hero and a role model until the day he died."
When John passed away, we lost a man who many say is the last genuine American hero. Not because others won’t do heroic things, but because national heroes aren’t easily crowned or even acknowledged in this more cynical age.

He belonged to an earlier and more innocent era — when we trusted our institutions, thought government could accomplish big and important things, still believed politics could be a noble profession, and didn’t think that ticker-tape parades were reserved for World Series or Super Bowl champions.

You can read the rest in the New York Times opinion piece.

Another touching tribute was published in the Washington Post: Annie Glenn: ‘When I called John, he cried. People just couldn’t believe that I could really talk.’

Closer to home, Channel 9's article includes an interview with Brewster Rhoads, who managed John Glenn's 1992 re-election campaign.

And this piece in the Cincinnati Enquirer written by Cincinnati resident Bryan McCleary is also excellent.   Bryan served Senator Glenn as his Press Secretary for five years from 1992 until 1997.

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