Moments and missives from our world
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Today, in the embattled Libyan enclave of Ajdabia, the town’s leading surgeon decided to name the largest town square after a Briton with a caring heart and eye.
“Tim Hetherington was one of the people transmitting the light of truth, proclaimed Dr. Suleiman Refardi. “The camera of Tim Hetherington is as strong as any cannon on the front. We have named the square after this hero and I now consider Tim as one of our martyrs.”
CJ Chivers wrote about the service in Benghazi that honored Tim, fellow photojournalist Chris Hondros, and a Ukrainian Doctor who died as well on Wednesday in Misurata.”
A Norwegian friend of mine traveled with Tim and Chris’ remains from Misurata to Benghazi, and was there for the memorial service. Twelve years ago, that same friend provided tremendous moral support as I was coping with being attacked on assignment in South Africa.
I never met Hondros or Hetherington, but was very, very familiar with their work. Friends and colleagues of mine over the years have been wounded, maimed and killed while trying to tell the stories in places across the globe. Others have been haunted by their experiences, and have a couple have taken their lives.
Sebastian Junger penned a tribute to his professional partner, which is a must read in Vanity Fair.
Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed on Wednesday while covering the conflict in Libya.
Two incredibly gifted storytellers.
A retrospective of some of Chris’ work through the past decade is here, viewer discretion is advised.
The Times has a piece about the prolific and prodigiously talented Brian Lanker today, who died Sunday from Pancreatic Cancer.
Lanker’s 1989 book, “I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America,” is one of the best selling photography books in history, and is now in its 14th printing.
He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for “Moment of Life,” his photographic essay of Jacki Coburn’s birth in Topeka. Several of these images can be seen in the slideshow in the NYT piece.
From Don Winslow’s obituary:
“I found a great deal of joy in the two Pulitzer winners that year, because the News photo was Nick Ut’s from Vietnam [the "Napalm Girl" picture],” Lanker told the Newseum during a video interview. “To have this war photograph on one end of the spectrum winning the Pulitzer, and the horror of the life these children were experiencing, and then to have the joy of the moment of life, a child being born in the middle of America in Kansas, I think it was a wonderful contrast within one given year of the Pulitzers.”
In 1999, world leaders descended upon Pretoria for South African President Thabo Mbeki’s inauguration. The ”Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Arab Libyan Popular and Socialist Jamahirya” received the most thunderous reception.
The Library of Congress lists the 32 most common spellings of his names:
(1) Muammar Qaddafi,
(2) Mo’ammar Gadhafi,
(3) Muammar Kaddafi,
(4) Muammar Qadhafi,
(5) Moammar El Kadhafi,
(6) Muammar Gadafi,
(7) Mu’ammar al-Qadafi,
(8) Moamer El Kazzafi,
(9) Moamar al-Gaddafi,
(10) Mu’ammar Al Qathafi,
(11) Muammar Al Qathafi,
(12) Mo’ammar el-Gadhafi,
(13) Moamar El Kadhafi,
(14) Muammar al-Qadhafi,
(15) Mu’ammar al-Qadhdhafi,
(16) Mu’ammar Qadafi,
(17) Moamar Gaddafi,
(18) Mu’ammar Qadhdhafi,
(19) Muammar Khaddafi,
(20) Muammar al-Khaddafi,
(21) Mu’amar al-Kadafi,
(22) Muammar Ghaddafy,
(23) Muammar Ghadafi,
(24) Muammar Ghaddafi,
(25) Muamar Kaddafi,
(26) Muammar Quathafi,
(27) Muammar Gheddafi,
(28) Muamar Al-Kaddafi,
(29) Moammar Khadafy,
(30) Moammar Qudhafi,
(31) Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi,
(32) Mulazim Awwal Mu’ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi.
GREEN BAY, WI – JANUARY 27 1997: Green Bay Packers fan Sue Heuer of McHenry, ILL, drinks a beer atop a snowbank outside Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI, 27 January, prior to a welcome home celebration. The Packers returned to Green Bay after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. About 60,000 fans braved nine degree Fahrenheit temperatures and a steady snowfall to greet the team.
The vuvuzelas will continue to bleat like stunned cattle, even after Bafana Bafana has been eliminated in the World Cup.
Twelve years ago, South Africa made its initial appearance in the World Cup, opening against France in Marseille. A few thousand gathered at a drive-in theater in Johannesburg, braving the winter chill to support the team, with barrel fires keeping the fans warm.