Monday, 9 August 2010

A tale of two stories

STORY NUMBER ONE

Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago .. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time..
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To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
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Eddie did have one soft spot, however.. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
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Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity.
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To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. In less than a year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
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The poem read:

"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."


STORY NUMBER TWO

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
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His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger.
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There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
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Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.
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The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
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A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man. So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?

Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well done IS!

It's so good to read an uplifting story once in a while especially in these high unemployment and stressful times.

Thanks!

Louis IX said...

I know. Great story. Thanks. You're a good story teller by the way.

Robert said...

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

OLD MAN O HARE WAS INVOLVED WITH THE GREEN SHEET THAT WAS AND IS TO THIS DAY A STABLE TO ALL RACE TRAP AFECINADOS THAT GIVES THE LINE UP OF ALL HORSE RACES, THE REASON HE WENT TO THE FEDS WAS THAT HE WANTED HIS SON BUTCH TO GO TO THE NAVAL ACADEMY AS THE SON WANTED TO BE A AIRMAN, THE DEAL WAS THAT IF HE GAVE UP THE MOB THE KID HAD THE APPOINTMENT IN THE BAG SO EDDIE GAVE EVIDENCE AGAINST BIG AL. THE NEXT YEAR EDDIE WAS DRIVING DOWN ARCHER AVE ON THE SOUTH SIDE AND WHEN HE GOT TO THE STOP SIGN AT HOYNE AVE A LINCOLN PULLED UP NEXT TO HIM AND HE WAS TAKEN OUT WITH TWO SHOT GUN BLASTS, AND THATS THE STORY, DIDNT KNOW HE WAS A LAWYER THO JOHN OLD RTD, CHICAGO COPPER.

Anonymous said...

More reasons for the Irish to be proud

Anonymous said...

I agree with Lious IX, well told.

W Baker said...

Considering the lawyers and enablers that our crooked politicians employ these days - at our expense. -- I'm thinking in particular here of John Yoo and David Addington, Dubya and Cheney's lawyers. -- Old man O'Hare looks pretty honorable....

Anonymous said...

Here's another uplifting story of interest on WWII fighter-pilot gallantry, but from a wholly different perspective.

Anonymous said...

Very good, YEAH!!

Anonymous said...

Great story that not too many people are aware of. Nice Job.


mike4819

Herbert said...

I'm from Indiana and I never knew who the airport was called after. Shame on me!

Anonymous said...

STORY ONE

Easy Emanuel was a Congressmen in sleazy, early 21st century Chicago, cutting all kinds of deals with the shady likes of Rod Blagojevich, Jess Jackson Jnr. and Bob Daley. Easy Emanuel decided he wanted to give his protegé,a young black kid from a single parent family, the greatest gift he could give, and that anyone could get.

STORY TWO

Barack Hussein Al-Qaeda Mohammed Allah-Akbar Mobutu Obama was a young community organizer who raised enough funds to buy his way to the Presidency of the U.S.A. How are these stories connected? Easy Emanuel was his fundraiser and lover.

Anonymous said...

His LOVER????

Dave C said...

Hmmm...think i prefer Savants story.

Anonymous said...

EASY EMManuel also chased a young italian high school girl around city hall trying to get into her pants in chicago, young kid went home and told daddy and brothers who came to city hall looking for mr. emmauel who then hid in a janitors broom closet for next 24 hours, true story.

Anonymous said...

It could so easily have gone the other way.
Al Capone might have assasinated all of Easy Eddies' children and allowed Easy Eddie to live.

E. Henry Thripshaw said...

Great story... reminds me of stuff from a secondhand book I bought called "The Bedside Guardian 1978-79" which contained interesting stories from The Guardian (and had an introduction by John Cleese.) Also, old american mags and papers. The english speaking world is not what it used to be. Neither is The Guardian, of course.

missingwmd said...

a heart-warming story

Anonymous said...

Barry Scheck the lawyer that got OJ Simpson off was on Irish television recently. The topic was the release of rapist Larry Murphy. Scheck called American sentencing of rapists "draconian" compared to Irish sentencing. That shows the mentality of these hotshot defence attorneys. They care more about the rights of the
perpetrator than the victim.

Anonymous said...

@missingwmd

Remember the adage:

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

Just because you couldn't find them doesn't mean that they're not there.

Time will tell.

Jack Quinn said...

Mostly true w/ a few embellishments:

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp

Anonymous said...

Jack Q - Snopes isn't always that reliable. It's just another opinion, in my view.