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“Hoo Ra!” for Hardass Grandpappies


Shortly before landing, Bob Hayden and a flight attendant had agreed on a signal: When she waved the plastic handcuffs, he would discreetly leave his seat and restrain an unruly passenger who had frightened some of the 150 people on board a Minneapolis-to-Boston flight Saturday night with erratic behavior.

Hayden, a 65-year-old former police commander, had enlisted a gray-haired gentleman sitting next to him to assist. The man turned out to be a former US Marine.

“I had looked around the plane for help, and all the younger guys had averted their eyes. When I asked the guy next to me if he was up to it, all he said was, ‘Retired captain. USMC.’ I said, ‘You’ll do,’ ” Hayden recalled.

All those younger guys need to read the greatest Shakespearian soliloquy, ever.

Better yet, have it recited to their faces by someone who gets it.

But this… this is the priceless bit:

Hayden’s wife of 42 years, Katie, who was also on the flight, was less impressed. Even as her husband struggled with the agitated passenger, she barely looked up from “The Richest Man in Babylon,” the book she was reading.

“The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading,” Katie Hayden said. “Bob’s been shot at. He’s been stabbed. He’s taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody’s neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn’t know how the book would end.”

Translation: “Sweetie, I married a hard core Irish cop. This is nothing new for me; it’s how he gets his groove on.”

Graying duo keep passenger in check – The Boston Globe


The Greatest Computer Evah!

Thirty years ago today, a strange new computer was born—and with it the promise of a digital revolution

My first computer was an Apple IIc. I still have it, and it still works. A three hundred baud modem and an Imagewriter dot matrix printer… WooT!

After a couple of months I trashed the warranty and ripped the sucker open and jacked the RAM up to an impossibly powerful one meg! The modem was upgraded to 1200 baud; an outboard 5.25 and a pair of bleeding edge outboard 3.5 disk drives were added. The Imagewriter was upgraded to the Imagewriter II, which could print in color! WootWootWoot!

I didn’t quite know it at the time, but LeatherPenguin Publishing was born.

Apple Seeds | PARADE Magazine


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