4/06/2008

What a Man and What a Legacy



What is there to say about a man who has done as much as Charleton Heston did? Some will remember him for such roles as Ben-Hur or Moses. Some will remember him campaigning for Ronald Reagan or for John F. Kennedy. Some will remember him for boldly yelling out the words "from my cold dead hands." Some will remember him for standing near Martin Luther King Jr. as he gave the now legendary "I Have a Dream" speech. Perhaps most importantly some will remember him for being a husband of 64 years and a loving family man. He certainly is tied to the fabric from which our country was weaved no matter what you remember him for. Godspeed Mr. Heston.

26 comments:

Michael said...

Reagan and Kennedy, NRA and MLK, he was definitely a man of contrasts and conflicts. I think that's why he was so popular; most of us are like that.

As Walt Whitman wrote:
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then, I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes).


But I do have one question:
Now that Heston is gone, can I take his gun?

The Frank Family said...

Welcome back Michael! It's good to see you out and about.

nanc said...

a great tribute to an equally great man.

Jungle Mom said...

He will be missed.

beakerkin said...

Hollywood needs more Charlton Heston and less Johny Depp.

Jan said...

Wonderful tribute, Jason..I think that he will be remembered for all the things you mentioned.

Yehudi01 said...

I remember watching "The Ten Commandments" thinking, "I'm sure Moses in real life didn't sound like he was from North Dakota..."
He did a fine job for his day, though. :)

The Frank Family said...

Yeah, kind of like most the old Cowboy & Indian movies looking more like Cowboy & Cowboy w/no shirt dipped in cranberry juice. :)

Yehudi01 said...

LOL! I used to love those old cowboy shows! I am a huge John Wayne fan...been to the house he was born in in Winterset, Iowa.

The Frank Family said...

John Wayne -- don't you mean Marion Morrison?

Yehudi01 said...

Ken! I'm impressed, Jason! Have you ever been there? It's not too far from you guys...

Pinky said...

Jason, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Pinky. I've been lurking about a bit, reading a whole lot, and learning a lot, too. Your blog is great! I'm a follower of Christ and I'm so impressed with you and your blogging friends.
Nice to meet you.

Eitan said...

Yes!!! Pinky has arrived! Time to partay!

The Frank Family said...

Welcome Pinky! We're all friends here. Make yourself at home! My blogging friends are great as I attempt to surround myself with people better than me so that I can grow.

EDGE said...

Ben-Hur is the moving that started me on my Christian path (though it's had some bumps along the way). Great post Frank Fam!

Pinky said...

Hehe, Eitan, get that lamp shade off your head!

Jason, your humility is such a noble virtue. I have SO much to learn. Over at yehudi01's blog, I learned a ton about the pagan history of Easter. I was embarassed that I knew so little, but that's what learning is all about!

Brooke said...

I'll miss him. Most of his acting was before my time, but when I heard of the "cold dead hands," I started watching his stuff.

May he now be in Paradise.

The Hermit said...

He really was a good person, and a great man.

Z said...

This morning on local talk TV, the following was said "well, everyone thought he was a conservative, but he was a liberal in the Sixties! He marched for civil rights!" I'm sure Heston would have been fascinated with that line. After all, no Conservative could be FOR civil rights, huh? (a little saracasm here...) grrrr

Brooke said...

I read that and almost had a stroke!

Don't these midstream reporters realize that liberals are SO far left of where they were? Don't they know enough history to realize that leftists were the ones primarily responsible for institutionalized racism?

Hello? Jim Crow? Robert KKK Byrd, anyone?

Hell, by their standards, JFK would be a right-wing evil conservative nowadays!

Eitan said...

Ben-Hur started you out on your path to Christianity??? Ben-Hur was never Christian. He changed his name from its Hebrew which I must humbly admit I forgot to Yosefus Flavius and became the adopted child of the Roman Emperor Titus Flavius.

He was one of the leaders of the Judean Rebellion and yes, had he not changed sides Christianity might never have become a religion because the Jews may have defeated the Roman Legions and liberated Judea thus preventing Christianity from getting out to the masses. Yosefus wrote "The Judean Rebellion" in which he never once mentioned a "Jesus" or any preacher of the sort.

In the American version of the story, Ben-Hur encounters someone who gives him water when he's about to die. That never took place and was added on to fit in with the New Testament. Look him up if you want.

The Frank Family said...

Most of the major forward steps in civil rights were brought in during a Republican presidency. Ending of slavery -- Abraham Lincoln. Right to vote -- Ulysses S. Grant. First black American to be welcomed into the White House -- Theodore Roosevelt. Equal opportunity for black Americans in the US military -- Dwight Eisenhower. The Civil Rights Act of 1957 -- Dwight Eisenhower. The liberals give handouts. The Conservatives give respect and dignity!!!

nanc said...

I LOVE PINKY!

*8]

Elmer's Brother said...

he will be missed

Pinky said...

You love me, Nanc?
Well, by golly, I love you, too!
y'all are some schweet bloggin' buddies!

Mrs. K's Lemonade Stand said...

Sad to lose him.