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Topic # 18470 11-Jan-2008 12:20

Plenty of stories abound about Sir Ed but my favourite factoid is that he's in the Auckland phone book.

Can you imagine anywhere else in the world where someone that famous retains his phonebook listing?

I heard an interview with him not long ago where he said people would send him $5 notes (he's on it) and ask him to sign them. Quite often they'd forget to include return postage, but rather than sending them back $4.50 in change, he'd sign the note and return it and pay for the postage.

He'd also get school kids ringing up to ask him questions but in typical curmudgeon style "they tend to ring at tea time". He's answer their questions though.

The PM's called him a colossus. I can't think of a better way to describe him.


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  Reply # 104198 11-Jan-2008 12:23
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It truely is a great loss, while there have been plenty of people in New Zealand who have achieved many other great things I don't think there are many who have the respect and humbleness that he had.

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Reply # 104200 11-Jan-2008 12:26
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As I posted in my blog, when I moved to New Zealand I was surprised to see a living person (not the Queen or King) on a bill note. I thought, ten years ago, this was a great way to celebrate the man.

Ten years later I still think the same.




 
 
 
 


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Reply # 104202 11-Jan-2008 12:28
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RIP Sir Ed Hillary Frown Cry

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  Reply # 104231 11-Jan-2008 14:08
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Far out :(
He visited my old college at least once a year.

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  Reply # 104254 11-Jan-2008 16:25
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My boys and I were in the studio for the breakfast show of Classic Hits on Sir Ed's birthday. The DJ called him and we all sang Happy Birthday to him.

Incredibly sad loss - I can't think of anyone I respected more.




 

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one of the newspapers here in India carried a nice story by a journo who had interviewed Sir Ed forty years ago. His then editor told him not to ask two questions - 1) beekeeping, because every journo was asking about that at the time, and 2) the stupid "who stepped onto the sumit first" question. The journo wrote he was aware that the second was a not a good idea as other journolists who had asked it had been given a fixed stare and the phrase "it was an expedition, not a bloody race"!

lots of other stories here of the shepas turning up at the Hillary trust in Nepal in tears - similar thing with people turning up in shock at the Everest Centre in Darjeeling.

PaulBrislen: Plenty of stories abound about Sir Ed but my favourite factoid is that he's in the Auckland phone book.
Can you imagine anywhere else in the world where someone that famous retains his phonebook listing?


OMG! its true - I just looked up the white pages online. unbelievable - what a man.

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  Reply # 104688 14-Jan-2008 09:24
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He was a great New Zealander, and it is fitting that he will receive a full State Funereal, with it being broadcasted via TVNZ.

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  Reply # 104691 14-Jan-2008 09:31
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From Stuff:


Details of the state funeral for Sir Edmund Hillary, scheduled to be held at St Mary's Church in Parnell, Auckland, on January 22, will be decided in the coming days, with officials facing a mammoth task.



This is quite a long wait. I hope this is because of the arrangements - invites to foreign dignitaries, etc. I also hope someone from the Royal Family shows up. Her Majesty The Queen should actually. Sir Ed gave her a present on Coronation Day and he was one of the Knights of Most Noble Order of the Garter.




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I did an assignment on him in intermediate (who didn't?) but was too scared to ring him up.

I'm pretty familar with his likeness though. I've grown up in Orewa and his statue is something that's always just been there. We were one of the first to lay flowers on it. Many flowers are still there, and scarves are wrapped around him with NZ flags sticking in them.

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Reply # 105514 18-Jan-2008 13:32
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The Royal Family is not sending anyone to Sir Ed's services... I don't like it.

But the reporter decided to create the news instead of reporting the news. The headline is "Royal family snubs Sir Ed" but the story says "Buckingham Palace has decided not to send a member of the royal family to Sir Edmund Hillary's funeral in what will be seen as a snub to one of the country's greatest legends."

So is it, or is the reporter trying to create the story?

Anyway, back to Sir Ed...





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freitasm: So is it, or is the reporter trying to create the story?

Typical reporter trying to create controversy where instead there should be unity and just concentrating on giving Sir Ed. the best send-off we can manage.

This type of news reporter is a low-life we can do without.  Stick to the facts and don't try to sensationalise the story, it is totally un-called for and unnecessary Foot in mouth

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  Reply # 105566 18-Jan-2008 17:21
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A bit dissappointing no one from the royal family could come (its a pretty big family after all), but yes - grant_k is spot on. Sensationalist tabloid crap - and the kind of news reporting we don't need (even calling it news is stretching it). I'm sure Sir Ed would be wondering what all the fuss was about - so perhaps an all kiwi send off for this most kiwi of all blokes is appropriate.

PS - Signed the condolence book at the NZ High Commission here in Delhi the other day. Some really lovely comments from all sorts of nationalities - the most heartfelt (unsuprising) from some nepalese visitors.

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