Dear readers: I am very pleased to introduce you to the work of friend and fellow South Sound blogger Bruce Smith. Smith’s blog is The Mountain News and is based in Eatonville covering SW Pierce County news.
Smith’s passion for years has been investigating the disappearance of a passenger ticketed under the name DB Cooper, who hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing 727-100 between Seattle and Portland in 1971, lowered the rear air-stairs in-flight and parachuted into history, never to be heard from again.
I asked Smith to share with you in his own words about his appearance in an HBO Documentary [WATCH NOW] that debuted last week, which follows:
“I loved being part of the HBO’s documentary “The Mystery of DB Cooper,” now streaming. [WATCH NOW]
“For the uninitiated, DB Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient jetliner 49 years ago and flew over Yelm on its getaway flight. Astonishingly, the crime is still unsolved. In fact, nothing has ever been determined about the case. We don’t know DB Cooper’s identity, where he came from, nor what happened to him after he jumped out of the plane and parachuted into infamy. Adding more mystery to the case, the only solid evidence ever recovered has been a few bundles of ransom money found eight years later on a Columbia River beach, and no one knows how it got there or when. For me, besides the ego gratification of seeing myself on screen, this production is an elegant take on the DB Cooper story that is not often told, and viewers receive more direct information from the flight attendant and cockpit crew than any other Cooper production. Further, this docu is as much about belief as it is a true-crime mystery, and the broadcast follows closely four suspects from the FBI’s huge pool of suspects and confessees. As the show digs into the profile of each suspect, each individual’s status is elevated to noteworthy heights. However, just when the viewers’ mind start reeling from the possibilities, the camera then pivots to the friends and family of the suspects and asks them why they believe so strongly that their loved one is the notorious skyjacker. That is when the show really comes alive.”
Oregon Live: D.B. Cooper doc on HBO showcases 4 suspects, expertly captures 1970s mood, obsession with famous case
BBC Storyville – The Hijacker Who Vanished: The Mystery of DB Cooper
“A Storyville documentary. A mysterious fugitive, a hijacked airplane and a daring mid-air escape. The real-life tale of one of America’s most extraordinary unsolved crimes. Just who is DB Cooper?
“A mysterious fugitive, a hijacked airplane and a daring mid-air escape. This is the extraordinary, real-life tale of one of the greatest unsolved heists in American history and a case that has taunted the FBI for decades. This documentary brings the stories of the four possible suspects to life through candid testimony, archive footage and stylised drama. Each account is gripping and highly plausible. But who is telling the truth, who is lying and, ultimately, who is DB Cooper?” from BBC Storyville. WATCH NOW
Editor’s note: This video is pure genius in using poetry to deliver a message: Hard Pressed by Tomfoolery – “We, the administration, wish, as bluntly as we can, to reassure the nation that, despite all evidence, there’s a plan.”
Editor’s note: With the CDC predicting up to 321,000 coronavirus deaths by mid December [on track for 350,000 deaths on Trump’s watch by the time he is supposed to leave office], the story below explains what is classified as a COVID-19 death.
“Amid a surge in coronavirus cases nationwide and concern among leaders about post-Thanksgiving Day celebration spikes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said forecasting models are predicting that the virus’ death toll in the U.S. could reach up to 321,000 by mid-December,” by Alexandria Hein, FOX News. Read moreof the full story.
“What is the criteria for classifying a death by covid-19 in the United States? For instance, if someone with covid-19 dies but had an underlying condition, what cause of death is being put on that person’s death certificate?” — Jean in Ireland
“If a patient has underlying conditions — as is the case in the vast majority of covid-19 deaths — physicians look closely at whether the disease was part of the chain of problems that killed them.
“Because of the way the novel coronavirus affects the human body, covid-19 is typically listed as a contributing cause of death. The primary causes are usually listed as something triggered by the infection, such as respiratory distress or pneumonia. Those fatalities are included in the overall pandemic death toll because covid-19 set off a sequence of health issues that killed the patients. The same principle applies to tallying influenza deaths.
“‘If somebody has cancer and their treatments are going well, and then covid-19 comes in and abruptly changes the trajectory, that becomes a cause of death,” said Jorge Salinas, a hospital epidemiologist at the University of Iowa hospital system. “The fact that people have comorbidities doesn’t mean that the disease didn’t play a major role in their death. It doesn’t mean they were meant to die this year because of otherwise manageable conditions.’
“The same is true even for a terminal illness, Salinas said. ‘They may not have that much longer to live,’ he said, ‘but if covid happens and kills someone earlier, it’s the cause of death,'” by Avi Selk, The Washington Post. Read more of the story.
This Thanksgiving Day message was first published here in 2009:
THANKSGIVING DAY has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863 & became a federal holiday in 1941. President Lincoln issued this proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving on October 3rd, 1863, which is as pertinent today as during the Civil War to heal our nation’s wounds:
By the President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
– America the Beautiful sung by Hillsdale College’s Choir (Michigan) “Written by Katharine Lee Bates and composed by Samuel A. Ward, “America the Beautiful” is one of the most well-known and beloved American patriotic songs. The song celebrates the natural beauty and the “patriot dream” of the United States.
Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” Click here for the video.
– America the Beautiful sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Click here
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