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In memoriam: Steve Irwin, 1962 - 2006

What is there left to say that hasn't been said better, what homages to give that haven't been given more grandly? Not much, I'll wager, but I'll venture a humble remark.

Steve Irwin was the kind of person whose energy infected others. In that, he was eminently emulable. He was irrepressible, vivacious, exuberant to a fault, unafraid of looking silly for a good - make that a great - cause. These, too, were qualities that to me were worthy of aspiration.

Fare thee well, Mr. Irwin, and thank you. I didn't watch your shows and antics as much as I could have, but I never doubted that your intentions were good and worth while. Would that every person could have a chance to leave this earth doing something as worthy.

Here's a little remembrance from #teunc chat, 26 Jun 2003. "Balrog Hunter Midde-earth" was a parody that grew out of a series of quick riffs.



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Sep. 10th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
When I first heard of Steve Irwin, I thought he was some kind of ass, jumping on reptiles, but then I actually watched his shows. No, Steve was a passionate protector of wildlife, who wanted to share the beauty of nature with the world. Once you show animals to people, they fall in love, Steve said, and what people love, they want to save.

I still can't believe he is gone.
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
Hear, hear
Well written.

The great consolation that anyone who admired or respected Steve in life can take is that he has become a thing of legend, for a time at least, and has as great (or even greater) power to inspire the young to follow in his footsteps than if he had lived to a ripe old age.

Sep. 10th, 2006 09:18 am (UTC)
thank you. it hurt me pretty deeply to lose someone as great as he was.
Sep. 10th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
I don't think there's every been a more visible conservationist and naturalist anywhere. It's so sad that he's gone, because he was so visible and was so visible for the cause.

He made quite a mark
Sep. 11th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I have an appreciation for anyone with true passion and enthusiasm for a cause. RIP, Crocodile Hunter.
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