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SJPD MOTOR OFFICER MICHAEL KATHERMAN KILLED IN TRAFFIC COLLISION
Born Oct. 18, 1981
Appointed July 3, 2005
Died June 14, 2016
The following information about a memorial service for
Mike was received from the POA late last (Wed.) night.
For those of you who reside out of the area and may be unaware, this is how the fatal accident that took Michael's life was covered by the Mercury News. Clicking HERE will take you to a video of Chief Garcia’s press conference.
Jose Motorcycle Officer Killed in Collision
By Robert Salonga and Katrina Cameron
Mercury News — June 14, 2016
SAN JOSE — A police department and community are in mourning after a veteran San Jose police motorcycle officer was killed in a collision Tuesday afternoon while riding in an industrial area in North San Jose, police Chief Eddie Garcia said.
"It is with great sadness that I inform you all that this community has lost an officer in the line of duty," Garcia said.
The officer who died has been identified as Michael J. Katherman, 34, a resident of San Benito County. He is the 13th officer in the history of the San Jose Police Department to lose his life in the line of duty, a year after the department laid to rest the 12th, Officer Michael Johnson, who was fatally shot in March 2015.
study a San Jose police motorcycle that lies on
Commercial St. near Horning St. after a minivan hit the motorcycle
officer in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
Katherman, who was with SJPD for 11 years, is also the second motorcycle officer in department history killed on duty; Officer Robert Wirht died Sept. 8, 1988, when he was hit by a vehicle while pursuing a speeding motorist.
"The San Jose Police Department is mourning, the community is mourning, but we will strive to live up to Officer Katherman's sacrifice," Garcia said during a Tuesday night news conference.
Katherman was on patrol riding a department-issued motorcycle northbound on 10th Street around 4:22 p.m. when it collided with a southbound silver minivan turning left onto Horning Street, Garcia said. Katherman was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Scores of officers went to Regional Medical Center of San Jose to hold vigil for their fallen colleague.
The man driving the minivan stayed at the scene after the crash and cooperated with investigators, police said. The exact circumstances were still under investigation. Drugs or alcohol use are not suspected of the driver, who is not in custody.
The site of the crash is in an industrial area marked by roughly paved streets with overlaid train tracks that create a hazardous crossing from 10th Street to Horning Street. In the aftermath of the collision, the police motorcycle could be seen on its side approximately 250 feet from the collision site. The crash marks the city's 19th traffic death of the year.
A person who witnessed the crash rushed to the officer's aid and used Katherman's police radio to call for help, Garcia said.
Katherman, an alum of Valley Christian High School in San Jose, was married with two school-age sons. Garcia noted that Katherman, a seasoned rider, thrived in his role as a motorcycle officer.
"He loved his job, he loved his family," Garcia said. "He put his uniform on, went to go to work, wanted to see his family when he got off, and he didn't make it."
San Jose City Council members had just wrapped up their regular afternoon session when the collision occurred and were called into an emergency closed session. When they emerged, Mayor Sam Liccardo announced that they had "learned some troubling information" and that the evening meeting would be canceled. He asked everyone to leave immediately.
Garcia said that both Katherman's family and his broader police family are united in grief, and will support each other as they cope with the department's second officer death in as many years.
"It's a rough time for us. Our officers are standing together, taking care of each other. Right now it's a time for officers to reflect on the job they do, why they do it, and think of Mike's sacrifice and what he did for this community, and try to live up to that sacrifice," Garcia said. "He gave his life to his community doing a job that he loved."
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All of the Bay Area news stations naturally covered the accident. THIS video from NBC Bay Area was typical of the coverage Tuesday evening.
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It seems appropriate that we include THIS video of the 2016 Unity Tour that took place during National Police Week last month. The video was captured by a GoPro camera attached to Mike's helmet while he and fellow motor officers escorted hundreds of officers on bikes who participated in the tour that led to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. Mike can be seen during the candlelight vigil at the 5:00 mark. (7:22)
As we mourn the loss of Fallen Officer Michael Katherman #3900, we are keeping one of his greatest passions, his family, in mind. Officer Katherman leaves behind his wife and two school-aged children.
You can go online to make a donation to the Katherman Family by clicking HERE.
You can also mail checks made payable to SJPOACF to the SJPOA Office at: 1151 N. 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Today’s (Thurs.) paper included this updated story about Mike…
Officer Mourned, Remembered for Devotion to Family
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — June 16, 2016
SAN JOSE — To those who knew him well, it was no surprise that Michael Katherman became a police officer who not only helped take care of his hometown, but did the same for his police colleagues and their families when they came upon hard times.
It was also no surprise that the avid motorcycle rider joined the San Jose police motor unit, fusing his personal and professional passions in such a way that the police chief described him as “a fish in water.”
That made it all the more jarring that in a blink, the man known as “Mike” is gone after a fatal collision while patrolling the city.
“Even though he had this job that was dangerous, with Mike I never questioned it. He’s always had this natural strength about him,” said Ryan Zeid, a friend of Katherman since grade school. “I loved that about him; it made him perfect to be a police officer. It’s a huge loss.”
Father of two
On Wednesday, the region shared in mourning the death of the 34-year-old Katherman, an 11-year SJPD veteran who died Tuesday afternoon after his police motorcycle collided with a minivan. Police chiefs, commanders and officers from departments around the Bay Area arrived at San Jose police headquarters on Mission Street to offer condolences. Political leaders from city to state levels also paid tribute to Katherman. Memorial services are pending. In addition to a growing collection of flowers laid down near the main entrance of the department, a police motorcycle was parked out front in tribute to Katherman, who was the 13th SJPD officer to die in the line of duty in department history, and the second motorcycle officer.
“This outpouring shows how much support this department has from residents of the city and that they understand what sacrifice these officers make on a daily basis,” police Chief Eddie Garcia said. Katherman’s death was felt deeply from his native San Jose to Hollister, where he lived with his wife and two young sons. Garcia said that as he has listened to countless stories about the fallen officer, what resonated even more than his sterling reputation as a police officer was how he valued his life at home.
“What I’ve heard the most is the kind of family man and kind of Christian man he was,” Garcia said. “He wasn’t a hero to his boys because he wore a badge, he was a hero because he was a great father.”
Flags at half-staff
Santa Clara Police Chief Michael Sellers, one of the chiefs who paid their respects Wednesday morning, said, “Each and every one of us when we put our uniform on, we hope we’ll make it home safely at the end of the night. Unfortunately, this is a reminder that sometimes, not everybody goes home.”
Campbell Police Chief David Carmichael echoed the sentiment: “Our officers are out there every day protecting the community regardless of jurisdiction, and that’s something we take very seriously. We know it’s a hazardous job, but when something like this happens, a tragic situation, we all feel it deeply.”
Gov. Jerry Brown released a statement offering sympathies to Katherman’s family and ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the state Capitol, which was the case at SJPD and Santa Clara County government headquarters as well.
“Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers mourning the tragic loss of Officer Katherman, who will be remembered for his brave and dedicated service to the community,” Brown said.
Katherman was in uniform and riding his police motorcycle northbound on North 10th Street past Hedding Street when around 4:20 p.m. he collided with a southbound silver minivan turning left onto Horning Street. The officer was severely injured, and a witness rushed to the officer’s aid and commandeered his police radio to call for help.
“Ambulance right away,” the unnamed witness told police dispatchers, according to dispatch audio archived online. “Officer down, he’s a San Jose Police Department officer down, 10th Street.”
Actions of citizens
Katherman was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man driving the minivan stopped at the scene and cooperated with traffic investigators. He was not taken into custody, and the precise circumstances of the collision, which marked the city’s 19th traffic fatality, remain under investigation.
Garcia said while the investigation is ongoing, at first glance the collision “appears to be a tragic accident.” But in the wake of the tragedy, he said he was moved by the actions of citizens trying to help his gravely injured officer.
“We can’t lose sight of the fact that we had residents of the city that didn’t just make a call on their cellphones, but physically tried to save his life and picked up his police radio,” Garcia said. “I’m still in awe of that. I don’t know what more can be said about the support we have.”
Katherman was known in the department as vice president of the Keith Kelley Club, an internal organization devoted to providing material and emotional support to families of officers who die or fall ill. That meant Katherman was involved in supporting the family of Officer Michael Johnson, who was fatally shot in March 2015.
Now, the organization that he so passionately supported will devote its efforts toward his family.
In May, during National Police Memorial Week, Katherman was part of the annual Police Unity Tour — a four-day bicycle ride to honor fallen officers — as it made its approach to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, state Attorney General Kamala Harris released a statement mourning Katherman’s death.
“On behalf of the California Department of Justice, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Michael Katherman, who lost his life in the line of duty. I also extend my thoughts to Chief Eddie Garcia and all the brave men and women of the San Jose Police Department,” Harris said. “The people of the state of California will always remember the ultimate sacrifice Officer Katherman made in service of his community.”
Friends and colleagues of Katherman all circled back to the idea that he was a natural fit at home and on the job.
“Mike had tremendous love for his family, and they were the world to him. He also loved his job, and doing it on a motorcycle was like living a dream for him,” said Sgt. Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “Our police family has again been punched in the gut, but we all could not be more proud to wear the same uniform that Mike did.”
As the department fielded messages of support from seemingly all corners on social media, Police Chief Eddie Garcia tweeted, “Thank you all for the tremendous support. God bless Officer Michael Katherman #3900, End Of Watch, 6-14-16.”
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Also from today’s paper was this editorial about Mike…
Loss of an Officer Strikes to the Heart
Mercury News Editorial — June 16, 2016
Whether cut down by gunfire or happenstance victims of a tragic accident, police officers who lose their lives in the line of duty have a special place in the hearts of their community. San Jose today feels a kinship in sorrow with members of its police department, who mourn the death of Officer Michael J.
Katherman, 34 — so young. The beloved husband and father was a member of another close-knit family, the SJPD’s motorcycle division.
Clipped by a turning car, his cycle went out of control and crashed on Tuesday.
The accident would have been a blip in a patrol car, but in a collision, a motorcycle is the very definition of vulnerability. Unlike San Jose’s last loss of an officer on duty, there are no social or political debates this time. Officer Michael Johnson was cut down by gunfire on a domestic violence call. The magnitude of that tragedy, a deliberate act, knew no bounds.
But for San Jose, Katherman’s loss is equally profound: Another young officer left home that day to do his job — maybe even thinking, man, I get to ride a motorcycle for a living, how cool is that? — and never came back.
If you see any SJPD officers in the days ahead, offer a kind word or at least a nod of acknowledgment. It will mean a lot to them.
The work they do every day means a lot to us.
ORDERS BEING TAKEN FOR THE MIKE KATHERMAN MEMORIAL COIN TO BENEFIT FAMILY
I am in the process of finishing a final design for the Mike Katherman Memorial Coin. The front side of the coin will consist of the San Jose Badge with the black band. The rear of the coin will have an etching of the upper body of Mike holding his motor helmet. The coin will have his full name and also the E.O.W. date of of 6-14-16.
I am taking pre-orders. Each coin will cost 15 dollars with 5 dollars going back to the family. It will be a 1.75 inch Solid Brass Coin like the one I designed for Mike Johnson, which sold over 500 coins. Nikki was given over $3,000 in proceeds. I am hoping to sell at least 500 of these coins so that the Katherman family can receive proceeds similar to Nikki, if not more.
You can email me at <email@example.com>. Please leave your name, contact number, and number of coins you wish to purchase and I will contact you when the coins come in. I will pay for these in advance, then collect the money from those of you who have placed an order.
RIP and prayers for the Katherman family. He was a great officer.
CJ Johnson, 1947 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GIVE A WARM WELCOME TO SJPD's NEW CHAPLAIN…
SJPD Chaplain Bryan Allen
The Chaplaincy Board and I are very excited to have Bryan Allen join us as a new Chaplain. Many of you got to meet him at the May PBA meeting. He has served as a volunteer Chaplain for five years with the Chaplaincy Program, and I hope many of you will have the opportunity to meet him at the Keith Kelly BBQ that is being rescheduled for sometime in July.
Bryan is very excited to be part of the Chaplaincy Program and looks forward to this new chapter and challenge in his life. Thanks for making him feel welcome as i know you will.
Chaplain Jim Becknall
Trump's our man! After 8 years with an ultra liberal empty suit in the office, it is time to break a few eggs. You know, "gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet!"
The last batch of "conservatives" we elected proved that once elected they forgot about the people that elected them and went about the politician's business of bettering themselves.
Trump lives in a house(s) better than the White House and has had better financial success than the government. He is not a social-climber. And he has some pride in himself and his accomplishments. (OK, pride may be understating it a bit!) Compare that to the totally useless POS currently in office, or the proven liar and thief that Billary is proven to be.
Trump gets things done! We need that in a leader!
Or we can choose someone who will form a skirmish line and just stand around. We know how that works out!
Leroy (Farsider Webmaster) <email@example.com>
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Re: the Trump Rally:
I attended the Cops Reunion at the Chukchansi Casino this past week. There were fewer retirees in attendance than previous years, but it was lively nonetheless. I think Pete Guerin will agree that beside the usual embellishments of old stories (they get better each year), one of the hot topics was the police response to the Trump campaign stop in San Jose. To say the least, to a person present, the old coppers were disgusted.
Most of the guys in attendance were former Tactical Unit members under the tutelage of Bill Brown. Like him or not, Bill wouldn’t lead us into a situation he didn’t feel comfortable with, and he always got us out in one piece. He wouldn’t tolerate breaking rank, and he demanded discipline. But, he wouldn’t take any crap either. We were there to do a job, take control, and try to make peace out of chaos.
What was evidently lacking in this latest debacle was a lack of leadership. Harry Mullins in the last Farsider was right in making the assessment that the powers to be are so concerned out being politically correct, the cops had to stand fast like a bunch of wooden cigar-store Indians. (Hope I didn’t offend anyone). Well, look what happened to Chief Greg Suhr from San Francisco. I’m sure that somewhere along the line, bro, it crossed Chief Garcia’s mind that his job could be in jeopardy over an extra hit or two.
It seems that when the Democrats come to town, the police force is tasked with doing everything it can to make the visit comfortable. If the Republicans come to town, well, it just ain’t the same. It seems that it is all about the politics.
Somewhere along the line it was mentioned that the police only had three days to prepare for Trump’s visit. According to former Secret Service guys like Ken Banner (formerly a San Jose cop), the candidates don’t just appear when they are under Secret Service protection. The Secret Service guys do their advance stuff about two-weeks before the event. First order of business is to notify the local authorities about the event so they can begin to prepare. This doesn’t seem like the case. No pre-planning to get some training on crowd-control tactics, forming arrest teams, cross training, gathering all available resources, etc. And one of the things that is planned for is to have a team of folks with video capabilities to film all of the action.
Otherwise we rely on what the local news sources are willing to provide us, when we ask nicely. And it seems that what shows up on the news channels is what is provided to them by the demonstrators. Lord knows we’ve seen enough results of that. During the training of the cops for an event is also to enlighten everyone on how these groups get formed, where the leaders and instigators are probably going to be found and historically what the cops can expect. See why it takes some pre-planning? Well, bro, someone forgot to do their job.
So now the matter has been turned over to the proverbial Task Force that is trying to identify the wrong-doers and bring them to justice. Fortunately, these fools decided to use social media and brag about what they were doing with photos. (I guess Facebook is good for something.)
The main problems here seem to be poor or non-existent pre-planning, failure to make decisions, making every effort to cover one's political butt, and this resulted in at least one officer being injured.
I hope the real decision makers in this case, starting with the Mayor and his political minions, then the Chief, and on down to the command staff learned from this incident and vow never to let it happen again. They should never tolerate the misbehavior of those who are dedicated to breaking the law. And it doesn’t end there. The District Attorney must also stand with the defenders of the law and aggressively prosecute those who have no regard for the law.
The officers are there to protect those on the right as well as those on the left. The cops are caught right in the middle. The officers are there to help people as they exercise their First Amendment right to Free Speech. The officers should not be someone’s target for their unfettered angst; no one has the right to hurt the officers or others who don’t agree with their point of view.
If Chief Garcia and Mayor Liccardo don’t change the way they do business, the citizens of San Jose are going to lose a lot more police officers to agencies that appreciate them and won’t put them in harm's way.
Kudo’s to Pete Guerin and Harry Mullins for their articles last week on this same subject.
David Byers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Now that Trump will get the nomination (unless a miracle happens at the convention) he'd best change his tune if he wants a chance at being elected. I keep hearing stuff that makes me cringe and can only imagine what it does to some people. Two of my female Republican cousins say they will now vote for Clinton because of his language toward women and their concern that he is 'dangerous.'
Clinton in the big house moves the country even further left, and the Supreme Court will be liberal and eroding our rights for the rest of my life. I am only voting for Trump to deny Clinton, but he is a world class egomaniac and probably is dangerous, hopefully more to our enemies than friends and to wasteful Federal aid. I can still hope that Trump picks a good running mate such as John Kasich or Paul Ryan. Unfortunately both have said that they are not interested.
I think Clinton will win. Possibly in a landslide.
How did it come to this?
Tom McFall, FBI Ret’d. <email@example.com>
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I wished Chief Eddie Garcia "good luck and best wishes.” It seems his good luck is gone, but hope best wishes are just around the corner. Advice from an old soldier: "If you see a bus coming down the road, make sure Mayor Liccardo is not standing behind you."
Bill Yarbrough <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Today while cleaning up the lower deck I opened a rolled up old foam camping mattress in the corner and broke a grapefruit sized paper wasp nest that was inside the mattress. I moved as fast as I could but still got stung 4 times. Fortunately there were no after effects except for some swelling and stinging. Especially from one of them! I had forgotten to zip up my coverall after eliminating some unnecessary fluid and one got into my crotch and stung my groin. I got my revenge by using up an entire can of toxic spray; wiped out the entire bunch except for a couple of diehards that I had to manually crush. Lesson learned, always double check your zipper.
Harry (Mullins) <email@example.com>
We might as well ask before one of the readers do, Harry. How long has it been since you’ve seen some swelling down there?
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The following is in reference to Phil Norton’s letter in last week’s Farsider in which he opined about Donald Trump and ended his message with, “If that man is elected President, I fear for the country. Clinton, of course, is not an alternative that I can live with either.”
Phil was absolutely right. Usually it's the lesser of two evils; but so far this time 'round it will be the lesser of two losers. In simple terms, just do the math: Do nothing Congress + 19.5 trillion dollars in debt + two losers running for President = the current state of Democracy in the good ole' U. S. of A. Who could ask for anything more? What a system! You ever have that nagging feeling that you just can't seem to shake; that we are all being totally managed and manipulated by focus groups and the constant blur of words? No doubt about it. Politicians become focused group practiced, polished.
On a different topic (more interesting really) there’s the recent sex scandal at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Well, maybe it is related in a certain way. First the football coach got summarily fired at Baylor for his knowledge and transgressions in the sex scandal, then Ken Starr the University President was forced out while some articles suggest that he should have been prosecuted two years ago when he first learned about the sexual assaults involving players on the football team. Who is Ken Starr, you ask? He was the all powerful special prosecutor in the Bill Clinton White House sex scandal case in the 1990s. Oh yeah, remember him now? Watch your step, Starr; what goes around comes around. You're fired.
Dave (Scannell) <firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT WEDNESDAY’S KEITH KELLY BBQ HAS BEEN CANCELLED
the memorial service for Mike Katherman is scheduled
for this coming Tuesday, June 21st, the Keith Kelley Barbecue
that had been set for the following day will be rescheduled for
sometime in July. The date and location will be announced shortly.
Questions can be addressed to Margie Thompson at <email@example.com>
A MESSAGE FROM THE PBA BOARD…
Attention all fathers: On behalf of the PBA Board, President Dave Wysuph has a special greeting that he has been rehearsing for several weeks, so show him some respect and support by clicking HERE. (Yes, he has lost a few pounds!)
STORY OF THE WEEK
John and Annie Glenn
This story that has been confirmed by Snopes is a few years old, but well worth a read...
For half a century, the world has applauded John Glenn as a heart-stirring American hero. He lifted the nation's spirits when, as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, he was blasted alone into orbit around the Earth; the enduring affection for him is so powerful that even now people find themselves misting up at the sight of his face or the sound of his voice.
But for all these years, Glenn has had a hero of his own, someone who he has seen display endless courage of a different kind: Annie Glenn.
They have been married for 68 years. He is 90; she turned 92 on Friday.
This weekend there has been news coverage of the 50th anniversary of Glenn's flight into orbit. We are being reminded that, half a century down the line, he remains America's unforgettable hero.
He has never really bought that.
Because the heroism he most cherishes is of a sort that is seldom cheered. It belongs to the person he has known longer than he has known anyone else in the world.
John Glenn and Annie Castor first knew each other when they literally shared a playpen.
In New Concord, Ohio, his parents and hers were friends. When the families got together, their children played.
John — the future Marine fighter pilot, future test-pilot ace and future astronaut -- was pure gold from the start. He would end up having what it took to rise to the absolute pinnacle of American regard during the space race; imagine what it meant to be the young John Glenn in the small
confines of New Concord.
Three-sport varsity athlete, most admired boy in town, Mr. Everything.
Annie Castor was bright, caring, talented, and generous of spirit. But she could talk only with the most excruciating of difficulty. It haunted her.
Her stuttering was so severe that it was categorized as an "85 percent” disability. Eighty-five percent of the time she could not manage to make words come out.
When she tried to recite a poem in elementary school, she was laughed at. She was not able to speak on the telephone. She could not have a regular conversation with a friend.
And John Glenn loved her.
Even as a boy he was wise enough to understand that people who could not see past her stutter were missing out on knowing a rare and wonderful girl.
They married on April 6, 1943. As a military wife, she found that life as she and John moved around the country could be quite hurtful. She has written: "I can remember some very painful experiences, especially the ridicule."
In department stores she would wander unfamiliar aisles trying to find the right section, embarrassed to attempt to ask the sales clerks for help. In taxis, she would have to write requests to the driver because she couldn't speak the destination out loud. In restaurants she would point to the items on the menu.
A fine musician, Annie, in every community where she and John moved, would play the organ in church as a way to make new friends. She and John had two children; she has written: "Can you imagine living in the modern world and being afraid to use the telephone? 'Hello' used to be so hard for me to say. I worried that my children would be injured and need a doctor. Could I somehow find the words to get the information across on the phone?"
John, as a Marine aviator, flew 59 combat missions in World War II and 90 during the Korean War. Every time he was deployed, he and Annie said goodbye the same way. His last words to her before leaving were:
"I'm just going down to the corner store to get a pack of gum."
And with just the two of them there, she was able to always reply: "Don't be long."
On that February day in 1962 when the world held its breath and the Atlas rocket was about to propel him toward space, those were their words, once again. And in 1998, when, at 77, he went back to space aboard the shuttle Discovery, it was an understandably tense time for them. What if something happened to end their life together?
She knew what he would say to her before boarding the shuttle. He did -- and this time he gave her a present to hold onto: A pack of gum.
She carried it in a pocket next to her heart until he was safely home.
Many times in her life she attempted various treatments to cure her stutter. None worked.
But in 1973, she found a doctor in Virginia who ran an intensive program she and John hoped would help her. She traveled there to enroll and to give it her best effort. The miracle she and John had always waited for at last, as miracles will do, arrived. At age 53 she was able to talk fluidly, and not in brief, anxiety-ridden, agonizing bursts.
John has said that on the first day he heard her speak to him with confidence and clarity, he dropped to his knees to offer a prayer of gratitude.
He has written: "I saw Annie's perseverance and strength through the years and it just made me admire her and love her even more." He has heard roaring ovations in countries around the globe for his own valor, but his awe is reserved for Annie and what she accomplished: "I don't know if I would have had the courage."
Her voice is so clear and steady now that she regularly gives public talks. If you are lucky enough to know the Glenns, the sight and sound of them bantering and joking with each other and playfully finishing each others' sentences is something that warms you and makes you thankful just to be in the same room.
Monday will be the anniversary of the Mercury space shot, and once again people will remember and speak of the heroism of Glenn the astronaut.
But if you ever find yourself at an event where the Glenns are appearing, and you want to see someone so brimming with pride and love that you may feel your own tears start to well up, wait until the moment that Annie stands to say a few words to the audience.
And as she begins, take a look at her husband's eyes.
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John and Annie discuss her stuttering problem in this 2008
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
June 8 — 14
Monologues from reruns are not included.
June 9: President Barack Obama is here tonight, which means even he can’t score tickets to “Hamilton.”
The president has a lot going on as he wraps up his term in office, including the construction of his presidential library in Chicago. It will be a place devoted entirely to Obama and his achievements — or as that’s also known, MSNBC.
So much has happened during President Obama's administration. Obamacare was passed. Same-sex marriage was legalized. He worked with 11 other countries to sign the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership. Whereas Donald Trump just walked around Epcot and insulted every country.
The co-founder of Home Depot recently announced that he is supporting Donald Trump. He wasn't planning to, but when your colors are orange and white, you kind of have to go with Donald.
June 14: There was a big upset in the NBA Finals last night. That’s right, the Cavs beat the Warriors in Game Five, and LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 41 points. Irving said he was just trying to help the team — then LeBron said, "Just don’t let it happen again.”
Donald Trump celebrated his 70th birthday today. And I guess instead of blowing out his candles, he just insulted them until they put themselves out. “You’re too hot! You smell like wax! You’re the worst part of this cake!”
Sunday’s episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” revealed that Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney found out Rob was engaged to Blac Chyna by reading it online. In Rob’s defense, that’s also how the Kardashians find out they’re even in the same room together.
I read that a NASA spacecraft, “Juno,” that launched in 2011 is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in July to take pictures of the planet. When asked what kind of camera it brought, Juno was like, “Crap!”
June 8: In the general election, Donald Trump plans on painting Hillary Clinton as money-grubbing and unethical. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton plans on painting Donald Trump as Donald Trump.
Bernie Sanders is vowing to stay in the race until the Democratic convention. He says he owes it all to his supporters, who need something to do until Burning Man.
Two new government studies report that America's obesity problem is getting worse. Both studies came with a Happy Meal.
In an interview, Donald Trump said he won't have to ask God for "much forgiveness." Unless, of course, God turns out to be a Mexican woman who's a Muslim.
It's being reported that Bernie Sanders is planning on cutting half of his campaign staff. Bernie said, "I'm saving money by only keeping the most delusional."
June 9: Hillary Clinton said yesterday that she would like to see the FBI investigation of her emails wrapped up. Hillary then said, "Or deleted, whatever is easiest."
Bernie Sanders had a meeting at the White House. He just had a meeting there. He's not going to live there.
After his meeting at the White House, Bernie Sanders said he's going to do everything he can to "make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States." Bernie said, "I'm even willing to make Hillary my vice president."
Arnold Schwarzenegger is siding with the judge in the Trump University fraud case. Arnold said he took a speech class at Trump University and wants his money back.
Oprah Winfrey's talk show is coming to an end. It's been revealed that a 30-second ad for the final episode of Oprah's talk show will cost $1 million. In other words, the only person who can afford to buy an ad on Oprah's last show is Oprah.
June 14: In a speech, Donald Trump said thousands of people in the United States are "sick with hate." Then Trump said, "I’d like to thank them for their support."
Donald Trump has called for a ban on all immigration to the United States. Of course, Trump said the ban would be lifted if he ever needs a new wife.
Today is Donald Trump’s 70th birthday. For the occasion, Donald Trump’s friends got together and said, "Wait — why are we friends with Donald Trump?"
Two thieves stole $16,000 worth of iPhones from a New York Apple store by dressing as Apple "Geniuses." Police are on the lookout for two "Actual Geniuses."
Bernie Sanders is set to meet with Hillary Clinton this evening. Bernie said the meeting will give Hillary one last opportunity to bow out gracefully.
June 8: You know who could use "Ghostbusters" right now? Hillary Clinton. She's still being haunted by a spooky ghost named Bernie.
Even though Hillary has more votes and delegates and super-delegates and states, Bernie Sanders still isn't giving up. He says he will continue to fight. He's like one of those old Japanese guys on an island who thinks the war is still going on.
How many of you voted only so you could take the selfie with the "I Voted" sticker?
Snoop Dogg was in San Diego today. He's on my list to be secretary of agriculture. The Padres asked him to throw out the first pitch at the game, and it went just about exactly how you might expect it to go. Very high and outside.
June 14: Today is Donald Trump's birthday! Trump may have turned 70, but his views about women are 150 years old.
I imagine it's tough to get Trump a gift. What do you get the man who hates everything?
At his party, they had cake, they had party favors, and they played some really fun games, like "Pin the bad economy on the Obama."
The best part is, they didn't have to hire a clown.
June 8: It's official now, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both clinched the nomination for their respective parties. Which means we could be looking at our first female president or our last president.
Hillary Clinton told supporters last night that her status as the Democratic nominee is thanks to the generations who struggled and sacrificed before her. "You're welcome," said Bernie Sanders.
Despite Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders vowed to stay in the race and told supporters in Los Angeles that the struggle continues. The struggle to understand math?
In a prepared speech last night, Donald Trump told supporters he is going to take care of our African-American people. Though, I don't think he should have added, "Once and for all."
An Oklahoma woman was arrested for attempting to have her kids blow into her car's breathalyzer so that she could drive drunk. Even worse, her kids failed.
June 9: Bernie Sanders met with President Obama at the White House today to discuss the status of the Democratic race. Though I'm not sure Bernie is getting the hint because he arrived at the meeting in a U-Haul.
Donald Trump's campaign staff is reportedly worried that Trump will suddenly announce his vice presidential pick online without consulting with his advisers. Said Trump, "Well, it's not like I can just call him."
Officials in San Diego recently discovered a large stash of marijuana hidden in a chemical tanker. Officials first became suspicious after noticing a chemical tanker in their 15-year-old son's bedroom.
A Virginia man recently found an outline of what looks like Donald Trump in one of his bathroom tiles. Of course, at one point or another we've all found something in our bathroom that looks like Donald Trump.
June 14: President Obama gave a speech this afternoon in which he angrily called out Republicans for being too obsessed with his refusal to use the term "radical Islam" — or as Fox News reported it, "Angry Black Man Spotted Talking About Radical Islam Near Capitol Building."
Happy birthday to Donald Trump, who turns 70 years old today. And this is cool — so did his views on immigration.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met privately this evening. So privately even Bernie didn't know.
A recent study found that 67% of gamers will miss sleep in order to keep playing video games. They would even miss sex if that were an option.
June 8: Hillary Clinton became the first female candidate of a major party. It was an incredible moment 240 years in the making, because I believe that's when the election began
Last night was also a big one for Donald Trump, who destroyed his competition in every state where he had no competition.
And last night he shocked the world when he gave his victory speech using a teleprompter. A teleprompter. This from a guy who got this far by shouting whatever comes into his mind. Trump using a teleprompter is like the Flash calling an Uber, Aquaman taking a ferry, or Bernie Sanders using a comb.
Canada is changing the lyrics to its national anthem. Apparently, Canadians felt the original anthem didn't have enough apologies in it. This is true. A bill to make the change passed in Canada's congress, or whatever they call it up there — parliament or "law igloo." I'm not entirely sure.
June 9: A lot of people want Hillary to pick Elizabeth Warren [as her running mate]. And Warren is already out there attacking Donald Trump. Just today she told a crowd, "Donald Trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud." That is just wrong. There's no way that stuff covering his face is skin.
Meanwhile, Trump says that he's narrowed his list of candidates down to four or five. Though, if it's a woman, she'll definitely be a 10.
Today Bernie Sanders had a private meeting in the White House with President Obama, which was fitting since they're both beloved political figures who are just a few months away from not being president.
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Tom Brewer’s Facebook posting was spot on. It’s nearly impossible not to smile when you WATCH this 1960s TV Show Dance Party. (2:25)
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Last week we ran a Stanley Roberts’ episode of KRON TV's “People Behaving Badly” series. That segment focused on people who try to avoid Bay Area bridge fees. Turns out that “Inside Edition” ran a similar video, but theirs concentrated on the other side of the country. Check out THESE folks who were caught by the Florida Highway Patrol. (3:30)
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This is a classic case of when good advice can come back and bite an officer in the butt. Whether it is staged or not, what happens to the cop is still funny. Have a LOOK. (0:49)
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Surf’s up for these little tykes. Check out THIS new Evian Baby ad courtesy of Mike Thompson. (1:35)
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A second contribution from Mike came in the form of THIS clip describing a valuable service that could save your life if you are addicted to your smart phone like millions of others. (1:22)
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Is Google in Hillary’s camp? That’s good news if you are supporting the Democratic nominee; not-so-good news if you are not. According to this clip, the world most popular search engine manipulates its search results for Hillary in a way that Bing, Yahoo and other search engines don’t. And you can prove or disprove the allegation on your own computer. Have a listen if THIS has a piqued your curiosity. (7:09)
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This short film received from Comrade Kosovilka is proof that there is little difference between the bureaucracies in Russia and the U.S. Have a LOOK. (3:30)
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Best Recruiter in the Minnesota National Guard
Contributed by David Byers
Ole, the smoothest-talking Norske in the Minnesota National Guard and a natural born salesman, got called up to active duty. His first assignment was in a military induction center. Because he was a good talker, they assigned him the duty of advising new recruits about government benefits, especially the GI life insurance, to which they were entitled.
The officer in charge soon noticed that Ole was getting a 99% sign-up rate for the more expensive supplemental form of GI insurance. This was remarkable because it cost these low-income recruits $30 per month for the higher coverage, compared to what the government was already providing at no charge.
The officer decided he'd sit in the back of the room at the next briefing and observe Ole's sales pitch.
Ole stood up before the latest group of inductees and said, ”If you haf da normal GI insurans an' yoo go to Afghanistan an' get yourself killed, da governmen' pays yer beneficiary $20,000. If yoo take out da supplemental insurans, vich cost you only t'irty dollars a mont, den da governmen' got ta pay yer beneficiary $200,000!”
Now, Ole concluded,"Vich bunch you tink dey gonna send ta Afghanistan first?”
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This spectacular underwater footage from Fiji and Tonga received from Bruce Morton is about as close as you can get to 3-D without wearing special glasses or a virtual reality mask. Have a LOOK. (4:49)
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If you like watching some baby goats acting frisky, you should enjoy THIS clip. And if you look in the upper right corner at the 50-second mark, you’ll see one of the white ‘kids’ acting a little friskier than the others. (3:50)
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Don’t let it be said that there are not some creative ad writers who are fond of felines on the other side of the Pond. Check THIS one out. (1:15)
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For you aviation buffs, THIS is an interesting video that shows helicopters performing maneuvers that seem to defy the laws of physics. (7:02)
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Feeling brave? Suit up, get your gear and join THESE patriotic Airborne heroes as they perform a practice static line jump from a C-17 Globemaster III over Fort Bragg. (7:04)
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Anyone care to hazard a guess what THIS is? We’re all ears. Come to think of it, if this is an authentic UFO from another world, its inhabitants may also be 'all ears.' (How the hell would we know what they look like?) (5:47)
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The Mieders Alpine Coaster ride in Austria is known as one of the steepest and therefore fastest — providing you don’t apply the brake. THIS first clip shows a run with sane people riding the coaster to the bottom of the hill. What looks like a joy stick is the brake. No steering is required. (1:59)
This onboard footage was taken by a prospective Darwin Award applicant who decided to come down the mountain WITHOUT using the brake. (3:58)
And then there was this numbskull who plowed into the back of a slower coaster being ridden by a girl. Not once, not twice, but knocking her unconscious on the THIRD impact. After the first bump, he lets her get well ahead to clear the track, then he puts the pedal to the metal — or should we say gravity to the rail? (2:32)
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This clip about “Engine Swaps” comes courtesy of Dirk Parsons. Can you imagine a Fiat 124 powered by a 5.0 liter V-8? If you are a car freak and you know what that means, you may enjoy watching THIS video. (19:35)
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You folks who like religious conspiracies will love THIS lady who wants the world to know that Monster Energy Drinks are the work of the Devil. (2:13)
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The year was 1969, and for the first time in his career as one of America's most beloved comedians, Red Skelton took to the stage without the intent of making the audience laugh. What he said 47 years is just as profound today as it was back then. Maybe MORE so. (4:19)
1913 — 1997
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