I figure heaven was designed for men like him. Lord knows, he's not getting his reward here on earth.
YOU ALMOST DIED IN 1983....this man saved your life!
My profound thanks to Stanislav Petrov! Without him, I would never have had the joys of becoming a mother. My eldest was born in March 1984, so I was pregnant with her then. In fact, on Sept. 25, 1983 I would have just come off bedrest because we weren't sure the pregnancy was going to be successful.
The world owes him a debt of gratitude of the highest order, doesn't it?
Verification, if anybody feels it is needed.
Thanks for sharing that; I wasn't aware of the story.
I think that Ray Franz saved a lot of people in 1980.
Someone should set up a paypal account for him.
jgnat said: I figure heaven was designed for men like him. Lord knows, he's not getting his reward here on earth
My feelings exactly. What better deed can you do for mankind that to prevent us blowing ourselves to Kingdom Come? (no pun intended).
Did anyone see that movie in the early 1980s called War Games with Matthew Broderick? What Terry described above sounds eerily like the opening scenes of that movies. Two Americans are sitting there at NORAD and they get a launch signal saying that the USSR has launched their missles and that they're supposed to immediately retaliate. When push comes to shove, the one guy refuses to do so until he has confirmation that the Russians had really launched their missles............
Pretty damn scarey..........
It makes me angry that our news is so filtered in local newspapers that we only get to find out about what some Editorial Committee thinks should be known!
I monitor a lot of foreign news services and like to compare the European version of a news story to our own domestic variety.
There are so many venues of information available today with the internet that there is not much excuse, personally, for me not to be more well-informed than the next door neighbor who only watches TV and glances at his newspaper.
Another Russian hero of the Cold War era: Captain Alexi Vostrikov, whose heroics were the basis of the film K-19 - The Widowmaker. From Amazon.com: Based on an incident that was officially suppressed for 28 years, K-19: The Widowmaker is a fine addition to the "sub-genre" of submarine thrillers. The first major American film about Russian cold war heroes, it re-creates the nightmare endured in 1961 by the crew of the Soviet nuclear submarine K-19, when an exposed reactor core nearly resulted in a nuclear catastrophe. Several crewmen died, and K-19's captain (played by Harrison Ford) had to assert his command when near-mutiny favored his executive officer (Liam Neeson). This escalating tension gives the film its potent dramatic thrust, and both Ford and Neeson deliver intense performances while director Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark, Strange Days) ably controls a sub full of seething testosterone. It's not as viscerally thrilling as the classic Das Boot or U-571, and some K-19 survivors protested the inclusion of inauthentic drinking scenes, but the movie benefits from grand-scale production values, seamless computer graphics, and a compelling real-life twist. --Jeff Shannon
A movie should be made of what this other man did in 1983, and a portion of the profits should be sent to him.