Greek Tragedy and the “Twinkie Defense” | Theory Of Irony

tragedyIf you were to think politics has evolved a long way from the rough and tumble time of Sophocles, consider the Greek tragedy that unfolded when a former marine, Oliver Sipple, saved the life of American President Gerald Ford on a fall San Francisco day in 1975.  By complete coincidence, this man happened to notice an assassin leveling a gun at Ford and he lunged at the assailant, resulting in the bullet just missing its target, but striking someone else.  Sipple, suddenly a hero to a hero-hungry nation, got a letter from the President acknowledging this unique act of courage and personally thanking him.  But as unwanted media attention continued to grow, Sipple…

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2 thoughts on “Greek Tragedy and the “Twinkie Defense” | Theory Of Irony

  1. Pete:

    Thank you so very much for the kind words. I often enjoy reading your blog about life in a small town and outings with your beloved dog.

    -Erik

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  2. As always, Erik finds the amusing side of these otherwise tenuous links and connections. Few writers can imbue such tragic events with wry wit, and leave the reader smiling knowingly.
    I can recommend his book. Much more of the same, and enjoyable from start to finish.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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