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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
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    This is the location where Air Florida flight 90 crashed into the Potomac after hitting the southern-most span of the 14th St. Bridge: Jan 13, 1982. It struck 7 vehicles on the bridge, killing 4 people. Of the 74 passengers and 5 crew, only 5 survived. It occurred during a blizzard, making rescue of passengers on the mostly submerged plane very difficult. Here's the pub-worthy factoid: that span of the bridge was renamed the Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge, in memory of Mr. Williams, a passenger who kept passing the rescue line to others so they could be pulled to safety, but perished before he could be rescued himself.
    And Mr. Williams was the only one whose cause of death was listed as drowning (the others died on impact), since he kept passing the life ring on to someone else. He as definitely a hero.

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    In advance of the MLK Holiday. Happy riding

    New Pointless Prize—Honoring MLK, Bettering your Community #anyonecanserve rides
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catedrew View Post
    OK, here is my #Wikipedia20 post

    Charles R. Drew - wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_R._Drew

    This is the sign in front of the Charles R. Drew house in Arlington, VA. One interesting fact about Charles R. Drew is that there was a huge myth about his death. You see, he discovered how to separate blood plasma from the red and white cells (which saved thousands of lives during WWII), and he started the Red Cross Blood Bank. He was in a car accident in Alamance County, North Carolina. The myth was that he was refused service at one hospital because he was black, and he was forced to go to the black hospital, and by then it was too late, and he died from... wait for it... loss of blood. BUT - that is only a myth. In reality, he was brought to the nearest hospital and they worked on him to the best of their ability, but his injuries were too great, and he died anyway. Besides the house, there is also a school in Arlington named after him, as well as a bridge in DC. Oh, and he's also my Great-Uncle Charlie.

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    Hey Catie! I never knew about the bridge in DC, and I’ve ridden over it a few times. I’ll have to pay more attention next time. And I remember you setting me straight many years ago on the myth surrounding your Uncle Charlie’s death. Such a fascinating family history you have.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kwarkentien View Post
    Hey Catie! I never knew about the bridge in DC, and I’ve ridden over it a few times. I’ll have to pay more attention next time. And I remember you setting me straight many years ago on the myth surrounding your Uncle Charlie’s death. Such a fascinating family history you have.


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    Karen - it's on Michigan Ave., NE in DC. Here's a link to some more info about it: https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=6262#:~...20of%20lives..

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