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The Gift

Just to be less cynical than normal, so often human interest stories on television are overly manipulative, pre-fabricated hallmark moments, but this story on CBS pre-game show before Patriots-Lions game yesterday was one of the most moving and powerful I can remember.

Chris Henry a talented, but troubled receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals died tragically last December. But from his death his mother, Carolyn Glasby, made a decision that saved four lives. If you haven’t seen it, take a few minutes to watch it. And if you are not presently an organ donor, become one.

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In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .