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Old June 22nd, 2008, 12:29 PM   #21
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 04:15 PM   #22
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WOW, Very sad for the sport. Prayers to his family.
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Prayers out to his family. RIP
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Wow, prayers for his family and friends.
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Back in the early 90's I was a huge drag racing fan. I got a call one day from this guy wanting weekly pool service because he was out of town alot. He said he wanted the pool to stay clean for his wife and newborn baby while he was gone. He gave me the address and we set up a time to meet. When I pulled into the drive I saw Scott. I thought to myself "man that guy looks like Scott Kalitta" sure enough it was him. When he took me out to the shed to get all of the pool equipment he had the coolest thing in there. It was the front end of his first funny car. He said that was all that was left of it after he crashed it. I took care of his pool for many years after that and got to know him and his family including his father. He was a great father and great husband to his wife Kathy. Scott will be missed by all of his fans and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. RIP Scott, I will be praying for your family.

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maybe I'm a dick, but he was a racer. He died doing what he liked doing. Other than that who the hell was he? Do you all freak out when you read about some average joe in the paper? I doubt it.

I'm not trying to dumb down his death, but he is no better than anybody else. For that matter, what about the people that are losing their lives doing noble things, like military or law enforcement, etc.

I'm just sick of people being all damn bothered by some famous person dieing but not caring when a non-famous person dies doing something worth while.


And yeah, that goes for George Carlin as well. Funny guy, but no more important than anybody else.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 07:51 PM   #27
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maybe I'm a dick, but he was a racer. He died doing what he liked doing. Other than that who the hell was he? Do you all freak out when you read about some average joe in the paper? I doubt it.

I'm not trying to dumb down his death, but he is no better than anybody else. For that matter, what about the people that are losing their lives doing noble things, like military or law enforcement, etc.

I'm just sick of people being all damn bothered by some famous person dieing but not caring when a non-famous person dies doing something worth while.


And yeah, that goes for George Carlin as well. Funny guy, but no more important than anybody else.

Well said.

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maybe I'm a dick, but he was a racer. He died doing what he liked doing. Other than that who the hell was he? Do you all freak out when you read about some average joe in the paper? I doubt it.

I'm not trying to dumb down his death, but he is no better than anybody else. For that matter, what about the people that are losing their lives doing noble things, like military or law enforcement, etc.

I'm just sick of people being all damn bothered by some famous person dieing but not caring when a non-famous person dies doing something worth while.


And yeah, that goes for George Carlin as well. Funny guy, but no more important than anybody else.
All deaths are sad no matter who they are. Why do we bring up the famous people? Because of their fame and many people know who they are. Doesn't make them any better than anyone else. If it bothers you so much don't watch TV don't read News Papers don't listen to the radio and don't read these threads.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 08:42 PM   #29
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All deaths are sad no matter who they are. Why do we bring up the famous people? Because of their fame and many people know who they are. Doesn't make them any better than anyone else. If it bothers you so much don't watch TV don't read News Papers don't listen to the radio and don't read these threads.
I don't watch much TV. I don't hardly ever read the newspaper, because they are generally biased. Also, I don't normally read these threads but there is like 6 of them right now between Carlin and Kaleta.

What pisses me off is when people act all damn bothered as if they have to. If you knew the guy, then I can understand being bothered by it. Otherwise, I feel no more remorse for a famous person than I do an average joe. People make such a big deal out of it.

For instance, Russert. They did a damn memorial show for the guy. He's a damn news anchor. He did NOTHING that has drastically helped our nation.

Like I said, Kaleta died doing what he loves. I feel absolutly no sorrow for him. As a matter of fact, I have envy that he died doing what he loves.

I do, however, have remorse for people who die, or are seiously injured doing something that noble. Military personnel are being killed everyday. Not to mention all the ones that live through all this bullshit and then have to deal with it for the rest of their lives. Or police officers, who work their butts off stateside for little pay, and even less respect but still get killed in the line of duty. Yet, there is only maybe a line or two in the local papers about these people when they get killed. But somebody famous, better make them front page.

That is bullshit. I don't care if I know somebodies name or not. If they died doing something noble, then let's honor them. Kaleta and Carlin never did anything that I would say was noble.

I'm not trying to take anything away from anybody who cared about these people, but it drives me nuts that peoples priorities are so scewed.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 10:06 PM   #30
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I don't watch much TV. I don't hardly ever read the newspaper, because they are generally biased. Also, I don't normally read these threads but there is like 6 of them right now between Carlin and Kaleta.

What pisses me off is when people act all damn bothered as if they have to. If you knew the guy, then I can understand being bothered by it. Otherwise, I feel no more remorse for a famous person than I do an average joe. People make such a big deal out of it.

For instance, Russert. They did a damn memorial show for the guy. He's a damn news anchor. He did NOTHING that has drastically helped our nation.

Like I said, Kaleta died doing what he loves. I feel absolutly no sorrow for him. As a matter of fact, I have envy that he died doing what he loves.

I do, however, have remorse for people who die, or are seiously injured doing something that noble. Military personnel are being killed everyday. Not to mention all the ones that live through all this bullshit and then have to deal with it for the rest of their lives. Or police officers, who work their butts off stateside for little pay, and even less respect but still get killed in the line of duty. While I have the utmost respect for those that put themselves in harms way for our country. It is a conscious choice they make and they know what the consequences could be. Most people I know that are in the military or on the police force say they do it because they love their work regardless of pay. Yet, there is only maybe a line or two in the local papers about these people when they get killed. But somebody famous, better make them front page. So lets condemn someone for making a name for themselves.

That is bullshit. I don't care if I know somebodies name or not. If they died doing something noble, then let's honor them.Why do they have to be doing something noble at the time of their death to be honored? We honor military and police and firemen that died that weren't doing something noble when they died. Kaleta and Carlin never did anything that I would say was noble. How do you know? Even you said you don't watch much TV you don't read news papers. So you couldn't very informed of how they lived their lives.

I'm not trying to take anything away from anybody who cared about these people, but it drives me nuts that peoples priorities are so scewed.
Every one is entitled to their opinion. Unfortunately it isn't going to stop people from posting a thread when a famous person is killed. If you know people who you want honored why not start a thread doing so? We will not condemn you for doing so. People do it on here all the time.
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I haven't watched any drag racing in years. I take that he was Connie's kid. I remember my Dad taking me to see the Bounty Hunter run back in the 70s.

Either way, RIP Scott.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 11:02 PM   #32
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I don't mean to condemn anyone. It's just bothered me. No disrespect meant by it.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 11:15 PM   #33
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We came in from working outside on Saturday and I watched the qualifying on Tivo. I saw the end of the first and figured for the worst, since they treated it like how they treated John Force's accident and a few of the other bad ones. I was just about to get the kids in the tub when the 2nd session started and they explained what happened. It was a horrific crash.

The nicest thing I saw was on Sunday when Tony Schumacher offered up his Wally to the Kalitta family as requested by the Army guys. He went on to talk about how Kalitta Air has been flying wounded veterans home, and how the Army guys have the highest respect for the Kalitta family. Pretty cool to hear that, it's not something they are out waving flags and beating their chests about. Very respectable.

I'm taking my Dad down to the race in Norwalk next weekend. I originally wasn't planning on getting there before the races start at 11am so I could get more sleep, but I don't think I want to miss the opening ceremonies. Hopefully the Kalitta cars will be back.

oz97tj - If you don't like drag racing, then click on one of the many other threads and interject your . Nobody is forcing you to read it. Get a life. Some of us watch drag racing and enjoy it, and hate to see someone lose their life even if it is a known risk.
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who said I didn't like drag racing.

my comments were based on priorities.

I'm done with this thread now. You obviously missed my point
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Old June 24th, 2008, 03:50 PM   #35
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heres one for ya......he home the wounded from iraq.......does that count for anything.....

i work at willow run and have delt with the guy mulitiple times.....seemed like he was a decent guy when i was talking to him....

rip scott and my thoughts are with the family
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We came in from working outside on Saturday and I watched the qualifying on Tivo. I saw the end of the first and figured for the worst, since they treated it like how they treated John Force's accident and a few of the other bad ones. I was just about to get the kids in the tub when the 2nd session started and they explained what happened. It was a horrific crash.

The nicest thing I saw was on Sunday when Tony Schumacher offered up his Wally to the Kalitta family as requested by the Army guys. He went on to talk about how Kalitta Air has been flying wounded veterans home, and how the Army guys have the highest respect for the Kalitta family. Pretty cool to hear that, it's not something they are out waving flags and beating their chests about. Very respectable.

I'm taking my Dad down to the race in Norwalk next weekend. I originally wasn't planning on getting there before the races start at 11am so I could get more sleep, but I don't think I want to miss the opening ceremonies. Hopefully the Kalitta cars will be back.

oz97tj - If you don't like drag racing, then click on one of the many other threads and interject your . Nobody is forcing you to read it. Get a life. Some of us watch drag racing and enjoy it, and hate to see someone lose their life even if it is a known risk.
i guess i shouldn't have jump in with my quote so soon.....
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Old June 24th, 2008, 03:53 PM   #37
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Granted he puts his life on the line, but there is no reason for that track to not have what should be a safe shut down area.

Watching that video makes me sick when it hits the wall.
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Granted he puts his life on the line, but there is no reason for that track to not have what should be a safe shut down area.

Watching that video makes me sick when it hits the wall.
Judging by the explosion at half track, I don't think he was even around for the impact at the end.
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Judging by the explosion at half track, I don't think he was even around for the impact at the end.
we will never know. with the nomex suit he might have made it if the fires crew had gotten him out in time.
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I think he was likely still alive, although maybe not awake for the explosion. The Pedregon brothers had some nasty explosions this year that really didn't look much worse than the one suffered by Scott. Obviously I don't know any more than that. Scott may have been knocked out for the crash.
I know the suits are pretty amazing though. A few weeks back one of the announcers took a piece of material that they are made of and set a nickel on it and held it in his hand. He took a torch and melted the nickel on top of the material while it was sitting in his hand. Then he dumped off the liquid metal and held right on to the material. Pretty impressive stuff.
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