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Posted: 2/2/2006 1:16:26 PM EDT
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Nope.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:25:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:25:45 PM EDT
No
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:26:20 PM EDT
nope
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:27:43 PM EDT
Looks like old Ben Gromley.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:35:41 PM EDT
nope
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:36:53 PM EDT
Yeah

I mean no.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:37:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Looks like old Ben Gromley.



I wonder if he means Obiwan Gromley?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:38:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Looks like old Ben Gromley.



Yup. I know his son Ben Gromley Jr. and his grandson Ben Gromley III.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:40:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Looks like old Ben Gromley.



I wonder if he means Obiwan Gromley?



Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:42:29 PM EDT

Never heard of him.

Should I have?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:42:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 1:44:58 PM EDT
i was going to say Jerry Garcia, but this guy looks much younger.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:17:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 2:20:42 PM EDT by FLAL1A]

Originally Posted By gus:
i was going to say Jerry Garcia, but this guy looks much younger.



They look very much alike now.

ETA: He lived his dream (an odd one, IMO) of becoming a professional reenactor. He died when he fell asleep at the wheel driving to or from an event and rolled his truck. He was a good guy - we were very close for a long time - but got a bit crabby as he realized (as many have) that making a delightful hobby into a job leaves you with no hobby and a crappy job. However, he is one of the few men I've known who did exactly what he decided he was going to do with his life.

Quite a guy.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:18:54 PM EDT
What did this guy do?

Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:20:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
What did this guy do?




He helped you pad your post count.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:22:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
What did this guy do?




He was an undertaker for a long time, then a trucker, then a CW reenacting suttler who wrote and recited poetry (his wife/SO sang) at reenactments and SCV balls and such. He was pretty famous on the CW circuit (AFAIK - I quit reenacting 20+ years ago).
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:24:24 PM EDT
Ok so....what am I missing?

Did he do something really profound and Earth changing?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:30:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
Ok so....what am I missing?

Did he do something really profound and Earth changing?




Is that YOUR plan?

Because most people don't, but still might lead inspiring and meaningful lives.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:32:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 2:33:17 PM EDT by Gunner1X]
He looks like someone who enjoys to whittle and play the banjo.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:36:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
Looks like old Ben Gromley.



I wonder if he means Obiwan Gromley?



No further posts are necessary. We have a winner!!!

CO
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:44:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 2:51:28 PM EDT by FLAL1A]

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
Ok so....what am I missing?

Did he do something really profound and Earth changing?



Well, he once showed me a letter that had come into his possession. It had been written by a 20-something reenactor to a 16 yo reenactor as part of an effort by the former to seduce the latter. The predator was a smart guy, and the target a tender lad whose head was filled with dreams of martial glory in bygone days. The bulk of the letter was a near-scholarly disquisition on the history (both actual and fancied) of homosexual bonding among military men through the ages. He wrote about the general practice of pederasty among the classical Greeks and surmised that it must have carried over into the ranks. He spoke of Alexander's supposed lifelong "union" with his adjudant, and of a fabled classical-era legion composed entirely of pairs of homosexual lovers. He closed by writing "Homosexual pairings of long duration and profound passion were always a feature of the life of men in maritime service - especially Pirates !"

Thus, I can say with assurance that Ben did something really profound and Earth changing: he gave me the gift of the impeccable, all-purpose jokeless punch line "Especially pirates!", the merest whisper of which will in proper circumstances send either of my sons and many of my friends (whatever their sexuality) into crippling paroxysms of laughter.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:45:48 PM EDT
Sorry about your loss.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:48:24 PM EDT
Damn, I thought I recognized him. After reading the article from the link, I believe he was at the re-enactment that I went to at Olustee in 2003 with my sons Boy Scout troop 181.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:48:29 PM EDT
Does he owe you money?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:52:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Silesius:
Does he owe you money?



Friends don't owe friends money, one way or the other.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:53:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubblehead597:
Damn, I thought I recognized him. After reading the article from the link, I believe he was at the re-enactment that I went to at Olustee in 2003 with my sons Boy Scout troop 181.



No doubt that was him.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 2:57:43 PM EDT
He looks like a guy that used to do a history tour at this memorabilia place in Eureka Springs, AR. Reading the article it looks like it'd be up his alley but I don't think it was him.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 3:39:15 PM EDT
Honestly, I thought it was Nick Nolte made up to play Santa Claus.

On the other hand, it's good to honor a man whose life has inspired others.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 3:50:41 PM EDT
Sounds like he was a heck of a guy! Sorry to hear of his passing.
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