Robert A. Heinlein: Passed away 28 years ago, yesterday

It’s hard to believe, but yesterday marked the 28th anniversary of the death of science-fiction genius and genuine American patriot, Robert A. Heinlein. Born July 7, 1907, he passed away on May 8, 1988, at the age of 80. Far too soon.

Heinlein was a tremendous influence on me, not just as child and a young man but also as an adult. To say I’m a fan is an understatement–not only have I read everything Heinlein ever wrote, I’ve literally worn books out with re-reading, bought new copies, and wore those out, too. Among the most prized possessions in my personal library is my collection of hard-cover Heinlein novels and short-stories.

Any of you who have received a personal email from me would have noted the several Heinlein quotes in my signature. I wish I could include all of Heinlein’s great quotes, but there are limits to an email signature.

Perhaps my favorite of his quotes is by itself too long for an email signature, but there’s plenty of room here, so in acknowledgement of the anniversary of Heinlein’s passing I share it with all of you:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

Twenty-eight years. It’s hard to believe. I’m old enough to remember rushing out to buy his just-released latest novels.

We miss you, Bob. There have been great science fiction riders before and after you, but there’s not been anyone quite like you. Wherever you are, I trust you’re typing away.

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Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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