Robert A. Heinlein: Passed away 29 years ago, today

It’s hard to believe, but today marks the 29th 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-nine 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.

About the Author

Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca is a Massachusetts lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense website (autographed copies available) and (paperback and Kindle), and many other re-sellers. Andrew just launched his latest product, the LOSD Instructor Program, designed for gun safety, marksmanship and tactical strategy instructors. Be an elite member of the self defense community, understanding your state's self defense laws to a depth even lawyers rarely achieve. Check it out here.   Andrew also gives live, in-person, ~5 hour-long state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars all over the country. Click here to find a live seminar covering your state's self-defense laws.   Andrew also produces many 4-5 hour online, on-demand state-specific Law of Self Defense training courses. These online classes are enriched versions of the live, in-person state-specific Law of Self Defense Class Andrew gives all around the country. Click here to find an online course for your state. These online classes are priced at $249/HOUSEHOLD. You can learn more details and view the first section of the training class for free (about 30 minutes worth of self-defense law training) by clicking here.

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