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Jun. 28th, 2005

I just read an article about John Walton dying in a plane crash either this morning or yesterday. He was in an experimental ultra-light (more like a glider than an actual plane, really) that was homemade. The article of course is GLOWING him and his wealth and his donations ($300 million to the University of Arizona, initiatives for tax payer funded voucher programs to let "poor children" go to private schools), and sort of skips over the fact that he's a board member of a local-economy-killing-behemoth. You know, because he's dead now, and that would just be rude.

My favorite part of the article though is this:

"In March, Forbes magazine listed John Walton as No. 11 on its list of the world's richest people with a net worth of $18.2 billion. He was tied with his brother Jim, one spot behind his brother Rob, and just ahead of his sister, Alice, and his mother, Helen."

Nice that their family finances follow the same pattern as their company's pay scales.


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Jun. 28th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
like when Strom Thurmond died and he was suddenly a "trailblazer for Civil Rights"
Jun. 29th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)

...wonder how many minimum-wage slaves perished during the construction of the thing? How many got heavy metal poisoning from applying the lead-based paint to the airframe with their tongues? How many homes did he demolish to make a space to construct it in?

okay, I'm being a little, ah, grumpy about him. Even though he's dead. But that's what he was FOR. Him and his entire family.

socialist me.
Jun. 29th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
I seriously doubt he built it himself, but it was made from canvas and rope outside of the main frame. There seemed to be some conflict in information though about whether or not they were going to investigate. The family said there wouldn't be an investigation, but the park service said that they investigate ALL plane crashes in national parks, whether they are in commercial airliners or one seater experimental aircraft.

It's interesting that no one seems too broken up about it. Out of the Walton family he was the one they always liked to point to and say "see, he's a good ol boy... see, we went into the Army!". I kinda wonder what they'll do now.
Jun. 30th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
Die horribly, perhaps? Hideous disfiguring diseases? With stench?

yeah, I'm feeling *really* socialist this week. It's been that kind of week.
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