Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pope John Paul II R.I.P.

A lot of famous people are dying this week it seems. The last thing I want is to turn the blog into a reocurring obituary. The only other event I can think of is the NCAA Final Four and it looks like NC State will take out Illinois.

Pope John Paul II, who helped bring down communism in Europe while leading the Vatican church for 26 years died last night. He was 84. The Pope redefined cool as I remember. He maintained a conservative image and stamp on the Vatican while rubbing elbows with Bono of U2. Most recently he was the audience to a collective of b-boys who prompted the Pope to throw his hands in the air like he just don't care. Musician Sinead O' Connor singlehandedly pulled the plug on her career when she destroyed a photograph of The Pope in 1990 during a musical performance on SNL. The Pope struggled with Parkinson's disease for some time and continued to Pope during the worst times of his illness. The general view of his papacy is divided of course. After all, they did design the glass-encased Popemobile in the 1980's after a failed assassination attempt.


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