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November 01, 2006

Taking Chances

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

All due respect to the recently and dearly departed, of course. But really, Steve Irwin was lucky to last as long as he did, wasn't he?



posted by Michael at November 1, 2006


Steve Irwin was the Henry V of animal conservation. This video is Steve's St. Crispin's day speech.

Posted by: raymond pert on November 1, 2006 7:21 PM

"This isn't some giant ego trip."

A doth protest too much moment . . .

I've been watching David Attenborough's Blue Planet -- it's been running recently on Wednesday nights on Animal Planet. Breathtaking footage of amazing creatures -- awesome to know we have neighbors so peculiar and lovely -- exactly the feeling Irwin claimed he wanted to inspire yet nobody on camera poking his fingers in a shark's eye or waving a lion fish up around his face so we could see its poisonous spines.

Not that one doesn't need a big ego sometimes. But it's laughable to suggest that Irwin's schtick wasn't really about Irwin, IMO.

Posted by: Kirsten on November 2, 2006 8:40 AM

This is the most I've seen of Mr. Irwin's work and stated sense of mission. Prior to now I'd always wondered if he didn't have more than a little in common with Timothy Treadwell. This goes a long way toward confirming that suspicion.

Posted by: Whisky Prajer on November 2, 2006 8:43 AM

Of course the guy was an egomaniac, and of course we didn't need him poking his fingers around the maws of fierce creatures to learn about animals, but for awhile there, he was fascinating to watch. I know my kids loved his show and we spent many hours watching together as a family, and, yeah, learning.

Posted by: the patriarch on November 2, 2006 10:22 AM

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