rescue at sea

There are 14 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 5, 2009, titled rescue at sea. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

For about four months, Leo Sherman - a former school superintendent from central Illinois - embraced the sailor's life of endless waves, island hopping, fishing and, best of all, stargazing.

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Al Szaech

Plainfield, IL

#2 Mar 6, 2009
Sounds like a movie or book is eminent..

What a life...
KBob

Filer, ID

#3 Mar 6, 2009
What a story. I once thanked God for saving me from an upside down horse, a semi without brakes and a USN ship that rolled to 26 while I had the con and would have capsized at 27 degrees .. then God showed me many more of which I was completely unaware. Life goes on .. and our memories are for us to .. sort out .. and enjoy.
Ivory Dove

San Antonio, TX

#4 Mar 6, 2009
Agreed.
Ann

Thornton, IL

#6 Mar 6, 2009
Condolences to the families of those brave and adventurous men.
Don

Angola, IN

#7 Mar 6, 2009
On the positive - It was a great adventure and the fellows died doing what the aspired to. May God bless all involved.

“things that make you go "hmmmm”

Since: May 08

Homewood, IL

#8 Mar 6, 2009
My daughter's pre-school (many years ago) had this picture in the director's office of a small boat on the water and it said, "God protect me upon the waters of the world for Your waters are so wide and my boat is so small."
My Uncle

United States

#9 Mar 6, 2009
Joe Strykowski is my Uncle. His age did not prevent him from living a full and exciting life, and he could do more than most people half his age. These men were adventurers. Many people, some young men, traveled with them for parts of the journey and anyone that went through a storm said they felt safe with these men taking care of them. It took two cyclones to get them. They are greatly missed, but no one should doubt their knowledge or experience, and that has nothing to do with age.
Shawn

United States

#10 Mar 6, 2009
I work with Joe's niece Vicki and have followed this story. It's sad, and yet I take great comfort in knowing all of the men involved have lived full lives. To do and see what they have seen and done, I can't fathom it. To pass from this life on earth doing what you love to do, and doing it with great style and passion, and then going on to the next adventure in the afterlife.. Both of these salty adventures will be missed until we see them again.
American First

Gwynn Oak, MD

#11 Mar 6, 2009
More dummies. Ages 69, 70 and 56 great ages to go around the world in a 47 foot boat over the 3 oceans. I thought the ones who died recently in Florida were stupid.
What do you know

United States

#12 Mar 6, 2009
American First wrote:
More dummies. Ages 69, 70 and 56 great ages to go around the world in a 47 foot boat over the 3 oceans. I thought the ones who died recently in Florida were stupid.
Too bad you're so close minded. Living life by the sidelines I bet. A waste of space to the world.
Ivory Dove

San Antonio, TX

#13 Mar 6, 2009
American First wrote:
More dummies. Ages 69, 70 and 56 great ages to go around the world in a 47 foot boat over the 3 oceans. I thought the ones who died recently in Florida were stupid.
What an unkind thing to say.
MWeb

United States

#14 Mar 6, 2009
How bizarre. Mr. Sherman was the principal at my podunk high school years ago. How strange to open up this story in the Trib and see his face! It's good that he survived, but my heart goes out to the other men's families.
The Master Cylinder

Chicago, IL

#15 Mar 6, 2009
American First wrote:
More dummies. Ages 69, 70 and 56 great ages to go around the world in a 47 foot boat over the 3 oceans. I thought the ones who died recently in Florida were stupid.
Better to sit at home or in the apartment doing only grandfatherly- like things, right?

Peak-of-life football players currently in the news didn't do too well at the hands of an angry sea, either. So, what's your point?

Repeatedly, the men in this story were said to be super-experienced and in physical condition better than guys half their age. Did you miss that?
puh lease

Chicago, IL

#16 Mar 6, 2009
The Master Cylinder wrote:
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So, what's your point?
Repeatedly, the men in this story were said to be super-experienced and in physical condition better than guys half their age. Did you miss that?
I think he/she missed the point of life, as well.

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