Saturday, December 28, 2013

Andy Jacobs - "so much good in the worst of us"

Surprised and sorry to hear about the passing of former Congressman Andy Jacobs of Indianapolis. I interviewed him several times for the Star and WIBC, and he was always a gracious host at his home.
Andy would get emotional talking about his infantry experience as a Marinein the Korean War. One time, he recalled, he and two other soldiers were carrying a wounded man on a litter when they realized that a North Korean gun crew had them in their sights.

The Koreans had an anti-tank weapon trained on them and could have killed the Americans instantly. But instead, Andy said, the Koreans waved them on, apparently because they were carrying a wounded man and were completely vulnerable.

Andy had been a Marion County sheriff's deputy before getting his law degree, and he talked about the importance of showing mercy to people who needed a break in life.

He liked to quote Edward Wallis Hoch on the foibles of ordinary people:

"There's so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly behooves any of us, to talk about the rest of us."

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