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Parting Shot: George takes a leap

Former President George H.W. Bush, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott land after making a tandem parachute jump Thursday. (Associated Press)
Former President George H.W. Bush, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott land after making a tandem parachute jump Thursday. (Associated Press)

Former President George H.W. Bush, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott land after making a tandem parachute jump Thursday.

Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, fulfilling a goal he made five years ago after a similar jump even though he can no longer use his legs.

The nation’s 41st president jumped from a helicopter at about 6,000 feet while harnessed to retired Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a former member of the Golden Knights, the Army’s parachute team. Elliott guided Bush to a safe landing on his 85th birthday.

“That’s what he wanted for his 90th birthday and that’s what he got,” Elliott said. “It’s a very good feeling to be involved and be able to turn back time.” Read more.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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