which caused another engine to overheat,
which caused a panic. the ¿5-year-old co-pilot unbuckled himself.
He told her it was going to be okay.
He told her this knowing that every single person on that plane was about to die.
And with a pair of broken ribs, he went back into the burning plane, pulling survivors from the wreckage.
Morning arrived, but a rescue did not. The co-pilot took charge, and formed two search parties. The first party went in one direction, rthe second party, along with the co-pilot, went in the other, wandering into the desert. K 0 They eventually found a Village.. P\ village which had a radio
As for the co-pilot, the crash changed him. After that, he didn’t want to be a pilot anymore; he wanted to do something different with his life. He resigned from Pan Am to pursue a career in writing and, ultimately, television. His name was Gene Roddenberry, and he created Star Trek.
This story is not intended as an ode to Roddenberry, although he certainly deserves one. Prbr to working in television, he was a decorated WWII pilot, a plane-crash investigator, and an L/R cop. He survived three plane crashes. This story is intended to remind you that our Journeys are short. Roddenberry saw life’s ephemeral nature lit up against a backdrop of stars. He saw that we are all passengers pitching downward into the night. He saw that we’re all helpless. So get up, and help someone. Written drawn by The Oatmeal
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