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    Posted July 20, 2013 by
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    Goodbye, Helen Thomas!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "Helen was just a living inspiration to press on forward on issues of equality," said ElbonianGA, pictured here with Thomas. Read more about the trailblazing journalist on CNN.
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    I met Helen Thomas on October 10, 2003, at a book signing. My wife was studying for a Masters degree in Journalism, so I had her inscribe copies of two of her books to my wife. Little did I know at the time that we shared the same date of birth, August 4th. And at that point in time Barack Obama, also born on August 4th, was still a nearly-unknown state senator in Illinois.

    As you can tell by the picture, Helen was an extremely gracious person, taking the time to have me sit and to talk to me individually, even though there were many people in line behind me. And of course, somebody was there to use my own camera to snap this photo.

    I forgive Helen for the You Tube video that forced her into retirement. I know from my personal experiences that she was so generous a spirit that the statement she issued was far more in character: everybody respect everybody! Certainly, Helen did. Even if you were on the receiving end of any of her quite-pointed questions.

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