Chuck Heston

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by NRAJOE, Sep 13, 2002.


    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Los Angeles

    August 12, 2002

    My Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Fans:

    My physicians have recently told me I may have a neurological disorder whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer’s disease. So… I wanted to prepare a few words for you now, because when the time comes, I may not be able to.

    I’ve lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you. I’ve found purpose and meaning in your response. For an actor there’s no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can’t part with you, which is why I won’t exclude you from this stage in my life.

    For now, I’m not changing anything. I’ll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you’ll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.

    I’m neither giving up nor giving in. I believe I’m still the fighter that Dr. King and JFK and Ronald Reagan knew, but it’s a fight I must someday call a draw. I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure. Please feel no sympathy for me. I don’t. I just may be a little less accessible to you, despite my wishes.

    I also want you to know that I’m grateful beyond measure. My life has been blessed with good fortune. I’m grateful that I was born in America, that cradle of freedom and opportunity, where a kid from the Michigan Northwoods can work hard and make something of his life. I’m grateful for the gift of the greatest words ever written, that let me share with you the infinite scope of the human experience. As an actor, I’m thankful that I’ve lived not one life, but many.

    Above all, I’m proud of my family… my wife Lydia, the queen of my heart, my children, Fraser and Holly, and my beloved grandchildren, Jack, Ridley, and Charlie. They’re my biggest fans, my toughest critics and my proudest achievement. Through them, I can touch immortality.

    Finally, I’m confident about the future of America. I believe in you. I know that the future of our country, our culture and our children is in good hands. I know you will continue to meet adversity with strength and resilience, as our ancestors did, and come through with flying colors – the ones on Old Glory.

    William Shakespeare, at the end of his career, wrote his farewell through the words of Prospero, in The Tempest. It ends like this:

    Be cheerful, sir,

    Our revels now are ended. These our actors,

    As I foretold you, were all spirits and

    Are melted into the air, into thin air:

    And like the baseless fabric of this vision,

    The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,

    The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

    Yea all which it inherit, shall dissolve

    And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,

    Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff

    As dreams are made on, and our little life

    Is rounded with a sleep.

    Thank you, and God bless you, everyone...cordially, Charleton Heston ... Why him? :( :( :( :(
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2002
  2. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    also why wasn't he writing In the Capital column in the latest G&A mag???

  3. Benny

    Benny Guest

    Heston is and always has been a good man. He is one of the few men on this earth that I can call a true role model. God bless him. In his memory it's time we step up the fight to keep our right to bear arms.

  4. Calvin

    Calvin G&G Evangelist

    I'm going to make an honest effort to go on and get my NRA Life Membership.
    I am sad to see this happen to him, as I have admired him on screen for all of my life. I wish him and his family the absolute best.

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Do the EPL plan Cal, $25 dollars every three months until paid ($750). You can send more if you want when you get your billing. I'm down to the last $100 dollars.
  6. Chris

    Chris G&G Evangelist Staff Member Forum Contributor

    I wish I could meet him, I never got a chance to do so, and he and Ronald Reagan were the two people that I think would be so awesome to meet if I could talk to them, but maybe I will in the afterlife.
  7. Truly an American Icon. God Bless you Mr. Heston.

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Yep Jesse, I truly admire Ronald Reagan also. I don't know why these two would have to suffer. Hope its not something in the conservative mindset because I'm in big trouble when I get older! :):(