Skip to comments.1972 Crash Survivor's Wallet Recovered
Posted on 02/26/2005 6:00:16 AM PST by billorites
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- One of 16 survivors of a 1972 Andes plane crash made famous by a book and movie has gotten his wallet and jacket back 32 years after leaving them in the mountain snows.
Eduardo Strauch, who survived 72 days in high mountain snows, received the aged wallet, drivers license and other personal items Wednesday, a week after they were found in the Andes by a mountain climber.
Strauch, now a 57-year-old architect and father of five, was aboard a flight with fellow rugby players, relatives and friends when their plane crashed high in the Andes on Oct. 12, 1972.
"Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors" by Piers Paul Read publicized the story with accounts of how survivors ate flesh from some of the victims to survive. The story was later dramatized in a Hollywood movie.
A Mexican hiker chanced upon the items just yards from the site where the plane went down.
The hiker passed the items on to a local hotelier took who gave them to Alvaro Mangino, another Uruguayan who survived the flight and happened to be in western Argentina at that time. Mangino delivered to Strauch.
"This is just a feeling that's impossible to describe," Strauch told The Associated Press on Thursday. "It's incredible, amazing that this episode continues to speak for itself."
A little Jewish Grandma is at the Florida coast with her little Jewish Grandson. The grandson is playing on the beach when a big wave comes and washes the kid out to sea. The lifeguards swim out, bring him back to shore, the paramedics work on him for a long time, pumping the water out, reviving him. They turn to the Jewish Grandma, and say "we saved your grandson." The little Jewish Grandma says "He had a hat!"
SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!
Henny was great!!
Just finished reading "Alive" last week. They ate the flesh raw. Some of them wanted to cook it but they were overruled because raw human flesh has more protein.
Is that proper English?
The one memorable part of the movie Alive is the crash scene, which, IMHO, is the greatest depiction of an aeroplane crash to date.
"Should we be flying that close to the mountains"?
Yes, it is!!!! Is your punctuation proper English???? No, it is not!!!!
"raw human flesh has more protein."
They were mistaken, the amount of protein would remain the same unless they burned it. The protein changes slightly to the point were it could not function any longer in a living organism, hence the change in texture, but the amount remains the same. This applies to all kinds of meat. They also may have reduced the chance of contracting a bacterial or viral disease by cooking it. But when your in a situation such as they were, survival is the first consideration.
The hiker passed the items on to a local hotelier . . .
For some reason I was fascinated by that story. I must have read "Alive" 6 or 7 times. Piers Paul Reid also wrote a great book about the Great Train Robbery.
Kind of cool to still be finding stuff. Kudos tot eh hiker for not keeping a souvenier.
Actually, IIRC, they made jerky of some if the flesh by laying it out on the fueslage.
I think "Alive" is one of the best books I've ever read. I remember starting it, and not being able to put it down until the sun rose the next morning. It is very well written.
Well if they kept it raw they could use nori seaweed and rice to make sushi.
Thanks for the info. I am sure I would have preferred it cooked.
Thanks for the tip - the Great Train Robbery will be next on my list.
Members of the Donner party also made jerky of human flesh. A story full of despair.
It's a colloquial expression.
Consider these expressions: "I get it" (understand); "I get it" (receive); "I've got to do it" (must, need to). These informal uses are not appropriate for technical writing. For formal writing, avoid using "get, got, gotten, have gotten" and use "understand," "receive," or "must."
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