Archive for April 6th, 2008

Charlton Heston dies at 84

April 6, 2008

I was sad when I heard that Charlton Heston died on Saturday, April 5th. Not so much with his death, although 84 is not that old this day and age, but at having lived out his last years suffering from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Heston was the president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003 and through the time of his tenure the NRA’s membership rose from 3.5 to 4 million members. He was a charismatic leader.

I had the pleasure of meeting the man in 2000 at the BC Wildlife Federation convention in Prince George, where he was the keynote speaker that year.

We were able to spend some private time with him before he spoke and I was truly impressed by the man. There was absolutely nothing phony about him, he was generous with his time and he left the distinct impression that here was a real gentleman.

Although many of the newspapers erroneously reported that he came to deliver a speech about gun rights, that was not the case. He spoke about freedom and how we should not let it be taken away. His speech was inspirational and the room was packed.

There is no question that Heston left his mark in many different arenas. I am just happy that I did have the chance to meet him and spend some time in his company.