Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Wednesday, June 8, I’m back in Chicago for a few days, and today and happens to be the 100th birthday of Francis Crick—something we’ll celebrate later this morning with a special post by Matthew Cobb. On this day in 1949, my birth year, George Orwell published Nineteen Eighty-Four. Besides Crick, those born on this day include Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), mountaineer Jim Wickwire (1940), and fly geneticist and Nobel Laureate Eric F. Wieschaus,  (1947). Notables who died on this day include Thomas Paine (1809), Andrew Jackson (1845), Gerard Manley Hopkins (1889), mountaineers Andrew Irvine and George Mallory, lost on Mount Everest in 1924 (I believe they’ve found some of Mallory’s remains), and Negro Leagues star pitcher Satchel Paige (1982), who was too old to be great in the major leagues when they finally allowed black players in. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s stuck up in the cherry trees again:

Hili: It’s easy to say “glory in the highest” but how am I going to get down?
A: Probably very cautiously.
In Polish:
Hili: Łatwo się mówi “chwała na wysokościach” ale jak ja potem stąd zejdę?
Ja: Pewnie bardzo ostrożnie.



  1. Posted June 8, 2016 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    They did find Mallory’s body, high on the North Face; but below the last technical obstacle to the summit. It’s still uncertain whether he made the summit.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 8, 2016 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      And pending Irvine’s body coming out of the Rongbuk or Kangshang Glaciers in a century or two, bearing a diary, and being found before the animals get it, we’re unlikely to ever really know.

      • rickflick
        Posted June 8, 2016 at 11:25 am | Permalink

        In a century or two there may be no glaciers.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted June 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

          … in which case the humans on the planet will probably have more important things to worry about than mountaineering history.

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