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October 7, 2003



Amazing article in the New Yorker about people who jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Although someone jumps off every two weeks, only 26 people have ever survived the fall. Here's one of them:
As he crossed the chord in flight, Baldwin recalls, "I instantly realized that everything in my life that I'd thought was unfixable was totally fixable -- except for having just jumped."
Another guy from the article -- an Iraqi-American -- jumped from it twice. And the article discusses a 1977 protest at the bridge aimed at getting suicide barriers installed. The keynote speaker? Jim Jones, who a year-and-a-half later led 900 acolytes in a mass suicide.

posted by adm at 9:38 PM | #


I was really touched by the last quote. “The guy was in his thirties, lived alone, pretty bare apartment. He’d written a note and left it on his bureau. It said, ‘I’m going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.’”
Its strange how just a little random act of kindness to a stranger can change his life forever. We all strive to be acknowledged, we all have the same fears, we are all the same.

Posted by: evgeni at October 8, 2004 3:16 PM

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