Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
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The unassuming New Zealand beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest in 1953 to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers, died Friday. Sir Edmund Hilary was 88. The lanky New Zealander devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of Nepal and took his fame in stride, preferring to be called Ed and considering himself an "ordinary person with ordinary qualities."

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/01/080110-AP-hillary.html

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080111/ap_on_re_au_an/obit_edmund_hillary;
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