If I recall, Mitt was very nearly killed himself in the accident that injured the French mission president and killed his wife. Scott Romney, Mitt's older brother, has done well for himself, but not in the public arena although his wife, his ex-wife, was a candidate for the U.S. Senate a number of years back.
> -----Original Message----- > From: Tom Matkin [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] > Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 1:29 PM > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > Subject: RE: [ZION] A View From Massachusetts > > > In 1968 I arrived in the French mission. It was August and the country > was in a terrible turmoil from riots arising from great labor and > political unrest. The mission was also in some distress as the mission > president had been in a serious car accident a few months before. His > wife had been killed and he had been sent state-side to recover from his > own grievous physical injuries. While he was away the missionaries were > basically left in the hands of his APs. One of those was Mitt Romney. > That was my first introduction to him. Soon after I arrived he pointed > out an article in the Church News about a certain Jim Matkin who had > received some award, scholarship or graduated at the top of his class > from Harvard or something like that. I acknowledged that the subject of > the article was my brother. Mitt expressed great empathy for me, telling > me how he also had an over achieving older brother. We shared some of > the highlights of growing up in that sort of shadow. It was a very > personal exchange between a very green missionary and a seasoned > missionary who had the unusual position of being a de facto mission > president at age 20 or so. He told me a couple of other stories and I > don't suppose he even remembers me, but I remembered him, both because > of his rather famous heritage and because he was kind enough to take an > interest in my personal circumstances. Now the irony, of course, is > that my brother went on to do a lot of very important and public things > and I never have and Mitt Romney's brother has never come to my notice, > but, of course, Mitt has made a great mark on the political landscape, > and seems destined to make an even great impact before he's done. > > So I follow his progress with some interest. > > In the spirit of the late Marc Schindler, I will conclude this post with > a further Shaggy Dog story about Mitt. Later on I learned that he had > been in one of the same cities that I served in. Nantes, I think and he > told me this story when he came to visit. It seems it was winter when he > was serving in Nantes and outside of the apartment a cat had been run > over in the street and was mortally wounded and frozen to the cobble > stones but still suffering and yowling. So young Mitt decided the humane > thing to do was to put the cat out of its misery, so he took a hammer > and went out into the street to dispatch it. As he raised his arm to > strike the cat he noticed a crowd beginning to gather and by the time he > was finished there was quite an audience, and he supposed, no one > guessed that this was not just an act of supreme violence against a > defenseless animal. He told it much better than I have, weaving in his > Americaness in a foreign land and all that. He knew how to disarm you > by telling a story on himself, that's for sure. I hope he comes out of > this gay marriage thing with some pleasant stories to tell. He's > brilliant, personable, and considerate, and the Lord trusts him. At > least He did in 1968. I suspect he has the same characteristics today, > only more highly developed. > > Tom > > ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > //////////// > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > /////////// > > > > ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// --^---------------------------------------------------------------- This email was sent to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] TOPICA - Start your own email discussion group. FREE! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/create/index2.html --^----------------------------------------------------------------