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"The [Missing] Pat Tillman Legacy" (Dec. 3, 2012; Ver. 1.4 Updated 3-20-14)

"The [Missing] Pat Tillman Legacy" (Dec. 3, 2012; Ver. 1.4 Updated 3-20-14)

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Published by Guy Montag
Marie Tillman's "Tillman Story" (notes from her book "The Letter", interviews, and speech) and the "[Missing] Pat Tillman Legacy" of the Pat Tillman Foundation & the NFL's Pat Tillman Legacy.
Marie Tillman's "Tillman Story" (notes from her book "The Letter", interviews, and speech) and the "[Missing] Pat Tillman Legacy" of the Pat Tillman Foundation & the NFL's Pat Tillman Legacy.

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“THE [MISSING] PAT TILLMAN LEGACY”
 
The Pat Tillman Foundation & the NFL’s Betrayal of Pat Tillman
 
Guy Montag @ feralfirefighter.blogspot.com December 3, 2012 [Version 1.4; last updated March 19, 2014]
"Year one… It was really about … people honoring and remembering Pat Tillman. ... [Now] We're here [2012 Pat’s Run] to honor those who have served and sacrificed for this nation … it's beyond Pat … Tillman Military Scholars …
continue the legacy of Pat Tillman by also creating their own legacy." -- Hunter Riley, Director of Programs Pat Tillman Foundation
“I think they [
the NFL] haven't gone out of their way to help; they've exploited Pat, just like the military.
… they have a beautiful statue to him at
Cardinal Stadium.
… They haven't really helped to try to find out what happened to Pat. …It's like, "Okay, we had the jersey
dedication, we did this, let's move on." -- Mary Tillman (June 2008)
“…
what should have been the dream story that cemented the marriage between the NFL and the US Army, turned into a terrible tragedy and a mortifying embarrassment
… when the Stealth Bom
 ber roars overhead before the game [Super Bowl 2009]
… maybe people will remember that American sport's
connection with its armed
forces is not all about glory…
It's about secrets, lies and death, too.
 -- Oliver Holt, The Mirror (January 2009)
“It's a da
mn shame that Pat Tillman, killed by friendly fire in an Afghanistan mountain pass, the truth of his death covered up by the Pentagon, tends to be used as a symbol for the exact opposite of what he should be remembered for. But if anyone's allowed to claim and exploit him, I suppose it'd be the Sun
Devils.”
 --
Barry Petchesky (
” – 
 September 6, 2013)
“Pat would have wanted to be remembered as an
individual, not as a stock figure or political prop. Pat was a real he
ro, not what they used him as.”
 -- Mary Tillman (2004)
 
THE [MISSING] TILLMAN LEGACY
2
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page #:
Foreword
(& List of Updates)
 3
Guy Montag’s
Letter to Marie Tillman
(December 3, 2012)
5 . . .
“The Marie Tillman Story”
 
(from her March 25, 2011 Harvard Speech)
 13 Interviews with Marie Tillman 16
Marie Tillman’s “
Pat
Tillman Story”
(from her memoir
“The Letter”
)
 22 Ma
rie Tillman’s “
[Untold] Pat Tillman Story 37 . . .
“Barely a Footnote”
-- The
 NFL’s 2009
Super Bowl XLIII [& Pat Tillman]
 44
“Salute to Service”
-- NFL Honors Veterans & 2012 NFL-Tillman Military Scholar
51
“PT
-
42” – 
 
Arizona State University (ASU) Unveils Memorial
“Tillman Tunnel”
55
The Pat Tillman Foundation’s “[Missing] Pat Tillman Legacy”
 59 . . .
APPENDICES
Page # APPENDIX A: Notes From Ma
rie Tillman’
s 2011 Harvard Speech 64 APPENDIX B: Notes From Interviews with Marie Tillman 66 APPENDIX C: Notes From Marie
’s Diane Rhem Show Interview
(July 7, 2012)
72 APPENDIX D:
Notes from Marie Tillman’s Memoir “The Letter”
(June 26, 2012)
 76
 
THE [MISSING] TILLMAN LEGACY
3
FOREWORD
I’ll let my
December 3, 2012 letter to Marie Tillman be my Foreword, at least for now.
I hadn’t intended to work on “The [Missing] Pat Tillman Legacy” until 2013
 
(I’ve been busy trying to write my rebuttal to Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s memoir whose publication date was
recently moved up to January 7
th
 instead of March 17th). But just a few days ago I read a notice that Marie and Jon Krakauer were going to talk about her book next week in Chicago. So I decided to write her a letter and travel to Chicago to hand deliver it to her.
I’ve been working on my notes
from her book on-and-
off over the past five months. I’ve worked
on them a bit over the past few days, but
this post is still very much a rough draft. Maybe I’ll
eventually make the time to polish my remarks, or not. -- Guy Montag, November 30, 2012
. . . UPDATE 3-31-13:
On December 4, 2012 I handed a copy of my letter to Marie Tillman after a  presentation in Chicago. After getting my book signed, I had a pleasant short conversation with Marie about my visit to the Bahai temple. But, I never received a response back from her.
Here’s the link to the audio recording:
 
 
WBEZ91.5 
(My discussion with Krakauer starts at about 35:30) On the other hand, Krakuaer signed my book, but he tried aggressively tried to BS me about how
I was wrong about “Jon Krakauer’s Credibility Problem.” His outrage appeared so sincere that
he
almost succeeded (in my rush to finish this post I hadn’t prepared to confront him about it and didn’t have my hardcopy with me). Maybe he beli
eves his own BS. He almost convinced me, until I double-checked my work and hunted down the NPR Diane Rhem Show recording (September 16, 2009) from the
day before
 my Aunt handed him my material (same stuff he said  before; he changed his tune
after
getting my material). He appears to be a shameless, bullying  bullshit artist.

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