John Walton dies in plane crash

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by iJon, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    (CNN) -- Wal-Mart heir John Walton died Monday when his ultralight aircraft crashed after taking off from an airport in Jackson, Wyoming, the company announced.


    Despite many of you hate Wal-Mart, it's a sad day here in Northwest Arkansas. It's hard for me to say anything bad about it, considering all the generosity Wal-Mart gives to their and my home community, including the largest educational donation ever to my lovely University of Arkansas. Also being a share holder and active in the share holder meetings, he will be missed.

  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    I don't want to turn this into a political issue, but after watching a 60 Minutes episode on Wal-Mart and India sweat shops, I could care less for Wal-Mart or their greedy founders.

    All the money in the world is useless if you're dead. I hope Wal-Mart becomes a responsible, steward of the Earth resources and treat all their workers with respect and decency.
  3. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816


    Nov 21, 2004
    Washington, D.C.
    In a perfect world. But I like the vision of innocence.
  4. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    He was a good man who will be sorely missed...
  5. iJon thread starter macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    True, but after been to Egypt and India I can hardly single out just Wal-Mart.

  6. chatin macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2005
    Don't buy a computer there!!!

    Sounds like another JFK Jr. A sad day for Wal-mart. Very little family left in Wal-mart anymore. :(

    Wal-mart is proof that, you can't be all things to all people. The technology strategy is right out of the Sears Robuck playbook, from the 1970's. Put a few of these new fangled things out on the end-caps and wait for the returns!
  7. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004
    Bad Karma, he may have done some good here and there, but overall the Waltons have made a lot more people worse off. People die everyday, this isn't all that monumental.

    You would wonder why famous people like to fly though, it seems to end badly for a disproportionate number of them.

  8. mxpiazza macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2003
    cleveland, oh
    i was just about to say i was suprised this hadn't made bigger news, but now it's the headline on every news site and TV station...

    sad day for anyone who lost a son/father/husband, etc... but he made his money just as much through exploitation and sweatshops as he did hard work, so if anyone mourns him anymore just because he is a rich Walton, and all anyone remembers him for is his money, then i dunno... just seems sad to me.
  9. iriejedi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2000
    Nor Cal
    Every Day Low Prices, Everyday!

    Great slogan and mission statement, EDLP,E.... but when it comes to buying planes... I would NOT have used my employee discount. Just my opinion. I hope some of his life insurance money is given out as bonuses to all the hard working employees he has exploited over the years - including those of oppressed suppliers!


    PS - I have a relative who falls into that class I have the right to dis this guy!
  10. calyxman macrumors 6502a


    Apr 17, 2005
    Wow you people are nice. Maybe you should all chip in and write his eulogy.
  11. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    good grief... a man just died, someone who served our country... seems to me that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say it.

    go clog up the political threads...
  12. Hoef macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2004
    Houston, TX..... (keep walking)
    Seems that a lot of rich dudes die this way ... (kennedy, john denver, etc..)
  13. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Guess you're better off if you can't afford your own aircraft :rolleyes:
  14. pinto32 macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2003
    We realize a man has died, and his family is at a lose. Its just hard to get choked up over a man who was, well...evil. He and his family have made the lives of millions upon millions of people miserable. When you keep that in mind, its easy to ignore the few PR stunts....errr...I mean...good deeds.
  15. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Serving in vietnam and earning the silver star? meanwhile George and Dick managed to avoid the very war he served in. 1 a hero the other 2 Chickenhawks.
  16. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I'm not gonna take either side here, cuz I am simply not adequately informed.. But I fail to see how exactly he or his family are responsible for making millions of people miserable.. Please explain.
  17. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    Yes, I would like to know as well. I must not be up to speed on the whole story.
  18. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    It seems to me that people who find themselves successful in one thing often believe in themselves so much, that they think they can be successful in everything (well almost).

    The everyday equivalent, to the belief that some have, that if a highschool dropout can do the plumbing, so can I.

    There is one line of single, piston engine aircraft, made by Beechcraft, called a Bonanza. It is considered the Cadillac of single piston planes. It has a twin engine version called a Baron. The Baron was usually bought by the well to do Dr's. It's nick name is the Dr Killer. Dr's get their heads so full of their greatness that they forget their mortality sometimes (not all of course).

    Two famous aviation quotes....
    There are plenty of successful, fabulous aviators (not john travolta either) like Sir Richard Branson, to name one. Like alot of things it demands respect and attention, as a recreation it is very dangerous if not given both.

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  19. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    First, it's "couldn't care less". Second, Sam and his son have nothing to do with the current state of Wal-Mart. That's like blaming Walt Disney for Eisner's actions.
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Regardless of his wealth, power, position, or what he has done for others (good or bad), the simple fact is that a man has died - he was someone's son, someone's father, someone's brother - and he will be missed by those that loved him. The loss of human life is never a good thing, no matter who it is or what the circumstance.
  21. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    He was flying an ultralight, btw -- which by definition isn't really an airplane. It's essentially a hang-glider with an engine. Flying one doesn't even require a private pilot's license. I'm sure Walton could have afforded something much more expensive. Presumably, he didn't have the license.

    Incidentally, unlike real airplanes, ultralights are notorious for structural failures. I'm guessing this was the cause in this case.

    And finally, you don't have to be rich to own an airplane. I own one, and I'm not rich. Well, maybe I would be lot richer if I didn't own the airplane... but that's another story. Right stu? ;)
  22. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

    Inspector Lee

    Jan 24, 2004
    East Lansing, MI
    Calling all pilots...

    Anybody out there actually flown a plane into or out of Jackson Hole or know anybody who has? In even remotely inclement weather it has to be a hairy flight, I mean, the Tetons are nestled right up against the west side of the runway.
  23. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    Not there, I have heard it is a white knuckler, especially in bad weather or with an engine out.

    Been in and out of Eagle (Vail), Bogata, Quito, Medellin, Cali, and a few other nasty spots.
  24. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004
    Eventually Stu, it seems to go to their heads in all aspects of their lives. Look at Tom Cruise, he's gonna save the world with Scientology.


    On a separate note, when this information was released to the media and made into a public issue, there is going to be some discussion of the mans life and what he did with it. A silver star is admirable but separate from what he did outside of the military. And it is not exactly a private matter anymore.
  25. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Hearing the name John Walton reminds me of one of my favorite TV show's, "The Walton's" The simple life and how a family dealt with the depression and up through and past World War II.

    Being that John was a medic in Vietnam brings him close to my beloved profession. He's also close to my age. I'm sure that as iJon said a lot of good things have been done. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

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