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March 5 2004 at 3:36 PM
Jim Sutton  (Login JimSutton)

Response to ASU economics professor dies while skiiing in Colorado


This may sound picky (or even a bit crass), but it could be argued that this article does not belong in the Accidents/Rescue column. While the lead says "a skiing accident", the obituary says he died of cardiac arrest while skiing. IMHO, this does not constitute an accident (even though it occurred while undertaking an outdoor activity), and it also (unfortunately) does not constitute a rescue (a "recovery", yes; but not a rescue). I would assume the main purpose of listing these incidents is so that we can learn from the mistakes (or good judgment) of others, just like the post-mortums of aircraft accidents. A report about someone dying of a heart attack doesn't really provide anything of value to us, other than the obvious advice (we should stay in shape, live healthy lives, and exercise, AND in the end it may not make any difference at all). In any case, just consider this a rambling thought on a Friday lunch time sitting in the office rather than being outside some place doing what we all prefer to be doing, but often can't. JES

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