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HISTORY CALLING – OVERNIGHT:  He was famous, and delightfully so, for a brief but critical moment in the Cold War.  From ABC News:  DENVER -- U.S. military pilot Gail S. Halvorsen — known as the “Candy Bomber” for his candy airdrops during the Berlin airlift after World War II ended — has died at age 101.  Halvorsen died Wednesday following a brief illness in his home state of Utah, surrounded by most of his children, James Stewart, the director of the Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation, said Thursday.  Halvorsen was beloved and venerated in Berlin, which he last visited in 2019 when the city celebrated the 70th anniversary of the day the Soviets lifted their post-World War II blockade cutting off supplies to West Berlin with a big party at the former Tempelhof airport in the German capital.  “Halvorsen’s deeply human act has never been forgotten,” Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey said in a statement.  Utah Gov. Spencer Cox also praised Halvorsen, who was born in Salt Lake City but grew up on farms before getting his pilot’s license.  The  Berlin Airlift operated from June, 1948, through September,1949.  The Soviet Union cut off all Allied access to Berlin in a dispute over administration of the city.  The West, in an operation that many military experts had believed was impossible, supplied Berlin entirely by air.   Eventually, the Soviets, their blockade smashed, re-opened the city.  Shows what guts and imagination can do. 

February 17, 2022