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    [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    Former Rep. Charles Wilson Dies at 76

    DALLAS Charlie Wilson, the former congressman from Texas whose funding of Afghanistan's resistance to the Soviet Union was chronicled in the movie and book "Charlie Wilson's War," died Wednesday. He was 76.

    Wilson died at Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin after he started having difficulty breathing while attending a meeting in the eastern Texas town where he lived, said hospital spokeswoman Yana Ogletree. Wilson was pronounced dead on arrival, and the preliminary cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest, she said.

    Wilson represented the 2nd District in east Texas in the U.S. House from 1973 to 1996 and was known in Washington as "Good Time Charlie" for his reputation as a hard-drinking womanizer. He once called former congresswoman Pat Schroeder "Babycakes," and tried to take a beauty queen with him on a government trip to Afghanistan.

    Actor Tom Hanks portrayed Wilson in the 2007 movie about Wilson's efforts to arm Afghan mujahedeen during Afghanistan's war against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Wilson, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped secure money for weapons, plunging the U.S. into a risky venture against the world's other superpower.

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    Re: [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    Now this was a gutsy guy the like of which there are few of today.

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    Re: [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    Oh man, that' really a sad loss imo. Wilson was quite a character in a funny-good way.

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    Re: [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    I didn't know anything about him until the movie "Charlie Wilson's War". He was *quite* a character, it seems. If he was anything like the movie, I like him!

    RIP Charlie Wilson, and thankyou for your sincere service to our nation.
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    Re: [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    He was from my area of Texas and one of the biggest characters you ever saw, more like LBJ than Tom Hanks (although the movie was pretty good). He was 6'6" and had one of those huge booming voices.

    I had only seen him in a few restaurants and didn't know about his antics until the book Charlie Wilson's War came out.

    Here's a few pictures the local paper ran... the first one with his wife:







    Rest in peace, Charlie
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    Re: [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    A great American. Too bad they make'em like that anymore. Sleep well, Congressman.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    Quote Originally Posted by kansaswhig View Post
    Rest in peace, Charlie!


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    Moderator's Warning:
    [R.I.P.] Charlie WilsonJust because there were issues in the last one making this clear right off. This is a [RIP] thread and as such negative or insulting comments should be kept out of it. Just a reminder before the thread gets majorly rolling

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    Re: [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Moderator's Warning:
    [R.I.P.] Charlie WilsonJust because there were issues in the last one making this clear right off. This is a [RIP] thread and as such negative or insulting comments should be kept out of it. Just a reminder before the thread gets majorly rolling
    I was honestly wishing Charlie well in the next life. He was a great American!


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    Re: [R.I.P.] Charlie Wilson

    This is sad news.

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