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Chairman Kaga
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"Mount St. Helens erupting? Ha, not in a million...OH SHIIIIIT!!!"
-Last words spoken by nearby resident Harold R. Munson on May 18, 1980

Came up on a discussion about Hawaii Volcano Mauna Loa blowing it's stack sometime in the future.
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smilodonna
The Red and the Green Stamps


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Denial to the end, that's how I want to go.


Don't see his name in the list of victims.

http://www.olywa.net/radu/valerie/mshvictims.html?

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Jay Tea
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Not sure about that one, but the USGS confirms these...

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As the mountain began to blow, David Johnston, a U.S. Geologic Survey geologist observing the mountain from 5 miles away, radioed his last words to his colleagues in Vancouver, Wash.: “Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!” he screamed. “Vancouver! Vancouver! Is the transmitter still working?”


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Tootsie Plunkette
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Sounds more like Harry Truman.

However, I'm betting it was a joke.

I don't think any rational person believed the mountain wouldn't erupt. There was plenty of obvious warning in the weeks and months before. But some of the unfortunate victims figured they'd have plenty of time to escape the area. And they might have, if it had been a 'normal' eruption. No one predicted the lateral eruption.

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Kathy B
Angels Wii Have Heard on High


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Sounds like a parody of General John Sedgwick at the US Civil War Battle of Spotsyvania. Usually reported as "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist.."
[Not correct,however, he did say "They couldn't het an elephant at this distance." but did not get shot in mid sentence.Source]

I can't find a Harold Munson at all associated with Mt. Saint Helens. Harry Truman is not the president, but an old time resident whe refused to evacuate the area.

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