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The Ballad of Michael Nerandzic, or Newtonian physics and their application to airships

 As may of you know, a Goodyear Blimp pilot named Michael Merandzic recently died after safely grounding the journalist passengers (click here for the news story). I felt his passing deserved the recognition of the Dieselpunk community- these are my inadequate efforts to immortalize this heroic knight of the air


The Ballad of Michael Nerandzic, or Newtonian physics and their application to airships


Now good airship pilots are a pretty rare lot,

they're hard to impress and they think that they're hot

but all airship pilots grow quiet with pride,

when they hear about good Captain Michael's last ride

 

when some penny-dreadful scribes sought him out for adventure

he took them all up, 'twas a capital venture

no one suspected t'would be the last ride

for the good Captain Michael and his airship of pride


Unknown to the Captain, unknown to his fare,

a crew of stealthy pirates, in clouds did repair

in search of a prize with which to retire

they espied his fair ship,which they'd try to acquire


He twisted,he dodged, he jinked every way

his ship, his passengers nearly safely away

but from the parting volley from the pirates cannon

a shell breached the aether, a disaster to happen


Headed for ground, control slipping by fast, 

Michael knew that this ride might just be his last

He refused to abridge to his riders and crew

“I will put them down safe if it's the last thing I do!”


He reined the descent about a fathom from Hell

“jump now you scuppers, if you want to survive!

Mind you spell my name right and keep it all true 

or I might have a mind to haunt the lot of you”


All pilots learn fast about the riddle of ballast

what goes down soon comes up if you can't keep in balance

one hand on the wheel one hand on the rudder

Captain Mike steered the ship on the edge of no morrow


When the scribes disembarked, Newton's laws remained true,

back up in the sky the airship it flew

at 25 fathoms into flame it did burst

and the Captain he knew that his luck it t'was cursed


Now good airship pilots are a pretty rare lot,

they're hard to impress and they think that they're hot

but all airship pilots grow quiet with pride,

when they hear about good Captain Michael's last ride





 

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Comment by Scott Beaulieu on June 21, 2011 at 11:02pm
Every hero deserves their own song, this man is no different. Godspeed, Mr. Nerandzic!

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