Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. He did survive in “the Martian”! (which also holds my current choice for funniest meta joke ever)

    Uh. Spoiler.

  2. Indeed Mike. Bean gives a taste of the gutter, like James Cagney, combined with a dauntless spirit, also like Cagney. A perfect combination to play the up from the ranks Richard Sharpe:

    Gibbons: Major Hogan! I have been struck, by a common soldier! I believe the penalty for striking an officer is death.
    Hogan: Death is certainly the penalty for striking that officer, sir. That was Sharpe of the 95th.
    Gibbons: What, the ragamuffin that jumped from the ranks? By God, sir, I’ll teach him to touch a gentleman. I’ll call him out, sir. I’ll see him at dawn.
    Berry: I’ll second you, old boy.
    Hogan: A duel? Oh, give me your hand, sir! You’ve a brave fellow, Gibbons. Sharpe’s a killer. Killed three French cavalrymen and saved Wellesley’s life. Three seconds, slash, cut, thrust. And that’s while he was still a Sergeant. Shall we say six o’clock tomorrow morning in the field behind the camp?[Gibbons swallows, obviously terrified.]
    Hogan: Or shall we say it was damned dark, and you made a damn bad mistake?
    Gibbons: Silly mistake. Say no more about it, eh?
    Hogan: Good thinking, Gibbons. Sharpe would’ve shot out your left eye at a minute past six, and you would’ve spent all day tomorrow looking up at nothing with the other.

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