19 August 2005 XXVIII

Khamsin Molossia News

All of Molossia is mourning the passing of His Excellency, The President's grandfather, Ed Baugh. Mr. Baugh died this morning of complications from a recent stroke. He was 86. During his long life, Mr. Baugh was the focal point for the Baugh family, from their home on a quiet street in Arcadia, California.

Born in 1919 in Wichita Falls, Texas, he moved as a baby with his family to the Los Angeles area in 1920. He grew up in the Los Angeles area as the city itself grew up, and watched it transform from a collection of small towns to the sprawling metropolis it is today. He would tell stories of hunting as a boy in the open land between Los Angeles and Long Beach, when the two towns were separated by countryside and fields. In his youth, Mr. Baugh was an avid sportsman and amateur boxer. An injury sustained as a result of a warehouse accident ended Mr. Baugh's boxing aspirations.

In 1939, he married Teresa Cimmarusti, the daughter of an Italian immigrant. During their long marriage, they produced four children, Tom, Bob, Jim and Linda. Tom Baugh is, of course, the father of the President of Molossia. A sporting-goods salesman for much of his professional life, Mr. Baugh retired in the 1970's, and devoted his time to coin collecting. Health problems were a constant battle for him, but his spirits never flagged. His resilience has long been a source of strength to those around him. The loss of this Baugh family patriarch is a profound sadness, and we all deeply mourn his passing.

His Excellency, The President has directed that the Molossian Flag be flown at half-staff for the next four days, until his departure on Wednesday for the funeral in Arcadia.

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