The following was republished from Travel and Trains and Other Things, a blog written by NARP Board Member Jim Loomis.
Dan Inouye has died. He was 88.
He was probably never fully appreciated outside of
I’m proud to say that last April, the National Association
of Railroad Passengers presented Dan with its Golden Spike Award. It was for
his consistent support of Amtrak over the years and, despite rabid opposition
from the anti-rail people, for his efforts to secure federal funding for
The man had political clout almost beyond measure. A quiet word from Dan Inouye and things happened. Or didn’t.
He was one tough customer, but here’s the thing: when he
came home to be with his constituents, with us folks in
Not to his face, though. That was impossible.
Jim Loomis is the author of All Aboard! The Complete North American Train Travel Guide