an.echte.trilingue writes: Steve Fossett has been declared dead. Mr. Fossett attained several records before the small plane he was piloting disappeared last year, including the first solo flight around the globe without refueling, the nonstop distance record and the first around-the-world balloon flight. While the importance of his achievements is disputed, he represented the epitome of geekhood: he was the king of cool toys.
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