November 25th, 2010
01:09 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Caleb Campbell

The West Point graduate is playing in his second NFL game today for the Detroit Lions, two years after being drafted out of the U.S. Military Academy.  Campbell is the first Army player in over a decade to play in a NFL game.

He thought he'd be able to report to the Lions in 2008 and serve as a recruiter while playing football, but the Defense Department changed the rules at the last minute, according to Yahoo! Sports blogger Chris Chase. After serving nearly all of his two years of mandatory military service, Campbell was signed to the practice squad in September and made his first game appearance Sunday. Today, surely he has plenty to be thankful for, and a second chance.

Choosing football over a military career is a decision he struggled with, Campbell told the Detroit News.

"They are over there putting their lives in harm's way and I'm here playing football," he said. "... I wondered if I was doing the right thing."

Update: The excitement over Campbell's play in the NFL was quelled when he was placed back on the practice quad before the Lions' Thanksgiving Day game.

Walter Green

The retired San Diego, California, corporate CEO has just finished the spiritual journey of a lifetime - traveling the globe for one year to say thank you to 44 people who have changed his life.  He's urging others to do the same.

"I discovered gold on this journey, so I'm just sharing it,"  Green, 71 - who refers to himself as refocused in life, not retired - told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "My hope is to awaken people to the logic of expressing your feelings to others while they're still alive and well, so there will be no painful regrets later."

Fred Karger

While most of the people who will be presidential candidates in 2012 haven't declared their intentions yet, Fred Karger has.

The onetime campaign aide to Ronald Reagan, who has long been active in political circles, has started airing campaign ads in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire.  He told the New York Times he is “testing the waters in Iowa to see if I can raise some funds from my friends.”

As an openly gay “progressive” Republican, Karger does not expect to win the party's nomination. His goal is to become the first openly gay candidate for a major party

“My overriding goal is to be a participant in those Republican debates,” he told the Times. “I need to start early.”

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Army Guy

    "After serving nearly all of his two years of mandatory military service,"

    Uh..not quite. He had a 5 year active duty obligation when he graduated from West Point. He did 2. The taxpayers paid about $250K for him to attend 4 years at Wes Point. However, it isn't everyday we have a west Point player make the NFL so in the long run he will probably do more for Recruiting than by serving as a Lietenant on active duty.

    November 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    They are intercpeting -blocking a message about Mark Hatfield.

    November 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    It's ok Mehdi. You have taken your doctor pills. You can go to sleep now, and in the morning everything will be alright. You have had enough excitement for one day. Just remember, your medication nurse, I mean your army nurse will help you in the morning so that you won't be late for breakfast with the others. Good night Mehdi.

    November 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ann b davis

    dr should find a new forum to post. bullying isn't cool, haven't you heard?

    November 26, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Steve in religious Birmingham

    It's not bullying if no one cares. In the meantime, the mental health authorities, CNN comments moderator, &/or FBI should keep an eye on the good Dr Bad. I nominate him for the no fly to start.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Brieske

    Only CNN would throw an old republican presidential candidate fa/get in the faces of republicans the day after Thanksgiving. Enough to make me want to vomit. One time campaign aid for Ronald Reagan? What did he do for him? Work a day calling people? Doesn't matter, Ronald Reagan is turning over in his grave now, saying these gay men need couseling.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Auntie Dogma

      F U ma/get. Choke on your own fascist voit for all anyone cares.

      November 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Brieske

    spelling correction: counseling not couseling. Better make sure I spell it right so they can get it.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MauriceTheJoker

    It's not even 2011 yet and already Fred Karger has his own rap video; move over Obama Girl! 😉

    December 8, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
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