Policy Documents

Joseph Bast Eulogy for Maureen Martin, The Super Hero Who Wore Pink Flip-Flops

March 1, 2013

I am the president of The Heartland Institute. For the past ten years, Maureen Martin worked for me as a senior fellow and legal counsel.

Do any of you remember the movie “The Incredibles”? It was an animated movie about a family of super heroes – Mr. Incredible and his wife Elastigirl and their three kids – living in a witness protection program. They had given up their careers as super heroes and were trying to blend in. None of their neighbors and friends, coworkers and classmates knew they were super heroes.

Maureen Martin was a super hero, just like the characters in “The Incredibles.” Most of you didn’t know. She kept it a secret. She may have been less than five feet tall and looked somewhat normal, but as I’m here to tell you, she was anything but normal.

Very few people do things that change the world. If we’re lucky, some of us will change the lives of those who are near and dear to us, our children and close friends; some of us may influence positively the lives of other people in our community or even our state through public service.

Maureen affected the lives of millions of people. She literally changed the world.

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