Friday, December 03, 2004


Oldest American Dies At 114.

Brian the Mallet called me in amazement at this CNN story:

America's oldest person, a 114-year-old woman who voted in every election since women earned the right in 1920 and had the thinnest file in her doctor's office, has died.

Verona Johnston died Wednesday at home in Worthington, said her daughter, Julie Johnson.

What impressed Brian? Johnston's father was a *Civil War* veteran. Talk about interesting conversations at the dinner table.

Seeing her advanced age, I had to play the parlor game where you take the year you were born, and go back the number of years your are old, so as to compare just how much can change in the length of your lifetime.

For example, in 1974, I was born a poor black child. Take my thirty years of going through life fat, drunk & stupid, and go thirty years before that, back to 1944. Compare and contrast.

Needless to say, the year 1944 was very different than the year 1974.

Doing this comparison with the late Ms Johnston, we go from 1890 back to. . . 1776.

The woman was half the age of America.

Simply astounding.

BTW, speaking of the Mallet: Go see this post. You'll laugh.

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