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Old 09-23-2010, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I'll just let him tell the story in his own words..............

World's Oldest Man Shares His Advice and Memories
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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Had my parents lived they would be 106 and 102 now.

The things Walter said are the same things I heard from them.
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Charlotte/Matthews 704
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If only the world was just as he says (be kind to others, etc.).........
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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Well that was really cool as he was spot on about life IMHO .

I've always been infactuated with stories of the aged from when they were young from way back in the day like my grand dad always would tell me about life during the 1920's/30's when he was a kid and i always remember the old video (1920's ??) of the old cival war veterans standing across from each other shaking hands and some are whooping and one old vet was stating ''that's the rebel yell'' as they used to yell like that during the war back in the 1860's
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I watched the movie "The Sting" on cable the other night. Although nearly 40 years old, it was still a fresh and vivid picture, that remains timely and stylish to this day. But I remember, when I was growing up in the 50s, how outrageously comical and outdated a movie made before 1920 seemed.

I can remember watching Larsen's perfect game and Mazeroski's homer, as vividly as it they were yesterday, but they were 50+ years ago. It's the equivalent of someone then remembering the first world series ever played, when players wore little tiny gloves, pitchers won 40 games, and home runs were almost impossible to hit. But the game has changed very little since 1960. More teams and tighter pants.

Music of the 50s and 60s is still very popular, retaining a fresh and sophisticated style that we haven't really gone very far beyond. But in the 50s, music of 1900 was good for nothing but novelty and comic relief.

It strikes me that the world has changed a great deal less in my lifetime, than it did in the lifetimes of the generations before me. Maybe the pace of change is really slowing down, and not accelerating as we think it seems. And if we could look ahead to the world of 2060, it might not surprise us nearly as much as we would expect it to.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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There's a lesson to be learned. I wish I had talked to my grandmother, who was born in 1886, about her life when I had the chance, but children don't think of these things until it is too late. I didn't ask my parents about enough either.
I hope some young people see this and get information about their families while they have the chance.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Thank you for posting this. His words ring true and should inspire all of us to appreciate all the little things. He looks absolutely fantastic for being 114! I know people a quarter of his age that don't look nearly as healthy! I can't wait to hear what he has to say on his 115th Birthday! What a great man!
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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That was very cool. He's learned a lot in his life and gained a lot of wisdom and common sense over the years.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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If only the world was just as he says (be kind to others, etc.).........
It isn't hence the reason the oldest fella having the need to say it!
What a meaningful life this guy had. Even if I get to live to be his age, mine would be pale in comparison in every way. 20th century was a period where most of the memorable chances occurred, it would be very hard to top it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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. . . . . and i always remember the old video (1920's ??) of the old cival war veterans standing across from each other shaking hands and some are whooping and one old vet was stating ''that's the rebel yell'' as they used to yell like that during the war back in the 1860's

You can see that video clip in ken burns' documentary, the civil war.

It was a very interesting to see them united again.


If any of you haven't seen that documentary, its well worth the 9 or 10 hours it takes to watch.

It features the historian shelby foote, who is one of the greatest storytellers i've ever heard.
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