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Rare Yet Powerful Moments

Countless remarkable images have filled our televisions, devices and publications throughout this past solemn week of remembrance, with history both celebrated and made. Three photos stand out as my personal favorites among all others, capturing rare yet powerful moments for the historical record, each of which speaks volumes for itself. RIP 41.

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Posted by on December 7, 2018 in Famous People, History, News, Presidential

 

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A New Presidential Record

A big record was broken today among U.S presidents, and it has nothing to do with North Korea. John Adams lived to age 90, and so did Herbert Hoover more than a century later. Ronald Reagan made it to 93, as did Gerald Ford, who for a while became the oldest living former president in history. No U.S president has ever made it to his 94th birthday, until today. Happy 94th to President George H.W. Bush!  Jimmy Carter will of course join him later this year.

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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Famous People, History, Presidential

 

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A “Super Moment” Indeed.

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Equally if not more impressive than a 25-point comeback to victory in Super Bowl LI, is the executor of the coin toss that got it all underway.  A welcome and nostalgic appearance preceded the game as the elder Bush couple took the field, 92-year-old George H.W. and 91-year-old Barbara of course, the only living former president and first lady absent from this year’s inauguration. Fittingly enough, their latest public appearance came here two weeks later, a “super moment” indeed.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Famous People, News, Presidential

 

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40 Years To The Day.

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Among the many, one remarkable first of President Donald Trump’s inauguration stood out, to me at least. That is, a former president attended the event exactly 40 years to the day after taking his own oath of office. The longevity of Jimmy Carter calls for acknowledgement, even while he has more than a year to go before becoming the oldest-living president in history.

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Posted by on January 20, 2017 in Famous People, History, Presidential

 

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Now Twice, in Less Than 20 Years.

The past 24 hours have retriggered similar conversations to those many of us were having exactly 16 years ago at this time.  The question now might well be:  Will, and should, this system survive exactly as is for another century? Some thought here is warranted.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Politics, Presidential

 

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A Long Life, Though Not The Record.

Very recently in fact, the subject of longest-living first ladies came up in conversation.  Mindful of another birthday this summer, I realized it was time right about now to check the number of calendar days and see if the title of “second longest-living first lady” had changed hands.

Then came the news, before I completed that check, that Nancy Reagan passed away.  Already well aware she was 94, or rather 94 1/2, the question for me remained as to the lifetime ranking with which she departed.  After all, Lady Bird Johnson died in 2007 at age 94, or rather 94 1/2, while Mrs. Reagan was to turn 95 in July.  Which one of these two long-living presidential wives lived the greater number of days, remained for me to investigate.

The answer of course came quickly and easily.  Nancy Reagan was, and is, the second longest-living first lady in U.S. history, though not by much. Only in late January of this year, merely six weeks ago, did the length of her life surpass that of Lady Bird’s.  As such, the perhaps obscure title did in fact change hands, as I had before today suspected.

Naturally I speak only of “second longest-living,” as the number one spot in this regard was not about to be overtaken any time soon.  The longest living first lady has remained the same for more than 40 years now, as Mrs. Reagan was just beginning to close in on what still would have been a significant span of time.  Now with her passing, it will be at least another seven years before another first lady breaks the record of life longevity.

In any event, my penchant for numerical presidential trivia aside, Nancy Reagan lived one long and complete life.  In the Hollywood sense, she joins Abe Vigoda and George Kennedy in what’s shaping up early on to be a year of “senior loss.”  I’ve always fondly recalled introducing myself to the first lady at a Christmas party in 2003, myself red-blazer clad of course.  This personal memory stands out clearly in my mind today, polite as she proved herself.  RIP Mrs. Reagan.

 
 

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Reaching 90, Presidentially Speaking.

At the end of the 20th century, only two U.S. presidents in history had reached 90 years of age, in far different eras at that.  By the start of 2014, this number had risen to four, then a few months ago to five, and today the total hits six.  Remarkable all the more are four in a row; that is, the four additional nonagenarian commanders-in-chief of the 21st century held office consecutively.

While what’s called “the world’s hardest job” clearly ages the incumbent, it doesn’t seem to be shortening his lifespan these days.  Then again, it’s worth noting that all but one of these multi-party six were one-termers.  Furthermore, this distinction won’t see number seven for quite a while yet.

How’s all this for a could-be Jeopardy! category of presidential longevity?

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Jimmy Carter turns 90 today, in addition to the post-presidential record he set two years ago. (Photo: AJC/Curtis Compton)

 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Famous People, History, Presidential

 

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