A friend of mine, an attorney named Martin Green, was born in 1931. He has had a long successful career in St. Louis and he is still going strong, litigating complex cases. While at the courthouse today, I mentioned to Martin that a lot of things have happened during his life (and during mine–I’m 56). I mentioned that his life spans through a large swath of history. He responded with this story (this is a paraphrase):
When I was 7, back in 1938, I visited an old folks home in St. Louis, where I was introduced to “General Claypool.” His claim to fame was that he served as a soldier in the Civil War. He was quite young when he was in the war, only 15. He mentioned that he carried a flag.
Therefore, today I shook the hand of a man who shook the hand of a man who fought in the civil war. Pretty cool.