Survivors of disasters always interest us. Whether its the Titanic, a historic tornado or mine collapse just the thought someone could make it through gives rise to the obvious question how? Theres almost always no good answer for that. But as far as how many survivors are still with us thats another story. As of January, there were two known survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. One was three months old at the time. Hes now very alert, living in a facility near the city that was ravaged by seismic waves and fire in his infancy and able to offer interviewers nuggets of wisdom on living a long life. Another survivor is a lady justifiably proud of her 112 years whos no longer coy about sharing her age. Countless others have come and gone. Famous survivor names include actor John Barrymore, tenor Enrico Caruso, nature photographer Ansel Adams and one of Americas first celebrity chefs, Victor Hirtzler. We all have stories about where we were when. There are more than a couple of date stamped photos of last winters piles of snow thatll stay in the family for a while. As for those two previously mentioned quake survivors at ages 108 and 112 they elected to pass on this years public observances and sleep in. Why not? At that age youve about seen it all.
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