Friday, July 28, 2006

Age and Survival

The role of luck in life is --- incredible. My father was on the way to the front line as a newly commissioned lieutenant in the Austrian army when the Armistice was declared. In the 1950s, I was Air Force ROTC, and had originally signed up for pilot/navigator/bombadier training (scared witless) and ended up as Airman Third Class serving in San Antonio (hardship post?) as the sports editor of the base newspaper. That was after World War II and before Vietnam. My son was in college shortly after Vietnam and drew a high lottery number. Other families --- by the luck of the draw have suffered grievously --- because their male offspring were born at the wrong time.

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