Someone wrote that I was senile because of my age and maybe some of my attitudes. Just because someone is older than you are by a fair amount of years and has experienced a whole lot more than you have and have known more different types of individuals from many different walks of life and cultures doesn't make then senile by any means. In some of my stories, there are mistakes written by me not because I am senile or forgetful, but because my hands don't work as fast as my brain when I am typing. And I do take exception to being called senile because you may think my stories are boring and strange and that nobody wants to read about them. That I can understand very well. Being almost 90 years old, I can't do all the things I used to, but I can still shoot 90% from the freethrow line even today. I can hit a slow pitched baseball or softball with maybe not the same power as before, but with the same level swing I have had for all these 89 years. My mind is as sharp as it ever was and if need be I can still get up in front of a group of students and lecture for at least an hour on a number of subjects from U.S. History to Mesopatamia/Greek and Roman, which I taught at the university level for over 25 years. I am a proud veteran of a number of our wars and what I am most proud of is I am the father of 4, grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 16 and soon to be great-great-grandfather of either one or two if she has twins. Please, you may call me a lot of things, but senile, stupid, or dumb isn't one of them. I will stake my credentials up against anyone one to one, and believe me, when I say I will always be standing proudly with my old head held high. I may be old by standards of time and even physical abilities, but in my mind and heart I am still a very young man today.

I want to thank everyone who has written something meaningful about my stories and experiences and I can only hope that more interesting people would still like to hear something the older generation has to say.

The Oldest Man (still young at heart)

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