An earlier post about Queen Elizabeth celebrating her 90th birthday, plus recent posts about a possibly 120-year-old woman and the death of Joe Medicine Crow remind us that some people have experienced the past and the future as their present. Ryan Holiday collects such stories, and how people who live today are connected to historical events that seem long ago to the rest of us.
I've become fascinated with discovering and tracking some of these reminders. For some time now, I've kept a file of them on 4x6 notecards in my house. My friends and I email these moments to each other as we find them -- some absurd (Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman may have hooked up), coincidental (Orson Welles claimed to have been in the Biograph Theater in Chicago where John Dillinger was killed by the FBI) and some that are so unbelievable that they might just blow your mind (there's a video from a 1956 CBS game show, "I've Got a Secret," with a very old guest whose secret was that he was in Ford's Theatre when Lincoln was assassinated. Appearing with him on the show? Lucille Ball.)
He’s got a lot more of these at Boing Boing.