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    by Matthew Hudson · Top Commenter · Harlan High School

    The man was 107 years old. He was born in 1906. The year he was born, the first radio set was advertised, and it could get signals from as far away as a mile - and it cost 7.50. Albert Eisenstein first publishes the Theory of Relativity. The Wright Brothers first patented their Airplane. 14 percent of US homes had a bathtub. The average lice expectancy was 54 years. The USA had a total of 8,000 cars and all of 144 miles of paved roads. The USA had 45 states. Nearly every family in the USA had at least one gun, and there were only 230 reported murders in the entire USA. There were no professional police forces in the USA, and would not be for 32 more years.

    Joan Crawford was born that year, as well as Eddie Albert, Lon Chaney Jr., Lou Costello or Abbot and Costello, Josephine Baker, and Ozzie Nelson.

    The man lived through and saw at least ten wars, two of them world wars. He probably heard Winston Churchill's famous speeches over his radio and was again, listening to his radio when Hitler invaded Poland and bombed England. He saw televisions beginnings and could probably remember when Walter Cronkite signed off the air. He saw presidential assassinations, and saw countries fall.

    And he, himself, fell to an out of control government that couldn't wait a damned hour for him to calm down and surrender to the police.

    Instead of using tear gas, why didn't they use some sort of "sleeping gas"?  No doubt he had the gun in his hand, but surely there was a way to disarm him.  Maybe he was threatening to kill himself - but again, did killing him this way solve anything?

    There is fairly universal disgust & outrage over this -

    Who ordered this scenario?  

    •  LOL over the typo- (7+ / 0-)

      of the average "lice" expectancy.....

      They were really stubborn critters in those days!

      This guy had to be one of the oldest people in the country.  

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    •  I'd like to see some cites for (0+ / 0-)
      Nearly every family in the USA had at least one gun
      There were no professional police forces in the USA, and would not be for 32 more years.
      14 percent of US homes had a bathtub
      Sounds like complete bullshit.
      •  Here you go: (0+ / 0-)

        wikipedia

        The big thing to happen that year was the San Francisco earth quake.  When Pres Teddy Roosevelt went to Panama, to inspect the Panama Canal construction, it was the first time a sitting prez had left the country.

        I have no idea where the author got his stats but:

        As to the guns - I believe this because most households were not in cities. Villages were more rural.  Guns were very expensive in the 1800's and I bet a lot of them were just handed down, and stayed in families.  How expensive were guns?  In the early 1800's Mr P's ancestor traded one for a farm with 50 acres of land in WVa.

        The word "professional" may be the marker here with the police.

        A bathtub, meaning a porcelain one, with plumbing.  Lots of galvanized & cooper tubs around filled and emptied manually.  Retrofitting existing houses to plumbing was a big deal for most Americans.  Both of us, now in our 60's, remember tales of houses being remodeled for plumbing by our grandparents.  In one case (WV PA border) it wasn't until after WW II that a flush toilet went into the house. The 1% to 5% of the time, had such things earlier earlier.  

    •  Albert Eisenstein (0+ / 0-)

      Wasn't he the guy who filmed "Battleship E=MC2"?

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 04:58:35 AM PDT

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