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Overton’s Window: 111-Year-Old Veteran Shares Secrets to Life   “I just smoke some 12 cigars a day. Makes you feel better.”

Meet Richard Overton, America’s oldest veteran. Born on May 11, 1906, he has celebrated 111 birthdays (109 at the time of filming) and counting. The supercentenarian has lived through the Great Depression, served in World War II, and witnessed the rise of the Internet. From the Ford Model T to self-driving cars, more technological and scientific progress have occurred in Overton’s lifetime than perhaps any other century in history. during the 2013 Memorial Day weekend when he told Fox News he would spend his Memorial Day “smoking cigars and drinking whiskey-stiffened coffee.”

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  • Skorpion November 12, 2017, 4:12 PM

    They don’t make *American Men* like this any more, and the remaining examples are dying off rapidly. Happy birthday and respect, Mr. Overton.

  • Nori November 12, 2017, 6:33 PM

    Texan, WWII Pacific theater veteran, 1940-45, Rifleman.
    “I may give out, but I never give up.”

    Must respectfully disagree with your assessment that we don’t make American men like him any more, Skorpion. We’ve never stopped. We saw 2 of them a week ago in a tiny town in Texas. They’re here, there, and everywhere.

  • ghostsniper November 13, 2017, 3:57 AM

    Becoming increasingly rare. The ones in Texas last week are at least 1 generation old, since then the bottom has dropped out. Notice the number of *males* running around out in public with flip flops on. They have given up, or never had it in the first place, so they wear foot gear meant for children. Notice also the shorts that go down to mid calf. Again, childrens attire. These aren’t men, they are something else. And the ‘too’s, rings, bells, do’s, etc. It’s a Barnum and Bailey fashion show out there and if you didn’t see it with your own eyes you’d think you were hallucinating. Just think what another generation of societal misfits breeding will bring.

  • Donald Sensing November 13, 2017, 8:43 AM

    Very sad to say that I have to agree with ghostsniper. Reason explained why just recently. See “The Fragile Generation — Bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed.”

  • Nori November 13, 2017, 6:36 PM

    Agreed, Ghost & Donald. American civ has been on a decades-long slow drip of poisonous ideology. The Reason article was spot on. Here’s hoping the “Let Grow Foundation” succeeds. Particularly there in NYC, bastion of progressive media mouthpieces who thoughtfully let us know what inbred troglodytes we are for not recognizing their superiority.