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Memento Mori [Sep. 1st, 2013|07:44 pm]
Tony Grist
When a famous person dies I nearly always make a point of comparing their age with mine. (David Frost was 12 years older than me.) It gives me an idea of where I stand.  
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2013-09-01 08:00 pm (UTC)
No it doesn't. My girlfriend in high school's brother died of a massive heart attack at 26, and I'm still kickin'. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-01 08:18 pm (UTC)
I've never had anyone that close to me die young. My grandfather died in his 40s (of a bungled operation) and my uncle in his 20s (killed in the war )but both were before my time.
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2013-09-01 09:22 pm (UTC)
I've also lost 3 friends to murder... all young... but that doesn't count here.
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2013-09-01 09:23 pm (UTC)
Also, one of my ex's brother died of brain cancer several years back, and we were exactly the same age.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2013-09-01 09:06 pm (UTC)
I really don't think we can calculate our own demise by when anyone else dies. Life is too unpredictable.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-02 07:47 am (UTC)
It's not so much about calculating the date of one's own demise as surveying the landscape to see who's still standing. It's about putting oneself in context.
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From: artkouros
2013-09-01 09:18 pm (UTC)
It's easy for me - Madonna and I are the same age.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-02 07:48 am (UTC)
I've no idea who my famous contemporaries are. I guess I should google "Born in 1951".
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2013-09-02 08:42 am (UTC)
You are the same age as my husband. I'm one year younger.

It was a bit of a shock to hear that David Frost was only 74. I thought he was much older than me, not just 13 years older.

I enjoyed That Was The Week That Was in the mid-60s, but I hadn't realised he was only 23 when he first became famous. I remember his as looking older. Perhaps it was the short hair, suit, collar and tie at a time when the younger generation were growing their hair and wearing casual clothes?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-02 09:07 am (UTC)
Yes, he was straight out of university when he got the TW3 gig.

I can't say I'd given it any thought, but if you'd asked me I'd have guessed he was in his 80s.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2013-09-01 09:45 pm (UTC)
I've got a cheek comparing myself to Angelina Jolie, but we *are* almost exact contemporaries...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-02 07:48 am (UTC)
A cat may look at a king. :)
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