As you may have imagined, the person typing and facilitating this AMA is not the 100 year old human, but his granddaughter, me!
A little bit about my grandpa: he grew up in Washington State, and has traveled quite a bit. He worked for the FDA for many years, some as an investigator, some as a pharmacist. He served in the air force during World War 2 as a photographer.
Clearly there's more to him than this, so ask him some questions!
Y'all he is enjoying this so much! He's flabbergasted at how many people are asking questions and upvoting him, at first he thought it was all people I knew haha. He's so happy! We're gonna take a little break, some of my family just arrived for a visit.
4:14 PM ET: we're back! gonna knock out some more questions until I have to dip. Appreciate all the interest! Sorry he sometimes misunderstands some questions aha.
With a lot of these I'll ask him and he says 'let me think about that a bit' and I'll circle back and I guess he hasn't finished thinking about them - so sorry for those still waiting! lol
5:05 PM ET: So he's starting to fall asleep as I ask him questions, so I think we're gonna call it a day aha. He's in rehab for a broken hip right now, and a bit forgetful and confused at times, so hopefully that will give some explanation to some of the stranger answers he's said. Thank you so much for everyone who asked things and commented and told stories and thanked him, he is just so pleased!!! I'll go through this as I'm able and answer what I can from my perspective. Next time I visit him, I'll try to get a few more answered. He'll remember this for a long time. Thank you all, SO MUCH!!!
While we're here and this has so much visibility (god-DAMN), I've gotta put this out there, cause I'd really love to have the opportunity to live as long as my grandpa has: WE NEED CLIMATE ACTION!!! We are currently headed down a very dangerous path, due to the fault of the super-wealthy who have gotten rich off of fossil fuels and extractive industries and covered up the negative consequences that will have a disproportionate harmful effect on poor people both in the future and now (BOOOO). While the situation is dire, THERE IS HOPE!!! But only if we come together and take an ACTIVE role in politics - local, state, and national - pushing for climate solutions! The easiest way to do this is, of course, to get good people into office who will push for climate justice so we don't have to be in the streets all the time, so vote responsibly - make sure that human isn't just greenwashing while still taking money from fossil fuel industry, but is taking REAL action! And, if you are able, please please PLEASE join a climate justice organization, or donate to one - it has given me a great sense of community and solace being in the Sunrise Movement, being around people who are scared about the future just like me and learning about what to do about it together - it's been a truly transformative influence in my life, and I am so thankful for that. Links below for some organizations I like (but there are definitely others, so please, look them up and find one right for you!) (note: while my grandpa is not super hip about all the aspects of climate change, I have shared my life with him and he has been super supportive of me in my journey of action, and for that I am so grateful) JOIN, TAKE ACTION, SUPPORT THE GREEN NEW DEAL, AND/OR DONATE PLEASE, I WANT US ALL TO LIVE AS LONG AS MY GRANDPA <3
I'll put his more rambling answers to questions that haven't been asked yet haha.
"During the war with Japan, there was periods of time that the Navy would set forth on the map a 30 mile stay-out area, and it was such we had to go back in and photograph it but in the meantime we photographed outside of the 30 mile radius. When I say we, I mean the photo-planes. Flight __ was in the area to fill in the 30 mile circle that hadn't been photographed when the president announced the bombing of Hiroshima." Right after the president announced, everyone was scrambling to see what flight foreign air would bring back, because our cameras were used to make pictures 18 inches wide 9 inches deep, in europe they used the same camera with a lens arrangement taking 5 inches square fo wherever they were flying. And so the word came down to my repaitrmen and me that our cameras better not fail this time because they had longer service periods than those in europe. In the theater, we thought those photographs were very restricted. Within less than several weeks, our pictures were in some of the public photo magaiznes.
The japanese had invaded some western part of the phillipinnnes. the photo planes photographed where they were. prints were made, all large size, at least 8 by 10 or larger, and they were asked to deliver by air to the ground troops near the japanese. The first attempt at that, they dropped a package of them, but it got torn up, so they asked for further prints, and they said this time...
"The p-30 photos took pictures. the first picture stopped, did ht ephoto work, took the pi. They put a red flag on a pole, please see if you can come close to it. The pilot who came knocked the red flag down. he radioed back, is that close enough?"
"During college, I was in pharmacy and the baptist church rented a room where once a week people could gather there and have a fish and chip lunch for 35 cents..."
"I graduated in highschool in 1937, was one of the few boys in a school of 300 that had his own car, that's because I went out and got a job delivering papers that I enjoyed doing. Several things I learned from the gas station, there was a fella that had a Cadillac Oldsmobile and every time he went somewhere it would squeak, the dealers tried to fix it but I figured out what to do due to my dads suggestion to me to figure out how something works then do it. That way I can give help to my dad, my father in law, and other people I knew"
His dad was very mechanically oriented
How can he be a true grandpa if he isn't answering unasked questions. Grandpa!
"One of the training things our p 38 is photograph various things widespread. one pilot flew to the grand canyon and photographed the underside of the big bridge, when he got back to colorado springs he was there with scissors to cut off the underside of the bridge because that was illegal kind of flying. Not many people saw that."
Holy crap, the pilot flew inverted under the bridge.
Hello sir, I'm from morocco, I heard about your story and this is amazing. Sir I 25 years old, you have more experience in this life. So I will tell you my story: I m weak sir, I don't have the power to stand in this word, every night I think about suicide, I 'm frech graduade, still I can't find a job, I can't find love, in the early stages of my life my only friends were books. And still now I can't find the meaning of life, I think every day abaiu if this life deserve to be like that. So sir my question: what is the meaning of life ? How can we leave with happiness ? With your exeprience how can someone like be be happy in this life? Thank you and have a nice day sir Best regards
This is just the granddaughter right now, but I will ask him this next I see him.
I'm 23. I want to say some words to you. While I don't know you, I don't believe you are weak. If every night you think about suicide and yet you don't listen to the lies your brain tells you, that makes you very very strong in my book. As for being a fresh graduate and not being able to find a job, or a job in your major: that does NOT define you, that does NOT define your worth in this world; as a recent graduate myself, I know it's hard, it's so hard specializing in something and then not being able to find a job in that thing you're passionate about right away; but let me tell you, your human worth DOES NOT depend on your possession of a job (that's honestly what the "system" wants you to think). As for love, I would say from my experience I think that I only found it when I stopped desperately searching and wishing and projecting my desires on other people, however I know that was just my personal barrier and everyone is different and has different love lifes/issues/whatever. I so feel you about the only friends being books thing - I didn't learn a lot of social skills growing up, so I feel like I've had to do extra work to learn them now as an adult. It's hard, but it's so worth it, even though it's painful and it requires putting yourself out there and being open to the world and receptive to learning, I have made true growth as a person from doing these things continually to improve myself. I read a lil book thing about how to get closer to people - please, let me know if you would like it and I will send it to you electronically. And, as for the meaning of life... That's a damn tough one. I'm still unsure... but everything I've learned so far (props to buddhism and mindfulness) is pointing me towards the conclusion that there is no real, solid, concrete destination/meaning of life, but that the meaning of life is the journey itself, to try to help others be happy and to try to follow what makes you happy, even if the goal and the present are very far away; when we are going somewhere and look on a GPS, we don't wonder "man why didn't I just teleport??" but I've found that thought to be present in my life, of "I am here now and here is bad so why am I not at that goal???" But that's an incorrect way of thinking; I now try to keep in mind that life is a process, and as long as I am making efforts to move towards that goal of mine, even though I'm not there yet, then that is good, and that is all I can do. I hope this helps!
I don't have a question really but as a man that was in a war torn country in my youth (Bosnia) I want to say that without people like you lift my spirits up by a huge margin. I remember being there as a kid and seeing US soldiers riding the tanks through the streets and I would wave at them and EVERY SINGLE TIME they waved back. This is more than just "being nice" this wave back made a kid like myself feel safe and more at ease in a place filled with destruction and death, and that goes a long way.
My grandparents were in WWII as well, and that was by far the worst of the worst wars, the worst of humanity's evil side was in that war (but also the best). To have been a part of literally the world's good vs evil conflict cannot go unforgotten and without all of us thanking you. So please, take it from me a random Bosnian guy on the internet, we truly appreciate you and are forever grateful for you and we literally owe you guys our lives.
Thank you, you are loved by a lot of people please never forget that.
as far as a question, here is one:
When you came home from WWII, after greetings your family and getting rest etc. When you found yourself alone with noone around, what was the first thing you did alone?
Thank you again I can't say it enough
omg thank you guys for my first gold and award things (I'm sorry I don't know the proper terms lol). This really made my day, thank you guys!
I read this to him and he got a big smile :) as for the question he says "Leave that unanswered for the moment"
I have two questions that I would love to hear the perspective of an aged gentleman on:
1) What was it like when you learned of the atomic bomb? This is such a huge turning point in human history that I can’t help but imagine the ramifications must have felt huge.
2) Similar to question one, what was it like when you learned that humans had walked on the moon? Both of these (the bomb and the moon) are things we take for granted now, but at the time they must have been a massive paradigm shift. Can you share your thoughts?
Many thanks for your time, and for your service!
"It was a fantastic illustration of science." He says he wasn't scared about the bomb "because people did not understand what the atomic bomb was"
"Very surprising illustration of science." He was in Mount Baker, Washington. He didn't watch it at the time, but "the word got out, don't drive faster than 35 miles per hour - boy it took forever to get home. The state made a law change, save gasoline and avoid accidents." He heard about it later on
what was his favorite plane that he got to photograph? WWII or anything afterwards.
and thank you for your service, sir.
"P-38 fighter/photo. The fighter aircraft was used mainly in Europe area. The photo area was used to take the guns out, put in 2 or 3 sets of cameras, and the prints/negatives that were produced were 18 inches wide and 9 inches deep. Most of those photos were made around 20,000 feet, so that gives you the scale for how you want to measure it. The P-38 was used somewhat in the Pacific." "The p-38 was an escort for the bombers, but it was mainly recognized as a fighter plane, but around Europe, big river there, they put 150 and 300 pound bombs and made them into bombers, because the Germans would look up, 'oh they're just taking photos', and kaboom!"
I recently came across a shoebox full of letters that my great grandparents wrote to each other during WWII.
Did you have anyone you were writing sweetheart letters to?
For general letters: "Just a few people I met in the service, Airforce"
For sweetheart "there was a girl in studyhall every other seat in the auditorium. I liked her very much. She had a spanish book, i looked to the other side of me, another girl had a dictionary, I used her dictionary to write to the first one, she thought I knew spanish but I didn't, she was mad at me"
What kind of camera did he work with during WWII? Did photography always feel like work, or was it ever fun/a hobby?
"Started with Kodak boxcamera. Then moved to 35 mm, can't remember the name. Then got a press camera, 4 by 5 prints.
It was a fun hobby even at work! To make people realize what was involved.
Certain things we did, we used black-light crayons, and particularly we photographed with the back-light rodents path, mice and rats, and we can show that later how they damaged food that was in storage. I'll explain more on that later."
What’s one thing that you remember from your experiences that doesn’t fail to make you smile?
Whenever he talks about his late wife, Audrey, there is a light that illuminates his entire being. He loved her so much. She died a little after I was born, so I didn't get to know her unfortunately. His calendar in his bedroom is still on the month/year that she died. She was very dear to him
Congrats on 100 trips around the sun. I hope there was joy in each one.
Any regrets? Any advice on being happy? And are you hopeful for humanity?
When your time does come, may you be surrounded by loved ones.
Edit to add:
My father-in-law served in the infantry in the Philippines during WWII and experienced jungle warfare. He never spoke of it to my wife or me, but to say it was horrific.
On regrets: "no"
On happiness: "Make sure your facts are straight."
On humanity: "Oh yeah, yes"
Thanks for doing this.
My grandfather and grandmother from my mother's side both served in WWII when they were in their early teens as scouts, delivering packages to the resistance (including grenades, ammunition, documents, etc.) It has been a few years since they passed, but I do regret not sitting down with them and just talking about stories of the past, so I appreciate you doing this :)
As for my questions, as a photographer, what do you think of smartphones nowadays, but more importantly their ability to take remarkable photos at a size significantly smaller than what you're used to? Do you still take photos? Do you ever find yourself looking at older photos, and ones you personally took?
He's amazed by them, loves them a lot! He doesn't so much take photos nowadays, but would love showing off his old cameras to my sister and I.
"Oh yeah, historically yeah, and reminisce"
Thanks for joining us on reddit today.
My question: Have you been to Germany or Japan since the war? What were your thoughts?
"The wife and I have been to Germany since for vacation. I've been to Japan since in regard to FDA regulations. Just looking at their food habits, and their environment, just appreciating what they had."
Living 100 years, what was the biggest leap of technology that you've experienced? What seemed the most "unreal" when it came out.
"The artillery guns and others were equipped with equipment that could detect when other objects were nearby and go off even though it had not been aimed it. That technology was used also for groundfire."
"There was a time during the pacific part of the war that US forces did not know where the Japanese fleet was. The CO of the 8th photo, which was also in my general area, was flying on a photo mission and saw the Japanese fleet. He hightailed his way home squawking on his radio. The radios was good for 35 miles. That resulted in a US navy dealing with the Japanese fleet, both air and navy."
Firstly, thanks for your service!
What are the three things you learned in your life, traveling and encountering the cruelness of WW2? What are those three advices you would give your grandchildren(daugther)?
"When you see something you don't understand, then use whatever research situation you have to find out more about it and how it can help you in your life (Also, how to find a beautiful blond wife)" (laughs)
Most shocking thing you photographed in WWII that you did not expect?
"Let's not put it on what I photographed. In Normandy, of all the areas that photo planes did, was the total area that they put into pictures, that ended up in something like 10000 total prints. We'll add something later on", he says
What’s the earliest song you remember hearing?
On music he enjoys: "Not modern times" He doesn't recall one specific song, but definitely enjoys classical music. He used to listen exclusively to WETA when he drove, and when we lived together I loved waking up to blaring classical/oldy music from the TV
I heard you have a pretty cool granddaughter. Not the one in that photo. She's okay I guess. A different one, who is clearly far superior. How does it feel to have such a cool granddaughter? Again, not that one. The other one.
"I froze out!" (laughs) "I'll work on that later!"
What’s a food you loved in the past that doesn’t taste the same anymore?
"Good home fries!" (laughs) "I'll have to think about that."
"We got more acquainted with lamb instead of beef."
I can say he loves his oysters, always has and always will!
What is your diet like? Fav food?
His diet up until being in rehab (broke his hip a couple of weeks ago) was pretty rich, would go between his 2 favorite restaurants every night!
"Rich salmon!" And definitely oysters, as soon as he was out of surgery he was like "When can I get oysters?"
Hello Sir, thank you for your service. Which theater did you photograph? It was quite a long time ago but do you have any memories that stand out? Were you issued any weapons? (M1?)
"From New Guinea to Japan, and everything in-between.
Have to think about that.
As for weapons, 45 pistol."
What is the best joke you've heard?
He says he has to think about it
"The man upstairs is watching out for you, taking care of you - and he hasn't decided whether he wants to bring you upstairs or not!" This was when he was at church with some pastors discussing his age and one of the pastors came up with this zinger, and now he tells everyone it :)
What did you do in the years after the war? Was it directly back to school or something else?
"Got my license in pharmacy, saw recruitment for FDA and joined them, and traveled to see how other people lived"
Did you ever smoke tobacco?
"Only on specific assignments of undercover work."
At medical appointments I've taken him to, for the questionnaire he's always said "never." I guess it took a stranger asking to find the truth!
Thank you so much for your service! Can you tell me who your favorite President was in your lifetime?
"Hoover. he was not very popular, but he was a good president. Just what you'd read about him, that's all. That's all you have to go on."
Did you fathom ever reaching 100? Perhaps it's cliche to ask, but, what is it like reaching such a milestone?
"I dreamed of being able to do that, and I did it!" and "An impossible question" (laughs)
My dad is in his 80s and says food today isn't nearly as good as it was when he grew up (quality of meat, vegetables etc.) Any truth to that in your opinion?
I asked him this one and he started saying something about asking the right question, and something about being in court. Here's the part I caught to type: "I've seen this thing come up before and the US attorneys or at the least those with FDA they did not ask a question in court until they knew what the witness would testify to. There was a situation where investigators from portland and seattle were covering oysters, went somewhere they were washing oysters, there was leaves of a tree floating in there, when they came back the owners were there and they talked to him, the US attorney did not want the investigator saying what the portland person told the people, so they got the portland inspector and testified, said he warned the people to not do it, when the owners admitted they'd been advised as such by the investigators, their attorneys from chicago turned to the client and said "you never told us that!" and that made their case"
What was the most tense moment of your life?
"When I stepped forward to get married. No kidding, just briefly, I thought I was gonna faint when the pastor asked those questions."
My great grandmother lived to 108 and she told the best stories about life and learning. What is one thing you’d like to share with younger generations?
"Just use common sense!"
My grandma is also 100. What does a centurion want for Christmas? What are some things that help make life easier at 100?
Yay old grandparents! My fam has gotten him upgrades to his home over the years- new computer, TV, technological stuff - but I really enjoyed getting him inexpensive light-up shoelaces, he was so shook at them! As for things that make life easier, definitely his electric stairs (he calls them his "railroads"), walkers, and his driver who comes twice a week. Me living with him didn't hurt either!
For christmas: "I'm not planning that far ahead right now"
Is there anything from his younger days that he truly regrets doing/not doing to this day?
Regret: "Not marrying Audrey earlier!" (laughs)
Audrey was his wife.
What's the best advice you can give a young adult who is unsure of where they are headed in life?
"Might set up on Pikes Peak and say my opinions, but Pikes Peak might be too high and the words are lost"
Wow, that's a long time to be alive. Now, what HASN'T changed in your life? Something that you believe always has been and may always will be.
Could you just give your grandfather a hug and thank him for all the wonderful things he's done and still doing? Sharing his experience with the common folk of reddit at his age deserves a lot of respect.
:) will do!
What is your favorite movie?
"I don't see that many movies to know"
"What I do enjoy is when they do exploration of Egypt and so on, historical, and that in effect is a movie"
What was the biggest change you noticed while working for the FDA for many years?
"How FDA regulations assured quality food, drugs, cosmetics."
What do you know at 100 years old, that wish you knew far earlier?
"That's a sticker... how to work with other people"
After all you've been through, what motivates you to do things nowadays?
"Mainly my one specific granddaughter"
Damn okay I'm a lil teary-eyed :)))
How do you feel about how you’ve used your 100 years so far and if you could go back to any time and give your past self some advice, when and what would it be?
Have you thought about doing video recording of your thoughts and experiences?
He maybe hasn't, but my family and I have! My dad actually spearheaded this endeavor several years ago when he was in his mid-90s, did little interviews with him with a camera up. I've since been recording audio on my phone when we go out to eat together, or he goes into stories from his past to try and capture it.
Has reaching ten decades given you any new insight?
"The world is a mess." (laughs) "I may want to modify that answer later."
Hello! What are your favorite memories of working for the FDA?
"Meeting new people and seeing how the FDA law protected good people"
Military or not, what achievement has made you happiest in life?
"Having an excellent family and superb friends."
What was the best decade?
"I'm not that prolific" (laughs) "It's hard to set one out from another, I've got to give a lot of thought to that"
What's the best and worst thing about being 100 years old?
Best thing: "Being alive" (laughs)
Was the food you ate at war any good?
"Some was, some was not, mainly getting used to the lamb."
Who was the most influential person you’ve met over your life?
"My dad and my mother, by the standards they held"
Of all the years you've lived - have you had a favorite? Why?
"April 19, 1919 to now!" (laughs)
What is the biggest difference you feel in the world today vs 60 years ago? Society wise, culture wise etc.
"Can't answer that because it has a lot of different criteria - that part is important"
What is the key to living a long life?
Tbh I'd say good genes, good healthcare, a good support system, and, obviously, oysters
What is the strangest and most supernatural thing you have seen in your life? Was it a ghostlything? A UFOs thing? Something even stranger? Please share, and thank you for doing so.
"Leave that question for later - that's a touch one"
First and foremost, as grandson of 2 WWII vets, thank you so much. Now that the WWII living vet numbers are dropping, what do you want most for us to pass down to future generations about what your experience?
"well I'll do that by making a reference to other questions" I guess he means reference similar questions? Cheers
How did you meet your wife?
I'll ask him next I see him - he will enjoy this one, I'm sure
How is life between retirement and 100 years old and how did you fill these almost 40 years of life ? Is boredom a problem, if so how do you fight it ?
Well, let me tell ya, he didn't even fully retire til 90-something! He loved working, lived to work type of guy. Nowadays he does a bunch of little projects around the house to help stave off boredom, but honestly would procrastinate all those a good bit and fill his time with TV and newspapers, and the ever-present project of clearing the papers form the den and his kitchen table.
What would you say to the current POTUS if you met him?
He hates the shitty orange cheeto and would likely say as such to his mangled dusty face
Can you help show my grandpa that it's never too late to use computers? He really needs to start googling stuff and fact checking for once in his life.
He can pay with swear words you've probably never heard of.
Hahaha! It took my grandpa a while, but, with help from me, he got a hang of his phone and ordering Ubers for himself to go out to eat almost every night! Googling honestly was a little to advanced for him, didn't quite get the hang of that, but up until about a year ago he would use email semi-regularly (but he would still want to print out all the emails and delete them from the server to "make room" lol) I think my grandpa is of the time that they all believed whatever was in the newspapers...even though this is clearly a skewed information outlet.
Swear words please!
You have lived in the US a hundred years. Just how dumb is it that we still use daylight savings time?
I'll ask next I see him, but fun fact, Indiana is super weird with its daylight savings time, like some of the state listens to chicago, some doesn't, some does daylight savings time, some doesn't, must be super confusing to live there - there's a very extensive wikipedia page on it, and it was so entertaining to read! Also yeah daylight savings time needs to die
I have a collection of WWII veterans in audio and written accounts.
I'm in Portland, is it possible to meet your grandfather and record him?
If it's already been done, please send the material to a university historian at UW for curation. Ask that it be placed for candidacy for inclusion in Library of Congress, Eisenhower Library, Truman Library and Roosevelt Library.
Oh my! This sounds very groovy indeed! He currently lives on the east coast, so if you're interested in coming out here, definitely. Otherwise, I recorded the audio for most of this AMA, and have tried to record audio for other stories he has told me over the years (like going out to eat and such), and his sons have some recordings from the past as well. I would love to learn more about this opportunity!!!
Where in Maryland do you live now? Do you go out much?
He lives in the Silver Spring area. Before he broke his hip, he would go out every night, bouncing between his 2 favorite restaurants. He also had a "driver" who would take him around to wherever he wanted twice a week. I'd also take him to numerous doctors appointments. Now that he's broken his hip, he's in rehab and only goes out to occasional doctors appointments.
What has been the most happy surprise of your life so far?
"Put a big question mark on that - I'm not gonna walk into that one"
Hello! Thank you for you service. What are some of your favorite songs, through out the years?
He doesn't really have any favorite songs, but he does enjoy classical music quite a bit!
This is really cool, how did you find reddit and why did you want to post your amazing story here?
Hi! I've been on reddit for years, and only just recently thought "Hmm.. my grandpa is an old, interesting person, I think reddit might be interested in his words!" So I told him about Reddit and r/IAMA and asked if he would be interested in doing this, and he paused, thought about it a moment, and smiled and said something like "Oh, yeah! I've been through a lot, and if I could help other people with my experiences, then I want to do that"
Do you have problems proving who you are? Like documents and stuff?
Nope! He's got his ID and insurance card so all good. People are just really shook when he says he's 100 years old haha
How does it feel to exploit your grandfather to spread your political views?
Well, I made this post to share his story because I posed the idea to him and he liked it. Then, after I saw that over 50 thousand people upvoted it, I was like "holy shit, I've never had this many people listening to what I have to say." I've thought for a long time that, if I was ever famous or some shit, I'd want to use that platform for good. This is the closest I'll probably ever get to being famous, and the climate crisis downright terrifies me, so I decided to put an addendum onto this post, urging people to take it as seriously as it is. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is literally science. Bernie and AOC, yeah they're politicians, but they're the best ones I know of, fighting for climate action and basic human rights over the greed of corporations. So, I have not exploited my grandfather by making this post. I have honored his life experiences, and I have tried to bring attention to an issue that will affect, and is affecting, all of us negatively, you included, unless you're rich or going to die in 5 years time. And ya know what, he loves me and wants the best for my future, and that means taking climate action.
Thanks for doing this!
What’s your favorite WWII movie?
What’s the best way to stay healthy and live a long life?
Take care and have a great 101 birthday!!!!
He doesn't watch movies really, and I don't think he'd like any that glorifies the not-a-great-time-ness of war. As for how to live a healthy and long life, good healthcare, good support system, and good oysters is what he would say!
I'll be sure to thank him again from you!
He was definitely noticeably a person of the depression; he saved almost everything (There are absolute STACKS of to-go containers that he's washed and saved in his dining room) - newspaper bags, plastic sheeting from his new refrigerator, random pieces of wood, meat from years and years ago in the freezer - you name it, he saved it! Very interesting matching that up with the era that he lived in. I believe we ought to return to that type of lifestyle, to an extent, in terms of reusing things, being less of a single-use-and-trash culture. A lot of that, I believe, is due to corporations seeing the avenue of single-use items as the most profitable thing, so promoting that, regardless of the environmental cost.
I totally hear what you're saying about government. In and of itself, I don't believe that "government" in its most abstract concept is to blame; however, I do blame what our current state of government has evolved into due to the corrupting influence of BIG money, which isn't a democracy, but a corpocracy, where the interests of corporations supersede the interests of the majority of the people, due to corruption, lobbying (legal corruption), and lack of concern for human lives. It is fucked up. But at the same time, I don't think government in and of itself is to blame; it is that it has been corrupted by those with RIDICULOUS amounts of money, who pay others to advance their interests, and that carrot is all too enticing to most people who can only dream of the wealths exploitative billionaires hold... however, I do hold out a belief that there are good people who care about this as we do, who want to make a change, and get into the government (some are already there, like Bernie and AOC) and make things better for US, the PEOPLE. But with our current model of things, that is so so hard. So it's easy to blame all of the government for our problems, and expanding government.. but I believe there is a little more nuance to that, and that the core of our current problems are not government in and of itself (which should be focused on providing social programs helping the majority of the people), but mainly the greedy corporations who are trying to dismantle our democracy and poison our government and convince others that the corporations aren't the problem, government is.
I appreciate your comment :)
Why did you feel the need to leverage this post to promote your own ideological agenda? Every single person reading this was already well aware of the issue of climate change, but we came here to read about your grandfather's life, not to be reminded of the constant partisan battles that already permeate most aspects of our culture
I feel it may be a bit of an overstatement that "every single person reading this" is already hip about climate change. And even then, even if every person who read this was already aware of the issue, I feel like a lot of people who know about it don't know what they can actually do about it, because that was me up until recently. That's something that really frustrates me about a lot of media - they pose the problem of "Oh no here's some more climate change!" But then they just leave you in that increased anxiety state and don't give any information about what you, a normal not-ridiculously-wealthy human, can do about it. So this is me trying to help people see what they can do about it. The easiest, most low-effort thing is voting, and another great thing is joining a movement, a community, to brainstorm and work together. As for partisanship - yes, people on opposite sides of the aisle tend to have opposing views regarding the legitimacy of climate change and what to do about it, however, climate change itself is not a political issue - it is literally science. People can feel free to scroll past that blurb I added to the end and read about what they came there for - but because climate change is such a terrifying thing to me and many others, I would feel extremely poorly of myself if I didn't use this post to try and empower people to take action against something that will hurt, and is hurting, so so many people.
Are you disappointed with your grand daughters hair choices?
Lol he was surprised when he first saw it, but smiled, laughed, and made a cute joke :)
The way he says "human"... You're really a reptilian... Aren't you?
Crap, they found us out!!
My grandma was born in 1919. She would’ve been 100 in about two weeks. She passed away in 1999, seemingly in her prime. This AmA just hit me a little hard.
My question is, and sorry if this is macabre, what’s been your favourite experiences since you’ve been 80? The kind of, ‘oh I’m so glad I’ve stuck around to witness that’ type of event.
I'll ask him when I see him next!
Sorry he says "I'll have to answer that later" which seems to be code for can't answer it
What part of Washington?
Bremerton mainly! Some others; I'll ask next I see him
He says between Bremerton and Seattle. On what it was like: "Pleasant"
Sir, thank you so much for having the compassion and courage to share your many years of experiences. My question is, what's the best thing that's happened to you in the last century?
He'd probably say marrying his wife, Audrey :)
Is your granddaughter forcing you to do this ? Or is it out of your own will ???
Hi there friendo, I told him about Reddit and AMA and asked if he would be interested in doing one, and he said "Oh, yeah!" with a beautiful light in his eyes that I hardly ever see. So we did it. Thanks for your very constructive and helpful question!
Why did you write 100 year old human instead of man?
Just a colloquialism of mine, that's how I talk so that's how I type
Is there any place we can see his photographs? Maybe he has the film somewhere that can be scanned? I'd love to see them
Not at the moment, perhaps at some point I might try to compile them all and publish them online, but that wouldn't be for quite a while
How did you relieve yourself of sexual build up while you were serving?
Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh seeing as I am his granddaughter, I'm not gonna ask him this lol. Cheers
Wow ,nice ! Thanks for the answering! Now you are 100 yo , do you remember your childhood , or another memories? Do you feel changes in our world?
On his childhood: "Interesting because of - I'll fill in the answer later" He had dogs as a kid, and enjoyed them.
I need some life advice and I feel that a 100 year old veteran would be great to ask
I'm 19 and I'm thinking about joining the military but I am still deciding between the Marine Corps and the Army . Opinion?
"I'll have to answer that later - I don't know"
It's from BTS, my sister and I got them from amazon, the back of mine has a number and says "rap monster"!
I have a question
Is the person on the photo with you your granddaughter or your grandson?
Do use your eyes to refer to the description at the top of your screen! Thanks!
Greetings and thank you for doing this! So many questions I have but I’ll just ask what modern tech device or service (one that you never could have imagined when you were young) do you enjoy the most?
He would likely say Uber/cellphones! When he was living at home, he would use it every day to go out to dinner
What is your favorite movie?
He doesn't watch enough movies to know, but he enjoys watching the news, nature programs, and sports!
Hi sir! I'm so glad you're here with us! I always love hearing the answer to these types of questions. What memory/ moment of your life do you look back on that makes you the happiest?
"Yes and no, I'll answer that more - or try to"
How dare you. I asked him if he'd be interested in sharing his life experiences on this site, and he lit up like I've hardly ever seen him light up, so we went through it. You think I care more about meaningless internet points than learning more about my grandpa's experiences and sharing them with other people that might be interested/helped by them? You don't know our lives. How. Fucking. Dare you.
How's he doing?
Thank you for asking! He's doing alright; being in rehab is tough. He doesn't eat quite enough, but he's enthusiastic about doing exercises, which is great to see!
Alright, so this may seem a little long winded but this is something that intrigues me as a history buff, one who particularly has a great interest in the World Wars.
Seeing as you are 100 and were presumably born in 1919 I would surmise that your parents were a part of the "Lost Generation". That being said, did your father or any family members serve in the First World War? If so how did their experience relate with yours? Was it something that was ever discussed?
"Dad did not serve in the service, but he was involved. I'll answer that better next time" His dad was a crane operator, likely worked on army* ships
Why not make a separate account for this instead of doing it for the karma?
BRB spending my newfound very useful riches in real life!
What is "climate justice"?
AOCs Green new deal was complete garbage. It got into some really absurd shit if you'd actually read it. The US leads the world in the reduction of CO2 emissions. China and India continue to pollute at ever increasing rates.
Was the war worth it ? As I belong to a country which was a colony and I had an outsiders view to which I could conclude that it was a waste of every value humanity stand for.
"Boy, that's a strange question"
Have you shared your story with the Veteran's History Project at the Library of Congress?
If not, please do, your memories and your history are important for all of us to remember.
He has not; I think someone else mentioned something similar. We will have to look into it! Do you have any other details about it?
What was your favorite place to travel to, in the service or outside of it? Thank you for your service!
"No" for favorite place to travel