January 19, 2007

Just thinking ....

I was listening to the radio while they were talking about the different memorial services held to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. They mentioned that he would be 78 yrs old if he hadn't been killed. Got me to wondering ...... how long does someone have to be deceased before they stop telling you how old that person would be had they not died?

I was at the Washington Monument on George Washington's birthday last year and they didn't mention that George Washington would have been 274 if he hadn't died. That leads me to believe there is some unspoken cut off.

So this has been a topic of discussion around here. Some people think 90 should be it. Others 80. What do you think?

4 comments:

Maureen said...

I hate to tell you but I don't think people ever stop... yesterday was Edgar Allan Poe's birthday and the news people said his "exact" age (of course I can't remember :( ... but he would have been really old! :)

Patricia said...

That's funny and so observant.

Debra said...

How about sticking to natural life expectancies? :) I think it is interesting to hear "Elvis would by X", etc-- and compare them to ages of my elders.

Vivian said...

I think 100 to 120 would be the max, when no one in the same generation left around to mutter, "I remember so and so was a bully when we were young ...."