Monday, May 08, 2006

The March of Time

Lillian Asplund, the last American survivor of the Titanic disaster, died yesterday at age 99.

Ms. Asplund was five years old at the time of the sinking. As the other two surviving surviors were both under a year old at the time, Ms. Asplund represented the last first-hand knowledge of the disaster on Earth.

It's a rather amazing thought. My generation heard about the Titanic when we were still in elementary school, or even earlier. Sometime in middle or high school, a major motion picture came out. My entire life, this has been a major historical event. And overnight, our last real connection to it disappeared forever.

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