Justin: In the Feast of Being Able to. Amen.

Dude, get off the ceiling, it’s raid time.

When we think of historically notable people, they seem larger than life, or distant. I don’t often pause to humanize them… to bring them into my circle of reality. I rarely consider that I am older than Jesus was during his 3 year ministry, or that Elvis wasn’t much older than Justin Bieber when he was discovered.

I’m more than 10 years older than Ernest Hemingway was when he published his first classic novel in 1926 at age 27.

I am almost as old as John F. Kennedy when he became the President at 43.

Consider each of these people as having gone to school with you, and imagine they are your peers. As your age, the same social circle, with things in common. Somebody you could hang out with.

Martin Luther King, JR. was 34 when he made his landmark “I have a dream” speech.
Jesus Christ was crucified at 33.
J. Robert Oppenheimer was 38 when he began leading the Manhattan Project.
Jacqueline Kennedy became first lady of the United States at age 31.
Bob Dylan released his first major record in 1962 at age 21.
Elvis was “discovered” at age 19.
Mother Teresa was 38 when she began her first mission group in India in 1948.
George Lucas was 33 when Star Wars was released, 29 when American Graffiti, and just 27 at the release of THX 1138.
On Apollo 16 in 1972, Charlie Duke become the youngest man to walk on the moon at the age of 36.

How about those old bearded guys who fought the Civil War? The re-enactors are a great resemblance, right? Not so much.

Of around 2,700,000 Union (Northern) soldiers:
More than 2,000,000 soldiers were twenty-one or under
More than 1,000,000 were eighteen or under.
About 800,000 were seventeen or under.
About 200,000 were sixteen or under.
About 100,000 were fifteen or under.

If you walked the blood-soaked battlefield of Gettysburg in 1863, it would appear something like the slaughter of all the boys in the local Middle Schools and High Schools, with their teachers thrown in for leadership.

George Armstrong Custer lead his 450 men to their deaths at age 37.
For perspective, Hitler took power as Chancellor at age 43.
da Vinci created his first masterpieces in his mid to late 20’s, and Michelangelo began working on his famous statue of David at age 26. He began the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at age 33. (The two men were contemporaries)

Steve Jobs was in his mid 20s when he designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers.

Bill Gates was 20 when he began developing the GUI for Basic that would become Windows.

I really wanted to end with an amazing fact about Paris Hilton and all she accomplished at an early age, but I don’t know anything about her.

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