Robert Krulwich building off something that Jason Kottke calls ‘Human Wormholes’:

There are people who live long enough to create a link — a one-generation link — to figures from what feels like a distant past, and their presence among us shrinks history. When “Long Ago” suddenly becomes “So I said to him …,” long ago jumps closer.

There are some fantastic stories in here, a must read.

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