Civil war historian emeritus Ed Bearss has more zeal, dedication, and energy at his advanced age than I’ll ever have. A few days ago I saw information that recently he’d broken an arm during a slip on ice while giving a battlefield tour, then continued giving a tour on another field that day. Ed had to be convinced to seek medical attention rather than continue even further.
Big baby I am, I’d probably run screaming to an emergency room as soon as I broke, say, a finger.
Ed’s stamina continues to amaze me to more I hear such stories. A good friend of mine in Gettysburg, Dean Schultz (a locally famous chap who knows more about the area than anyone) recently went on a long hike up a huge mountain near Emmitsburg, MD where the Union Army had a signal station during the Gettysburg Campaign. Ed apparently ran up the mountain, a trek which would have killed most men half his age.
Whatever Ed eats and drinks, I want a lifetime supply of it. What a guy.