DePippo79 wrote: Being able to witness the industrial revolution first hand.
I actually knew a man that did. Back in the early 70's I became friends with an elderly gentleman from church...I do mean elderly. Born in 1881, he saw it all happen before his eyes.
Being that the Vietnam War was still going (and having 2 uncles just served) I was shocked when I asked what wars he might have served. None, as he explained: "I was to young for the Spanish American War and to old for WWI". Now technically he may have still served in the Great War, but a 30 yr old man, married with 2 kids were not high on the list of recruits the Army wanted.
All the parades were (Happy 4th) were led by Civil War Vets. This was a gent who was 61yrs old when we entered WWII !
He passed in 1985 at 104yrs old I last saw him @ 103 and he was still sharp as a tack.
Just think of living during the age of horses and lantern, right up to the Space Shuttle. It always blew my mind.