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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Who's next?

In all of the hoopla surrounding the death of Reagan, one of the major media outlets noted that there are now only four living former Presidents of the USA. Of course this led my ever curious mind to wonder how old each of them was:

Gerald R. Ford: 90 years (b. July 14, 1913
Most likely cause of death: He's 90...what do you think?
Least likely cause of death: Shot by a jealous husband.
George H. W. Bush: 79 years (b. June 12, 1924)
Most likely cause of death: Heart attack (caused by son's irresponsible politics).
Least likely cause of death: Dying of anything after being unable to afford health insurance.
James Earl Carter, Jr.: 79 years (b. Oct. 1, 1924)
Most likely cause of death: Killed in housing construction accident.
Least likely cause of death: Anaphylactic shock
William Jefferson Clinton: 57 years (b. Aug. 19, 1946)
Most likely cause of death: Shot by a jealous husband.

Canada, in contrast, only has three living former Prime Ministers (well...okay...technically we have five; but do we really have to count John Turner and Kim Campbell?).

"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." - Mark Twain