I was having a conversation with Mike Furrer (father of Olympic Rifle Shooter Amanda Furrer) recently about a mutual hero of ours, Samuel Whittemore. Sam was an ornery, grizzled, tough as nails American Patriot during the Revolutionary War.
The short story of Sam Whittemore is that he single handedly engaged an entire regiment of Redcoats as they marched back to headquarters after the battle of Lexington and Concord. At 80 years of age, Whittemore hid behind a stone wall armed to the teeth and laid an ambush on the British. He attacked with his musket, then dual pistols killing 3 and fighting off the rest with sword in hand. Eventually the numbers overtook him and he was shot in the face, bayoneted 13 times, beaten and left for dead.
Two absolutely amazing things happened next. First, not only was he found alive when the British moved on but he was actually reloading his musket in order to continue the fight. Whittemore would go on and live another 18 years to see this country founded and the first President take office.
I highly suggest you read the entire story, because the snippet above is just the cherry on top of a very bad-ass life. You can read it here: American Patriot Samuel Whittemore
As Mike and I were having a back and forth about just how badass Whittemore was, he said something that got me thinking, he said “It would be cool to be old and very very badass”.
Now, time will bring the old part to us all, but it is up to us as whether we grow soft and mushy like overripe fruit or tough and grizzled like sun dried jerky.
With that in mind I compiled a list of some recent old timers who have decided not to go gently into that good night and channel some of Whittemore’s grit in times when it was needed.
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