OPINION: As Young As Your Faith

An old man climbed aboard United Air Lines flight 709 in New York last week to fly to Los Angeles and celebrate his 75th birthday. His famous stride had become a careful step, his hands looked transparent and his skin like parchment, but his back was West Point-straight, his manner commanding. When the stewardess saw that General Douglas MacArthur had not fastened his safety belt (he never does), she made the best of it and said nothing.

A head wind delayed the flight an hour and 14 minutes, and the plane landed in a fog so dense that an American...

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