We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
He obviously would have lived much longer with more modern understanding of medicine but he was a tough old bird. For many years he had to put up with what must have been excruciating pain from the crude dentures of the day.
He was an amazing man who gave a large chunk of his life for his (our) country and was probably uniquely qualified for the positions he held in spite of the fact that he never thought he was up to the job.