March 29, 2019
Back in 1975, before either of us was famous, I shook Jimmy Carter’s hand.
Former President Carter made news last week when he became the oldest former President ever, when he turned 94 years and 172 days old, eclipsing the record set by former President George H. W. Bush. Ironically, Carter wrote the book “The Virtues of Aging” in 1998, when he was a sprightly 73 years old.
And he’s not done yet.
He recently convinced Mercer University to open a health clinic in his home town of Plains, which was without any medical facility. He leased out a portion of his own property in order to launch a solar farm that powers half of his hometown. His charity, the Carter Center, was been a major contributor in attempting to make guinea worm the second disease (after smallpox) to be completely eradicated. After he was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in 2016 and underwent treatment, he continued to work with Habitat for Humanity, building homes for underprivileged families.
He and Rosalynn have been married for 70 years, and live in a house that is assessed at $167,000.
P.S. Amaze and astound your friends with the following trivia question:
Q. Who was the first President born in a hospital?
A. Jimmy Carter.