The Corner

Re: Staying Alive

Astounded to learn that Max Schmelling is still alive, I went to this website, where I discovered something even more astounding: Brooke Astor is still with us, aged 102.

Brooke is the widow of Vincent Astor, whose mother, pregnant with Vincent, was helped onto a lifeboat one cold night in the North Atlantic, by Vincent’s father, John Jacob Astor, who, refusing to enter a lifeboat himself until he was certain all the women and children had already been saved, went down with the ship.

That ship? The Titanic.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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