Friday, December 29, 2006

Youth in history

This story in the Guardian (UK) about a 14-year-old sailing the Atlantic solo (in December!!!) reminds me of how much, good and bad, has been done in history by people who today would not be considered fit to vote, drink, or drive an automobile after dark in various jurisdictions.

The youth of famous historical actors is often unstated, or disguised by the fact that portraits often show them a quarter or half-century after they did whatever they did.

Einstein upset the universe (or our view of it) in his 20s.

Update: The young pilot, Mike Perham, made it. His chief safety precaution, if you are curious, was being shadowed by his father in an identical yacht, just in case.

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