October 19th, 2012
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On board the California Zephyr (CNN) – Mary Jane Loder is 92 and taking the train from Denver to California; what's more, she is travelling alone.

“Why not?’ she says.  Of all the people I have met on the California Zephyr, none has inspired me quite as much as Mary Jane, whom I was privileged to meet in the dining car.

Mary Jane held court at her table.  Lively, witty, and with an infectious laugh that had everyone laughing with her; that is until we came to talking about this election.  It's the most important, she believes, because of the state of the economy and the level of unemployment among young people.  Giving them hope is crucial.

She can’t remember exactly the first presidential election in which she voted. "It must have been one of the Roosevelt races in the 1940s,” she believes (probably 1944 when Roosevelt beat Dewey, since that was the first election when she would have been eligible to vote).  Nor will she be drawn on which president she thought was the best. She admits that Bill Clinton was one of her favorites. As for his wife, Hillary Clinton could be a good president, too. "She needs to fix her hair though," she adds.

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Spending 10 minutes with Mary Jane Loder was the tonic any weary traveler needed. A reminder of how we are never too old to enjoy something.

I left her giggling, walking back to her cabin, swaying with the train's movement.  “This is fun,” she said.  Having met Mary Jane, she was right!

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. jomay14

    Reblogged this on jomelyn14.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  2. Dayo Ogunnusi

    I suggests that Americans should vote wisely due to current situations on ground

    October 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  3. Heidi Elisabeth Hansen

    My fingers crossed for Barack Obama. In Denmark the Danish population had a vote test between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and Denmark – if we were able to vote – would support Barack Obama with 84% :-) He is so popular in my country and proud of it. He has what it takes to be president. You rock Mr. President. People all ages here in my country loves you. The gymnasiums around the country has for the last 2 weeks been teaching Amarican politics and they will follow the event tonight, all night and in the morning. Thanks for the last 4 years. You have done so much amazing things already. Kepp it up :-) We vote for you if we could.
    Mrs. Heidi Elisabeth Hansen

    November 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  4. niyi oluwatusin

    A lesson to learn from the most celibrated democracy on the planet Earth to teach developing democracies of the world eg developing democracies of developing countries. Like africa the tenets of democracy

    November 7, 2012 at 3:07 am |
  5. Terry

    What can a man with an IQ of 98 and proclivity for cottaging in Central Park have to teach us?

    November 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  6. ana

    A really inspiring old lady...certainly the good model for the young people same as you Sir Richard! THX

    December 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  7. ana

    btw you are equally inspiring as she but you are YOUNG!!!!

    December 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  8. dk green

    btw you are equally inspiring as she but you are YOUNG!!!!

    April 6, 2013 at 10:19 am |

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