Mr. Z. is 90 years old and has some cognitive impairment.
He has complete recall, however, concerning July 25, 1956.
He was a (33 year old) radio operator on a cargo vessel that was carrying a loud of bananas back to New York City from Costa Rica.
He was the first to hear the S.O.S. from the SS Andrea Doria after it collided with the Swedish ocean liner, the Stockholm, off the coast of Nantucket.
Over 50 people died but his actions were instrumental in alerting others to allow the rescue efforts to get underway as quickly as possible.
He acknowledges that day as being the most significant day of his life.
I completely agreed.