In 1997, the Canadian author and war hero Richard Rohmer met George H.W. Bush at a Toronto event organized by former prime minister Brian Mulroney.
“Mr. President, you and I are contemporaries. When you were flying in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, I was flying Mustangs in Normandy with the Royal Canadian Air Force,” Rohmer told the former commander in chief.
To this, Bush gave the retired general a surprise reply: The two of them could easily have been much closer contemporaries than Rohmer suspected.