Dr. Max Leonard Slotover was born in 1912.
On the morning of Easter Monday 1916, he was walking with his father in St. Stephen's Green, Dublin when they were stopped by a man in a trenchcoat with a gun; they were told they couldn't go home to nearby Camden St. and Leonard was separated from his mother for a night.
On another occasion, his father was arrested for carrying a round loaf of rye bread; British soldiers thought it was a bomb and were only convinced when they put it in a bucket of water and stabbed it with their bayonets.
Leonard went on to become a medical student in Dublin - he tells of one occasion when a car he was driving got stuck in tram tracks and a quick-thinking passenger saved his life. His student days included him being brought out by a lecturer who showed him "how to drink".
To help pay his way, Leonard had several part-time jobs, including selling Sweeps tickets and as a bit actor in The Gate where he shared the stage with Cyril Cusack and Orson Welles.
When he qualified as a doctor, Leonard went to work in a field hospital in North Africa.
There the Army commandeered a local convent but allowed the nuns to continue to use the basement. Every week, the nuns returned to the convent to retrieve items from the basement - the medics discovered that the basement was a champagne cellar and the nuns were picking up a few bottles every weekend.
Leonard qualified as an obstetrician but realised that he would never make enough money to 'set up' his family. So, he retired as a doctor and became a businessman, running a chain of furniture stores.
He is 99 in June and says he's in pretty good health - playing golf once or twice a week.
(A short Irish radio documentary from RTE Ireland)
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