In my life I have met, directly or indirectly, men who have influenced and inspired me and whose words and advice have made me the man I am today. Of course I will meet other men through out my life time, but at this very moment one of the men that have had a great impact is my grandfather.
There are a lot of things I can say about him and so little space to put it all in. I'll start by doing a short biography, covering the basics. He was born on Febuary 2, 1910 in the city of Morelia in the Mexican state of Michoacan. As you can see he is almost 100 years, and as far as I can remember reaching this age has been one of his goals. He's seen every achivment of mankind. From the apperance of the electric light in his town to the DVD. He isn't a man who got stuck in his time, he embraced every technological achivment and wasn't adverse to rock and roll. He appreciates the Beatles and recognizes the musical revolution they brought. He's gone from the radio to silent movies to talking movies to television; from phonographs to CD's. He was a direct and indirect witness to the mayor events in history. He's a lawyer by profession and a bit of a historian by passion. He actually wrote several books, only one published, and various articles for the newspapers. His focous, of course, is Mexican history and particularly has an interest in the Independence period and actually wrote a biography of Miguel Hidalgo, the so called "Father of the Independence".
Every time he told me a story of his life I was fascinated by it, thinking that he lived an extraordinary life, although I'm sure he never felt that way.
He is also a man with wonderful qualities: he has a great sense of humor and very good conversation, patience, and loves reading, thus giving him that excelent conversation. He loves music, a quality and an ability he got from his father and played the piano, the guitar and the banjo. He was also good with cars and could find out what was wrong, giving any mechanic a run for their money. He was also a bit of an architect, as he designed the house he lived in for around 30 years and could actully tell if something was wrong with a construction. He acompnied my mom when she was looking for a new house as his opnion was invaluble.
Finally, I'm going to share the things I got from him that have influenced me in being the man that I am today. His taste in music, as I remember listening with him his old records, mostly jazz. I also got a bit of his musical talent, though that has a lot more to do with my great grandfather. My patience and sense of humor also come from him. I also share his name as my second name is Roberto and apparently I also look a bit like him, specially when he was young.
That's my grandfather, Roberto Carrillo, to me the most extraordinary man I've ever met.

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Comment by Carlos Infante on November 13, 2009 at 10:41pm
I'm very glad everyone has liked the post. I'm very proud of my grandfather, as you can see, and he has served as an inspiration to me and it seems to a lot of you as well. Like I wrote, to me his life seems extraordinary, but looking back to my own experience, my life so far has also been extraordinary. When we live day by day we think of it as being mundane, yes there are moments live that are exciting and interesting, but when we tell others of events that seem ordinary they might think are extraordinary. Some of the stories my grandfather has told me that I find fascinating happened during the normal activities of his work day.
Comment by Raj on November 13, 2009 at 10:16pm
Carlos, your grandfather truly is a great man. I'm still very young, but some day I hope to be half the man your grandfather is, no joke.

"He's a lawyer by profession and a bit of a historian by passion." I look to do the same!
Comment by Carlos Infante on November 12, 2009 at 6:57pm
Thank you for those kind words and I certainly will. That is what every man's legacy should be.
Comment by Michael J. Austin on November 12, 2009 at 6:29pm
Carlos, you sir are truly blessed to have a man like your Grandfather touch your life. Look around and look within yourself and you will see his influence and greatness. True men of your Grandfathers stature need not to boast, their grace and influence speaks volumes. Take all that you Grandfather has instilled in you and pay it forward to the next generation.
Comment by Carlos Infante on November 12, 2009 at 5:55pm
Thanks for the comment. He wasn't big on smoking, although he did for a while when he was younger, for how long I don't know. As for drinking, I always knew him as a social drinker, so he didn't drink too much. A few years ago he actually started drinking red wine during dinner, but for health reasons we made him stop. Drinking started lowering his blood pressure.
Comment by Dave on November 11, 2009 at 10:42pm
Thanks for sharing the story Carlos. Contender for the Most Interesting Man in the World? He looks really young to be almost hitting 100. I love reading stories about old fellas who keep on doing their thing and enjoying life. There's a real smile and radiance that can be seen on your grandfathers face. Hopefully I'll be an old bugger with lots of stories to tell one day. Random question, but what's his alcohol and tobacco intake? Does he dance or did he dance back in the day?

Thanks again for the inspiring story of a real life dude.
Comment by Herb Munson on November 11, 2009 at 3:07pm
Thanks for sharing this, Carlos. Makes me wish I could meet him. I spent the night in Morelia a year or so back. It is a very picturesque town with a lot of character. Small world.
Comment by Carlos Infante on November 11, 2009 at 2:55pm
You're welcome. As I said there really is a lot to tell about him that couldn't fit in the post. I forgot to mention he was married to my grandmother for sixty-four years, until her passing two years ago. It really hit him hard, but all the family was there for him.

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