Robert "Bobby" Thompson sat at the kitchen table in his small green-and-white home in Middle River on a cold day recently and looked over the items he had carefully laid out: insurance policies, tax returns and a newspaper ad for a funeral home offering "special attention to all details."
On the ad, he had scribbled, "All paid for."
Thompson, aging and frail, doesn't know how he's lasted this long. He survived the Korean War. His parents never saw 80. His three brothers and first and second wives are all dead. His son died years ago.
Longevity has left him leery of living. He keeps the papers on the table at all times so family members...