The pursuit of happiness in the new year

Don Currey was a 30-year-old graduate student when he cut down the world’s oldest tree.

A brown-eyed, sun-tanned geography student at the University of North Carolina, Don was striking in his looks and his ambitions: to better understand Ice-Age glaciology by examining bristlecone trees. And so he found himself in Nevada in the summer of 1964 amid a grove of bristlecones on Wheeler Peak Mountain when his tree corer got stuck in a tree.

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