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Gov. Jerry Brown, who will turn 74 next month, found himself last night in the company of an older politician, a rare enough occurrence Brown's thoughts turned to age.

"It's good that we have old politicians around," said Brown, in San Francisco to welcome Israeli President Shimon Peres, 88, to Temple Emanu-El. "There's a lot of these young ones, and they give us a lot of energy, but we need the wisdom of those who've gone through all the struggles."

The Democratic governor recalled meeting Peres some 40 years ago, when Peres was promoting Israeli bonds.

"I had purchased one by then, so that was very good," said Brown, who once reported the investment in his financial disclosures. "And I still have it, testifying to my faith in the future."

Brown said he and Peres spoke about brain research, and Brown suggested California and Israel could create a joint research program similar to the California-Israeli solar energy initiative Brown promoted when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983.


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