Eighty of Americais most famous 80 year olds reflect on their journeys to the big 8-0 and describe the passions that keep them young. These luminous and famous octogenarians seize the moment to reveal the secrets of longevity and share what is great about being 80, what is wrong with the young, what is wrong with the administration, what their days are like today, and what their lives were like in their prime. All were eager, from Mike Wallace and Lena Horne to George McGovern and Helen Thomas, to share their insights. Studs Terkel, 94, has broken his neck, had heart surgery at 93 and claims, iI should be dead, but Iim not for some reason or another.i What reason might that be? iFirst of all, I like being a troublemaker.ii Lena Horne, 89, remains as politically engaged as ever: iWell, Iim old and Iim still angry. And if there is a elionessi inside itis because not everybody had a grandmother like mine.i Maria Tallchief, 81, former prima ballerina maintains the same routine: iI wake up in the morning and I do my pilates exercises. I still do my splits at my bedside before I say my prayers.i No one spent much time talking about his or her health. One exception was comedy writer Bob Schiller who reported that his short-term memory was poor but his long-term memory was good.iBut I may have that backward, i he added.iI donit know if I told you that.i Gerald Gardner is the author of numerous books on politics and film, including the bestselling series Whois In Charge Here? Jim Bellows is the former editor of the New York Herald Tribune, the Washington Star and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, managing editor of Entertainment Tonight and creator of New York magazine.One exception was comedy writer Bob Schiller who reported that his short-term memory was poor but his long-term memory was good.iBut I may have that backward, i he added.iI donit know if I told you that.i Gerald Gardner is the author of ...
|Author||:||Gerald Gardner, Jim Bellows|
|Publisher||:||Sourcebooks, Inc. - 2007|