By Gerald Gardner, Jim Bellows
"Don't be stunned, Pussycat," stated Helen Gurley Brown, nonetheless flirtatious at eighty-four, "We're all survivors and happy with it. we wish to discuss it."
And they do. 80 of America's most renowned 80 year-olds examine their trips to the massive 8-0 and describe the passions that maintain them younger. all of them have evaluations approximately present day global what's reliable approximately being 80 and what retains them very important. The individuals of this iteration have spent eighty-plus years honing the artwork of dwelling and so they have secrets and techniques to proportion. Their own tales are really inspirational.
"My solution to growing older at any age, even if you are becoming twenty , or 40, or sixty or 80, is to fall in love and remain in love." --Ray Bradbury, 86, author
"It's fascinating to me--my occupation has taken off now that i am ninety-five. it's very taken off. I needed to wait 'til i used to be ninety-five to be this popular." --Kitty Carlisle Hart, ninety five, singer
"I say particularly truly that this can be the simplest time of my life." --Hugh Hefner, eighty, founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy
Contributors to the booklet include:
Mike Wallace, Helen Thomas, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Lena Horne, Kitty Carlyle Hart, Ray Bradbury, artwork Buchwald, Norman Lear, Robert Byrd, George McGovern, and Jack Valenti.
Advanced compliment for 80:
"Everyone from 9-90 wishes this ebook, simply because shop for the 2 or 3 mad humans on the planet, each person desires to dwell & by no means die. the chosen humans in "80" have with, appeal and ensusiance printed how they've got survived, with ardour, compassion, humor and magnificence. i am hoping Gardner and Bellows will do one other one on ninety - i'm in for the lengthy run."--Maya Angelou
"80 is the hot younger! those inspiring tales of brilliant, energetic octogenarians are the easiest type of tonic for fending off concerns approximately previous age."--Tom Brokaw
"Once, nearly no one was once 80. Now many folks are and extra folks are going to be quickly. So Gerald Gardner and Jim Bellows supply us a superb ebook approximately being 80 and more."--Jimmy Breslin
"A pleasure to learn and a assured angle adjustment. those everyone is wish! And Gerald Gardner and Jim Bellows know the way to edit down their recognized lives to the fearless truths."--Gail Sheehy, writer of Passages and intercourse and the pro Woman
"Jim Bellows' and Gerald Gardner's eighty made me snigger, eighty made me imagine, and eighty really made me look ahead to attaining and to having fun with that Grand Age"--Mark Shields, syndicated columnist and PBS commentator
"80 is the main heartening booklet on outdated age i have learn due to the fact that De Senectute (Cicero, you callow sub-octogenarians, Cicero). The eighty outdated parents in eighty make eighty sound so interesting, i believe short-changed by way of being compelled to attend until eventually 2010 to be between their number."--Tom Wolfe
"I love this booklet. What a excitement: nice interviews, stunning clever people."--Ånnie Lamott, writer of Grace (Eventually): concepts on religion
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Extra info for 80. From Ben Bradlee to Lena Horne to Carl Reiner, Our Most Famous Eighty Year Olds...
When I was in my forties, I found the best me in me. How did I get to be the original me? Coming from a family of normal neurotics helps. Having a father you admired and a mother who thought you were the “best one” in the play didn’t hurt. I think getting your ethics from your parents just by observation is a big thing. I don’t have the urge to mentor. I have three kids and five grandchildren, and I think the best mentoring is done by behavior and example. I don’t know why I’ve always observed the world in a comic or ironic way.
Magazines nowadays sell 35 percent or 45 percent of their print order and figure they get along with that. To sell 90 percent of your print order is really sensational. I knew at once, they knew at once, that the buyers of magazines liked it immensely and it wasn’t very long before the advertisers came in. Advertisers want to be where the readers are. ’” I don’t think I would be capable of editing such a magazine anymore. Any editing job is not a barrel of fun. The biggest deal is to make it good so people will buy it.
Over 400,000 American soldiers were in Vietnam, with 6,000 already dead. Harold Robbins led the bestseller lists; Hollywood Squares debuted with host Peter Marshall (p. 219), and Bob Hope toured our bases with his chief comedy writer Mort Lachman (p. 253) supplying his ad libs. You hit fifty in 1976. Richard Nixon had beaten George McGovern (p. 273) for president in 1972. Three things beat McGovern: tapped phones, dirty tricks, and the forty-nine states that voted for Nixon. Herb Klein (p. 165) did a great job as Nixon’s communications chief.
80. From Ben Bradlee to Lena Horne to Carl Reiner, Our Most Famous Eighty Year Olds... by Gerald Gardner, Jim Bellows