Monthly Archives: November 2016

Neal Unger – 60 Year Old Skateboarder

It’s time to add yet another “UpGraded Senior Superstar” to our ever-growing list of totally amazing seniors. Neal Unger – Skateboarder Our newest inductee is Neal Unger and he is a 60-year old skateboarder!  You don’t see too many of those now, do you? Most of us UpGrading Seniors would think skateboarding is a poor…

Legend of the Falls

This is an update of a previous post which I wrote in 2014 on the same topic and which richly deserves an UpGrade.You Can’t Handle the TruthRemember that famous line from the movie, A Few Good Men?Well, the truth when it comes to seniors and falling may be hard to handle too, but we as…

Ida Keeling – 100 Year Old Sprinter

Ida Keeling

Time for another installment of UpGraded Senior Superstars. Save Your Lame Excuses I live in a 55+ community and I can’t tell you how many times I hear some of us geezers excuse ourselves from exercising. In fact, some of those excuses may have come from someone very close to me (ahem). Oh sure, we…

Frances Woofenden – 81 Year Old Water Skiing Champion

There was a time when I fancied myself as a pretty good water skier.  Hardly a week went by during warm weather that I didn’t ski 4 – 7 times a week, but somewhere along the line I stopped. I guess the usual responsibilities caught up with me.  Work.  Family.  Age. From time to time…

Nola Ochs – 95 Year Old College Graduate

It’s time to honor another UpGraded Senior Superstar – another inspirational senior citizen. This time, it’s Nola Ochs of Kansas, who graduated from Fort Hays State University at age 95 in 2007, giving her the Guinness Book record as the oldest college graduate. Remarkable! But wait, there’s more.  As Nola herself said in the interview…

Long Walks

We all know that walking is good for us, but you probably never realized that someone else’s walk can also be good for you.

Useless Fact #9: Happy As a Clam

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “happy as a clam.” I’ve heard it most of my life and never really understood why people selected the humble clam as the poster child for happiness. Let’s face it: at least to the casual observer a clam’s life doesn’t seem to inspire that much happiness. And, even if…

Useless Fact #8: In Support of Short Speeches

How many times have you, in your seniordom, been forced to endure a painfully long (and usually boring) speech? Well, today’s entry in the “Useless Facts” category should give you a chuckle. William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States, gave the longest inauguration speech on record (1 hr. and 45 min.), and…

Useless Fact #7

Reeded Coins Why do most U.S. coins have those little ridges around the edge? Glad you asked.  Those “little ridges” are correctly called reeded edges.  Back in the day when money was really money, i.e. made from precious metals like silver and gold, the reeded edges served two important purposes: They made it more difficult…