Amazing Senior Citizens

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The old codgers were enjoying an online “chinwag” a few weeks ago when the conversation took an interesting turn. We started recounting the many amazing senior citizens who have accomplished incredible things well into their 70s, 80s, and 90s. Many are well-known, some are people we know, and others are just ordinary folks like us. From musical accomplishments to innovative intellectual efforts to achieving records in physical performance, old folks in their golden years provide proof that age does not have to be a barrier. We begin by recalling John Glenn, one of the many amazing senior citizens who returned to space at the age of 77.

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13 comments on “Amazing Senior Citizens

  1. Marjorie says:

    Tell Randy, if I’ve misplaced something, I look in the refrigerator.
    Also, I ❤️❤️ willie Nelson. He’s my car travel companion. Granda Ma Moses was on my list.
    As you guys talked, Jimmy Carter came to mind. He was helping Habitat for Humanity way into his nineties.

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      Willie is a classic listen for road trips! And thanks for the Jimmy Carter suggestion. Definitely on the list for the next “amazing old folks” episode for his Habitat work.

  2. Gordon Mortensen says:

    The story of running off to the store without your wallet sounded all too familiar. There’s nothing more aggravating and embarrassing than to spend the better part of an hour loading up your shopping cart, then waiting while the checker rings you up only to discover that you’ve once again forgotten your wallet. My solution: keys and wallet are always placed in the same small drawer. You can’t drive without keys and there’s your wallet. Caution! Don’t get distracted and leave your keys on the kitchen counter! 😂

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      Spot on, Gordon! Rituals and routines work.

  3. Jimmy Kloczko says:

    I have a lovely new habit at the ripe age of 69 of going back to the house at least twice every time I try to leave. Inevitably I forget my keys, my wallet (which by the way, I often get to the grocery store without), the mail that was supposed to go in the mailbox, and on and on. At least it gives me something to do 🙂

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      I do the ritual “pat-down” dance before leaving the house. Left front pocket, right front pocket, left rear pocket. Good to go!

    2. Richard says:

      Jimmy — I hear you. And I have an additional affliction. I’m always taking walks and of course don’t want the bulk of a wallet. So I slip a credit card and my driver’s license out of the wallet and place it in my shirt or pants pocket. In the evening, when we head out in the car, I’ve changed clothes and arrive at the destination without the two or, on luckier occasions, go back to the house once or twice to locate the missing stuff before we back out of the driveway. Arghh…

  4. Sheri Knutson says:

    Great stories about Golden Age people
    and their interesting accomplishments!
    Sheri Knutson

    1. Randy Schultz says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Sheri. Please tell your friends about Camp Codger!

  5. jack turner says:

    I would like to nominate myself: at the age of 78 2/3, I have become a world class slacker, and I didn’t start until I retired at the age of 62.
    A codger moment this week: ………….uh………………..I forgot.

    1. Camp Codger says:

      There is a lot of competition for being a world-class slacker. You need to up your game, Jack!

  6. Judith Henry says:

    Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim in his 90’s!

    I loved your accolade for Nancy Pelosi!

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      Thanks for adding another amazing old person to our growing list, Judy.

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