109 Year Old Veteran’s Secrets to a Long, Happy Life -and he still walks and drives

13 October 2017
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109 Year Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life

Will Make You Smile – Cats ‘make me happy.’  He doesn’t really smoke but enjoys chewing on a cigar and , yes,Mr Overton still walks and drives – and he pays cash for everything (‘I don’t fool with a credit card’!

Meet Richard Overton, America’s oldest veteran. In this lively short film by Matt Cooper and Rocky Conly, hear the whiskey-drinking, cigar-chomping super-centenarian reveal his secrets to a long life.

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1 June 2017
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Man looking uncomfortable with CPAP machine. There are newer models that are supposed to be more comfortable – or are they and Sleep Centers that determine if you have sleep apnea a scam?


 CPAP Machines and Sleep Centers : Beneficial for Money-Making Scams

      If you don’t sleep well or find yourself a bit tired during the day your doctor may tell you to go to one of the new burgeoning sleep centers. But, before you do, take this advice…

I went to a sleep center Sunday Night, Memorial Day eve, with some trepidation.  Though I don’t have the usual symptoms of sleep apnea such as  falling asleep during the day or taking naps, I decided to go for a sleep study because I feel like my REM sleep could be better; I don’t wake up feeling refreshed. My doctor agreed I should go.


SLEEP APNEA – Latest Life Saver  or Pharmaceutical Fad?

From the Sleep Center brochure they don’t really tell you much to improve your sleep other than to get more sleep and not to drink alcohol before you go to bed. But there is that sleep apnea, of which companies seem to be making a lot of money   by selling  CPAP machines. My doctor said that they’ve improved several of his patients lives and that it might be worth it to  have the sleep study, which is required to get a CPAP machine. Even if I don’t have sleep apnea, he felt the CPAP machines are helpful to make it easier for someone like me to breathe, by forcing humidified air in one’s nostrils.

After calling several sleep centers I made an appointment with the larger one, which also takes insurance.  After making an appointment, I never got the email which explained the process. I called again to reschedule and, again, didn’t receive the instructions until I finally found them buried in a spaml email.  I would quickly learn more about the sleep center procedure and  fill out the questionnaire only hours before my Sunday night 10:15 eight hour appointment.

Armed with my survey and appointment info along with my various accoutrements I need to fall asleep (nasal spray, ‘breathe rite’ strips, etc.)  I said goodbye to my cat and made my way over to the Contra Costa Sleep Center Sunday Night May 30, arriving at the 10:15 pm appointment time.  I was ushered into a bedroom –one of eight in the center – where I awaited the technician who would hook my body up to be monitored for my sleep habits.  This would, ostensibly, determine whether or not I have ‘sleep apnea’ that would require me to sleep with a ‘CPAP’ devise (you’ve probably heard a lot about of late – like Gluten, is it a new fad or really necessary for many?  As my doctor,

noted, it might be a good thing for me to use this devise even if I don’t have sleep apnea; he said it has had a profound positive effect on many of his patient’s lives. One aspect of the CPAP is to open up one’s nasal passages while forcing more air into one’s system (I have some trouble breathing through my nose and this could be a help).

The technician,  a pleasant middle age woman of foreign extraction, came into the room about 10:30 pm. After explaining a little more about the overnight procedure she began hooking by head, chest and legs  to a myriad of wires. There were so many wires I wouldn’t easily be able to turn from side to side in bed.

‘But that’s ok’, said the tech, ‘The doctors would prefer you sleep on your back.’

I’d never slept on my back. I COULDN’T sleep on my back. This through me into a minor panic and the technician left the room.

There I was in a strange room hardly able to move , with all these wires coming out of   my  body along with a big machine sitting  next to my head.

Having gone to bed late the night before –or, rather, this morning – I was already tired and figured I wouldn’t have any problem falling asleep,  as is the usual case.

Well, 11 pm  came around and I was still awake, trying to turn at least 45 degrees. Believe me, the idea of pulling the wires out DID cross my mind. But, I tried to look at this as an experience and not to fight it.  But, by midnight  I still had yet to fall asleep and I thought I better let ‘M’ the technician, know – not that she didn’t , having me right in her radar a room away.

‘I know,’ she said , when I told her I haven’t fallen asleep. She allowed me to listen to my phone radio, which might help.  The plan was for me to sleep a couple hours and then she would come in around 1 pm and put the CPAP machine on me for the rest of the night so I could try it out. But , it was almost that time now and I hadn’t even slept for them to be able to monitor me.

The radio hadn’t helped me sleep so I just continue to lie in bed as the minutes and hours ticked by.  Lots of sheep to count this night.  I did notice that while I hadn’t been able to breathe well earlier I was beginning  to be able to breathe through my nose and even ‘sleep’ on my back, which I’d never done before!  The aiar in the room was no doubt cleaner than my own room but I think theres’s just something that allows me to breathe better in the morning  hours; how else have I been able to sleep all these years after having to start out the night with everything from eye drops to bottled water, to aspirin to vick’s vasaline to nasal spray, Breathe Rite strips  – and radio!




Anyway, I don’t remember ever falling asleep at all but I must have somewhere somewhere around 3 am, accordinig to the technician, who would ccome in to ‘wake me’  at 5:30 am.   Because it took me so long to get enough quantity of sleep to monitor they had to dispense with the CPAP trial, thought I did see what it looked like earlier. M said I could schedule another ‘sleepover’ after the results of my sleep test came back in three weeks.

But, why would I come back if the results say that I don’t need the CPAP?  I’m beginning to think that you don’t get out of here without a CPAP recommendation. Maybe the sleep center and the CPAP manufacturers are in cahoots . Because I hardly slept I’m pretty sure they’ll tell me I need a CPAP. But, really, how many people can really sleep when hooked up to all those wires so you can barely turn in bed? The tech did admit to me that I was far from the only one unable to sleep, even thoughnever having a problem at home.

So, at 5:30 am when she came into wake me up I told her it wouldn’t be necessary. I was ALREADY awake just awaiting her return to release me from all the wires..  She explained   then that there would be no CPAP trial since   they needed  the  extra time to monitor  my sleep. Too bad as I was beginning to look forward to the CPAP experience. She told me I’d just had enough sleep for them to monitor and, again, would have to come another time to try the CPAP.

Surprisingly, I didn’t feel very tired, and took my belongings to another room WHILE I filled out  a post –sleep  survey. – another  questionnaire  which seemed to have a lot of contradictions  such as asking if you’re TOO TIRED to drive home,. yet  are told to leave the survey on the desk which would be  reviewed after you leave and  get into a possible car accident! (I added the last part) .You would think they would at least review that one page before you leave  or ASK if you feel awake enough  to drive!  (See INITIAL ‘UNSCIENTIFIC’ SURVEY ATTACHED).

     After earlier being told I would get the results in a few days I was now told lit would be about  THREE WEEKS(!) before I would know if I had sleep apnea  

Fortunately, I made the short 15 minute drive home without problem, but wondered about others with longer drives who might fall asleep behind the wheel on the way home . I must have slept because I felt pretty good the next day and didn’t even need any extra sleep!



I’ve mentioned a few ‘rough’ patches with this whole program, such  as the lack of ‘science,’  communication and instructions – other than the email , which I only found at the last minute.  But the WORST thing was  when I got home and went to wash up. I would discover three  gum-like balls in my hair on   top and either side of my head. These were used to stick the wires to my head but I had no idea they even existed or would take  a half hour to wash out of my hair!  On top of that there were a couple stick-em rounds still connected to my chest which I had to rip off along with  some chest hair  in the process.

At least if the technician would have alerted me to expect these when I got home. It was a total surprise and even shock to find the very gum-like stuff in my hair which I wasn’t even sure would come out , at first.  Ever tried getting gum out of your hair?


   BOTTOM  LINE – Marketing Hype or Valuable Test?

I didn’t understand when a friend warned me about these sleep centers and the ‘rough edges’ and ‘lack of science’ involved.  While I think I’m glad I went  – pre-re-port –  I can see where people are left ‘up in the air’ as to their REAL sleep situations.  To have to wait three weeks for your doctor to get the report and then another amount of time to make an appointment to see him is a bit much.  And,  after months my friend still doesn’t know if he has sleep apnea or what to do next. Hopefully , in  three weeks, I WILL know something more – or have some idea of my sleeping state and how to proceed, but when one who normally sleeps CAN’T SLEEP during the study, one has to wonder as to the efficacy of the testing


Perhaps it might be easier –and better- for someone who thinks he or she might have sleep apnea to just go out and rent or buy a CPAP  device to try out.

Better yet, before you go and spend money, try these common sense things (I mostly learned from the brochure):

  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night
  • Go to bed about the same time each night, preferably earlier than later
  • Don’t drink alcohol or smoke before going to bed
  • If overweight,. try losing some lbs.
  • Eat a good diet, don’t skip breakfast and try to exercise some each day

There , you feel better already and are sleeping better after following this common sense advice. But, if not, go ahead and try a sleep study – usually insurance will pay for it .  Be prepared for some confusion.  At the very worst you’ve wasted some time  and at the very best you might even be able to sleep better. (I later learned you just can’t go buy a CPAP but need to be tested forst and then prescribed by your doctor.



8 March 2017
“Manly” stereotypes can lead to lonely and difficult years for men as they age. (Photo: Getty Images)



Yahoo Beauty 

Frail, powerless, alone. Mention any of these words to an average guy — particularly a man in a certain age range — and you might see him shudder. It’s fair to assume that few people — male or female — look forward to getting older, but men in particular are finding it difficult to deal with. In fact, it’s the very ideals of masculinity that make aging difficult for many men.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, these masculine ideals are creating distinct challenges for men as life expectancy increases and gender roles continue to evolve in society. Trying to hold on too dearly to “manly” stereotypes can lead to painful, lonely, and difficult years for men as they age. In response, many in the research, medical, and psychology fields are seeking new ways to help men grow old healthfully and change their ideas of what it means to be a man in their twilight years.

Research on men and aging looks at the concept of “masculine norms,” of which there are 11 typically cited. As the WSJ article highlights, these are some of the key aspects of masculinity that men tend to want to hold on to as they age — notably, physical strength, self-reliance, taking risks, and emotional control. And while the WSJ article explored these concepts among experts and subjects in their later years, these fears and anxieties about aging can pop up long before retirement is even on the horizon.

“Ultimately, it comes down to a feeling of a loss of control,” Laura Hsu, an assistant professor at Merrimack College whose research explores the psychological process of aging and how it can affect physical and mental health, tells Yahoo Beauty. “The norms of masculinity have an undercurrent of being in control and having some element of power, including a feeling of power and control over their own decisions, physical fitness, and ability to generate an income. When one’s body or social position can no longer reinforce those feelings, increasing feelings of helplessness can ultimately take a toll on one’s mental and physical health.”

Yahoo Beauty explored this topic with a few middle-aged men to see how deeply these concerns resonated. “It’s the ongoing ‘breakdown’ of my body that I notice and dread,” explains Robert Haynes-Paterson, a 51-year-old writer based in New York City. “I’m healthy so far: no prescription meds, no heart trouble, etc. But I notice how much things have changed in the past couple of years — hair thinning, strength diminishing, muscles randomly pulling for no major reason.”

“The physical stuff — that’s what worries me a great deal,” chimes in Greg Simms Jr., a writer based in Ohio. “For years — from age 38 and back — I thought I was invincible. Now, at the age of 43, I realize, starkly, that I’m mortal.”

For Bart Irace, 45, a project manager who lives in Brooklyn, the importance of work in a man’s life is top of mind. “A change to active working life concerns me the most at the moment,” says Irace. “With the exception of senior executives, age is not typically seen as an asset, and aging workers are eased, or in some cases forced, out of their positions. I hope that I’m about 10 years away from advanced age making me a target for job loss, but in the meantime I’m trying to prepare for the possibility by thinking of occupations and/or skills that are more immune to this pattern.”

Haynes-Paterson shares this concern. As a father of a special needs child, now 13 years old, he’s been a freelancer for the last decade: “I’m watching full-time job opportunities dry up fast and wondering what I could possibly be doing in five or 10 years that will produce income, insurance, retirement.”

When queried on what they’re doing to combat their aging woes, most of the men we spoke to confessed that it takes a great deal of focus and thinking about consequences. Says Simms, “Since I can’t drink my misery away, I’m being more healthy all around. I’m eating clean meals, trying my best to stay away from fast food. I’m also working out at a gym, and walking outside when I can. My aim isn’t to look sexy for the summer … I’m working out so I don’t drop dead.”

Alan Rosenblatt, a 46-year-old investment compliance office in Los Angeles, says he’s more aware than ever that his ability to recover from injury and exertion will never be what it was a decade or two ago. “I’ve always done sports and other activities in my adult life, and I don’t enjoy seeing them slip away,” he explains. “I especially see it on the soccer pitch, when my brain wants my legs to go a certain way, but the legs simply won’t listen. Sure, I can chase a 30-year-old around the field, but the difference is that he’s recovered in 20 seconds to start running again, while I’m gasping for breath for the next five minutes. To address this, I keep playing and being active, to hopefully keep things at this minimum level for as long as possible.”

According to Hsu, staying physically active is important, but mental shifts can often be much more powerful and effective in adding more healthy years to your life. “Having a positive view of aging, which many don’t, regardless of one’s sex, is important,” she says. Hsu points to a study from 2002 that found “individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging measured up to 23 years earlier lived an average of 7.5 years longer, compared to individuals with less positive self-perceptions.”

So despite the very real physical effects of getting older, it appears that mental fortitude may be the ultimate defense for men (and women) against the frailties of getting older. Something that men, no matter where they fall on the spectrum of masculinity, should be able to get their heads around. Fear is, after all, merely a state of mind.



National Friends Week Andy Rooney Message plus 10 Inspiring Quotes

16 August 2016
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National Friends Week Andy Rooney Message plus 10 Inspiring Quotes

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VETERANS DAY FREEbies, Discounts – Free oil change, meals, drinks & more Veterans Day Deals

11 November 2015
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Applebee’s – Restaurant offering veterans and active military a free meal from open to close on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Bill Estes Automotive – Veterans and active military personnel get free oil change on Nov. 11.

Bob Evans – Veterans and active military personnel get the choice of a free breakfast menu item on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Bonefish Grill – Veterans and active military get free Bang Bang Shrimp on Nov. 11. Find more information here

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military personnel can choose a free entrée from a list of pizzas, salads and pastas. Find more information here

Cheeseburger in Paradise – Free burger with fries on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Chili’s – Veterans and active military personnel get free meal from a selection of items. More information here

Cracker Barrel – Veterans receive free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on Nov. 11; 10% of sales from the cake will go to the USA Transition 360 Alliance. Find more information here

Crew Carwash – Veterans and active military personnel can get a free carwash on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Dairy Queen – Select Dairy Queen locations will offer free $5 lunches on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; offer includes the following locations: Noblesville DQ Grill & Chill at 5625 Pebble Village Ln, Carmel DQ Grill & Chill at 9802 N Michigan Rd, Meridian St DQ Grill & Chill at 9040 N Meridian St, Indy DQ Grill & Chill at 2425 National Ave, and Greencastle DQ Grill & Chill in Greencastle

Denny’s – Veterans and active military get Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Dunkin’ Donuts – Free medium hot or iced coffee on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Day Dealstion Night (Nov. 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Find more information here

Granite City Food & Brewery – Free meal and complimentary Coca-Cola drink on Nov. 11 at Downtown Indianapolis and Carmel locations from pre-selected menu; offer good from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find more information here

Great Clips – Veterans get free haircuts on Nov. 11. In addition, customers who come in for haircuts on Nov. 11 will receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran.More information here

Grindstone Charley’s – Veterans and active military eat free on Nov. 11, can choose from pre-selected menu. Find more information here

Hooters – Veterans and active military get a free menu item of their choice of a pre-selected menu on Nov. 11. Find more information here

IHOP – Free Red, White & Blue pancakes for veterans and active military from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Jack’s Donuts – Veterans and active military personnel get free 12-ounce coffee and free regular-priced donut on Nov. 11.

Little Caesars – Veterans and active military personnel receive a free $5 Hot-N-Ready lunch combo, which includes a small deep dish pizza and a 20-ounce drink. Find more information here

Long John Silver’s – Offering a free 2-piece fish basket to our veterans this week at participating locations. Find more information here

Lyft – Veterans will be able to use the service for free transportation to jobs, interviews and other employment events. Find more information here

Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano – Veterans and active military get 50% discount on Wednesday at the Noblesville eatery. Find more information here

Max & Erma’s – Veterans eat free with “Best Cheeseburger in America” three-course combo, which includes soup or side salad, six-ounce cheeseburger with seasoned fries and a fresh-baked cookie. Find more information here

Meineke – Veterans and active military get free basic oil change on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Olive Garden – Veterans and active military eat free from selection of entrées. Family members dining with them also get 10% off their meals. Find more information here

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Veterans and active military receive one free cup of frozen yogurt, up to 11 ounces, on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Outback Steakhouse – Veterans and active military personnel receive free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage on Nov. 11; deployed personnel can get a rain check for the offer. Find more information here

Ponderosa – Veterans and active military receive free buffet on Nov. 11 from 4 p.m. to close. Find more information here

Red Lobster – Veterans and active military receive their choice of free appetizer or dessert; offer good from Nov. 9 through Nov. 12. Find more information here

Red Robin – Veterans and active military personnel get free Red’s Tavern Double burger with bottomless steak fries on Nov. 11. Find more information here

Scotty’s Brewhouse – Free All-American Burger on Nov. 11; stop by Thr3e Wise Men in Broad Ripple for small cheese pizza

Spoke & Steele – Veterans and active military personnel get 20% off their meal. More information here.

Texas Roadhouse – Veterans and active military get free meal from pre-selected menu plus choice of drink. Find more information here

Twin Peaks Restaurant – Free lunch on Nov. 11; veterans and active military personnel can choose from the restaurant’s Military Appreciation Menu. Find more information here

Uber – Veterans will be able to use the service for free transportation to jobs, interviews and other employment events. Find more information here.

White Castle – Veterans and active military get free breakfast slider with choice of small coffee or small drink. Find more information here


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Ruth Bancroft, Founder of Drought-Tolerant Ruth Bancroft Gardens, Turns 107

6 October 2015
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 Ruth Bancroft, Founder of Drought-Tolerant Ruth Bancroft Gardens, Turns 107



Wish we could say ‘Ruth Bancroft Celebrates’ but just to have the founder of the wonderful Eco-Friendly Succulent Gardens in Walnut Creek, CA with us another year is quite a milestone.


Bancroft has inspired garders hacross the world throguh her willingness to share the remakable landscape of drought -tolerant plans she began creating at age 64 as the first Partner Garden in the Garden Conservancy.


Hopefully, Bancroft will live to see the ground breaking of the ruth Bancroft Garden Visitors Center  http://RuthBancroftGarden.org


Good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth

14 September 2015
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“Good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth.”

the freakin' old people?
Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those
Wonderful tunes of the 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.
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I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to,
Despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get older.
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I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, eventually, I remember the important things. 

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
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I am so  blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep
Grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

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As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore.
I’ve even earned the right to be wrong. 
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever,
But while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.
And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
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Forward this to at  least 7 people, and see what happens on your screen. You will laugh your head  off!
(Notice, we use the term ‘older’ instead of ‘old.’  Let’s not think of ourselves as ‘old’  too much or that can be a self-fulfilling prophecy)

George Jedenoff – 97 Year Old Utah Skier George is back in Utah for another season.

11 March 2015
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George Jedenoff – 97 Year Old Utah Skier George is

back in Utah for another season


At 97 years old with 55 years of skiing under his belt, George is still ripping and an inspiration to us all.  He says he loves the powder  and getting out in it every winter and Spring. ‘Age is just a number,’says George. Don’t pay attention to it, just keep in good shape.  In this year’s video George answers questions submitted by Ski Utah fans on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Find out what keeps George fit and motivated to ski.


George Jedenoff – 97 Year Old Utah Skier George is

back in Utah for another season

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12 December 2014
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Remembering President Kennedy, Kennedy Books, Holiday Gift Ideas

22 November 2014
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Remembering President Kennedy, Kennedy Books, Holiday Gift Ideas

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Remembering President Kennedy
‘There will be great presidents again,’ she said, ‘but there will never be another Camelot…it will never be that way again.’        – First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

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Time magazine’s cover story(11–13)  is titled “The Moment That Changed America,” and it features some newly discovered color pictures of the Kennedys riding through Dallas before the fatal shots rang out. Reporter David Von Drehle writes the piece, calling the tragedy on Nov. 22, 1963 “shocking beyond almost anything else in American history.”   I would say that the moment’s resulting aftermath was even worse – how it dramatically changed, or contributed heavily,  to the largely rudderless,  schizophrenic  society that followed in it’s wake.   KENNEDY 50th Year Anniversary


November 22 Marks the Fifty-first year since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. On last year’s 50th Anniversary we saw perhaps a half dozen new  TV movies, videos / documentaries – and we’ve already seen a number of books come out such as Bill O’reilly’s best selling ‘Killing Kennedy’ ,   made into a TV movie .


       A single gunshot 51 years ago today changed the trajectory of the 1960s and beyond. The world instantly became a different place. Even Thanksgiving, which would, ironically, follow a few days later couldn’t help to remove the awful image and taste  of the young, popular President snuffed out in an instant  as he rode in an open limousine along a Dallas parade route in close view of thousands of  cheering admirers.

           In seconds all the hopes and dreams represented by Kennedy were dashed.  The happy days smiles of those in Dallas who had come out to get a chance to see their President suddenly turned to frowns and tears. An older President Johnson who would be sworn in as the new President moments later, try as he may  couldn’t replace Kennedy – nor, probably, could any President since. 51 years later the  United States and World still hasn’t recovered the optimistic,  good feeling  of the Kennedy years.

I remember as a grade school kid in 1962 my mother taking me to see President Kennedy at University of California, Berkeley, for the Charter day address. I didn’t really appreciate at the time  the President’s message  or the magnitude of his presence there. All I knew is that there were 88,000 presidential admirers packing the UC Stadium , taking time off on a week day to be there to hear and see the 35th President of United States. Can you imagine that many people showing up today for our current president or any other modern president since Kennedy, for that matter?

UC. BERKELEY Charter Day Address, March 23, 1962   It was rather eerie but interesting  – thanks TO modern technology – to  be able to listen to this Kennedy Charter Day Address 50 years lat er, from March 23, 1962 ,  and really understand it for the first time.  Here’s to you Mom, for bringing me to this historic date.   

    I think having seen President  Kennedy in person made it even   harder for this boy,at the time,  to fathom what we lost in President Kennedy one and a half years later,  on November 22, 1963.  Presidents weren’t supposed to die in office.    I remember not being able to finish my school lunch of macaroni and cheese after the news spread around school that Kennedy was killed.   My life – perhaps all of our lives – changed on that day with that single moment in time when Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed President Kennedy – or, at least the Warren Commission’s version; we still arent’ sure of the perpetrator(s) but the main point is what we lost.  (People look to conspiracies as a way of explaining and coping with terrible experiences.)  

      I could literally feel and see things change around me during the   months and years after Kennedy. Some have called it the ‘end of innocence.’ The optimistic, happier times seemed to darken as society took on an discordant, often contentious and sometimes violent tone, which has hardly let up ever since. 

     One cannot say for sure whether  society would have changed anyway had Kennedy lived.  But, President Kennedy brought with him a positivity and excitement  that we haven’t seen since. They say the music died in 1959 with the plane crash involving  talented, young  Buddy Holly, one of the first and one of the best who wrote and sang  very moving,  melodic  music.  One might say that everything else went down on November 22, 1963 when Kennedy died.  Since then, despite major efforts, legislation and  billions of dollars trying to correct social iniquities and other problems in society, things seem to have only gotten worse. Time does not always heal and, sadly, we have not healed since the death of  Kennedy, in our opinion.     

      One can note the changes in society reflected in our media, music, movies , etc.,  which have taken on a significantly edgier tone since Kennedy. The crime rate has more than doubled. Today we are a less educated and more violent society than when Kennedy lived.  One would think that 50 years time would be time enough to correct most of those underlying social problems in society    that may have been simmering when Kennedy lived , yet things have only gotten worse rather than better with no foreseeable hope on the horizon. Throw all the taxpayer money you want at problems today –  it’s not going to bring us back to a time and place  First Lady Jackie Kennedy originally dubbed ‘Camelot’ . The early 60s was a time when peo ple still  left their doors unlocked, children played in the streets and neighbors actually visited one another .  Even without the technology that would later promise to make our lives easier and better , life was  much simpler and probably people were  happier.





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Interestingly, outside of the South, even the races seemed to get along better in the early 60s than they do today,  despite all the new found ‘understanding’ and social programs developed in the past 50 years. Bussing, welfare, food stamps… Nothing seems to have helped;  if anything, they’ve made things worse. We’ve seen flashes of a return to the Kennedy style during the presidencies of Clinton and Reagan but those times were fleeting,  without the same overall impact. All of our technological, medical and so-called educational advances have not helped to right the ship. No, Kennedy was not a perfect man or president, by any means, but he instilled fundamental christian values, if you will – basic, common sense, brotherly, core golden rules that brought us together during the postwar era and have since seemed to  go astray.
Despite what many considered a handicap in being Catholic, Kennedy was  able to unite  religions and races,  unlike any leader since his time. Can simply having the right president in office right all society’s wrongs? Of course not, but it can go a long way. Without opening up Fort Knox, Kennedy remained a friend to all races, colors and creeds. Even without finalizing any major social legislation , Kennedy was able to instill in the masses a sense of hope and success. During his presidency unemployment was lower than it is today and there wasn’t the need or   ‘benefit’ of millions of dollars in unemployment / aid. Outside of the South, ask minorities who lived during the Kennedy era about race relations    and they’ll likely tell you that things were better then.
WILDWOOD DAYS,  sung by Bobby Rydell , is  said to have been ‘the song’ that ushered out the Kennedy Era. (Dr Demento and others )  Rydell’s Cameo Parkway label spawned and capitalized on the dance craze of Kennedy era America  It was  a big hit at the time with upbeat lyrics and music  reflecting the feel-good Kennedy Years. Celebrating the fabled amusement park in New Jersey,  as WILDWOOD DAYS began fading from  the music charts,so came  the disintegration of Camelot – the JFK era of hope and optimism.
President Kennedy was a warm, highly intelligent man   of good humor. He was one who did make a real difference. Yes, one man can direct a nation and Kennedy did that better than anyone since. Politics didn’t matter -when both democrats as well as republicans respected the President  The likes of a man of the stature of Kennedy have been sorely missed ever since we lost him on that fateful day , November, 22, 1963.  I remember it well.  One man’s memories and thoughts.
In conclusion, it seems that much or most of the media coverage of President Kennedy’s 5oth anniversary   focused on the ‘morbid curiosity’  and controvery surrounding Kennedy’s death rather than looking at the man and his contributions – or even his mistakes.
Kennedy only served three short years with no major legislation, yet he managed to keep us out of war, specifically the Cuban Missle Crisis -which may go down as his crowning single achievement ,  watched over a strong economy and was a popular president with ALL the races.  He was a strong proponent of NASA and space exploration, which contributed to the optimism and hope he brought to the Presidency, and it’s those latter ‘intangibles’ including his charisma that may be Kennedy’s greatest calling . He oversaw an era of prosperity, quality cultural material and ‘happy days,’ which quickly vanished with Kennedy’s passing.   Had he lived we would have likely   seen some REAL tangibles like the civil rights legislation that President Johnson passed in his stead ;  but coming from Kennedy might have made a difference. It would have been interesting to see Kennedy’s perhaps modified approach to that .  A lot of ‘what if’s’ and we could go on all day discussing them. (There are some good books and video out such as ‘If Kennedy Lived’ by Jeff Greenfield that go into this speculation more. )
Most people today were not alive when Kennedy was assasinated and don’t  know that much about him.Hopefully, these anniversaries will bring out the legacy of Kennedy a little more – more than conspiracy theories or sordid details about Kennedy’s weaknesses.
We’ve learned a lot , too, about our 35th and , probably ,  one of the truly great Presidents.

Kennedy Quotes


 We all know his famous

 ‘My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”


In another TV documentary Kennedy spoke about the importance to take on challenges ‘not because they are easy but because they are hard.’   


‘Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.’


‘Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.’


‘Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.’


‘As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’


‘A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.’


‘Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.’


‘Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.’


‘The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.’



by BK


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