80. From Ben Bradlee to Lena Horne to Carl Reiner, Our Most by Gerald Gardner, Jim Bellows

By Gerald Gardner, Jim Bellows

"Don't be shocked, Pussycat," stated Helen Gurley Brown, nonetheless flirtatious at eighty-four, "We're all survivors and pleased with it. we wish to speak about it."

And they do. 80 of America's most renowned 80 year-olds contemplate their trips to the large 8-0 and describe the passions that maintain them younger. all of them have critiques approximately ultra-modern global what's solid approximately being 80 and what retains them very important. The participants of this new release have spent eighty-plus years honing the artwork of residing and so they have secrets and techniques to percentage. Their own tales are really inspirational.

"My resolution to aging at any age, even if you are turning out to be 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 relatively essentially that this can be the simplest time of my life." --Hugh Hefner, eighty, founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy

Contributors to the e-book 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 publication, simply because shop for the 2 or 3 mad humans on this planet, every body desires to reside & by no means die. the chosen humans in "80" have with, allure and ensusiance published how they've got survived, with ardour, compassion, humor and elegance. i'm hoping Gardner and Bellows will do one other one on ninety - i'm in for the lengthy run."--Maya Angelou

"80 is the recent younger! those inspiring tales of vivid, lively octogenarians are the easiest form of tonic for fending off concerns approximately previous age."--Tom Brokaw

"Once, virtually no one used to be 80. Now many folks are and extra folks are going to be quickly. So Gerald Gardner and Jim Bellows supply us an excellent publication approximately being 80 and more."--Jimmy Breslin

"A pleasure to learn and a assured angle adjustment. those individuals are wish! And Gerald Gardner and Jim Bellows understand how to edit down their recognized lives to the fearless truths."--Gail Sheehy, writer of Passages and intercourse and the professional Woman

"Jim Bellows' and Gerald Gardner's eighty made me snigger, eighty made me imagine, and eighty really made me watch for achieving and to having fun with that Grand Age"--Mark Shields, syndicated columnist and PBS commentator

"80 is the main heartening booklet on previous age i have learn considering De Senectute (Cicero, you callow sub-octogenarians, Cicero). The eighty previous fogeys in eighty make eighty sound so attention-grabbing, i think short-changed via being pressured to attend until eventually 2010 to be between their number."--Tom Wolfe

"I love this ebook. What a excitement: nice interviews, stunning clever people."--Ånnie Lamott, writer of Grace (Eventually): suggestions on religion

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Eighty-four! Everyone in my family was long dead at eighty-four. My doctor tells me I’m in pretty good shape. I don’t smoke, I exercise, I work out in the woods with my chainsaws—all my toys—I cut a lot of wood. I don’t know about what journalism contributes to longevity. I’ve always worked hard, which I think is important. I’ve never been bored. This business is fantastic for that. The amount of time you spend doing something that bores you is really almost non-existent. I think that’s very important in longevity.

You can go out in this town as many nights as you want, and I think we still do it a little bit too much. The turning point in my life was probably that lunch with Katharine Graham when I told her I’d give her my left one for the job as editor of the Washington Post. Her decision to go ahead with me at a time when it was not an easy decision for her changed my life. She had some establishmentarian figures at the head of the Post. I didn’t fit that description. I’ve always had people helping me.

Many times he didn’t know the answer, but still he was delightful and gave you that big smile. It was morning in America. There have been newswomen for 150 years. We had Dorothy Thompson. When I arrived, it was Doris Fleeson, May Craig—some fantastic women. They got their big break because Eleanor Roosevelt would hold news conferences only for women and every once in a while she would leak something that was on the national agenda, and they’d have a scoop. When I came to town in the summer of 1942, women couldn’t join the National Press Club.

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