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 famed 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 contemporary international what's reliable approximately being 80 and what retains them important. The participants of this new release have spent eighty-plus years honing the paintings of residing they usually have secrets and techniques to proportion. Their own tales are really inspirational.

"My solution to growing older at any age, even if you are growing 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 profession 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 is often the easiest time of my life." --Hugh Hefner, eighty, founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy

Contributors to the ebook 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 store for the 2 or 3 mad humans on the earth, each person 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 bright, energetic octogenarians are the simplest form of tonic for keeping off concerns approximately previous age."--Tom Brokaw

"Once, virtually not anyone was once 80. Now many people are and extra people are going to be quickly. So Gerald Gardner and Jim Bellows provide us an excellent publication approximately being 80 and more."--Jimmy Breslin

"A pleasure to learn and a assured perspective adjustment. those individuals are 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 professional Woman

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

"80 is the main heartening publication on previous age i have learn due to the fact De Senectute (Cicero, you callow sub-octogenarians, Cicero). The eighty previous parents in eighty make eighty sound so interesting, i believe short-changed through being pressured to attend until eventually 2010 to be between their number."--Tom Wolfe

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

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CARL REINER was born on March 29, 1922, in the Bronx, New York. “When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now there is no respect for the old. ” —J. B. Preistley HELEN THOMAS Deploring the somnolence of the White House press corps of which she is the acknowledged First Lady, Helen Thomas has never been afraid to make a press secretary or a president squirm under her questions and follow-ups. Helen has been covering presidents since JFK, serving as the UPI White House correspondent for fifty-seven years.

In a period of a week or two or three, I have it looking the way I think it should and I move on. If there’s been a very high tide or a big storm, I go down to the beach, and the beach always needs to be cleaned up. I love that kind of work—in the open air. I used to have a leisurely breakfast, read the papers, and then go out at about 10:30. I would stay until I dropped. In twenty years that has probably gone from five hours to three. I still leave the house at the same time, but I often get back at 1:30 instead of after dark.

And what I’ve learned is that if you do the best you can, no matter how bad the situation, you probably are going to come out okay. That’s something to remember. The important thing is you’re lucky if you get to be eighty-three, so why don’t you come to your senses and be thankful for that? You’ve got to get through it as you have the rest of your life. Do the best you can. HELEN GURLEY BROWN was born on May 18, 1922, in rural Arkansas. BEN BRADLEE The motion picture All the President’s Men lifted Ben Bradlee from journalist icon to American icon.

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