I have never heard anyone say they are looking forward to old age. And yes, I've heard many people say they are looking forward to retiring...but not to old age.
I've seen people over the years...especially people in the entertainment field stay on and on and on...until one has to have pity for them...they don't know when to quit and to get out of the public eye, etc.
Rock and rollers: I was born in 1945, and I was around for the beginning of rock and roll in the mid-1950's. So, in 2011, I seen some pretty old rockers, who should have given up performing a long time age. On one of those oldies rock and roll shows recently, I saw a man who was a popular singer in the 1950's, who was wearing a duck-tail hair cut, with dyed hair, and one of those Elvis costumes and was every bit of 80 years old. He looked hideous! Looking 22 years of age at the age of 80 is not going to happen anytime soon.
"Inside every older person, is a younger person wondering what happened." Jennifer Yane
Sportscaster: Mike Roberts was a sportscaster for the New Mexico Lobos for over 40 years in basketball and football. He also did, and still does television and radio commercials. There was a big stink around Albuquerque N.M. (where I live) a couple of years ago. Mike Roberts was told by the University that his contract would not be renewed by the University of New Mexico. The Letters to the Editor and the radio talk shows were buzzing with the news. About half were for...and about half were against the firing of Mike Roberts.
The University offered Mike Roberts a part time job as a sports anyalist and doing the color on basketball and football games. Over the years, I saw Mike Roberts with that youthful, boyish look. I had not seen him recently on commercials on on a broadcast, but when I saw him...he looked to be about 74 years of age. And, that's how old he was...74.
During the entire episode, I think Mike Roberts handled his firing the wrong way. Instead of being grateful for having been the voice of the Lobos for over 40 years...he didn't want a part-time job...he wanted to be the number ONE enchilada...or nothing! It was 'sour grapes' on his part, and he took his ball and bat and went home, etc.
"Don't let age get you down...it's too hard to get up." John Wagner
Bert Parks: (Miss America Pagent); Bert Parks was the host of the Miss America Pagent for years, and the show was done live. I haven't watched many of these shows in the past years, but on this particular night I tuned in. As the camer pointed at each individual girl in the contest...their names were introduced by Bert Parks...the only thing about doing that, it was on live television, and he announced the gir's name wrong. In other words, as the camera focused on one girl...the wrong name was given for the girl, etc. As the girls were introduced, each one had a look of amazement on their faces, as their names were read wrong. Needless to say, this was a huge embarrassment for the show! Bert Parks never did the show again.
Willy Mays: One of the truly great baseball players of our time. But, sadly, Willy didn't know when to quit, either. Over the age of 40, Willy was made a designated hitter when the rule came into being. That should have been a hint by the team. Willy still didn't hit the ball as he used to when he was in his prime. He was then traded to the San Fransico Giants, and that should have been another hint to retire.
"Life would be infinetly happier if we could be born at age 80...and gradually approach eighteen." Mark Twain
Lucille Ball: Growing up in the 1950's and 60's, I have seen many of the Lucy shows. But, in the 1970's and over the age of 80, the producers of the Lucy show, brought the show back, and that was a mistake! Nobody wants to see an 80 year old, making jokes and doing silly things, etc. The show was just awful and it was cancelled.
Frank Sinatra: I saw Frank and a lady friend doing a song/duet on live television about ten years before his death. Frank should have retired from performing about ten years earlier, but he didn't. In this song with the lady friend...the lady friend kept looking at Frank with that curious look, as if she was concerned he was going to forget the lines of the song or fall off the stage! Her concern was right, because Frank Sinatra was about in his mid-80's at the time.
"There can only be one cure for gray hair...and it was invented by a Frenchman. It's called a gillotine." P.G. Wodehouse
Brett Farve (quarterback); After 15+ years in the National Football League, he was let go by the Green Bay Packers. Farve then was signed by the New York Jets; and then came back to the rival Minnesota Vikings. He had one good year, and in 2010 had a lousy year and was hurt. At the age of 42, he was now too old to do much more in football. His old team, the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl in 2011 without him, as they gave the reigns of the team to a younger player.
Some people don't know when to quit!
Many of these people are millionaires, and continue on because of ego...and the one thing they don't need in their old age is...pity!
Those of us in writing online, don't have to worry about that. We are not going to be seen anytime soon by others on the Internet...and if we are...so what? We don't have to make money for anyone else, etc.
Copyright; 2011; Jerry Aragon/The Humor Doctor
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