Monday, April 11, 2016

Achievers at an advanced age

Grandma Moses still painting in her 90s
1.    At 100, Grandma Moses was painting.
2.    At 94, Bertrand Russell was active in international peace drives.
3.    At 93, George Bernard Shaw wrote the play "Farfetched Fables."
4.    At 91, Eamon de Valera served as president of Ireland.
5.    At 91, Adolph Zukor was chairman of Paramount Pictures.
6.    At 90, Pablo Picasso was producing drawings and engravings.
7.    At 89, Mary Baker Eddy was directing the Christian Science Church.
8.    At 89, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall.
9.    At 80, Albert Schweitzer headed a hospital in Africa.
10.    At 86, Pablo Casals was giving cello concerts.

Michelangelo, still painting also in his 90s
11.    At 88, Michelangelo did architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria.
12.    At 88, Konrad Adenauer was chancellor of Germany.
13.    At 85, Coco Chanel was the head of a fashion design firm.
14.    At 84, W.'Somerset Maughan wrote "Points of View."
15.    At 83, Alexander Kerensky wrote ‘Russia and History of Turning.'
16.     At 82, Winston Churchill wrote a History of the English Speaking People.
17.    At 82, Leo Tolstoy wrote "I Cannot Be Silent."
18.    At 81, Benjamin Franklin effected the compromise that led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
19.    At 64, Francis Chichester sailed alone around the world in a 53 foot yacht.
20.    At 65, Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister for the first time and started epic struggle against Hitler.
21.    At 71, Gold Meir became prime minister of Israel.
22.    At 75, Ed Delano of California bicycled 3,100 miles in 33 1/2 days to attend his 50th college reunion in Worcester, Mass.

Pope St John XXIII, called the Vatican Council at 80 years of age.
23.    At 76, Cardinal Angelo Roncalli became Pope John XXIII and inaugurated major changes over five years to start a new era in Roman Catholicism.
24.    At 96, George C. Selbach scored a 110 yard hole-in-one at Indian River, Michigan.  He is still playing golf at 98.
25.    At 100, Eubie Blake, ragtime pianist and composer, died (1983).  On his birthday five days before, he explained, "If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
26.    At 119, Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan, documented as the oldest person who has ever lived, reached this age on June 29, 1984.

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