Older but not gone

All too often there is a news story about the death of someone well known. How well known dictates the amount of publicity about the death. It ranges from a one liner buried in the newspapers, to a full biography of their life, to a mention on National TV networks.


Well, this musings isn’t about those deaths but rather a recognition of those that we seniors know well and are still living. This musing is a celebration of life – their lives, our lives, the lives of all who have attained their seventh decade more on this earth.


Below is but a very small number of once well-knowns whose ages are 70 and above (The source is the Daytona Beach News-Journal). Being in my seventh decade of life, I thought seventy would be a good starting point. Everyone listed is alive as of the date of this musing – October 17, 2014.


So senior readers, take a short trip down memory lane. For those younger, my apologies for the nature of this musing.


. Actor Adam West is 86

Actor Dickie Moore (“Our Gang”) is 89

Actor Fred Willard is 81

Actor Robert Blake is 81

Actor Roger Moore is 87

Actor Wilford Brimley is 80

Actor-producer Michael Douglas is 70

Actress Angela Lansbury is 89

Actress Angie Dickinson is 83

Actress Anita Ekberg is 83

Actress Brigitte Bardot is 80

Actress Donna Douglas is 82

Actress Fannie Flagg is 73

Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 70

Actress Jayne Meadows is 95

Actress Lizabeth Scott is 93

Actress Sophia Loren is 80

Actress Stella Stevens is 76

Actressand Director Penny Marshall is 71

Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 79

Baseball Coach Tommy Lasorda is 87

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 76

Blues singer B.B. King is 89

Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters is 85

College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 77

Comedian Joy Behar is 72

Comedian Norm Crosby is 87

Comedian-activist Dick Gregory is 82

Country singer David Frizzell is 73

Country singer Melba Montgomery is 77

Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is 75

Former auto executive Lee Iacocca is 90

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is 71

Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 84

Former National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.) is 71

Former President Jimmy Carter 90

Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., is 73

Former U.S. Defense Sec­retary William Perry is 87

Former White House counsel John W. Dean III is 76

Host James Lipton (TV: “Inside the Actors Studio”) is 88

Lily Tomlin is 75

Movie director Brian De Palma is 74

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Taylor is 79

Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 71

Retired baseball All-Star Bobby Shantz is 89

Rhythm-and-blues singer Betty Kelly (Martha & the Vandellas) is 70

Rhythm-and-blues singer Sonny Turner (The Platters) is 75.

Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 73

Singer Bobby Vinton is 85

Singer Frankie Avalon is 74

Singer Gary Puckett is 72

Singer Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) is 72

Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 79

Singer-musician Paul Simon is 73

South African Arch­bishop and Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu is 83

TV producer Fred Silverman is 77

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is 75

World Golf Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer is 85

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