Remember back in the 1980s when Willard Scott celebrated the 100th birthday of some American during his “Today” show weather report? We’d see a snapshot and marvel how that old bird lived so long. The “secrets-of-longevity” advice could be a shot of bourbon every night or rumba dancing. It became a pop-culture television phenomenon.
Today, you’d need a telethon to keep up with all the centenarians. There are currently about 71,000 living in the U.S., and the number is growing by leaps and shuffles. Great genes always help, but the miracles of modern medicine are going to keep baby boomers alive and kicking longer than expected. Even those at the early cusp (generally regarded as 1946) have a good shot at 100; for those at the end of the boomer cycle (1964), you’ve got a lot of time on your hands.
So here’s a little inspiration for your baby boomer (or Gen X, Y, etc.) “Golden Years”
Watch this video (and fasten your safety belt)
Click on→ Life in the Fast Lane
> Only Japan has a higher per capita rate of centenarians than the U.S. The stats: 1 in 3522 Japanese people are 100+. Americans, 1 in 4400.
> Willard Scott was ordered by NBC to wear a wig on television during the 1980s. He balked, but complied. As soon as he left the studio at the end of day, he took it off.
> Who was the first Ronald McDonald? Willard Scott!