Thursday, January 17, 2008

Linkletter Hosts Seminar on Aging

What's the secret to aging?

It's a question many people grapple with, seeking a definitive answer. In our society, those who reach a certain age are entitled to impart wisdom about life, aging and making the most of your time on earth. Others wish to model themselves off of the older sages and hope to thereby add years to their lives. Art Linkletter has entered the industry with his new book "How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life," which he spoke about this week at a lecture.

"The biggest change since I was 50 years old is that people are living longer," he told the audience. "Now we live 30 years longer. Most of you should be dead! I should have died in 1959! But now the doctors can replace anything you've got."

"When I was 30 or 35 years of age, people who were 70 were (seen as) sick or senile or sexless. There were so many myths about aging," he said.
Linkletter's "House Party" featured a segment called "Kids Say the Darndest Things" which would go on to be remade as a television show of its own hosted by Bill Cosby. We think that inside the circle of life, the teacher eventually becomes the student again. For instance, if we were on hand for Linkletter's speech this week, we would have gone over to him afterward and pinched his cheeks. Then we would have looked toward the camera, have smirked with a raised eyebrow, and have appealed for applause from rest of the audience.


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