Never too late to achieve some dreams

When you’re my age, you love to think that you can still do things that young people do. While watchingFlynt
football on TV, you say to yourself, "Even I could have thrown that ball," knowing full well that the only thing you’ve been able to throw recently is a fit. When you read about some whiz kid who applied a mathematical principle to the field of astronomy and earned a Ph.D., you say to yourself, "Even I could have applied a mathematical principle," knowing full well that the only thing you’ve applied recently is Bengay.

Your confidence in your ability is boosted by the achievements of older people, folks like Queen star Brian May, who has just earned a Ph.D. in astronomy. It’s not an honorary degree — he has two of those — but a real one, putting him well-ahead of celebrities like Shilpa Shetty in the intellect department.

The rock guitarist, who abandoned his studies to pursue
a career in music, was told of his success after taking a three-hour
exam to discuss his work.

The 60-year-old, who handed in his 48,000-word tome earlier this month, said: "You can call me Dr May!"

The musician will be officially handed his PhD from London’s Imperial College at the Royal Albert Hall next spring. [Link]

Wow, 48,000 words! Shetty also produced 48,000 words to earn her degree, but they were all on the set of Big Brother.

Earning a PhD at 60 is a wonderful accomplishment, but we all know old people who are mentally sharp, men who can remember where they left the remote control and women who can remember what the KY Jelly is for. Physical achievements, however, are the domain of the young. At least that’s what we are led to believe, until someone like Mike Flynt comes along to challenge that perception. The 59-year-old will be playing football at a Division III college this fall.

Flynt is giving new meaning to being a college senior. After all, he’s a
grandfather and a card-carrying member of AARP. He’s eight years older than his
coach and has two kids older than any of his teammates.

"I think it was Carl Yastrzemski who used to say, ‘How old would you be if
you didn’t know how old you were?’ I’d be in my late 20s or early 30s, because
that’s how I feel," said Flynt, who has made a living out of physical fitness.
"That’s been my approach to this whole thing. I feel that good. I’m just going
to find out if I can perform and make a contribution to the team."

Hmmm … maybe it’s time for me to dust off the old tennis racket. I’m sure I could take that Federer guy. No, not Roger Federer — Bob Federer.

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