Mumabulous is always up for a blog challenge, particularly when it comes from a bona fide Blog buster and involves crumpet. Recently Amanda from A Cooker & A Looker (http://www.cookerandalooker.com/) posted this dare on my Facebook timeline.
Mumabulous – I have a challenge for you and it involves octogenarian crumpet. After watching David Attenborough last night, I bet you can’t find a foxier bloke (who’s 80+) – you in?
I instantly returned fire with “Omar Sharif”. I saw Omar interviewed by a fellow spry silver fox Phil Donahue and was all a swoon for a week afterwards. Omar is still a commanding presence, all charm and charisma with a velvety voice that could lull you into blissful slumber every night.
That should have been the final word but the issue kept rattling around in my head. Omar Sharif doesn’t trump David Attenborough. The reason is that David Attenborough was, is and will forever be totally COOL and AWESOME. This led me to ponder octogenarian coolness as opposed to the original question of octogenarian crumpet. It was the perfect antidote to the malaise about aging I’ve been experiencing recently. Here is a collection of dudes in their 80s who are still undeniably inspiring.
David Attenborough Born: 1926
Why he is cool: Sir David has been the quintessential natural documentary maker for over 60 years. He has made countless documentaries and written over 25 books. The Life series which began with Life On Earth is an amazing achievement. Its the closest thing the popular culture has to a survey of all life on the planet. We’ve all grown up with his stunning programs. Not only are they visually spectacular and technically dazzling, there’s a spiritual dimension to them. Forgive me for waxing lyrical but Attenborough’s work is uplifting. His shows coax us out of our ego-centric worlds and evoke a real sense of wonder.
At 87 he’s showing no signs of slowing down. As I write he is doing a world speaking tour and recently announcing a brand new TV series David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities. Over the past decade he has become an ardent spokesman for environmental causes, an advocate for sustainable population growth and a respected voice in the climate change debate.
Buzz Aldrin Born: 1930
Why he is cool: Buzz Aldrin was the second human to set foot on the moon behind Neil Armstrong.
Buzz is arguably even cooler than Neil because he piloted the lunar module and led pioneering work on space docking techniques and space walking. Much of the technology he helped develop is still in use today. Upon retiring from NASA in the early 1970s he struggled with alcoholism and depression yet still managed to design a space craft system for missions to Mars. In recent years he has experienced a career renaissance as a passionate advocate for space exploration. Recently he outlined his vision for setting up a permanent base on Mars in a new book – Mission to Mars. Despite the earnest campaigning and political lobbying, he appears to have a sense of humor having played himself in The Transformers movie and on Futurama. He reached the pinnacle of coolness by appearing on The Simpson. Unfortunately there was a rap single with Snoop Dog – the less said about that the better.
Warren Buffet Born: 1930
Why He Is Cool: As the the primary shareholder, CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet is regarded as the most successful investor of all time . He is a demi- god in stockbroking circles. If Warren Buffet so much as sneezes the entire industry stops and listens. His simple, common sense approach to investing makes him an icon with “Mum and Dad” investors too. Despite having an estimated worth of $50b, his lifestyle is relatively frugal. He still lives in the same five bedroom house he purchased in 1958. That in itself is not cool – what is cool is his philosophy about giving back to society. In 2006 Warren made a pledge to give away 99% of his fortune. The great bulk of this ($31b) went to The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation and he has been instrumental in persuading other billionaires like Richard Branson to do the same. (So far he has had no luck with Gina Rinehart.) Here’s what he had to say about it.
“I don’t have a problem with guilt about money. The way I see it is that my money represents an enormous number of claim checks on society. It’s like I have these little pieces of paper that I can turn into consumption. If I wanted to, I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GDP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching, or nursing. I don’t do that though. I don’t use very many of those claim checks. There’s nothing material I want very much. And I’m going to give virtually all of those claim checks to charity when my wife and I die”.
Rupert Murdoch Born 1931
Not cool – Rupert is evil.
Some honorable mentions
Stan Lee Born 1922 : The co creator of Spider Man, The Hulk, the X Men, Thor, Iron Man and tonnes more. Stan Lee made Marvel Comics the global behemoth it is today. But I just want to thank him for Loki. At age 90 he is still creating new characters.
James Dewey Watson Born 1928: JDW is the co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA. He was involved in the Human Genome project and in 2007 became the second person to publish his fully sequenced genome on line. His autobiography is called “Avoid Boring People” and he is consistently getting into strife for his politically incorrect comments.
Michael Caine Born 1933: He’s an indefatigable actor and my Mum loves him.
So who have I left out?