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John Byrne
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Posted: 25 September 2019 at 5:02am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Mark Hamill is 68 today.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 25 September 2019 at 5:18am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Geez. I know Iíve said it before, but Luke Skywalker is NOT my parentsí age!!
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Jonathan A. Dowdell
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Posted: 25 September 2019 at 10:02am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Holy sh*t. I am always amazed at these types of things. 

Marlon Brando was 47 when they filmed the Godfather. 
Wilford Brimley was 50 when they filmed Cocoon.
Elvis Presley died at 42
To your point -- Alec Guinness was 62 when they filmed Star Wars. 
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 25 September 2019 at 10:24am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My memories of my parents when they were the age I am now are not of mobile, young people, but (my mum especially) of someone whose body was struggling with life. Struggling to get around and with a mental outlook of being weary of life - old.

I know a few people my age who I was shocked to discover WERE my age, but for the most part, I do not see people who are now, as my parents were at this age.

I haven't really been able to fathom out why this is.
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Posted: 25 September 2019 at 10:45am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

We smoke less and we eat better. Even those of us who do not take good care of ourselves (present!) take better care than our parents or grandparents did.

Partly itís the Nanny State, partly re-education on a nearly subliminal level.

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Posted: 25 September 2019 at 4:16pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

"We smoke less and we eat better."

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Yes. My Dad used tell me how his Dad would to take bread and sop up the bacon grease from the iron skillet. He died at 62 of heart failure.
My Dad smoked from the age of 12 until a couple of years before his death at 74.
I do neither of those things and hope to last a bit longer.
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Posted: 25 September 2019 at 5:45pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

That reminds me...

My grandpa used to tell the tale of his father finishing breakfast by drinking the fresh bacon grease out of a tin cup, then taking the old coffee pot off the stove and literally pouring the scalding hot coffee down his gullet. I guess the coating of grease insulated his esophagus from being burned? Who knows?
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Posted: 25 September 2019 at 6:07pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

A favorite moment in the first live action FLINTSTONES movie is Fred and Barney having lunch, and Barney chiding Fred for eating too much red meat.

Fred replies ďMy father ate red meat every day, and he lived to the ripe old age of thirty-five!Ē

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Posted: 26 September 2019 at 10:13am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Health wise, I have never smoked or taken drugs and haven't drank alcohol for years (decades) as I just haven't found drinks that I prefer over soft drinks.

But I eat wrong and I know that is an issue for me.

But more than physical health, it is the mental health and view of the world that I found the most shocking between me and my parents. They just seemed so world weary by the time I was 20, so they would be around 55.
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