Greta got interested in pole dancing as a sport at age 60, when she was searching for a solution to combat osteoporosis. Two years later, she won her first world championship in pole sports and has since won eight more times! Featured on American Ninja Warrior as the oldest competitor to attempt the course at the time, it is needless to say that age is not an issue for Greta. Her extremely positive attitude and passion for her sport is *ahem* contagious. Learn about the secrets the pro pole athletes use to stick to the pole, and which Ivy League school has a competitive pole team. As always, Greta provides insightful life advice for us youngin’s, so grab a pole and spin into this episode!
Find Greta on: www.aerialzen.com
With my grandpa Cees
In this socially-distant episode, I interview my very own grandpa, whose stories are one of the main inspirations for this podcast. We talk about going to war in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and how it led to his love for navigation. Then we discover how spilled onions can ruin your university career. A multitude of sailing stories cumulate with my favorite one, when my grandpa met Clint Eastwood and Janet, my unofficial grandma, made him “the world’s best apple pie”. Of course we conclude with Cees’ wise advice for a younger generation. Stay home and enjoy!
Meet Edna, she's older than the Empire State Building, and just as tough! We discuss Hebrew vs. Yiddish, being a New York pubic school teacher, and remembering Pearl Harbor or 9/11 as a kid. We also talk about sexual harassment through the decades and Edna's timeless solution, a hat pin! Her stories cover world travel, from Turkey to Peru and all the archaeological ruins in between, all that in a dress of course. We end the episode with some much needed advice for the younger generations.
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At 88 years old, Miss Gypsy holds the Guinness World Record for oldest working drag queen. James “Gypsy” Haake started out his career as a Broadway dancer, then became the owner of “Gypsy’s Cabaret” in New York City, and later stared in shows and films like Dynasty, Married with Children and To Be or Not To Be. Gypsy’s stories offer us a voyage into old Hollywood, where she entertained stars like Lucile Ball and Stevie Wonder as MC of La Cage aux Folles in Palm Springs, up to recently, when he starred in a music video with Miley Cyrus! We also talk about what it was like to live through Stonewall and the AIDS pandemic, all while staying hopeful about the current pandemic. This queen does not mess around! Get ready to gag, because the library is open, darlings!
Even as a great-grandmother, Ann can’t seem to stop herself from thinking up business ideas. Join us as Ann walks us though her life story, from moving all over the US to opening one of the first major daycare centers in Texas. She has started multiple other woman-fronted business, all in a time before cellphones, computers, printers, or fax machines! In this lighthearted episode, Ann inspires us with her positivity and gumption, and as usual, gives us youngsters some great advice. Put on your power suit and dig in!
SYGNT is six months old, YAY!
This month, Dr. Angie Benham (formerly Angie Evans) tells the story of and helping fight for integration as a junior at Van Buren High School in 1958. This was just a year after the “Little Rock Nine” had to be escorted to school by federal troops thanks to Brown vs. the Board of Education supreme court ruling. We discuss the parallels with today’s Black Lives Matter movement and how we hope for change. We also get into her life as a missionary on the Navajo reservation, her career as a psychologist (she is still working at 77!) and the psychology of God and our parents. Angie tells us about how the best moment of her life happened only recently and as always, provides us with great advice. This is certainly a worthy sixth anniversary episode folks, enjoy! Don’t forget, BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Lynn Ruth Miller calls herself the oldest comedienne on either side of the pond. She’s 86 and her life is full of stories! Lynn Ruth has had seemingly endless good and bad luck simultaneously, from starting her own CBS show with no experience, to trying to get a journalism job as a woman in the sixties, to her fight against society and her eating disorder. Her struggle with ageism and sexism will make you angry and her perseverance is endearing as hell. Though she never did get that dream job, she did write eleven books, three television shows, a number of comedy sets and is still going strong! Lynn Ruth is tough as nails and she will crack you up all through this episode.
Lynn’s book: mybook.to/lynnruthmiller
Lynn’s website: www.lynnruthmiller.net/
Lynn’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/lynnruthmiller/
Lois is 70 but has been in the health care industry since she was 12 years old! She first volunteered as a kid, then went to nursing school despite her severe dyslexia, and went on to became top of her field. At 50 years old she discovered her true passion, which is teaching people how to get rid of shame and guilt. We go through how tap-dancing helped her conquer Irlen syndrome (thanks Fred Astaire), paying 25 cents for a black and white movie, her near-death experience, and how now, she decided to go on tour and make a movie at 70 years old. Lois will put you in a good mood, that’s a guarantee. Cozy up to the fire with a cup of tea and have a listen to the stories your granny never told.
Lois’s website: www.loishollis.com