When Life’s Race Nears the End

It was quite a contrast. When Cinelli and I married in 1949 I was 20 years old and could run like the wind. Life was a thunder clap back then and my very existence was packaged in a race to a goal I never bothered to define. There was a kind of glory to the rush that trailed fire and dust; we were young and strong and loud, raucous children of a hurricane that never stopped forming. That is no …

Do You Think the Justice System Is Biased? Depends on Your Age

Is there bias in the U.S. criminal justice system? Unpublished data from a recent Gallup poll point up marked differences in views divided not only by race but also by age. Forty-one percent of 18- to 29-year-olds thought the justice system was biased against blacks. The number dropped to 32 percent for 50- to 64-year-olds and to 26 percent for age 65 and older. (That 15 percentage point difference between the oldest and youngest generations has narrowed by 21 points …

Ready…Set…Volunteer! Veteran Runner Shares Event Secrets

Every week in America, thousands of people line up to compete in one of the hundreds of running races that happen across the country. One such event happens in the southwest corner of Minnesota, in the town of Worthington, called the Turkey Day 10K. Set around one of the state’s scenic 10,000 lakes, Lake Okabena has been the backdrop of this race for over 30 years. The TD10K got its start back in 1980 when Jerry Fiola, a Worthington native, and …

Distance: 3,000 Miles. Average Age: 70. Goal: Fun.

Action movies are popular, duh! Lots have ‘Specialist Team’ centered character dynamics. The Leader. The Toughguy. The Plucky Young Recruit. Only this isn’t about an action movie. And the youngest guy on the team is 68 and is an accomplished motocross competitor. This is about endurance as much as about skill. In the mind of this team, it is about passion for health, fitness and cycling. A team of gentlemen have come together to do the Race Across America – …

In the Presidential Election, Age Does Matter, But Only If You’re . . .

Unless you bend over backwards to avoid reading about politics (in which case, would you be here?), you probably know that President Barack Obama does better among younger voters than Mitt Romney, and that Romney does better among older voters than Obama. Consider, for example, Gallup’s analysis of more than 15,000 daily tracking interviews with registered voters conducted from April 11 to May 16, 2012. It shows Obama and Romney tied at 46 percent each. Among voters aged 18 to …