May 22, 2024


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Do these actors know something we don't?

As of this writing these 90-year-youngsters are still alive and doing well. 

Someone once said to me, "Well, what do you expect Suzanne, they had everything they ever wanted. Money. Fame. Good Fortune."

I paused. Did they?

No, not really.

First of all, they didn't come up through the ranks being famous and automatically getting parts. No. They had to audition and still fight for the parts they hope to get. They had to put up with long hours. They were overworked and still are. On days they had "off", they had to generously give themselves to their fans. The camera wasn't always their friend. Their directors were tormentors. "Do it over again.", they yelled at them. They just couldn't "call in sick" when they felt like it. They worked through rain, sleet, and snow. 

What's this got to do with us?

Secondly, as I was studying these folks and other actors and actresses 80 and above, I realized they did NOT have a high percent of dementia. I went looking for answers. Over and over again, I heard the experts tell me, "Suzanne, they are masters at memorizing lines. They didn't have time to fuss or worry. They had to keep their minds sharp and their bodies in shape."  Some even told me the abuse some of them had (drugs and alcohol) would have taken a toll on the rest of us but not them. These 90-year-youngsters you see in these pictures are still going and more importantly, love love love life and the audience it brings.

So, have you memorized your lines today?

  • We had to memorize our math tables.  
  • Do remember the first poem you had to memorize in school?
  • Did you have to memorize Bible verses?  
  • Did we have to memorize the songs we played on the piano or tuba?
  • Did you have to memorize the cheers in high school and the plays in football?

We did a lot of memorizing when we were youngsters. Why not start again?  What have you been memorizing lately?  It does keep the cobwebs out of our memory banks!

SIDEBAR: Many of us know who Clint Eastwood is but do we know this about Toby Keith?  

[Keith previously shared how Eastwood, 93, inspired his single “Don’t Let the Old Man In.” It happened while the legendary actor was filming The Mule, a 2018 thriller that follows, “a ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran (who) turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel,” per its IMDb synopsis.

“It’s an interesting story, how this song came to be,” Keith, whose song appeared in the movie, said in a video shared on Instagram on December 1. “Clint Eastwood, when asked by me, what he was gonna do on his birthday, he said he was gonna go shoot a movie. He was 88 years old, and I said, ‘what do you do to keep yourself going?’ He said, ‘I try to get up and be productive, and don’t let the old man in.’ So, I wrote (the song, and) sent it to him. He put it in that movie, The Mule, and then it exploded on NBC when I sang it on the People’s Choice [Country] Awards when I was getting the Icon (Award).”]* 

Keith took the stage to perform “Don’t Let the Old Man In” during the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. He was the first recipient of the Country Music Icon Award at the inaugural awards show.]


Sadly, as many of you know, Keith Toby singer died way too soon of stomach cancer February, 2024. He was only 62. 

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