I’ve heard this saying many times and it never fails to get my attention. Who is lucky? Well, let’s take a look at an incredible example that I happened to run across last year.
A 103-YEAR-OLD JUST HIT A HOLE-IN-ONE!
When I first heard this news on TV my first reaction was that I heard wrong. Later, I came across an article by Tom Balog in the Sarasota Herald Tribune and lo and behold! I had heard everything correctly.
HE’S HAD A LIFETIME OF INCREDIBLE LUCK
Gus Andreone, is a former PGA teaching pro who has lived in Palm-Aire since 1988. On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 he scored a hole-in-one (his eighth) at the Palm-Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. This was 75 years after he hit his first one. But there’s more to this story.
This 103-year-old is still swinging. Go Gus!
Andreone won the Pennsylvania State Lottery in 1983, two Florida Fantasy Five lotteries, an automobile at a raffle in the sixties and a case of soda pop and bananas as a boy in the late twenties.
When interviewed he said, “Naturally I feel great about this. To have a hole-in-one at my age is pretty special because I have a difficult time keeping my balance. I wobble up to the tee, straighten up and get my balance before I hit the ball to make sure I don’t fall down when I’m swinging.”
His “junior” golf partners (sixty-plus) went ballistic when they witnessed this incredible feat. “Gus raised his hands over his head. He didn’t leave the ground – but the rest of us sure did,” said one. “We were jumping!”
SOME FOLKS DO HAVE ALL THE LUCK
A piece in Fast Company magazine How to Make Your Own Luck by Dan Pink, reviews a book by Richard Wiseman, the head of a psychology research department at the University of Hertfordshire in England. In an interview with the affable professor at a café overlooking London’s Hyde Park they discuss both the book, The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life and what makes a person lucky. Here are a few salient points from their discussion:
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Time to bookmark ADEA on his computer and start hinting.
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This is the first thing I saw when perusing the 50th anniversary issue of the Smithsonian magazine for April 2020. This eye-opening 10-page article (with spectacular photos) is titled, “The Ship in the Ice” and concerns a topic we’ve all been hearing about for years, e.g., global warming.
The pandemic this year has affected all of us in many ways. Two things that stand out in my mind: people definitely need people (to paraphrase the song “People” sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl). The phone, email, computer, TV and all the other digital creations we use DO NOT take the place of human interaction. We all need to see and talk to each other. That said we have also learned that we can work at home very efficiently and handle our normal workload if necessary. Never commute again? I don’t think that will happen, but perhaps we’ll find a happy medium – time will tell.
I have often found that when a person achieves incredible success – after a long struggle – the back-story is almost as fascinating as the achievement itself. That’s why I was interested in, yet another, Andy Warhol write-up that appeared in the May 2020 issue of the Smithsonian magazine.
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