Roctogenarians: Late In Life Debuts, Comebacks, And Triumphs

  • Autor: Mo Rocca
  • Narrador: Mo Rocca
  • Editora: Simon & Schuster
  • Duração: 11:34:17


From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca, author of New York Times bestseller Mobituaries, comes an inspiring collection of stories that celebrates the triumphs of people who made their biggest marks late in life.

Eighty has been the new sixty for about twenty years now. In fact, there have always been late-in-life achievers, those who declined to go into decline just because they were eligible for social security. Journalist, humorist, and history buff Mo Rocca and coauthor Jonathan Greenberg introduce us to the people past and present who peaked when they could have been puttering—breaking out as writers, selling out concert halls, attempting to set land-speed records—and in the case of one ninety-year tortoise, becoming a first-time father. (Take that, Al Pacino!)

In the vein of Mobituaries, Roctogenarians is a collection of entertaining and unexpected profiles of these unretired titans—some long gone (a cancer-stricken Henri Matisse, who began work on his celebrated cut-outs when he could no longer paint), some very much still living (Mel Brooks, yukking it up at close to one hundred). The amazing cast of characters also includes Mary Church Terrell, who at eighty-six helped lead sit-ins at segregated Washington, DC, lunch counters in the 1950s, and Carol Channing, who married the love of her life at eighty-two. Then there’s Peter Mark Roget, who began working on his thesaurus in his twenties and completed it at seventy-three (because sometimes finding the right word takes time.)

With passion and wonder Rocca and Greenberg recount the stories of yesterday’s and today’s strongest finishers. Because with all due respect to the Golden Girls, some people will never be content sitting out on the lanai. (PS Actress Estelle Getty was sixty-two when she got her big break. And yes, she’s in the book.)


  • 001 Roctogenarians Open

    Duração: 24s
  • 002 Roctogenarians Introduction

    Duração: 09min
  • 003 Roctogenarians FastFoodLegends

    Duração: 26min
  • 004 Roctogenarians OldMoney

    Duração: 02min
  • 005 Roctogenarians LikeFineWine

    Duração: 35min
  • 006 Roctogenarians OldCountry

    Duração: 02min
  • 007 Roctogenarians ThePlayers

    Duração: 45min
  • 008 Roctogenarians OlsSpice

    Duração: 02min
  • 009 Roctogenarians PlayingForHerself

    Duração: 13min
  • 010 Roctogenarians OldChestnut

    Duração: 02min
  • 011 Roctogenarians TheWriters

    Duração: 45min
  • 012 Roctogenarians TheReaders

    Duração: 09min
  • 013 Roctogenarians OldTestament

    Duração: 02min
  • 014 Roctogenarians TheChangemaker

    Duração: 34min
  • 015 Roctogenarians OldNavy

    Duração: 02min
  • 016 Roctogenarians OldSoldiersNeverDieTheJustReenlist

    Duração: 34min
  • 017 Roctogenarians OldGlory

    Duração: 02min
  • 018 Roctogenarians ItCouldHappenToYou

    Duração: 33min
  • 019 Roctogenarians OldYeller

    Duração: 02min
  • 020 Roctogenarians TheWidows

    Duração: 16min
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