Speaking of Kris Kristofferson, did you realize he toured this summer at age 71? That's amazing. Maybe there should be a new term for people with that kind of staying power. "Senior'' just doesn't seem adequate.
Which brings me to the topic I really wanted to mention today: the departure of David Klement as the Herald's editorial page editor. I hope you saw the story on him in today's paper or at Bradenton.com.
As he mentioned in the story, David refuses to acknowledge he is 67. And if you didn't know he was that age, you wouldn't believe it. He has been involved in a diet regimen and fitness program for some time and he has never looked better in the eight years I've known him.
I once knew a man in his sixties whose daily regimen included pole-vaulting in a sawdust pit beside his house. (He'd first sip a small glass of red wine to get the juices flowing.) He advised me: "Stay active. If you rest, you rust.''
What's really encouraging is that people David's age who remain active, motivated and productive can continue to create opportunities for themselves. You certainly can't accuse David's new employer, the University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee campus, of age discrimination. Age be damned, they made a smart hire.
This is David's last week at the Herald, so be sure to check in with him and read his final editorials and column. We'll keep you posted as we plan a community tribute for him for his 32 years of service at the Herald.