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The older the fiddle, the better the tune : the joys of reaching a certain age
Scott, Willard.
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New York, N.Y. : Hyperion, [2003]

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213 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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A humorous and touching look at the joys of getting older,introduced by one of the Today show's beloved weathermen.

Willard Scott is famous for celebrating the wit and wisdom of age. In The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune, he asks a wide range of people, "What's the greatest thing about getting older" From expressions of delight in senior citizen discounts to sage advice on life's challenges, the answers are always surprising, often moving, and sometimes very funny.

The book's contributors include: -Ed Asner - Dr. Joyce Brothers - Helen Gurley Brown - Art Buchwald - George Bush, Sr. - Bill Cosby - Tony Curtis - Jimmy Dean - Phyllis Diller - Mamie Van Doren - Hugh Downs - Dominick Dunne - Betty Friedan - Peter Graves - Monty Hall - Don Hewitt - Bob Hope - Sybil Jason - Bil Keane - Kenny Kingston - Ed Koch - C. Evertt Koop - Jack LaLanne - Norman Lear - Dick Locher - Eugene McCarthy - Jayne Medows - Anne Meara - Robert Novak - Martin Perl - Jane Powell - Ned Rorem - Vidal Sassoon - Pete Seeger - William F. Sharpe - Liz Smith - Jerry Stiller - Dick Thornburgh - Stanfield Turner - Leaon uris - Jack Valenti - Mort Walker - Andy Williams

Also included are pieces from regular folk, such as the former mayor of a small town in Pennsylvania and a retired English teacher from Texas.

"If you don't really want to do something, you don't have to. Unless your wife says it's real important." --Yogi Berra

"For me one of the joys of beding over 65 is that people have stopped trying to sell me life insurance." --John Updike

"You admit that money may be the root of all evil but there is one great soothing recommendation--it keeps your children in touch with you." --Art Linkletter

"Getting older means having shorter breath, but being long-winded." --Maya Angelou

Whether you're turning 40, 60, or 85--there is something unique to discover about getting older.

Author Notes

Willard Scott, the Today show's weatherman since 1980, is also the host of Willard Scott's Home and Garden Almanac on Home & Garden Television. He has distinguished himself with his public service efforts and was recognized by President Ronald Reagan with the Private Sector Award for Public Service in 1985. Born March 7, 1934, in Alexandria, Virginia, he was married to the late Mary Dwyer Scott for 43 years. They are the parents of two daughters, Mary and Sally, and the proud grandparents of John and Sally Marie. Willard lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Scott, the Today show weatherman for more than 20 years, sees himself as an active 79-year-old. While he looks back fondly on his earlier jobs, e.g., as the first Ronald McDonald, he says that, with more time to spend with his family, he's quite happy at the moment. Scott declares that the happiest times of people's lives are their childhood and their "old age." To prove this thesis, he sought comments from a variety of individuals-famous and not-on their current lives. These comments provide surprisingly optimistic views among senior citizens. Most people say that they're happier by keeping busy-with volunteer work or jobs. Despite losing spouses or suffering serious illnesses, they feel more relaxed than when they worked because they needed their salary. One man says, "When at the tender age of eighty, I learned of computers and how e-mail worked, I was immediately aroused. I had to be in on this. It forever after became the joy of my life." Former Yankee Yogi Berra says, "You don't have to take any guff from anyone. If you don't want to do something, you don't have to. Unless your wife says it's real important." The book is a nice gift idea; however, it disappoints. Scott offers just a five-page introduction with very little personal information. The entire book is simply quotes from individuals. Other than Scott's name, there's not much substance here besides the ultimate message-old age can be rewarding. (May) Forecast: Scott's name along with national publicity, national advertising and Father's Day promotions will boost sales initially. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Scott, the weatherman for the Today show, enthusiastically wishes centenarians all over the country a "Happy Birthday" once a week. In this work, read by Ray Dash, Barbara Rosenblat, and others, the author asked people of various ages from a cross section of backgrounds, "What are the great pleasures of getting older?" The answers, not surprisingly, are often sweet and gentle and occasionally hilarious. Most of those who've answered his question have lived long enough to see the humor in any given situation, are willing to poke fun at themselves, and dwell on the joys of aging. Vignettes about grandchildren and senior citizen discounts and wise advice as to how to best live one's life are in abundance. The famous-Phyllis Diller, John Updike, and Art Linkletter-have been included as well as everyday Americans who've had the courage and curiosity to follow their impulses. Recommended for public libraries with large audio collections.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.