The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune: The Joys of Reaching a Certain Age

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Hyperion Books, May 14, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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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.

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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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