Thursday, May 30, 2013

Superheroes and Superhumans

Do you watch Superhumans on the History Channel? We’re inherently intrigued by people who have special powers. I think back to when I was a kid and how much I enjoyed comics about superheroes.

We have a game we play with our grandkids and other young friends called Heroes Unite. It’s a card game featuring Spiderman, Hulk and Captain America. Needless to say, it appeals to all ages.

And speaking of age, since I write mystery novels about geezers, I like collecting examples of older people who exhibit superhuman capabilities. Here are a few:

Hiroshi Hoketsu was the oldest competitor at the 2012 Olympics in London, competing in dressage at the age of 71. He’d like to be in the 2016 Olympics but is concerned because his horse is getting too old.

Lucile Bledsoe is still flying and giving flying lessons at 90.

Eamon de Valera was president of Ireland at the age of 91.

Olga Kotelkko, age 93, holds 17 world records in the Senior Olympics age category 90-95 including every track and field event.

Nola Ochs graduated from college at 95.

Herman Wouk published his latest book, The Lawgiver, in 2012 at the age of 97.

Father Geoffrey Schneider is the oldest active teacher in the world at 99.

Grandma Moses was still painting at the age of 100.

What are your own examples of super humans?

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