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Fifty and Fabulous

Getting the Most Out of Your Fifties
Puner
1977

Let’s do some math: If you were in your fifties in the late seventies, then you were born in the 1920s. I am guessing that most of that crowd has moved on. Very few of my relatives from that era are still kicking. As a person turning 55 in a few weeks, I am having a difficult time relating to war memories and the big band era. My group of 50 somethings is about Woodstock, Brady Bunch and for a brief time, disco. Groovy times, baby.

On the upside, this book says that you can have fun in your fifties and have lots of sex and spend all your money (‘cuz your savings account was earning around 7%, and by 1980 it was almost 10%.) Best of all, ladies, you can have fun with money and sex too! Sounds fabulous! Sign me up.

This was still on a shelf in an un-named library as of this writing and I think we can all agree it needs to go. Weed it and don’t look back.

Mary

More Senior Stuff:

Cure the Blahs!

Turn on the Charm! (Potentially disturbing for work since there is a masked woman in girdle. Really. I promise.)

Old and Sad


9 Responses to Fifty and Fabulous

  • Weed it! Generally books for older people have a short life span, because of the whole mortality thing. Though it would be interesting to see what a book like this would look like when I’m fifty. I swear, if it mentions Justin Bieber, 9/11 and The Great Recession, I think I’ll pass. (I’m twenty.)

  • We didn’t go on a cruise when we cashed in my husband’s bonds – we had to use them to pay off some of our daughter’s indebtedness….

    • Yes Kathy, I am familiar with that situation. the one that are “Getting the Most Out Fifties” are our kids.

  • Keep it. Everyone should have something they find offensive in the collection. This is it for me.

  • A fascinating time capsule. The quotes from people are very revealing. You can see some were very excited by the new possibilities in the social changes of the Sixties and Seventies, and some were confused and very sad. I’m a bit disturbed by the guy who found the presence of Stalin on the planet reassuring, though!

  • I had to laugh…I am turning 50 this year. I find this easier than turning 30. I suppose it comes from having two hippie older brothers who kept telling me that no one over 30 could be trusted. However, I was a small child when they were telling me. They are 15 and 20 years older than I am.

  • I had to check, sure enough my local library has this in stock. They have every book on this list!

    • “…the usual loss of 50% or more” of one’s income at retirement?? How could people afford to retire, then? Or was a lot more of what one spent back then discretionary and easy to do without?