Counting Backwards

What is good enough for NASA is good enough for me. Let’s count backwards.

Meet a selected list of Achievers – from centenarians down to before their teens.

Centenarians: Apparently the oldest marathon runner in the world: Punjabi farmer Fauja Singh ran the Mumbai Marathon at age 104. He started running long distance at age 81.

Nineties: Queen Elizabeth II has turned 90 this year and still attends about 400 engagements a year.

Eighties: At 88, Michelangelo created the architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. At 82, William Ivy Baldwin became the oldest tightrope walker, crossing the South Boulder Canyon in Colorado on a 320-foot wire.

Seventies: At 75, cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole. At 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space.

Sixties: At 67, Simeon Poisson discovered the laws of probability after studying the likelihood of death from mule kicks in the French army.

Fifties: At 52, Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the world alone in a 53-foot boat normally manned by a crew of six. (Quote: “If anything terrifies me, I must try to conquer it.”)

Forties: At 41, Rudyard Kipling became the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate in literature.

Thirties: At 38, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon. At 39, Sharon Sites Adams became the first woman to sail alone across the Pacific Ocean.

Twenties: At 23, English poet Jane Taylor wrote “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” At 29, Scottish-born inventor Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call, completing the sentence “Mister Watson come here – I want (to see) you” by telephone wire.

Teens: Aussie-born D’Aloisio taught himself how to code at the age of 12. At age 15 he became the youngest person to ever receive venture capital financing to develop an application that he sold to Yahoo! for a cool $30 million. Current age: 18

Up to age 10: At 3, Wolfgang Mozart taught himself to play the harpsichord. At 9, Daisy Ashford wrote her bestselling novel “The Young Visiters, or Mr. Salteenas Plan”. It sold over 200,000 copies and is still available on Amazon. (yes it is spelled “visiters”)

(Many of these items were taken from The Business Insider “This List Proves You’re Never Too Old To Do Something Amazing”, by Dan Waldschmidt, Edgy Conversations, dated 14 Mar 2014)

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