Rockin July


Paul McCartney wrote When I’m 64 when he was a teen. I remember his
angst. “Will you still need me? Will you still feed me?

The song is on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, released in the summer of 1967. Back then the ditty seemed so old, so irrelevant. So square. In my teenage mind, 64 meant retiring, knitting, wearing hairstyles that looked and felt like helmets thanks to the miracle of Aqua Net — I would only have to shampoo
once a week(!)

But Paul’s vision of a sleepy old age in the song didn’t exactly pan out. He turned 75 on Father’s Day and he still has his hair. He doesn’t have to scrimp and save as predicted. In fact, fans are still
needing him and feeding him with love, screams and sold-out concerts.

We’ll see him July 10 when he bounces around the stage in the Amalie Arena during a three hour concert, part of his “One on One” world tour. Feed him well Tampa. He is holding the hands
of Boomers as they cross the threshold of old age.



Also defying age and expectations are rockers Rod Stewart, 72, and stage sister
Cyndi Lauper, 64, slated to play the Amalie July 8. They will do their part to help
shatter the age barrier with their powerhouse chops and avant-garde style. Will Cyndi don pink hair? Will Rod have his trademark spikes? Who was it that said the Baby Boomers will never grow up? I think they were right and I am glad.

On August 21, the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. in 38 years will happen. The next North American total solar eclipse won’t take place until 2024 so you may want to get a good seat. One great place to watch the eclipse is Asheville, N.C., weather permitting. That city, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, will see a 99 percent eclipse – plus, there are plenty of fun things to do and see once it’s over. We’ve prepared two full pages of info about this pretty city, a country blend of mountain adventures, farm-fresh eateries, craft beer, outdoor concerts and hipster culture.

Be sure to enter our Asheville Eclipse trip giveaway contest. The winning couple will stay
at the pet-friendly DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. The package includes a three-night stay, breakfasts, museum tickets, an eclipse party and special viewing glasses.

Also in this issue, you’ll learn about the first successful gasoline-powered car for sale in
America, the first auto accident and the first crash. It all happened in the little village of Ohio City, Ohio which celebrates the accomplishment with a Lambert Days festival this month. If you happen to be in the Midwest, be sure to stop on by.

Terri Reeves, Editor


We hope you have a wonderful
Fourth and be sure to stay happy,
healthy and as independent as you can.


“Instead of getting married again,
I’m going to find a woman I don’t like
and just give her a house.”
~Rod Stewart

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