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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Jim Brandstatter, the Voice of the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines

 Tuli Kupferberg  “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge."


 More  about the early influences of the voice of the Detroit Lions in Michigan Wolverines, Jim Brandstatter : Part 2.

Aside from the strong academic modeling and emphasis on sports, Jim was introduced to many cultures because of all the representatives and the many nationalities from the various countries(i.e., England, India, Vietnam) that attended the criminal justice program at Michigan State. How was Jim introduced to all these folks? Art Sr. being friendly, good-natured and caring would invite the adult students to his home for dinner to meet his family and to teach them about US family culture. In part this created a dilemma for his wife. What was she going to prepare for dinner for this array of ethnic diversity? How could she prepare a dinner that tasted good, was well-prepared and more importantly did not disrespect the religion or mores of the individual? Being intelligent and creative, she chose as the main course  “ leg of lamb.” To this day, Jim loves having leg of lamb as he has wonderful memories of that wonderful, exciting and intellectual international dinner experience growing up, with his parents, in East Lansing.

In order to get a strong basic educational background, Jim attended St. Ignatius elementary school, with Principal Sister Rose Gilbert. His favorite subjects back then were spelling and math. When he misbehaved in Mrs. Wintermute’s class, she grabbed him by the back of the shirt or  twisted his ear.  There was  not, at the time , an East Lansing parochial high school, he attended the public high school, two blocks from his home.

As a high school sophomore, Leo Smedley was an assistant  high school football and wrestling coach. Jim remembers coach Smedley, pushing him like a Marine drill Sgt. in fact Jim thought he probably was a Marine at some time. The coach would say “you’re going to find out just how good you are” when they were playing against good teams.

 As a sophomore, Jim, was about 6’2” tall and weighed roughly 225 pounds. In that year, he started out on the football Junior varsity team but was promoted to the varsity and lettered. Jim also lettered in his Junior and Senior years  and was a team Captain   as well. On offense he played either center or tackle and on defense, lined up in a three point stance, outside the opposing offensive  tackle. Jim not only lettered in baseball, but received honors and was an all city first baseman in his Junior year and an all city catcher in his senior year. Aside from football and baseball, Jim even lettered in basketball and was a center-forward on his high school team and a co-captain in the last game of the tourney.

Apparently,  participating in sports , did not keep Jim busy. Was he hyperactive ? He also sang in the choir for four years and was selected Homecoming King in high school as well. Being a good student in high school, he thought of attending  college and  majoring in architectural design. Anyway, that were his thoughts as a young 18-year-old. However, what college?

More to follow at a later date.

Be sure to watch tomorrow’s TV show “It Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender”  with guest Mo Bartley. I am sure you’ll like her story. In the meantime, don’t forget to keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing and bonding.




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