“It Has Nothing to Do with Age” is a book about individuals who push themselves to physical extremes and who believe they have defied the aging process. If you are at least 30, 40, 50 years of age, join them in such sports as: theTevis Cup, the Dipsea, the Western States 100, the 100 mile ride and tie, the Hawaiian Ironman, the Molokai to Oahu Outrigger canoe race, and national and international rowing.
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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Frank Gusich- a Bo's Warriors
"Character is simply habit
long enough continued." – Plutarch
Unfortunately, Frank Gusich at the age of 64, passed on
4/1/14. The following is a brief excerpt for my manuscript titled “Bo’s
Warriors.” Frank is one of the interviewed football players from the 1969,
Michigan Wolverine team. He was the second “Wolf Man.” The Wolf Man position
was essentially a defensive back that, depending upon the formation, moved close
to the line of scrimmage for additional run support .
“Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s Co-captain Frank
Gusich was called as one, if not the toughest Wolverine on the Michigan
football playing field. Bo called him “a candy ass,” while the media, called
Frank “Superman.” Even today, his teammates continue the respect for this
On October 23, 1956 Frank’s young life changed for the very
worst. He was just under six years old since he was born on March 27, 1950.
Although a sunny day in Cleveland, Ohio, Frank’s mother, Wilma, age 33, just
returned home after taking her husband, Frank senior age 35, to neighboring
hospital. Frank and his two sisters Marilyn and Anita were happy to see her.
Before they could inquire about their father’s health, Wilma blurted out, “your
father died.” Before words could be expressed, Frank teared up and cried. Frank
had no clue about his father’s illness as the terrible news came as a complete
shock to him.
This date was coincidentally, the date of his parents 10th
year wedding anniversary. At the time, Wilma was pregnant with her fourth
child. For the next 13 years or so, Wilma stayed home, rearing her four
children. As finances were extremely tight for the Gusich family, they did not
have a lot of luxuries. Thank goodness the Gusich family received Social
Security benefits to supplement the limited family income. Even though Frank
grew up without extras, he remembered that his mother, always had food on the
table. It wasn’t until the youngest-Frank’s brother Tony entered the ninth
grade/high school (the other three siblings were gone), Wilma entered the
workforce. She remained employed for the next 20 years.
Wilma, although dated, never remarried. She had a very close
friend named Joe Gorman. Joe became a father figure and was a positive part of
the family. Frank remembered that Joe and Wilma went out to dinner and then
headed to the dance floor together. His mother loved to dance. Frank liked Joe
very much. He felt happy that Joe celebrated Christmas with their family. Joe
and Wilma even attended Frank’s games in Ann Arbor. Joe was and became like a
well-loved step father.