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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Four Daily Exercises for Seniors




These easy exercises you can do at home will quickly improve your strength, mobility and balance if you do them every day.


It can be frustrating when we notice a decline in our physical ability as we age. Maybe it used to be easy to put the bag of dog food in your shopping cart, and now it’s difficult. Perhaps we trip more often as we walk, or the stairs are making us get out of breath. It’s easy to chalk it up to getting older, but there’s a lot we can do to change the trajectory of our health. Incorporating a few simple exercises into our daily routine can make a world of difference in how we feel and what we’re able to do. Better yet, all of these can be done at home. You don’t need special clothing, and any flat shoes (or bare feet!) will work. 

Keep On Walking


One way to keep fit that almost everyone can do is to walk more. Most people can aim for 10,000 steps per day, but you can taper or increase that goal depending on joint pain and your level of fitness. A recent study found that people who average 10,000 steps per day lowered their 10-year likelihood of dying by nearly half. Walking makes your muscles stronger, and decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and colon cancer. Here are some ideas to help you reach your walking goals:
  • Park further away from your destination to add steps.
  • Find a race that welcomes walkers and train for it.
  • Find an audiobook or podcast to listen to while you walk.
  • Walk around your block or in a nearby park.
  • Go on several shorter walks each day instead of one long one.


Perform a few reps when you get out of bed in the morning, during a commercial break, or when you get up to move to another room in the house,” says physical therapist Ann Phelps. She advocates doing these foundational exercises every single day, even when you have a rest day from the gym. Why? They improve strength and balance, allowing older adults to stay independent longer. Talk to your doctor about any exercise routine if you have injuries or balance issues.

Often, the single most important skill for continuing to live on your own is the ability to get off a chair or toilet. “Standing up from a chair or other surface without using your hands is a good exercise for older adults to perform to maintain good health, fitness, and mobility,” Phelps says. 

Start by sitting on a sturdy chair with feet hip-width apart. Hold your arms straight out in front of you with fingertips extended. Pressing through your feet while holding your core steady, rise to a standing position. Then, return to a sit while continuing to hold your arms out in front and without moving your feet. That is one repetition. Work up to three sets of 10 reps per day. To increase difficulty, remove the chair while keeping movement the same. These full bodyweight squats should be performed with your chest up and heels on the floor.

Walking is an important activity at any age (see sidebar). This variation adds some weight in your hands to improve upper body and core strength at the same time. If you don’t have weights, you can use cans of food. 

Start with feet hip-width apart, palms facing toward you with a light weight in each hand. Walk forward, keeping your spine straight by imagining a string at the top of your head pulling you upward. Walk for 30 seconds or as long as you can. To increase difficulty, use heavier weights in each hand and extend how long you walk.
The tandem stance “can significantly improve balance and stability to increase function and decrease the risk of falls,” Phelps says. 

Stand up straight with your feet together. You may need to hold a sturdy chair, counter or a wall for balance, especially when you’re starting out. Imagine you are on a balance beam, and pick up one foot, placing your heel against the toes of your other foot. Stay in this position, heel to toe, for 30 seconds or as long as you can. Then switch feet and repeat. To increase difficulty, don’t use another object for balance. If you master that, add weights in each hand while you perform the exercise. Remember to use your core and stand tall.
This exercise will help you to walk and climb stairs, Phelps says, as well as finding and helping with any imbalance between your right and left sides. 

Stand tall with your feet together to start. Standing straight and holding a sturdy chair, counter or a wall for balance, lift one foot just off the floor so no part of it is touching. Imagine a string pulling your head and body upward as you avoid leaning to one side. Stay in this position for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side. To increase difficulty, lift your foot higher off the floor until your knee is in front of the hip. You can make it harder still by straightening your leg and holding it out in front of you, and by bending it and holding to the side or behind you. 


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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

What Is Really the Best Way to Draw Down Retirement Funds?


 

Taxes may be your biggest expense in retirement. A surprising twist on the usual withdrawal strategy may help you save thousands of dollars.


Nobody wants to give more of their retirement fund to Uncle Sam than they need to. But while taxes are a given, how much you will pay is not. Every dollar of taxes saved is another dollar that you can spend or keep in your nest egg to grow until you need it. 



Hidden Benefit of a Taxable Brokerage Account

If you have invested funds in a taxable brokerage account that lose money, you can sell them at a loss to reduce your taxes. This strategy, called tax-loss harvesting, allows you to reduce capital gains and apply up to $3,000 against ordinary income in the year of the loss.

Roth Conversions


Because gains in tax-deferred accounts will eventually be taxed at higher ordinary income rates instead of lower capital gains rates, it may make sense to take advantage of Roth conversions. A conversion takes money (or assets) in an existing IRA or 401(k), and places it in a Roth IRA. You are required to pay ordinary income tax on converted funds or assets in the year the conversion occurs, but then they can grow tax-free in the Roth and be tax-free upon withdrawal. 

You do not have to have earned income in order to convert from an IRA to a Roth. Another benefit is that a lower account balance in your traditional IRA will reduce RMDs once you turn 72 since there is no withdrawal requirement for Roth funds. Converting funds may be particularly attractive to individuals with large balances in IRA accounts. Also, Roth IRAs pass untaxed to heirs, while new rules require that traditional IRAs must be distributed to non-spouse heirs over a period of no more than 10 years, potentially incurring taxes when heirs are in a high tax bracket. 

However, putting money in a Roth requires you to pay ordinary income taxes up front, which reduces the amount that can compound and grow. This analysis is best done with a financial advisor’s help. To get a very rough idea if a conversion would benefit you, look at Schwab’s online Roth conversion calculator.  


No one can predict how tax laws may change over the course of retirement. However, it’s important to work with a tax professional to plan as you go along and strategize as rates change. The rise of 401(k) plans (vs. pensions) has left many baby boomers with an oversize tax-deferred account, and smaller taxable and Roth savings. 

These three types of accounts receive different tax treatment, offering investors different options to reduce taxes. Traditional IRA and 401(k) withdrawals are taxed as ordinary income, taxable brokerage account withdrawals after sale of most investments incur capital gains, and Roth IRAs get special treatment. Since you paid tax on Roth deposits when you funded the account, you can make withdrawals tax free once you turn 59 1/2 and the account has been open at least five years. There are no required minimum distributions on a Roth like there are for a traditional IRA, when you must take out a prescribed percentage beginning at age 72.

The Right Investments in the Right Accounts
First, let’s look at what assets are appropriate for the different accounts. 
  • Stocks in a taxable account will be taxed at a lower rate than those in an IRA. Stock appreciation and qualified dividends (which does not include dividends from REITs) in a taxable account are taxed at lower capital gains rates, rather than as ordinary income.
  • Charitable donations can be made “in-kind” from a taxable account to a nonprofit. This means you can gift stocks directly, receiving tax benefits twice: once for the entire amount of the charitable gift, and again for the capital appreciation the asset has accrued. This is not true of stock held in an IRA. However, you can donate up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a qualified charity after age 72 and lower your required minimum distribution, and taxes, which are not paid on the donation.
  • Currently, stocks in a taxable account receive a step-up in basis upon the death of the investor. In effect, the capital appreciation disappears without being taxed. Stock held in an IRA does not get a stepped-up basis, and the account is taxed at ordinary income rates.
  • Buying bonds for your IRA will likely lower future required minimum distributions because they tend to grow slower than stocks. (However, municipal bonds belong in your taxable account since they are already tax free.)
  • Bonds held in an IRA enjoy tax-deferred interest, which makes it a better place to hold bonds; the interest is taxed at ordinary income rates regardless of whether it is in an IRA or taxable account. 

Withdrawing Funds


Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all plan for taking out money in retirement. Everyone has a different risk appetite, and no two retirees have the same percentage of funds in their retirement accounts. People retire at different ages, and can spend vastly different amounts of time in the retirement phase of life. Add on to that Social Security or pension income (or perhaps an annuity or insurance instrument) and the potential for changes in tax law, and it can seem impossible to plan properly. 

However, it is possible to make some general recommendations knowing that you will need to reassess every year or so depending on how your investments are doing and what is happening on Capital Hill. Traditional theory has retirees withdrawing first from their taxable account, then their tax-deferred IRA, and last from the tax-free Roth. The thought is that this will allow tax-deferred assets to grow longer, and tax-free accounts can keep on increasing the longest of all. Makes sense, right?

However, it’s possible that withdrawing funds from all three accounts proportionally every year may lower your tax bill. If your RMD is less than what you will withdraw, this strategy can beat the conventional wisdom. Using a traditional strategy results in a tax bump over the years when only the tax-deferred account, which is taxed at ordinary income rates, is drawn down. Let’s look at a hypothetical retiree to compare the two strategies. 

Joe is 62 and single, with $200,000 in taxable accounts, $250,000 in a 401(k) and IRA, and $50,000 in a Roth IRA. He had a good job, and gets $25,000 every year from Social Security. He wants to get $60,000 after taxes in retirement. We will assume a 5% annual return on investments. 

With a traditional withdrawal approach, Joe will take money from one account at a time, starting with his taxable account and ending with the Roth. His savings will last a little more than 22 years, and his total tax bill will be $70,000.

But what if he takes out proportional withdrawals instead? He will access all three accounts every year, and withdraw funds in proportionally equal amounts. His tax burden becomes spread out equally over his retirement, resulting in a total tax bill of $43,000. That $27,000 savings stretches his retirement funds an extra year.

For more details on this strategy, go to Fidelity Investments

Capital Gains


If you have capital gains in a taxable account, it can be beneficial to take them in years when your income is low. For many, this can be the time frame between retirement and the start of required minimum distributions. For instance, a married couple with up to $80,000 of income will owe nothing on long-term capital gains, although ordinary income tax on that amount is 12%. However, be aware that the long-term capital gains count as income for the year in which they are taken.

Making withdrawals from retirement accounts may be as much an art as it is a science. So many variables change over the years as different investments fare better than others, tax laws change for better or for worse, and the financial needs of individuals change. A tax advisor or other investment professional can help guide retirees through these obstacles to ensure the best use of their precious nest egg.







Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Job Hunting

 

Here are some top tips for landing a job as an older adult, whether you’re changing careers or supplementing Social Security.


Let’s face it: job hunting is never fun. It can be even more stressful, and more difficult to find a new job, as you advance in years. But whether you’re a professional seeking a career boost, a blue-collar worker looking for your next solid job, or a retiree trying to make some pocket change, there are a variety of tactics that can increase your chances. 

Finding a new job is not the same for an older adult as it is for someone in their twenties. Ageism is real, but so are the skills you have honed over a lifetime. We need to take a new approach to everything from writing a resumé to negotiating salary and benefits. And we have to make sure that we’re up to date for the industry we want to work in. 



The Gig Economy

Many older adults turn to the gig economy to make some money on a flexible schedule. While you give up benefits like a 401(k) or guaranteed wages, you may find that you love what you’re doing more than any corporate job in a cubicle. Here are four common opportunities:

Driving. 

Via 

Chores. 


Deliveries.  


Corporate. 



Valuing Yourself


One idea is to look for sectors where your age will be viewed as an asset. Older clients often prefer an older professional, so is there a company that specializes in working with older adults? How about retirement services or healthcare? Or would you prefer guiding youth who could benefit from your experience and wisdom? Good fits might be nonprofits serving underprivileged schools or communities. Don’t underestimate your value.

Writing a Resumé


This obstacle alone can keep many seniors from getting a new job, but there’s a lot of help on the Internet these days. Remember that you are highlighting skills, not listing every job you’ve ever had. In fact, job experts suggest you concentrate on the last 10 to 15 years, and drop the year you graduated. Changing careers and wondering how you’ll make accomplishments relevant in your new field? Try this article on switching jobs that has links to a host of helpful tips, as well as a sample CV.

Using Contacts


One thing older adults have in their favor is contacts. Research shows that 80% to 85% of jobs are landed because of networking. Don’t just forward your resumé and cross your fingers. Tell acquaintances what kind of job you hope to find, and leave as much room as possible for a different field or application of your skills. Cast a wide net, but do provide your contacts with a list of talking points that detail how you fit roles that match your experience, says Adrian Turner, MBA and career coach. 

Using a Career Coach


If you are looking for an advanced position, it may well be worth your while to hire a career coach. A good job coach can polish your presentation, open you up to consider new jobs, offer insights into your skills, and boost your confidence. He or she can offer training to advance your career, or just telephone time to get you up to speed and approaching interviews with new vigor and self-esteem. 

Keeping Your Chin Up


There are few things more deflating than to hear “no” over and over again. Margaret Mitchell would know: Gone With the Wind was rejected 38 times before finding a publisher. Research psychologist Robert Baumeister said that it “takes four good things to overcome one bad thing.” Celebrate the smallest triumphs: forwarding your new resumé to three people, practicing for an interview, watching a youTube video about interviewing, remembering to feed your cat, not losing your mind. (And keep your sense of humor!) It’s okay to take a mental break and watch some really stupid TV or bake bread. Listen to a podcast on positivity (Happify, or HappiJar) or try slowing down your mind with some meditation. Write affirmations daily in a journal — it’s scientifically proven to boost mood.

Staying Current


You can’t expect to move smoothly into a new workplace without an up-to-date knowledge of trends in your field. If you haven’t been reading the latest books, try listening to 15-minute summaries on Blinkist, an app that offers thousands of recent and classic non-fiction books in the business world. Review trade journals, and know all of the insider social media, including podcasts and apps, that industry insiders are using or discussing.

Job Boards


Everyone knows about Monster and Indeed, but were you aware that AARP has a board with jobs for seniors? Also, take advantage of AARP’s job resources for older adults that offers a plethora of tips and opportunities for people on the hunt for work, from scientists and engineers to laymen. Don’t forget to search out local and regional job boards, which can be easier to use than the national listings. For example, the go-to site is www.nonprofittalent.com for any nonprofit job in the region, from the highest to lowest level. 

State Department of Labor


Especially for folks who need some training, there’s no better place to start than your own state’s Department of Labor. For example, the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) collaborates with the local Colorado Workforce Centers to offer free or supplemental support training and educational opportunities through grants and federal funding. Some of the training programs offered are apprenticeships, educational programs and Pell Grant, Trade Adjustment Act (TAA), Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), and Unemployment Insurance (UI) approved training programs.

Training can include higher-paying jobs. One senior received her paralegal certificate, fully funded, through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) in her home state of Florida. The Sunshine State also has a Professional Placement Network that funds Career Source https://careersourcebroward.com/ppn  branches. This network will provide a comprehensive program: defining your career goals, creating your personal sales pitch, effective interviewing and negotiation strategies, relationship building and social networking, etc. You may locate similar programs in your state.  

Supplementing a Fixed Income


Sometimes you don’t want or need to work 40 hours a week, but some extra cash would sure come in handy and you’d like the camaraderie of fellow employees. In the age of the $15/hour job, you may find that a local position in retail is the perfect fit. Look for unexpected perks. One woman worked at fancy kitchen shop Williams Sonoma; the hours were inconsistent and the pay minimal, but she got a 40% employee discount and outfitted her dream kitchen. 

Job hunting as an older adult can be exciting as opportunities you’d never considered present themselves. It’s hard work to make a change, and it can be an exhausting process. But learning new skills, reaching out to old acquaintances and putting forward your best self can have lasting benefits.






Friday, June 11, 2021

Entertainment Apps for Seniors




Older adults with time on their hands can turn to apps for learning experiences, mind games or to up their happiness quotient.


Recently, a woman I know told me how much she loved the decorating app Redecor where players can redecorate real rooms from around the world. “I use my creativity, some strategy ‘cause it's competitive, and it's relaxing since I am working with beautiful things,” she says. Before this, she had turned her nose up at games on her phone or iPad.


Guggenheim and MoMA Apps


Although they don’t offer games, these two famous New York City art museums, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art, offer virtual tours of current exhibits complete with audio. Use a phone or tablet to learn about art history or the current counter-culture revolution. There are descriptions to lead blind users on an art journey in the Guggenheim’s award-winning app. Curators and artists discuss the MoMA’s collection in its audio app, with a special version for the grandkids. 



The pandemic may have accelerated the trend toward electronic entertainment. Many older adults discovered the extensive array of games on AARP, the majority of which are free. You can choose from card games, crosswords, Mahjongg and many more. An AARP membership unlocks a treasure trove of more puzzlers, as well as the Staying Sharp set of games meant to exercise your brain. 

Lumosity offers “daily exercise for your mind.” These challenges are linked to your ability after an initial baseline test. The software offers harder versions as you improve, and tracks your scoring. But you won’t feel like you’re in school again; the games are definitely entertaining.

Journaling has known benefits, and the Five Minute Journal can prod you to practice gratitude using the principles of positive psychology to make you happier. It comes in free and advanced versions. While this isn’t a gaming app, it is one that can be used daily to provide reflection. Another fine choice in this arena is the award-winning Journey journaling app and diary.

Seterra offers a series of geography quizzes from regions all over the world and in the U.S. Don’t worry, you can start simple and take the same quiz again and again to learn and improve your score. Besides, you’re only competing against yourself. Better yet, it’s free.

24/7 Sudoku offers the iconic math puzzler in four difficulty levels, but there is plenty more on this free app. Try poker, backgammon, crosswords and a host of other games. The app automatically keeps track of your best score at each level.

For an iconic game that anyone will enjoy, download Mario Kart Tour, Scrabble Go, or the Kahoot quiz game. 

Consider whether or not you’d like to be competitive with someone besides yourself. Many of the above apps are entirely non-competitive, some offer a beat-your-own-best-score philosophy, and others show global  scores. In my friend’s decorating app, she has the opportunity to compete with real interior designers or just enjoy creating: the walls, flooring, furniture finishes, paint and metals. An added bonus if you join the app’s Facebook group is meeting like-minded people from all over the world. You can keep busy, creative and connected. 




Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Harvest Host Offers Free Camping




Vineyards, farms and other small businesses are welcoming self-contained campers and RVs to sample their wares and spend the night.


America’s seniors are fond of their recreational vehicles (RVs). More than 10.5 million U.S. households have one or more RVs, leading to lives often filled with travel near and far. There are a lot of upsides to RV camping: it’s quick and easy, and avoids the hassles of tent camping. Who wants to stay in a tent when it’s raining? Plus, you can install a good mattress in an RV and enjoy the convenience of a refrigerator and stove while still using electronic devices. Now, there’s one more reason you may want to get an RV (or camper van) to enhance your travel: Harvest Host.

Useful RV Information


For a list of useful resources, including campgrounds, check out Go RVing. You’ll find tips and inspiration, including stories from a multitude of diverse people who have taken up RVing for fun and adventure. Don’t forget that the National Parks America the Beautiful senior pass offers Americans 62 or older a lifetime pass for $80 that gets a carload of people (up to four adults) into the 108 of 422 National Park Service sites that charge entrance fees. Better yet, it offers half-price camping for the life of the cardholder. 



Started in 2015, Harvest Host offers a network of campsites. For an annual charge of either $99 or $139, you can park overnight at any of more than 2,000 golf clubs, wineries, museums, breweries, farms and country clubs across the U.S. and Canada, as often as you like. It’s a lot more fun than parking at Walmart, and a lot cheaper than paying campsite fees every night. How does it work?

You have to stay in a self-contained vehicle. All classes of RVs are accepted, as are towed trailers, fifth wheel campers, travel trailers, toy haulers, camper vans and truck campers. Cars and tents are not part of the deal; you must have your own toilet, water tank and indoor cooking to qualify. Water, sewer, electric and restrooms are normally not included at host sites, although a few places may offer electric and/or water. 

Campers are expected to spend $20 at their host’s business, although it’s not required. You’ll have over 500 farms, 200 breweries and distilleries, 500 vineyards and wineries, 300 museums and other attractions, and 300 golf courses and country clubs (on the pro plan) to choose from.  Stays are for one night only, although the host may choose to offer another night to individual guests. Young and old are welcome, and give Harvest Hosts 98% positive reviews on the Apple App, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/harvest-hosts/id1321631420
perhaps due to making friends at each stop — this is often with hosts, but it can be with fellow RVers, although Harvest Host camping areas tend to be much less crowded than traditional sites and you may be the only one there. 

What if you don’t have an RV but you’d really like to participate? You can rent one on OutdoorsyRVshare or RVezy. Renting allows you to try out different models and brands to see what fits your lifestyle and usage. A million Americans live in their RV year ‘round. 

One night you may check into a date farm in southern California (try their shakes!), another may find you outside a vineyard further north. You could spend an entire summer sipping wine at a different winery every night with new friends, or golfing on a new course each day. Even if you don’t drink or golf, every locale is peaceful, quiet and offers a beautiful view. Bring a bottle of wine home for friends, or purchase breakfast at the golf club and you’ve helped out your hosts while getting a great gift or delicious meal in return. 

Try using code HHFRIENDS15 at checkout for 15% off a new Harvest Hosts membership (coupon valid at the time of this posting).



Thursday, June 3, 2021

Famous & 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!


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June 6 - Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player


Between 1974 and 1981, Borg had the distinction of winning 11 Grand Slam titles, although he never triumphed at the U.S. Open in spite of four appearances. His wins include five Wimbledon titles. The Swede so dominated tennis in his time that fellow competitor Ilie Năstase once said, “We’re playing tennis. He’s playing something else.”

Borg had a distinctive style, using jerky but consistent strokes with topspin and a two-handed backhand. His superior conditioning sometimes meant that he wore down competitors. In a 2008 poll of tennis analysts, writers and former players, ESPN.com asked who they would choose to build “the perfect player.” Borg was the only one called out in four categories, and he was chosen as the top pick in both footwork and mental toughness. 

In spite of that mental edge, or perhaps because of it, he was known for his calm demeanor on court, earning the nickname “the Ice Borg.” But he had enormous drive under that placid surface. Borg’s first wife, a Romanian tennis star, noted that her husband was “always very placid and calm, except if he lost a match — he wouldn’t talk for at least three days. He couldn’t stand losing.” Which made it all the more baffling when, in 1981, after losing at Wimbledon Borg said, “What shocked me was I wasn’t even upset.” He subsequently retired from the sport that year at the age of 26 after being ranked No. 1 in the world for 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980. Arthur Ashe later told Sports Illustrated, "I think Bjorn could have won the US Open. I think he could have won the Grand Slam, but by the time he left, the historical challenge didn't mean anything. He was bigger than the game. He was like Elvis or Liz Taylor or somebody."








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June 9 - Patricia Cornwell, American author

Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell is most well known for her series featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. The books feature evidence based on forensic science, inspiring a spate of TV shows such as the CSI series and Cold Case Files. The Scarpetta series itself is based on a group of actual murders that occurred in Richmond, Virginia. 

Cornwell has plenty of credibility for authoring the novels, including previous work as a crime beat reporter, a technical writer, a computer analyst at the office of the Medical Examiner of Virginia, and as a volunteer with the Richmond Police Department. The novels feature a complex set of intertwined plots and characters, including colleagues and staff, and confrontation with the killer. 

Cornwell has also penned several other crime novels, and a book that proposes that British painter Walter Sickert was the man behind the historical Jack the Ripper killings. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies. 








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June 11 - Joe Montana, NFL quarterback


Joe Montana, aka “Joe Cool” and “the Comeback Kid,”  is the winner of four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers football team. He still holds career records for most passes without an interception (122). Montana played with the 49ers for 14 seasons and then the Kansas City Chiefs for another two years after winning a national college football championship his senior year at Notre Dame. 

Growing up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Montana excelled at football, basketball and baseball. He helped his high school team win the state AAA crown, becoming an all-state player. Montana was also the starting quarterback for his high school team his junior and senior years, after which Parade chose him for their All-American team. He wanted to play both basketball and football in college, but finally took a football scholarship at Notre Dame where boyhood idol Terry Hanratty had attended school.

Although Notre Dame’s policy banned freshmen from playing on the varsity team, Montana made a name for himself in a pair of fourth-quarter starts as a sophomore. With his team down 14-6 against North Carolina and then 30-10 vs. Air Force a week later, Montana calmly came on the field each time and passed his team to victory. His last game for Notre Dame was the famous “Chicken Soup Game.” At a frigid January 1 Cotton Bowl against Houston, Montana suffered hypothermia; his temperature dropped to 96 degrees. Extremely concerned, the staff kept him in the locker room after the start of the second half, gave him warmed IV fluids, covered his body in blankets and fed him hot chicken soup. He finally returned to the field with Houston ahead 34-12. The revived Montana led the Fighting Irish on three touchdown marches, the final one occurring as the clock expired, and Notre Dame won 35-34. 

The rest of his career is no less legendary. He earned spot #4 on the NFL Network's The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players, with other awards too numerous to name here. 








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June 23 - Randy Jackson, record producer, American Idol judge


Bass guitarist Randy Jackson is also a singer, record producer, entrepreneur and TV personality. He may be best known for serving as a judge on American Idol and being the executive producer for America’s Best Dance Crew. He hosts a radio top 40 countdown called Randy Jackson’s Hit List.

Jackson has worked with a host of famous bands and celebrities including Journey, Mariah Carey, Keith Richards, Billy Joel and many, many more. In 2003, Jackson lost 113 pounds after gastric bypass surgery. He announced in 2008 that he has type 2 diabetes. 






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