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"Oh sweet Lorraine," the song begins. "I wish we could do all the good times over again."

Fred Stobaugh, from Peoria, Ill., wrote lyrics to what he called "Oh Sweet Lorraine" after his 91-year-old wife passed away last April.   In 1938 the couple met and fell in love at an A&W stand and were then married for 73 years.



"After she passed away, I was just setting in the front room one evening by myself," Fred says of when he wrote the song. "It just come right to me almost, I just kept humming it ... it seemed like it just fit her."  Stobaugh, who's not a musician, entered the lyrics into a singer-songwriter contest at Illinois' Green Shoes Studios.  His entry was like no other, said Green Shoe's Jacob Colgan. Instead of a YouTube video link, Stobaugh sent a large manila envelop with the lyrics written in a letter.  "I started to read the lyrics and was so touched by the song and without even meeting Fred we thought, we're going to do something," Colgan said.  With Stobaugh's permission, Colgan set the words to music and brought the song to life.

 



Fred says, "The song really helps me. It really helps me. It just seemed like she's just sort of with me. Which I know she's smiling, she's smiling down and she likes that song, I know."

The song has topped the iTunes chart at #7 and the Billboard chart at #49!

 

Marty

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123-year-old Carmelo Flores, a Bolivian indigenous farmer, attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves.   He lives in Frasquia, a 4,000-meter high hamlet, and takes daily walks in shoes made of recycled tires, but spends most of his time laying on a blanket outside his straw-roofed hut, watching village life go by.  There are plans to award him the title of "Living Heritage of Humanity" on August 26.

 

Marty,

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Sy Perlis broke the bench press world record for individuals ages 90 and above.  At 91 years old, he lifted 187.2 pounds shattering the previous record of 135 pounds!  He broke the record at National Push-Pull Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships in Phoenix on June 8th.

He only started lifting in his 60's and now works out 5 days a week.



And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Sports

Harold and Frences Gates are both 69 years young and have accomplished a ton in their lives.  They are now retired with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Now after 51-years of marriage and a recent retirement, they are both ready for a new challenge...  College! 

After graduating high school in 1960, the Gates married not long after, and didn't have the opportunity to further their education.  Not only are they going to college, but they are currently 4.0 students at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas.  

We at GoodWorldNews wish the Gates well as they are expected to get their associates's degree next year :-)

 

Have a great day, and let the Good News be Yours!

Jeremy

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Barbara "Cutie" Cooper, 94, has written a beautiful book about her 73 year marriage to her late husband Harry.  In her new book, she details steps that made her marriage a success and give advice to others both young and old.  One of her tips - never be too tired or too busy to love your significant other.

Henry and Barbara Cooper - Image Credit: www.chroniclebooks.com/

In addition to the wonderful new book, Barbara hosts a blog (www.the-ogs.com) where individuals can "Ask grandma anything" :)

And that's what's good,
Jon

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He has a work ethic that is any company's dream.  Morris Wilkinson, 91, is always on time, never calls in sick, and is always sharply dressed and ready to go!  “He’s a good one,” Tommy Morrison, Wilkinson's supervisor states. “He’s always on time, and he never calls in sick. His shirts and pants are always pressed — no wrinkles — and his shoes are shined just like when he was in the Marines.”  His work ethic may have started when he joined the marines in the 1940's.

Morris has always driven the same route in Birmingham, Alabama and is well known in the area.  He doesn't waste any time and ensures that his mail route is always on schedule.  “I like to stay busy,” he explained. “I don’t like to sit around and be idle".  In fact, he would not even take an interview about his story until he clocked out!

He was recently honored for all his years of service.  “He’s working on his eighth decade of service; it’s that kind of devotion to service that keeps somebody young,” stated Joseph Breckenridge, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

“I feel much better if I get up at the regular time and get dressed and go to work,” Wilkinson said. “It ain’t normal if I don’t. If I sat around at home and didn’t do anything, I would just gain weight and be miserable.”

Mr. Wilkinson's dedication is admirable!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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It has been 84 years since Margaret Harris last voted in a presidential election.  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mercer County Clerk Chris Horn have helped the 105 year old register to vote in the 2012 presidential election.

Margaret was born in 1906 which is 14 years before women were even allowed to vote!  The only time she voted was in the 1928 election which she said was a very proud moment.  Harris and her family and incredibly proud that she is able to vote this year.

Grimes was honored to help Margaret vote.  “Every vote counts, and no one who is eligible to vote should be prevented from doing so because of factors related to age, disability or illness,” Grimes said. “I know how important it is and was to my grandmothers to vote, and I know they are proud that I was able to help Mrs. Harris register and educate her about absentee voting.”

Margaret credits her longevity to God, family, and work.  She lives in Harrodsberg, which is Kentucky's oldest city and she lives on the oldest street in the city!  Margaret has over 50 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and almost 20 great-great-grandchildren all of whom speak highly about her home cooking :)


Margaret is showing the world that you are never too old to have an equal voice!

Peace & Love,

Jon

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Meet Forrest Lunsway, a 100 year old man who has found true love in Rose Pollard Lunsway, his 90 year old sweetheart.  It is so wonderful to hear a heartwarming story of two people devoting their lives to each other.

How did these two love birds meet?  The happy couple met on a blind date at a senior center dance in the 80's.  They were instantly inseparable.  Forrest and Rose would go dancing several times a week and fell deeply in love. 

Both of them had been married before, but their spouses passed away.  Rose said that her first marriage was a good one, but her husband was sick for a while before passing away.  “After that, I had decided that I had no intention of remarrying,” Rose explained. 

But Forrest had other plans - he followed his heart and asked Rose for her hand in marriage.  Even though she loved him, Rose held her ground about marriage.  Rose said, “I told him, ‘I’ll marry you on your 100th birthday,'”

The two continued to date for 30 years!  During that time they went on many adventures - hiking the coast of California, kayaked in Alaska, and of course they danced.  They always stay active - This is something that they attribute to their longevity.  Rose stated, “My husband is very, very active. In fact, right now he’s outside planting.”.

Image: Rose Pollard Lunsway and Forrest Lunsway dance at their wedding reception

On his 100th birthday, Forrest remembered Rose's word and the happy couple got married!  They have received hundreds of congratulatory cards as well as many television appearances.  They even received a card from President Obama!  Forrest and Rose admit that they do not know how to react to their fame, but they are so happy to be married.  Awwwwww :)


Congratulations Forrest and Rose!  We are so happy for you!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

Published in Lifestyle

Many call it the "golden anniversary".  Others call it "OMG!!!".  Fifty years of marriage is a beautiful event worth celebrating although it may be difficult for many to imagine - especially for those under 50 years old :)

425 couple celebrated their special day under a single roof - The Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, IL.  This is quickly becoming an annual event in Chicago!  One thing that old married couples tend to be good at is good advice:

"You should laugh a lot don't take yourself too seriously."

"Have fun and dance, we love to dance," Adele Dary said.

"Don't be too big of a person to say, 'I'm sorry,'" added Alice Bearden.


Some of the couples say that getting to marriage took a while and others said it happened quickly as was the case with the Vincent family.  "The first time he met me he said he wanted to marry me," said Florence Vincent.

Looks like they are all happy to be celebrating the golden anniversary with their main squeeze and their family.   They all took different paths to get to this point, have their full share of good marriage advice, and are an inspiration to many! 

We at Good World News are happy for all of you.  Congratulations!!!!!

 

Peace & Love,


Jon

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Remember Margaret Dunning, the 102 year old who still changes her car's oil and spark plugs?  Well apparently she has become even more famous from her article on Good World News.  She grabbed the attention of people at the FRAM Group - a company that makes automobile products.  They awarded her with a lifetime supply of automobile products and a full ride to the University of Michigan.

About 80 years ago, Margaret attended the University of Michigan to pursue a business degree.  Then came the Great Depression and she had to drop out of school to help her mother run their banking business.  Margaret stated, I went on in banking for quite a while after that, so (leaving school) didn’t cause me too much harm." With respect to school she said “I’ll have to figure out just what I’ll study, but it will be in business though. I know that”.

“I’m very, very pleased about it,” Dunning said. “I feel that I’ve been granted a few years that other people do not have, and I am really very happy that I have this beautiful old world to live in.”

We're happy for you Margaret!

 

Peace & Love,


Jon

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