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"People have been fascinated by longevity ever since learning of Ponce de Leon’s search in Florida, five centuries ago, for the fountain of youth. In the twentieth century, the search for longevity, and the good health that makes it possible, had been enhanced by discoveries such as antibiotics and other lifesaving drugs, heroic medical interven­tions, which included organ transplants, heart pacemakers and other life-prolonging devices, the emergence of preventive medicine, and a new focus on wellness. On an individual level, people were realizing that, to an ever-increasing extent, they were able to influence life-style factors that could lead to a healthier and longer life—perhaps even a life of 100 years or more." (Opening paragraph from "Centenarians, The Bonus Years," by Lynn Peters Adler, Health Press, Santa Fe, NM, 1995)

Longevity itself is one of the greatest advances of the 20th century, adding approximately 30 years to the average life span. Now, in the 21st century, with the advent of even greater medical advances and the promise shown by stem cell and genetic breakthroughs, the chances for an even greater increase in longevity seems possible.

Active centenarians are our role models. They are helping to redefine aging in new and inspirational ways.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

FBI Turns 100, Former Agent is 101

In late July, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation marked its 100th anniversary. Since its birth in 1908, the FBI has grown from a small cadre of 34 investigators to a mammoth agency of about 13,000 special agents backed by some 23,000 support personnel.

The FBI is more than just a law enforcement agency. Since the days of pursuing infamous fugitives like Bonnie and Clyde to hunting extraterrestrial beings on TV's fictional show "The X-Files," the FBI and its agents have been part of American popular culture. This was no accident. The Bureau's place in popular culture was cultivated by J. Edgar Hoover, who ran the FBI with an iron hand for nearly half of its existence.

The Bureau of Investigation was founded in 1908. But it was an obscure agency mired in political corruption until Hoover, then only 26 years old, was appointed to head it. FBI historian John Fox says Hoover set out to clean house.

"What Hoover did was, he really went wholeheartedly into reforming the Bureau and into making law enforcement in the federal government a profession rather than a political position," says Fox. "He purged the rolls of the political hacks. He set very strict standards on how investigations were to be done, how the Bureau was run. And he strove to protect it from political influence."

The word "federal" was added to the FBI's name in 1935 when the Bureau was involved in high-profile criminal investigations, such as the kidnapping of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh's baby, and the pursuit of gangsters like John Dillinger. Historian John Fox says much of the legend of the FBI is rooted in that era.

"It centered around that 'G-Man' (i.e., government man) image that developed in the 1930s. And, yes, it became a very important part of how we looked at ourselves," says Fox.

Source: Voice of America
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History of the FBI: http://www.fbi.gov/libref/historic/history/text.htm

Former FBI agent is one year older than his former employer.

As the FBI celebrates its centennial in 2008, former FBI agent Walter Walsh is celebrating 101 years.

Walsh was an agent when newsreels at the Saturday double feature were full of the drama, thrills and action of G-men tracking down criminals like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and the Brady Gang. He joined the FBI in 1934, just a decade after J. Edgar Hoover took the helm and the bureau began to take the same kind of shape we see today. The G-men — or government men — were behind some of the most celebrated cases of the time, and Walsh thought he could be part of that. He signed up fresh out of Rutgers Law School. "I thought to myself, this might be a good outfit to tie up with," Walsh says. "I am not trying to pin medals on myself, but the people in the FBI knew that I was very handy with firearms." Actually, he was more than just handy.

Walsh's living room is filled with shooting trophies and medals from the Marine Corps and the FBI. He said he started out shooting clothespins off his aunt's clothesline with a BB gun, something she used to yell at him about. But he was good at it — so good he ended up on the 1948 Olympic shooting team, the first Olympics after World War II. Walsh was also commander of the Marine Corps' marksmanship training for years.

Source: NPR
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ABC Barbara Walters Special - Aging & Longevity

The ABC Barbara Walters Special on longevity aired in April of 2008. I was asked two years ago to participate in this project and it was a wonderful, exhilarating experience. It was both an honor and a privilege to work with Ms. Walters and the talented and caring team of professionals on her staff. I invite you to read the "Behind the Scene" story on our website. Here's the link: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/ABCWalters_special.htm
Posts & comments about the special and the participating centenarians follow. Please scroll down.