Friday, July 29, 2011

Meet Geriatric1927 – WOW!

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Today’s Blog Post

Meet Geriatric1927 – WOW!
Peter Oakley is known as Geriatric1927. On Wikipedia it states, quote,
“Peter Oakley (born 20 August 1927) is a pensioner from Leicester, England. He is better known by his pseudonym geriatric1927 on the popular video sharing website YouTube.

Making his YouTube debut in August 2006 with “Telling it all”, a series of five- to ten-minute autobiographical videos, Oakley gained immediate popularity with a wide section of the YouTube community. Amongst the autobiographical details revealed in his videos are the fact that he served as a radar mechanic during World War II, that he has had a lifelong love of motorcycles, and that he lives alone as a widower and pensioner in England.” End quote

Checking out the YouTube Videos that he has made I discovered that his very first try to in YouTubing his video has received 2,887,304 hits as of that moment. Most of the following videos that he has uploaded have between 175,000 to 300,000 hits as he speaks his mind on all kinds of topics. People are listening to this old guy.

One comment that came in the comment section of his “First Try” video states,
“How can you have accomplished so much on YouTube while my 55 year old dad still can't use Word or Excel or a Flash Drive until this day?! Congratulations!”

Isn’t that the truth? The present 55 Plus People that I know are not really that computer savy. Many have yet to take the plunge and get by the “I could never do that!” feeling.

Some have found YouTube and are surfing this amazing source. Others actually have jumped across to actually have an email address. Still others were forced to join Facebook in order to see their Grandkid’s photos.

Seniors are funny that way.

While searching Wikipedia I typed in “Old Age”. That is where I discovered Peter Oakley and the fact of what he has done in YouTube.

The Wikipedia site gave the following information about old people that have become famous in their old age…
 Ethel Percy Andrus, retired school principal who founded AARP at 74 in 1958
 Harry Bernstein, author who published his first book, The Invisible Wall, at 96 in 2007
 Jeanne Calment, longest confirmed lifespan and the oldest person of France
 Ann Nixon Cooper, who at age 106 made national news during the 2008 US presidential election for voting for Barack Obama. She was mentioned in Obama's victory speech.
 Luigi Cornaro and his classic The Art of Living Long or Discourses on the Sober Life.
 Granny D, political activist who ran for public office at the age of 94
 James Fisher, blacksmith who returned from retirement to become the first person over the age of 100 to achieve the ACA qualification.
 Enrico Dandolo, who led the infamous Fourth Crusade in his 80s
 Sadie and Bessie Delany, civil rights activists
 Ruth Ellis, 101-year-old African-American LGBT activist
 Florence Holway, rape survivor and activist
 Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, Irish-American labor organizer
 Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor at age 106
 Maggie Kuhn, activist and founder of the Gray Panthers
 Mae Laborde, actress who began acting in her 90s
 Bernando LaPallo, American doctor who wrote his first book at age 107 and is the world's oldest blogger at age 109
 Buster Martin, said to be the oldest worker in the UK at age 103
 Grandma Moses, American folk artist
 Narses, who became a successful general at 74
 Peter Oakley, aka geriatric1927, British senior famous for his YouTube videos
 Nola Ochs, became the oldest college graduate ever at age 98
 Clara Peller, Wendy's spokeswoman, famous for her "Where's the Beef?" catch-phrase
 Emily Perry, actress who played the role of Madge Allsop
 Mary Jane Rathbun, nurse and activist who was arrested for serving marijuana brownies to AIDS patients
 Malvina Reynolds, folk singer and political activist
 Olive Riley, blogger who started blogging at 107
 Eunice Sanborn, world's oldest living person since November 4, 2010
 Arthur Winston, who at age 100 retired from his job working for the Los Angeles Metro after 72 years missing only one day, that being for his wife's funeral in 1988.

So in my old age I declare today that I am not yet done. I have much to accomplish. Maybe that will be in Blogging only – being known as a “Prolific Blogger” (as of today I have posted 1678 times since February 2006).

I may be known for my Art Work that will be published this next month by way of the Internet to the Greeting Card world of Rubber Stamping and Digital Images for Coloring.

It may be because of my Wood Carvings that are now going world wide…

I just hope I can make a difference some how.

And Peter Oakley, you are my kind of guy!

~ Murray Lincoln ~ 


1 comment:

Argent009 said...

Stop by Peter's website too. He'd love to have your thoughts.

-Mike (Peter's webmaster)