When is a Man Over the Hill?

“Old has always seemed to me,” a mentor told me, “whatever 10 years older than my current age was.” Thirty seems well beyond a man’s past-due date to a college student, and the Big 4-0 is one of man’s worst fears.

Yet advances in nutrition and medicine seem to suggest that men who live a certain way may live for a very long time.

Have enough money that you don’t need to stress about paying your bills. Remain engaged with the world on an intellecutal level. Charlie Munger said he must “look like a book with legs” to his children. Remain engaged with the broader world. All of these men were social animals, regularly sharing with wisdom and insights through speaking and book writing.

Famous American Men Over 80/American Octogenarians

Warren Buffett is 82 years old.

Is this man too old to enjoy life and run a multi-billion dollar company?

See, “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life.”

His lesser known partner, Charlie Munger, is 89.

Munger looks meaner than a rattlesnack. Would you like to have a battle of wits with this son of a bitch?

Munger’s secret to a long life? “The best armour of 0ld age is a well-spent life preceding it.” Also, “Don’t do cocaine. Don’t race trains. And avoid AIDS situations.”

Freemon Dyson is an 89 year old scientist.

Even in old age he’s seen as a rebel, as this book title about Dyson is entitled: “Scientist as Rebel.”


America’s greatest trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, is 84.

Can you give a better speech?

How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday is a must-read.

Hugh Hefner is 86.

What’s your notch count?


Larry King will celebrate his 80th birthday later this year.

Threesome action?

See, “How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets of Good Communication.”


Helio Gracie lived to be 94 (RIP).

Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Don’t miss: Mastery.

  • Aurini


    My Grandfather lived to the age of 93, ten years beyond the death of my grandmother, and continued to get IDed for his senior’s discount well into his eighties.

    That man remained heavily involved with his church and Freemasonry lodge long after retiring, and kept up his interest in cutting-edge archaeology. While he wasn’t prominent the same way these great fellows were, he lived a rich life and was held in high respect and admiration by those younger than him.

    He didn’t watch television; he went to the Opera.

  • anon1

    i’m reminded of the words of the 10th Dan in Kenpo Moriji Mochida said the following in relation to age and his martial art:

    “When i was 50 i finally mastered the basics. That’s when the training truly begins. when you reach 60 your lower body weakens, i used my mind to try to reverse the drawback. when you’re 70 your whole body weakens, that’s when i trained my mind to be imperturbable. with a still mind the mirror inside you reflects the opponents mind. ”

  • anon1

    also this link, shows a international study that was composed to identify traits of people in different areas of the world that had a disproportionate amount of able bodied healthy centenarians.

    it’s largely obvious and straightforward, advocating a paleo-traditional type lifestyle,