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Do not go gentle into that good night…

February 16, 2014

First off, I have a confession to make. I am a card-carrying member of the AARP.

Last October I noted that the AARP sponsors an annual Movies For Grown-Ups Award. That news…left me speechless. Cripes! It got me gnashing my dentures.

At a recent evening affair in Hollywood leading up to the Oscars, the AARP bestowed its 2014 Movies For Grown-Ups Awards. Their mission, as Deadline Hollywood noted, is to “honor outstanding writing, acting and filmmaking with distinct relevance to the 50-plus audience.” Considering the average age of Oscar voters, Deadline continued, “this affair was a good place to be seen.”

Now, imagine a world where everyone is a grown-up? A G-Rating would mean an entirely different thing for a movie. Why, a government for grown-ups would be in reach. A Tea Party for grown-ups a possibility; even corporations of, by, and for grown-ups. That would mean Citizens United for grown-ups. The very concept boggles the imagination. Maybe even a Head Start Program for grown-ups. In a grown-up world we’d all need to be grown-ups 24/7.

Ever imagine how these awards are determined? At one end of the table comes, “they sure don’t make movies like they used to.” From the opposite end, “why, in my day…” From the bleachers a grumble rolls down, “For chrissakes, grow up already.”

Where’s Max Perkins when we need him most? His quip that nothing serves the notion of the “good old days” better than a bad memory, nearly forgotten.

So please, whatever you do, do not go gentle into that good night.

May God bless and keep you always 
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others 
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars 
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young…


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  1. Lev permalink

    Excellent commentary on the movies. Precise meaningful!


  2. barbara permalink

    On my 60th birthday, my brother sang that song to me — the whole family was present, and there was not a dry eye in the house. It gains in meaning as you accumulate birthdays. I know this for certain, 7 years later. Rayman — you are in welcoming company.


  3. Vilkommen…


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