Once Upon A Time (a relatively short Time ago), in 2004, I was the featured Interviewee in a ¾ page Article called:
54 is the new 34
in a Las Vegas Senior (and Seniorita) Magazine. Extremely proud of this Coverage and by being the Founder of AFSEE: Advocates For Senior Equality & Enrichment ©2002, exploring this ‘Ageless’ Topic provided an Opportunity for me to express my Maverick Mindset of what Forces it takes to be a bona fide BabyBoomer in a New Millennium where Shifts and Turns meet the Blunt Realities of Aches and Pains. I shared a List of Enlightening One-Liners of relatively great Importance and a Photo I was especially Fond (of) taken by John Abeyta, a top Model/Beauty Photographer located in Los Angeles. Interestingly enough, that Photo (taken on October 17, 1989 when I was 37) was lightly air-brushed that now at 62 is preponderously funny because (at that time), I was wrinkle-free; acne-free and no sun-blotching prevailed. Yet, that was part of this Photographer’s Job, living and working in Hollywood, where Youth (1-19) is hailed.
LESS I DIGRESS: But it must be understood that the Older a Person gets, there are many more chilling and thrilling Stories to tell that add to th(os)e Pages of our Lives, creating both historical and hysterical Chapters, unique to us all.
AFSEE had been founded as a Literary Forum in February of 2002 when I found that my favorite Chicago-based Magazine no longer wanted to cater to Readers who were over 49. A follower of this Publication since 25, I was soon to be 50 in 6 months. Horrified, I was infuriated! If Twitter existed in 2002, this Clause would have been #hashtagged to read as:
And, of course, We do know that Infuriation registers a ‘Good Thing’ as it spurs Innovators on to Activities that can produce a well-needed Change.
Now, at 62 (nearly 62.5 as of Monday, February 9, 2015), I’ve declared that those who are 62 are merely 31 for the 31st Time. Should Baskin-Robbins with their 31 Flavors of Ice Cream hire me to promote their Varieties? Let’s ASK them…
That hilarious Clause always arouses a Laugh or Smile when I proudly tell Folks my Age. Now, for the Nevada Article to be updated, its Math would have to be re-calculated (in all Fairness) to:
62 is the New 42.
Personally, that can still be tweaked to: 62 is the New 32. After all, 1985 was here 30 years ago and most of us Boomers still remember the Lyrics to our favorite Songs as well as what We wore to Prom and Homecoming, when Fashion Flair was first and foremost.
What comes from the ASKian Vault to mind next is the Revolutionary and somewhat revolting Phrase:
Don’t trust anyone over 30.
This Ideology was popular during my Teen Years being born a Leo on Saturday, August 9, 1952. Now, totally laugh-worthy, it reads as a cynical comment to disconnect, instead of connect or reconnect with Others, wherever they may be and whatever and regardless of (their) Age. However, like Racial Profiling by just looking at a Person who is encountered, guessing at a Person’s Age is what We automatically do. Certain Survival Instincts kick in when Danger presents itself. Age may only be a Number, but ‘Getting Old’ continues to get a Bad Rap, until now.
“BabyBoomers (basically) defy all Odds. We are not our Parents; granted many of them provided The Best they could and that is deeply appreciated. We are special. Always are. Always was. Always have been. Always will be. I call that ‘Spark.’”
Quote of ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 8:09-8:11 AM CST
“Age’s Tendency is to pigeonhole People (for convenience – for the record); prejudging them as much as Racism does, but many times without the vicious Sting that Color possesses. From what We know (only because they cannot speak directly to us), Animals (both tame and wild) are not judgmental. Survival is their leading and only Mode of Operandi in this Dog-eat-Dog World, We could say. Once Men and Women (who were Boys and Girls) turn 40; turn 50; turn 60+ then, We have reached a Point where our Experiences are securely in place. We (at this Age in Man’s Evolution) know what works (for us). We know what doesn’t work. Where what We say/do/feel/act upon is rooted in an earlier Time that We lived through. Those Lessons made us into WHO We have become Today. That’s the most glamorous Aspect that Age offers. The (petty) Jealousies – The Evil Eyes – the Experimentation of Youth are ironed out and dealt with as We mature. Transparency links us together whereby the Superficialities of non-important Things just do not count on our Top Ten Lists (anymore).”
Quote of ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 8:20 - 8:39 AM CST
“IN THE PERFECT WORLD (that is not going to happen any time too soon now), I’ve always conceived that: “And, for those who died ‘prematurely,’ their Stories are sorrowfully lost. Humans could (if possible) use Two Lifetimes. The First 100 Years would be used in learning Valuable Lessons. The Second 100 Years would be used in living those Valuable Lessons out.”
The GHI: Greed-Hunger-Ignorance Factor® that is fully in-play in my 7 Book/7 Script Series called:
SKiN: Sacred Kinship in Nature ™
How 10 Beloved Plush Toys Redefine Race ©2009
iN THE COMPANY OF ANTS ©2009
(that beat out 3,164 other Scripts in the
Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competition
based in Hollywood) in 2010
addresses the entire Gamut of what People face; have faced and will continue to face in the Face of Adversities and how coping to create a calmer/sweeter State happens in one’s later years, not in the Tumultuality of simply Growing Up, proverbially ‘squandered on Youth’ and those who are not over 40-50-60+ yet.”
Quote of ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 8:51 AM CST
Time lies in the Words you use, instilled by the Values you convey; in the Legacy you’ve created through the Times of your Life.
Experiences culled from ‘The Afore Decades’ (defined as Life before 40) cannot be over-estimated. Joyful Surprises that become Memories create Stories and Pictures of Moments that can break-the-ice; impress, influence and improve any and all Situations that come to light.
Now after examining all Situations and processing what has come and gone ‘My Way,’ gone is the Infuriation. People my Age (62+), grouped sociologically as BabyBoomers, can honestly say that:
We’ve paid our Dues and Don’ts,
learning Valuable Lessons that got us to ‘this Point.’
Specific Situations occur once We enter our Second Season (what I call being over 50). Every Decade is accompanied by its own Highs and Lows, dependent on the Individual’s State of Health & Wealth. Never before (in the Lifetime and History of Man and Women) have they been able to ‘live that long.’ And, that is a Blessing, nothing short of a Miracle. That alone is an Achievement considering War/Disease/Violence, the three Primary Crisis that face Modern Humanity.
BabyBoomers (born from 1946-1964) possess the Ability in our Gene Pool to compare how Life was and then later, decipher how planning for the Future should be. Via the Sequential Posts (Recordings of our Experiences of every Variety) that Adults (over 50) possess, a singular Frame of Mind emerges that could only be culled by being a tried and true BabyBoomer. Our History is not a Mystery for the Formation of Our Observations and Roots continue to grow fruitfully every Day lived. In order to give Credit where Credit is due, I must add that our Ancestry (those Individuals who were not afraid to take chances and risks) were fully responsible for the Industrialization Boom (beginning in the 1750s) and enhanced by the High Technology Boom have given us ‘The Edge’ to escalate that no other Generation or Species possesses.
When my Fiancée, Robert Hofstadter (from the Family who won 3 Pulitzers and 1 Nobel Prize), turned 60 on February 8 of 2015, I told our Baker (Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston, Illinois) to pipe on his Cake the original, Expression I created for him:
Sixty is Sexty ®
because he is, was and always will be (to me). Now, as of 2012, I’ve entered those Waters. In a nutshell, I am glad I’m this old, having the Opportunity to live:
From the 1900s to the 2000s
entering One Century into a New Millennium.
Our Generation comprises an elite Age Bracket, living in a unique Position on three (3) distinct Levels, namely Health – Time – Communication that can only be defined as a ‘New Series’ to address The Days ahead.
Later this year in August, I’ll be marking my 45TH Year Reunion of graduating from High School in 1970 with a Group of Great Kids that shared some incredible and formative times with me, that always seem so grand only because they mark “Our First Round.”
A wide Array of Reasons is forthcoming as to why Adults over 50 are a Delight to know as a Treasure Trove of Knowledge they share via the Experiences they gathered.
“With our Presence from 1946 to 1964 by merely being born, the greatest Breakthroughs, Movements and Campaigns in Culture happened that would forever change the Course of History for every Person from that Era on.”
Quote of ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 9:24 AM CST
HOW LIFE IS SLATED TO GO: The People Factor mingling with Curiosity will make every Encounter in our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s+ the Best Ones yet.
In October, 2008 when I was a Chic-of-56, the popular TV Show, She’s Got The Look was recruiting Models for a new Season from across the USA. Their new Angle was: Recruit Women who are 35+. Being completely over 35, I went to the Cattle Call, with hardly a whip of Mascara & Lip Gloss on. I wanted to let the Judges see my Natural Look, allowing them to know there was plenty to ‘work with.’ Out of 400 Entries of Hopefuls who gathered, I was chosen and placed in the Top 20 Women. During my Session I was able to impress Fashionista, Robert Verdi of New York who immediately jumped off the Stage from his Seat on-stage to play with my Hair (Auburn and to my Waist – a Rarity at ‘My Age’) and try on my Leopard Coat, which really was fab-fab-fabulous. Because I would not cut my Hair which I consider my “Mane Attraction,” I did not make ‘The Cut,’ but the Thrill of spending my Sunday Morning in this Competition and becoming one of their Primary Picks was a complete “Happy” for me. Spontaneity is also a Characteristic of BabyBoomers. We cover that Territory very well.
The Judges wanted to know about the Contestants and what singled us out from ‘The Crowd.’ I felt that being the Creator (of a now 25 year long Literary Project) called:
The Art of Event-Making
Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith’s Campaigns For Humanity ©1990
showed them my Diversity, Imagination, Concern for Humanity and Gift to write and promote those Creative Projects.
Part of my Contribution to Global Adhesiveness is that I created Eventology ®, a new Literary Genre so that People live each Day to their Fullest (avoiding their Issues, their Addictions and their unhealthy Routines), with each Holidate employing a Specific Theme allowing Participants to positively grow on a Variety of Fronts that are Opportune for Fortune 500 Companies to employ in their Daily Campaigns by:
ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
as their Spokesperson(ality).
From this Literary Format grew another Crusade called:
Cartoonists Against Crime ©1991
that I started on Tuesday, December 24, 1991 after I was assaulted, robbed and left-for-dead (in a pool of blood, my own) in the Lobby of my Apartment Building on Monday, December 23,1991. The Campaign’s Motto:
CAC: Cartoonists Against Crime:
We draw Cartoons – Not Guns!
received the Attention of President William J. Clinton; Mayor Richard M. Daley and Governor Jim Edgar as well as thousands of Cartoonists/Media Members from across the World who helped me to TOON OUT CRIME®. After all, through one Cartoon’s Message (even without a Balloon or Words, but through the Character’s Expression) the Reader/Viewer can get a Tip on how to save his/her precious Life so that what happened to me (that dreadful night) would not or ever happen to them. I curated 3 Shows for the Crusade, receiving Cartoons from Countries now, which are now closed to The West. This, you must note, is before Email took hold of our Correspondences and certainly before Social Media Networking. All was bankrolled from my own Retirement Fund, now depleted.
Later on September 11, 2001, when the Terrorists attacked the USA, I redesigned CAC to become:
CAT: Cartoonists Against Terrorism ©2001
holding one ground-breaking Show at the Peace Museum.
And, after the Terrorist Attack on the twelve (12) Cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, I decided the Third Cycle must be created and called:
CAR: Cartoonists Against Racism ©2015
for the most obvious of Reasons. After all, Age sees no Color, but the Opportunities afforded to People of Color needs Improvement.
THE EMERGING COMPANY OF 2015 – HOW CAMPAIGNS:
Being a BabyBoomer with a deep Understanding of how Causes should be run, developed and promoted to reflect what happens each Decade in and of our Lives, a(ny) Company with a Morality Clause on their Books may wish:
to hire me as their Spokesperson
as the New Pitch Person
to brand their Product(s)
via the History and Story I’ve built since Age 21 when I moved to Chicago and began my Creative and Business Careers.
Being an older, but ageless and classy Woman
who spans ‘The Ages’ while enjoying each Decade,
employing a Creative Vein in Pop Culture
is how I describe myself in 134 Characters.
My latest Photo and Quote:
“We must stand for something or We won’t stand at all.”
of Friday January 23, 2015 appeared in major TV & Online Media, namely:
The Daily Northwestern
The Evanston Review
across the USA. This was in response to and support of the First Shipment (of 300 Copies only) of the French Satirical Magazine, Charlie Hebdo to arrive in the USA. Twelve (12) French Cartoonists were massacred on January 7TH by Islamic Terrorists. Leaving home at 4:30 AM, I was 1 of only 300 People in the USA (an Elite Group in our own Right) to be able to buy (thus support) this Magazine (depicting and symbolic of Democracy, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity).
Strange as it may seen, after the Attack, many Media Companies and Publications would not air the Cover alone, I was more than ready to have my Photograph taken holding their Paper proudly on a well-lit and traveled thoroughfare, allowing this News to ‘go viral.’ Imagine how you would feel if the Shoe was on the other Foot. This is my Motto and Mantra.
Online at: http://tinyurl.com/ncgze4f
A Model Citizen – a BabyBoomer – a talented Writer/Promoter and Designer who has been given the Title of:
‘America’s Premier Eventologist’
by Gene Koprowski of Insight Magazine – August of 1997
‘The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World’
by Eric Zorn of The Chicago Tribune – January of 2001
I look forward to helping you Brand your Product(s) with Boomers and Millennials across the World of the 21ST Century. As a Spokesperson(ality) who has created such appealing Holidates as National Splurge Day ©1994 and Hug A G.I. Day ©1996, my Reach, Appeal and Heart have touched so many for so long. At 62, that’s a Given that I’m very proud about. Reaching People (in decisive and clever Ways) is how Goodwill is achieved.
IN CLOSING: AT THE SPEED OF LUCK:
Aging is Part of the Natural Cycle of Life. Look at the People We read, hear or know about that do not make it through the last Day (alone) that We experienced.
Some of them may be innocent Babies;
Others may be Pre-Teens;
An Unfortunate Guy who made a ‘stupid mistake’ and did not deserve to die in an odd Collision;
Someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time; and/or
Some of them may have been the Victim of a Violent Crime or Domestic Violent.
The List goes on and on. Therefore, what I’m saying is that every Day is a Blessing where a few Gray Hairs, Bald Heads or Creaks only add to your entire Picture or Portfolio: A Picture that only enriches the Real You.
Because Aging is hot now with Numbers and Studies rising every Day, the Curiosity Factor (as to how old Friends and Relatives have aged) is a Topic and Conversation that coincides with how to alleviate the Aches, Pains and Strains that occur. The Two run hand-in-hand with a Demographic that cannot be swept under the Persian Rug and is not.
“Aging is hot, a Proud Realization to
a lucky and highly privileged Segment of 21ST Century Society
who seized ‘The Day,’ thus gaining Advantages Time has granted.
Quote of ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Screenwriter – Author – Eventologist – Promoter
Studios 1258 & 1437
Chicago, Illinois USA
Friday, February 6, 2015 – 3:10 PM CST
FOR FURTHER INFO, QUERIES or QUESTIONS, please feel free to email me first at:
so We can set up a time to discuss this Opportunity.
©1952 – 2015. ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
NOTE: Now you, too can ‘lease’ ASK’s National Splurge Day ©1994 and Hug A G.I. Day ©1996 for your Product/Project/Brand begins at $50,000 per Holidate which includes my Appearance in all TV, Videos, Radio and Online Interviews/Spots as Creator/Founder/Curator of these intensive Holidates. National Splurge Day ©1994 (which is now marking its 20TH – 25TH YOTS: Year of The Splurges) is an ideal and clever Way for Luxury Fashion Brands to raise their Profiles and Sales via this ASKian Holidate. Especially so with my Daily Edition in THE DAILY SPLURGE (eNewsletter) that will be published in June of 2015 upon National Splurge Day’s 21ST ABC: Anniversary – Birthday - Celebration.
In my complete Eventological Roster, 1,900+ Holidates in 34 precise Categories exist where there’s an Event for everyone, everywhere to participate in. No leading Company or Brand can be without ASK’s Eventological Touch, now 25 years on ‘The Drawing Board’ as of July 25, 2015.
These monumental and priceless Holidates are aging as finely as I am as their Creatif – as I advance through My 60s - my 7TH Decade, still ‘Growing Up Koopersmith®’. Carving out this Niche in Calendrical Time is my Legacy, an Odyssey I love as much as Life.
FILE: AFSEE ©2002