There are a lot of people who began a career after retiring. We know a lot of the famous ones. Colonel Harland
Sanders is a well know example. Do you know the story of his life? His dad died in 1896 and his mom was forced to work while Harland, (only 6 at the time) took care of the other children. Harland also did the cooking. Over the next 30 years he held a lot of jobs. He worked as an insurance salesman, a streetcar conductor, railroad fireman and even studied law by correspondence.
When the Colonel was 40 years old he operated a service station in his home town of Corbin Kentucky. His love for cooking began before this, but here is where his name began. He fried his finger lickin chicken to hungry travelers and served them their food at his own dining table. People raved about his chicken and so he started selling complete dinners. He called it, ” Sunday Dinner, Seven Days a Week.”
The Governor made him a Colonel in 1935 because of his contributions to the state. Duncan Hines listed his establishment in ‘Adventures in Good Eating’. He perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices. He worked hard on his cooking technique. People wanted the chicken cooked quicker and he finally managed to do this without loosing the flavor. He had more than 600 KFC Franchises in the United States and Canada. In 1984 he sold his interest in the company for 2 million dollars. He traveled more than 250,000 miles a year visiting KFC restaurants around the world. He loved to meet the people and talk about his humble beginnings. He passed away at 90 years old. His legacy lives on. It all started with a 65 year old gentleman who used his $ 105.00 social
security check to start a business.
Elizabeth Layton began drawing at 68 years old. She was in and out of mental hospitals her whole life. A friend suggested an art class might help her depression. She went to one class and that one class changed her life. Contour Drawing was the subject of the class. She went home and began drawing 7 or 8 hours a day. One day she noticed she wasn’t depressed any more. Her work is well known today. There is a traveling show of art work. The Smithsonian Institute has her work displayed, as well as the Kansas City Library.
Another Senior you may not have heard about is Sylvia Lieberman.. She was 90 years old when she got her children’s book published., ‘Archibald Mouse Cheese.” This is just a few of the many Seniors who have shined in the winter of their lives.
Kansas City Kansas Public Library