World champ Eve Pell on love of her life, and joint 150th birthday

Eve Pell in 2009 in Bay Area home, where she wrote a Bronx memoir.

It’s one of the sweetest stories you’ll ever read about masters in love. Despite its sad ending, Eve Pell’s first-person essay in The New York Times Thursday will remind you why running in old age is no different from that of youth. Great headline, too: The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap. Eve writes: “We traveled to Italy to compete in the 2007 World Masters Athletics Championships (what I fondly call “The Geriatric Olympics”), where we both won gold medals in our respective age brackets: 70 to 74 for me and 80 to 84 for Sam. At home, we planted a garden; I finished writing a memoir. Every morning we did push-ups; every evening we sat on the rim of our bathtub and flossed our teeth. He called me “sweetheart.” He never forgot an anniversary, including our first movie date. I gave him flowers on Betty’s birthday.” Read the whole story and be glad she’s one of us. (And thanks to lovebird Nadine O’Connor for the link!)

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January 26, 2013

8 Responses

  1. Ken Stone - January 26, 2013

    Apropos of nothing, I realized tonight that this blog is 10 years old! My first post was Jan. 5, 2003. My webmaster geek brother Al posted the first comment:

    The site had its origins in February 1996, at the dawn of the Web, but the blog took off seven years later. So let’s see. After 4,110 posts and 22,355 comments, we must have something going.

    Thanks for going along for the ride. Let’s keep on rocking.

  2. Ken Stone - January 26, 2013

    And if you’re a consumer of herbal medicines, check out my brother (Dr.) Al’s website at Consider it thanks for setting up (and maintaining) this blog.

  3. Rob Jerome - January 26, 2013

    Congratulations on 10 great years, Ken!

  4. Al Stone - January 26, 2013

    Ken, you held me up growing up, now I get to return the favor by administrating your website. Congrats on your anniversary. You were born to blog!

  5. Anthony Treacher - January 26, 2013

    Back on topic. That was a touching story. Eve Pell comes over as a very attractive person.

  6. peter taylor - January 27, 2013

    Agree with Anthony. A very moving story, and a very nice woman at the center of it.

  7. Mike Fanelli - January 27, 2013

    theirs was the most compellingly beautiful love story that I have ever known

  8. Grant Lamothe - January 28, 2013

    Agree with the sentiments expressed by Anthony, Peter and Mike. Touching and moving story.

    I know a few people in their 50’s, 60’s and beyond who are divorced or widowed/widowered and have given up on the idea of finding a love relationship thinking that’s it’s too late for various not-always-well-perceived reasons. Perhaps I should encourage them to read Eve’s story. I think I will: the world, or at least the world of the older formerly marrieds, can use more stories like hers.

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