Fran is going to be a guest on The Fred Thompson Radio Show, a national talk radio program, today at 1:45 PM ET. The show will be guest-hosted by Dom Giordano, a Philadelphia media personality, and they will be discussing current events as they pertain to small business.
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Hamilton Jordan was the Chief of Staff to President Jimmy Carter. At age 32 or so, when Jimmy Carter was in his first year as Governor of Georgia, Hamilton wrote an 80 page document outlining how he could become President. Jimmy Carter followed it to the letter, and this unknown peanut farmer from Georgia who had no chance in the world to become President became President. President Carter acknowledges that fact today, and all of us in Georgia are well versed in the legend of Hamilton Jordan.
Hamilton died 2 days ago at age 63. He had battled cancer for 20 years. I am passing on to you a message sent to me by Hamilton’s good friend, and my good friend, Scott Miller. Scott Miller is one of the great marketing minds in America. He is Chairman of the Board of Zyman Group, a marketing company that works with the biggest and best companies in America. I thought you would enjoy his thoughts on Hamilton.
Changing one’s routine is very important. Sometimes we call it vacation or just getting out of our daily rut. Going to a different town, a different city, a different venue or seeing different people is so important to all of us. It gives us a chance to relax, recharge, and come back to our lives with a new enthusiasm and a fresh perspective.
Let me tell you about a vacation that I’ve taken every year since 1990, and I took it again just a few weeks ago. My wife and I go to St. Barth, which is an island in the French West Indies, 1852 miles southeast of my home in Atlanta. GA. The atmosphere is very relaxed and very French. On this island there are no Marriott’s, there are no high rise buildings, there are no golf courses. Nobody wears a coat, nobody wears a tie. There are great beaches, and a pretty harbor town. It’s very laid back, and of course, great weather.
This is a message for seniors. It is also a message for those of you who have senior grandparents, senior parents, senior aunts and uncles. Because guess what? Someday, faster than you think, you’re going to become a senior, too.
The good news about seniors is, we are living longer than any generation before us. Listen to this data. The average life expectancy of an American has doubled since 1900. A senior woman who reaches 65 years old has an average a life expectancy of 87. A senior man reaching 65 years of age will have an average life expectancy of 85 years. So we have seniors living longer, and yet we hear all the doomsayers say that people living long is somehow bad news. They say it is going to strangle the economy. They say that social security will run out of money soon and that taking care of older Americans is going to be a problem.