How Leo Fender Found His Groove by Debra Eve | LaterBloomer.com

Happy Birthday, Leo! August 10 is the 105th anniversary of his birth and I’m reposting this in his honor.

So what do these folks have in common?

Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix
Steve Harris
Buddy Holly
John Lennon
John Mayer
Bonnie Raitt
Sting

They span three generations, from Buddy Holly (born 1936) to John Mayer (born 1977). They’re not all guitarists. Sting and Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden) play bass.

Of course, they all favor the legendary Fender instruments conceived by a late-blooming accountant named Clarence Leonidas Fender (1909-1991). {Read on—>}

Telling Life's Stories at LaterBloomer.com

I’m honored to feature a guest post by Lynne Strang this July 4th weekend—a great time to collect family stories! 

I had never heard of a “personal historian” until nearly three years ago.

That’s when I came across a 2010 Wall Street Journal story mentioning Jennifer Campbell, who launched Heritage Memoirs, a personal history business in Uxbridge, Ontario, at age 54.

The article led to an interview with Jennifer for my book, Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40.

It also provided a first glimpse at personal history, a fascinating world. {Read on—>}

The Late Bloomer and The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

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Lilian Jackson Braun published who first novel at age 52, featuring a feline gumshoe named Koko. Her publisher rejected the fourth installment because it didn’t contain sex and violence and Lilian refused to compromise…

Julia Margaret Cameron on Failing in the Dark

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At age 48, Julia Margaret Cameron taught herself to use a new invention, the camera. Photographers still admire her images, many of which have changed the way we view the medium.

The Imaginary Landscapes of Late Bloomer Henri Rousseau

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After decades as a customs inspector, Henri Rousseau picked up a brush and taught himself to paint. He submitted his work to the official Salon, but they rejected him for lack of skill. Rousseau refused to give up.

From Richard Adams: Clean Air and A Classic Tale

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Watership Down may have started as a way to entertain two little girls on a car trip, but it made author Richard Adams a literary sensation at 53.

The Mystical Midlife Adventures of Alexandra David-Néel

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In 1924, at age 56, a genteel Frenchwoman disguised as a peasant hiked through the Himalayas to become the first Western woman into Tibet’s forbidden city, Lhasa.

Was Late Bloomer John Muir the Father of Steampunk?

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We remember John Muir for his fierce devotion to nature, not the wacky clockwork machines he refused to patent because he wanted everyone to benefit. Like many late bloomers, he possessed wide-ranging passions.

A Late Bloomer’s Animated Musical Rocks!

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Steve’s Quest is a rock opera that follows Steve, a young software engineer who struggles with work, love, and getting a science fiction novel published. And it’s written by a late bloomer!

A Midweek Motivational: Inspiring Hope One Story at a Time

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Hope is the thing with feathers / that perches in the soul / and sings the tune without the words / and never stops at all.
~Emily Dickinson