Overcame Adversity

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 Dozen Late-Blooming Athletes To Get You Going

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Twelve people who found their inner athlete after age 50, including a boxer, a kayaker, marathoners, bodybuilders, and yoginis (oh my!).

Anne Ramsey: 39 Years to Overnight Success

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Beloved “Goonies” actress Anne Ramsey fought through cancer to a late-blooming Oscar nomination for “Throw Momma From The Train.” We lost her too soon, but she lived her dream to the end.

P.D. James: Civil Servant to Literary Royalty

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PD James wrote her first popular mystery at age 40. Seven more followed before she retired from from civil service. Today, at age 93, she’s a baroness and still going strong!

Caroline Herschel: From Cinderella to Wonder Woman

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Caroline Herschel experienced such childhood cruelty, she thought of herself as Cinderella. Yet she overcame abuse and disfigurement to reach for the stars.

Frank McCourt: Those Who Can, Teach

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Frank McCourt taught English in New York high schools for 27 years before writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela’s Ashes, at age 66. “I refused to settle for a one-act existence.”

Alex Haley: From Dropout to Pulitzer Prizewinner

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Alex Haley took a meandering route to his calling. He dropped out of college to join the Coast Guard and honed his writing skills at Playboy magazine before publishing Roots at age 56.

Veteran Don Mittelstaedt Makes His Movie!

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From World War II battlefields to freezing Bering Sea research to Pan Am World Airways glamor, Don Mittelstaedt has shot it all. His life reads like a movie and at age 92, he’s made one!

Edgar Rice Burroughs: From Pencil Sharpener to Media Mogul

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Edgar Rice Burroughs was a rich kid turned serial business failure — until he discovered pulp fiction and created a wild man named Tarzan.

A Short Tribute to Author William Gay

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William Gay was the son of a sharecropper. He grew up a blue-collar worker, barely making a living, writing at night. At age 55, after countless rejections, he got published.