I am an 88 year old widower who lives alone with my Calico cat Mary in a small cottage home by Reeds Lake in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Listen, Lucy,

I am an 88 year old widower who lives alone with my Calico cat Mary in a small cottage home by Reeds Lake in Grand Rapids Michigan. I purchased my house for approximately $10,000 fifty or more years ago because I wanted a Great Dane dog as pets were not allowed in my apartment. I wanted to be a professional actor but chose to be an accountant after graduating from a small business college. My thought was if the company I was hired into went broke I would go to New York and try for the big time.

The company grew from 12 employees to over 300 when I retired 39 1/2,years later. In the meantime I satisfied my love of theater by performing in local productions. Some of the roles I did we're Estragon in "Waiting for Godot", Falstaff in Henry the Fourth part.two. Heinzie in "Pajama Game", The role Walter Mathaw did in "the Sunshine Boys". two times 17 years apart. the Fantasticks in 4 different productions playing both th fathers and the old Shakespearean actor Mortimer. Climaxing my amateur acting 4 years ago at 84 doing the lead in Allen Swift play "checking Out" of Morris Applebaum who was 83.

My weight is obese but I go to a strength and stretching class twice a week that I enjoy. I shy away from red meat and enjoy fruits and vegetables. Two Martinis, not three, nightly at 5:00 o'clock. Never smoked as I couldn't inhale or carry on a conversation with someone while smoking. Spent two years in the US Army in the USFA forces in Austria as asst Provast Sgt in the Military Police.

I was engaged unofficially once and twice with rings to lovely women. When I did marry I was about 40 to a gal twelve years younger than I. We were married for 8 years when I came home one night during cocktails when my wife announced she was pregnant. I said "now how did that happen?".

I now am enjoying a going on ten year old grandson. When I retired I decided to take up tap dancing with my wife. She died shortly after that but I kept in touch with the group and at a breakfast I met a wonderful gal 16 years younger who has been the joy of living for me the past 9 years.

That brings us up to date for my 88 years of living. My father lived to be 90, mother was 84 , my brother was 87 and my sister was 95 so who knows when my time will be.