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The 2010 Ten

Posted December 15, 2010, 11:29 am in News

As the year draws to a close, we're taking a look back to see what stories YOU were watching this year. We've compiled a list of the most-viewed stories of the year, with a few bonuses thrown in for good measure. We have to admit, a few of the most popular stories took even us by surprise. One thing we've learned is that you love some of the interesting characters we find.

Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present The 2010 Ten:

10. Think Pink Lemonade Stand

We like to say that it's never too late to start Growing Bolder. Two timid third-graders, motivated by a great loss, have proven it's also never too early. Filled with grief but driven by a desire to honor her mother, Victoria Petrucelly and her best friend Jesse Theobald turned a lemonade stand into a life lesson for us all.

9. Growing "Bull"der

They've retired from the rodeo, but these two brothers are still, well, bullish, when it comes to what you can do as you get older.  Just don't mess with their bodyguard.

8. Oleda Baker: A Model for Lifelong Learning

Oleda Baker is a former supermodel who's never had a facelift, yet still looks half her age. She's the designer of health and beauty aids sold worldwide. She's a self-taught artist exhibited in museums. Her looks will dazzle, her resolve will empower and her example will forever alter your image of aging!

7. Skydivers Over Sixty Smash World Record

Growing Bolder is something anyone can do. Knitters. Dancers. Writers. Painters. Entrepreneurs. This is how skydivers do it. It's one of the most inspiring, empowering and unforgettable world records ever, and only Growing Bolder was there to document it.

6. Lucky's Lake Swim

We're in the business of finding cool people doing remarkable things. Or remarkable people doing cool things. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer is both. He gets up every morning and swims across the large lake behind his house -- and he invites the world to join him.

5. They Don't Ride Like This Anymore

Well, maybe THIS guy does. Growing Bolder introduces you to Rhett Rotten, a young man dedicated to keeping the tradition of the Wall of Death alive.

4. Hot Chicks and Cool Cars

Even in his 90s, he's a young man at heart. Our pal Banana George admits to still having an eye for the ladies and a love of fast cars. He's also got a few tips for living a long and active life. Hop in -- the bananamobile is cruisin' for chicks.

3. Happiness is a Red Hat

There are thousands of ladies suffering from a happiness hangover -- their faces are numb from smiling, their voices hoarse from laughing, and their feet sore from dancing. GB stopped by the Red Hat Society's 10th Annual Convention and found women from all over the world intensely focused on the business mission -- having a good time.

2. The Fastest '57 Chevy in the World

Collectible cars are holding up surprisingly well in this down economy. The reason? Boomers with bucks. An old car is an increasingly popular way to recapture the excitement of our youth. In this GB Classic, Marc gets an unforgettable ride in a '57 Chevy that has been "slightly" customized. Fasten your seatbelt -- this is gonna be a wild ride.
1. Romancing the Road

This is the video that made a star out of Rachel Veitch. When we first met her, she was 89 years old and loved to travel the country with her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, aka Chariot. For decades, they quietly traveled 540,000 miles together. Now, Rachel and Chariot have been places they never imagined.

First, there was an appearance on NBC's Today Show, then she spent the summer traveling to car shows around the country, and then there was her big moment -- an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Along the way, millions of people around the world have fallen in love with the feisty, outspoken and independent now-92-year-old. At last count, our original story, Romancing the Road, was up to 6.5 million pageviews. Join the club and meet Rachel Veitch. You'll never forget her.

The Runner-ups:

With so many great stories, there are still new characters left for you to meet. Here are other stories that just barely missed making the top 10 this year:
  • At 104, Artist Still in Love With Life: At 104, he's still in love with life, still in love with his wife, and still in love with his art. And he's not alone. Major museums and art collectors worldwide covet his work. Come along for an exclusive look inside the life of artist Harold Rotenberg.
  • Who Ya Gonna Call? Reclusive actor, comedian, musician, and entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd rarely gives interviews. He once said, "I don't believe in low profile; I believe in no profile." Come along as we catch up with Aykroyd on his national bottle signing tour. His what?s
  • Creating a Life of Exquisite Harmony: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson's artwork is bright, cheerful, and whimsical, much like the artist herself. It consists of pieces of paper ripped apart and then reassembled into something more beautiful and more profound. Like her art, Elizabeth's own life was ripped apart as a young college student and has been reassembled in a way that can only be described as "Exquisite Harmony."
  • Inside the Folk Den: Since 1995, Byrds founder Roger McGuinn has worked to keep the legacy of American folk music alive. Every month, he records a song for his Grammy-nominated Folk Den project. This is an exclusive inside look.


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