Older is Bolder. The GB Hall of Fame honors those who first achieve or continue to achieve greatness after the age of 60. These are the men and women who pursued their passions, made a difference and became role models for all time.
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The Purpose of the GB Hall of Fame
The GB Hall of Fame exists to immortalize the later life accomplishments of men and women worldwide and to smash negative stereotypes about aging.
Nominating and Selection Process
Anyone can nominate a candidate for the GB Hall of Fame by completing the official nomination form soon to be available at GrowingBolder.com.
Possible 2009 Living Nominees (Alphabetical Order)
Born: March 12, 1928
Three-time Pulitzer winner hailed as America's greatest living playwright. Plays include Zoo Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Three Tall Women.
Born: April 4, 1927
Author, poet, playwright, actress, director, educator and activist who overcame homelessness to become one of the nation's most celebrated women.
Born: August 3, 1926
Silky-voiced crooner whose winging renditions of American popular standards have enjoyed a newfound popularity.
George Blair (Banana George)
Born: Jan. 22, 1915
The ageless icon is arguably the greatest barefoot waterskier of all-time. Now in his mid-90's Banana still skis on a regular basis.
Helen Gurley Brown
Born: February 18, 1922
Author, publisher, and businesswoman. A leader of both the feminist and sexual revolutions.
Born: November 20, 1917
The senior Senator from West Virginia and the longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Byrd is third in the line of presidential succession.
Born: Oct. 1, 1924
Best known as the boy from a rural farming town in Georgia who went on to become the 39th President of the United States.
Born: April 4, 1927
Founder of the Chik-fil-A fast food chain and inventor of the first fast-food chicken sandwich.
Mary Higgins Clark
Born: December 24, 1927
Suspense and mystery writer whose 24 published novels have sold more than 80 million copies in the United States.
Born: Nov. 4, 1916
For nearly two decades, Americans overwhelmingly turned to Walter Cronkite for the day's news.
John Bennett Fenn
Born: June 15, 1917
Nobel Prize-winning chemist who won the Nobel Prize in 2002 at the age of 85. His discoveries led directly to the development of life-saving AIDS medications.
Born: July 18, 1921
He served 24 years in the U.S. Senate but is best known as the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and the oldest person to ever fly in space in 1998.
Born: November 7, 1918
Evangelical preacher who's been a spiritual adviser to every U.S. president from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush. He's the author of 25 books.
Born: March 6, 1926
As Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan was, arguably, the most powerful and influential financial figure in the world for decades.
Born: April 9, 1926
Iconic founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy. Hefner grew Playboy Enterprises internationally to include Playboy clubs, resorts, hotels, and casinos.
Born: November 11, 1920
At 87, the oldest competitive surfer in the world. A legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer and winner of countless international surfing contests.
Born: Dec. 28, 1922
Legendary comic-book writer and editor. The former chairman of Marvel Comics, Lee co-created a slew of iconic characters that have since been turned into blockbuster film franchises.
Born: July 18, 1918
He's much of his life fighting apartheid, the racist system used by the former white government of South Africa to suppress the majority black population.
Sandra Day O'Connor
Born: March 26, 1930
A mother of three from Arizona, Sandra Day O'Connor is best-known as as the first female Supreme Court Justice.
Born: April 26,1917
The Chinese-born Pei, who became an American citizen in 1954, is known as the last master of high modernist architecture.
Born: July 7, 1913
One the last original Delta blues musicians. A longtime sideman, Perkins released his first solo album in 1988, at 72.
Born: May 27, 1923
One of the most powerful media moguls of the 20th century. He has controlling interests in Viacom, CBS, MTV, Showtime, VH1, Nickelodeon, and Paramount.
Born: February 2, 1923
The Grand Dame of Dish. New York gossip columnist, at various publications, for 32 years. Her 2000 memoir, Natural Blonde, was a best-seller.
John Paul Stevens
Born: April 20, 1920
Supreme Court Justice Stevens is currently the court's oldest and longest-serving member and wrote the most-cited opinion in American law.
Born: February 02, 1925
Legendary Broadway performer who has won 5 Tony's. A superlative dramatic actress, Ms. Stritch also excelled in musical comedy,
Born: August 4, 1920
Groundbreaking female journalist and bestselling author. Thomas has covered every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy.
Born: May 9, 1918
Award-winning journalist; lead correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes for 37 years. Wallace's professional honors include at least 20 Emmy Awards.
Born: September 25, 1929
Journalist and media personality. She co-hosted 20/20 for 25 years and, in the 1970s, was the first female co-anchor of a network evening-news show.
Dr. Edgar Wayburn
Born: Sept. 17, 1906
A legendary wilderness champion and former five-term president of the Sierra Club. Credited with more of our wilderness than any person alive.
Possible 2009 Historical Nominees (Alphabetical Order)
Susan B. Anthony
Born: Feb. 15, 1820
Died: March 13, 1906
A social reformer best known as a women's rights leader, but she also campaigned against slavery.
Born: Dec, 25, 1821
Died: April 12, 1912
A pioneering founder of the American Red Cross and as a nurse who tended to wounded soldiers on Civil War battlefields.
Born: Nov. 30, 1874
Died: Jan. 24, 1965
An English statesman best known as the Prime Minister who led England during World War II.
Born: March 14, 1879
Died: April 18, 1955
A German-born theoretical physicist of profound genius who is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century.
Born: Oct. 2, 1869
Died: Jan. 30, 1948
The pioneer of non-violent mass civil disobedience, Ghandi inspired movements for civil rights and freedom worldwide.
Born: April 13, 1743
Died: July 4, 1826
Author of the Declaration of Independence whovoiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era.
Born: March 6, 1475
Died: Feb 18, 1564
An Italian sculptor, architect, painter and poet known as one of the greatest artists of all-time.
Grandma Moses (Anna Roberts)
Born: Sept. 7, 1860
Died: Dec. 13, 1961
One of the most famous American folk artists of all-time, she taught herself to paint when she was in her mid-70s.
Born: May 12, 1820
Died: Aug. 13, 1910
The founder of modern nursing and the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society.
Leroy "Satchel" Paige
Born: July 7, 1906
Died: June 8, 1982
A right-handed pitcher and legendary storyteller, Leroy "Satchel" Paige was one of the greatest baseball players of all-time.
Born: Oct. 25, 1881
Died: April 8, 1973
Picasso is generally considered the most famous and perhaps greatest artist of the 20th century.
Born: Feb. 3, 1894
Died: Nov. 8, 1978
His paintings and illustrations are known the world-over for their look at everyday life in early 20th century America.
Born: Oct. 11, 1884
Died: Nov. 7, 1962
American First Lady, humanitarian, and diplomat who became one of the most admired women in the world.
Colonel Harland Sanders
Born: Sept. 9, 1890
Died: Dec. 16, 1980
A symbol of entrepreneurial spirit, the Colonel began franchising his Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants at age 65.
Born: Feb. 21, 1893
Died: June 2, 1987
Considered the greatest classical guitarist of all-time -- credited with elevating the guitar from a folk instrument.
Born: Aug. 27, 1910
Died: Sept. 5, 1997
A Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work.
Born: May 16, 1912
Died: Oct. 31, 2008
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and broadcaster best known for his series of oral histories.
Born: Dec. 31, 1908
Died: Sept. 20, 2005
A survivor of the Nazi death camps who dedicated his life to tracking down fugitive Nazi's and fighting prejudice against all people.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Born: June 8, 1867
Died: April 29, 1959
Considered the most influential architect of his time. A pioneer ahead of his time and is easily America's most famous architect.