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Dec 1, 2007
What do you do with a man who decided to begin distance running competitively at 65 years of age, then went on to set track and field records, some of which still stand, and won five gold medals in international competition?

What do you do with a man who still works tending beehives and processing honey despite his age?

What do you do with a man who at 105 years of age drives or walks--depending on the weather--from his home to the post office and then to his business office six days a week?

If you want to be able to enjoy longevity and productivity like he does, you study him! And studying Waldo McBurney of Quinter, Kansas just became easier because he has written and recorded his life story in a new audio book called, "My First 100 Years!" According to the Audio Publishers Association, McBurney holds another record--the oldest person to narrate their audio autobiography.

With wit and wisdom, he chronicles his childhood and early life, college years at Kansas State University where he earned a degree in horticulture in 1927, his working life as an entrepreneur, manager, and laborer, and the role that faith, family, exercise, and nutrition play in his positive attitude toward life. In fact. He covers 21 areas of life that need balance and attention if longevity is to be yours. But at the same time, Waldo is quick to point out that while it has worked for him, your mileage may vary. "Lifestyle is more important than genetics," he says. "We don't get to choose our parents, but we can choose how we live and what we eat."

Reviews for "My First 100 Years!" are a testament to the motivating nature of McBurney:

"What a treasure! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this wonderful story! It was like being transported back to a simpler time, where country schoolhouses, daily farm chores, and personal responsibility were the norm for the day! Waldo's detailed picture of hard work on the family farm in the early 1900's, and his reverence for a wise and thrifty Mother who could run circles around Martha Stewart encouraged me to count my blessings and to appreciate the modern day conveniences we so take for granted. With gentle humility, and a wonderful sense of humor, Waldo McBurney challenged me to examine my priorities and see life through his valuable filter of wisdom and life experiences. He shares a wealth of his own health and fitness information, which has motivated me to dust off my own running shoes, and think twice about what I eat. If you are a runner, know a runner, or are just interested in knowing the secrets to a long and successful life, this man's fascinating story is a MUST HAVE! I guarantee that you will be inspired and encouraged as you listen to this story of the youngest centenarian you will EVER meet!" ~A.Ibe-Boise, Idaho

"...we don't just read about McBurney's life, we hear it directly from him. In slice of life segments, we're treated to a portrait of a man who filled his life with work, faith, family and fun. A beekeeper and medal winning runner long past the time others have given up both work and sports, McBurney recounts his adventures...a mixture of autobiography, philosophy, advice on healthy living and eating. A story of encouragement, faith and hope." ~Author's Choice Reviews

So if you've been wondering what to give a recent retiree, or need a Christmas gift for anyone in that age group, Waldo McBurney's book could help add years to their lives. Free gift-wrap and free shipping from the publisher's Web site www.audiobookman.com from now until Christmas.
About the Author
Terry Lessig is a writer and an audio publisher. Visit http://www.audiobookman.com, or read his blog at http://terrylessig.spaces.live.com
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