Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on July 30, 1994 · Page 47
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Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California · Page 47

Santa Cruz, California
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Saturday, July 30, 1994
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NEVER-EVERS A feeling of significance ' I like to do a lot of different things it keeps life interesting.' Harold Hannah w all right. Rut as long as I can, I will." Stephen Powelson: It's Greek to him At the age of 60, CPA Stephen Powelson had a little extra time on his hands and decided to dig out his old copy of Homer's "Iliad," which he hadn't touched in 44 years. He started to memorize it in the ancient Greek! "I didn't want to remain idle," he explains. Powelson, who lives outside of Paris, won prizes in Greek and Latin in prep school that allowed him to go to Harvard. He is now showing his gratitude by doing an "Iliad" recitation tour of universities and other institutions, traveling at his own expense. But that's not his only motivation. "Every person has a secret wish to experience immortality. My way of experiencing it is to absorb an immortal poem he 'Iliad' and make it part of me." The "Iliad" has 15,693 lines, and Powelson is less than a 1,000 lines away from memorizing the whole thing. How does he do it? . "For 16 years I've given one hour a day to this project," Powelson says. "I memorize not only the words, but the action. I try to think in Greek." Powelson also uses mnemonic devices, such as" associating the first letter of each line with something that starts with the same letter. By MARY LOU BENDRICK THE ActiveTimes Never-Ev-er Club congratulates those who don't believe that age is the determining factor in experiencing the variety of life. Kay Fund: Civic leader "Age does not have to stop anyone from dreaming, trying and getting out there," says 71 year-old Kay Fund of Evanston, 111. And she should know. After retiring, Fund moved from Chicago to the suburb of Kvanston where she was accepted into "leadership Evanston," a civic leadership program. "I was their token little old lady," she laughs. After nine months of training, Fund saw an opening on the Evanston Housing Commission. "I love city government, but I had never worked there. I saw a vacancy, applied and, by golly, I was accepted. You get a feeling of significance, of having a voice," she enthuses. At age 48, Fund got double bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology, but that wasn't enough. At age 50 she received her master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago and went to work as a social worker. Fund is also active in the Evanston Neighborhood Conference, an organization concerned with helping youth and minority populations. She heads to her knitting machine to relax. "That's the key to being a busy .person," she says, "having something to lose yourself in." Harold Hannah: Law professor Long after after he retired, Harold W. Hannah is back at work, where his career includes research, writing and a 140-mile commute home to a farm near rural Texico, 111. A law school graduate, Hannah left his law practice to do extension work and consulting at the At age 83, law professor Harold Hannah is still learning. Powelson also enjoys chess, tennis and figure water-skiing. Now 76 years old, he hopes to be the first recorded person to memorize the entire "Iliad." If you're over 50, and have done University of Illinois' College of Agriculture. After retiring from the University at age 60, he returned to private practice. Not long after giving law a second try, he was invited to teach agricultural law at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a post he has held for 22 years. "I like to do a lot of different things it keeps life interesting," Hannah says. In addition to teaching, Hannah writes for the "American Veterinary Medical Association's Journal," and he just finished a novel about his childhood days on a farm. He walks daily, tends two large gardens, saws wood for fitness and still enjoys pistol shooting. At 83, he has no plans for retirement. "Its hard sometimes on a cold day to make yourself go out," he says. "You're tempted to say, 'I'm 83; I should stay inside and pamper myself.' There may be a day when I won't be able to do anything anymore, and if that comes, it will be Semi-retired Contractors Home & Mobile Home Repair Plumbing, elec. & remodel. Phone wires, small appliances Security doors-sold & installed Housecleaning & Yard work Rooter service. Lie. 338759 Mr. Mogg S.C. 684-1805 Wats. 722-4847 i0 sv Ml rj 15 YEAR WARRANTY FLGX-j-BGD Affordable Luxury For Active Adults Flex-A-Bed fights aches and oains four ways. At least. something you never, ever did before, write and tell us about it: ActiveTimes Never-Ever Club, P.O. Box 160, Aspen, CO 81612. All members will receive a certificate of membership, and a few will be selected for publication. 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