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Remarkable People Over Eighty

Updated on August 23, 2016

No. One on Slate's List, 80 over 80

President Thomas S. Monson
President Thomas S. Monson

I was thrilled to see that my favorite person in the whole world was number one on the list Eighty Most Influential People Over Age 80 of 2009 put out annually by Slate magazine.

Thomas S. Monson is the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormons. He has been in the church leadership for most of his life. My family and I anticipate every word that he says, because he is a prophet of God for us in this day. Twice a year there is a conference in Salt Lake City where he presides and we are given counsel on how to live a happy life while we are on this earth. He promotes the doctrine that “families are forever” and even performed the marriage (sealing) for my daughter and her husband at the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters

Another person on this 80 over 80 list that I admire includes Barbara Walters as number four. She is an intelligent interviewer whom I have watched for many years. She seems very sincere and passionate about what she does. She has contributed much to women’s acceptance in the working world. Forbes named her the third most powerful woman in media in 2009.She has the ability to be sweet and bold at the same time.

Since I am from Hawaii, I will mention Daniel Inouye who is number 3 on the list. He is a senator from our state, and has been a member of Congress for as long as Hawaii has been a state. Also Daniel Akaka , number 51, who is also a senator from Hawaii.

I love music, and so I will also choose B.B. King , who is number 22 on the list. Rolling Stone named him the third greatest guitarist of all time. Then there is Tony Bennett , number 35, whom I have listened to for as long as I can remember. I think my father has all of his songs memorized.

A few TV icons I have watched over the years are Bob Barker , number 66, of The Price is Right , and Betty White number 40. I loved The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls . Now I am really showing my age. Of course I can’t leave out Kirk Douglas , #76 and his outstanding performance in Spartacus .

I always admired Billy Graham and the good he has done throughout the world. He has advised several of our US Presidents. Too bad he is unable to continue advising President Obama.

Since there are a few scoundrels on the list, I checked out how they chose the 80 over 80 . Slate said, “We've ranked these still-twinkling stars according to their power and importance, with extra credit given for energetic achievements post-80 and for being really, really, really old”.

Of course my very most favorite person over 80 is my father. He is still full of energy, wit and fun. For his 82nd birthday he went skydiving. I love cheering my father on, and hope he can make it to 100. I’m sure they just overlooked him, but he should definitely be on this list.


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You could write your own favorite people hub. Thanks for your added people on mine. Thank you.

  • Tammy L profile image

    Tammy L 

    7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

    Since all my grandparents are deceased, I can't very well put them on any kind of list for the living. One person I have always liked was Harry Morgan. Most young people don't remember him on Dragnet but I do. Another favorite of mine is Peter Falk, everyone knows him as Columbo.

    I better stop or I'll be writing hub-length comments here. LOL

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate your comments Timothy. Glad you visited my side of the web. I did write a hub about my own father and how he is the greatest father in the world.

  • Timothy Donnelly profile image

    Timothy Donnelly 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Elayne001! What a list of influential people! I also, like you and Liana, would have my own Pop included on my personal list. It is also terrific to see President Monson acknowledged as a great person of influence for so many, after all, he is the mouthpiece of God, being a latter-day prophet. Good Tidings indeed.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Liana. Yes, definitely he is a golden oldie. Thanks for your comments.

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    9 years ago

    I agree!!! Grandpa should definitely be on the list--he is a perfect example of aging well :).


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