Work on The AntiAging & Longevity Project began as
I exhibited more & more symptoms my geriatric patient clients reported.
Individuals are generally unwilling to hire an outside
consultant, choosing instead to trust their insurance adjuster. ..
:-o.. IMHO, never totally trust an insurance company.
Adjuster promotions are not
based on generosity, kindness or compassion.
I have had the pleasure and opportunity to work with
a full range of patient clients.
As a Director of Nursing
I had the opportunity to work with and evaluate literally 1000s of long
term care patient / clients.
Detailed medical histories and current situations ..
diagnosed & undiagnosed conditions.
A relationship with patient clients that is unique
As a case manager muscular skeletal
injury patient clients comprised 90% of my work load.
I was a Vietnam era Air Force Medic.
After working in a variety of Health Care / Hospital /
Rehabilitation / Long term Care facilities I realized that rehabilitation
was / is the most personally and professionally satisfying field for this
confirmed patient's advocate.
I have had the honor & privilege of working closely
with the team doctors of Houston Oilers (RIP, anyone else
remember the Houston Earl-ers), Houston Rockets & Houston Astros.
Hakeem Olajuwon's knee surgeon is good for me ..& Larry
Dierker's neurosurgeon is way acceptable..
.. my patient / clients always enjoy exam room pictures
of their Doc on the field.
Working with the teaching doctors at The UT Medical
School or The Baylor College of Medicine is always an honor.
I tend to refer patient clients to high profile / teaching doctors.
A referral to a Medical School Department Head is always reassuring for
my clients ..
& an easy no brain-er for me.
My educational back ground combined with 50 years experience
( ouch! damn, that's hard to even type much less accept ) in
exercise physiology, medical rehabilitation and long term care has
provided me with the opportunity to evaluate the multiple factors involved
athletic performance &
the maturation process.
IMHO, the better the Doctor the more open & cooperative
the doctor is.
Incompetent Doctors are the most resistive to
cooperation or openly
In my youth, this humble author was a competitive
I trained with & under U.S. Olympic Team and University
coaches : Richard Quick, James McNalley, Phil Hansel and Pat Patterson.
I have had the privilege of training with and competing
against multiple National & Olympic Champions.
I worked out daily with 2 Olympic Gold Medalists
Joan Spillane & Caren Cone (Beautiful, radiant & blonde Caren did
TV commercials in the '60s).
Record setting 1967 SWC champion Robert
Graham was a college teammate, close personal friend and constant inspiration.
Captain Robert Graham was a highly
decorated US Navy Seal in Vietnam
In 1957 I started lifting weights using a 1956 manual written by Texas A&M's strength coach Emil Mamaliga.
A 110 pound bar bell / dumb bell set + a chin up bar allowed
99% of the movements provided by huge workout centers.
"Mammy" was also coach of a summer swimming program
at the old Golfcrest Club in east Houston.
"Mammy" was Randy Matson's strength coach at
Texas A&M in
the late '60's when Randy set the World Record in the Shot Put.
Wish I still had Mammy's book .. amazing how the basics
covered in that 1956 large format manual remain as current as
Principle .. that manual disappeared along
with my huge collection of baseball cards when I went off to college
.. & my old bedroom became mom's hobby room.
This author first became familiar
with clock based intervals while training under Phil Hansel along with Olympians Caren Cone, gold medal 1956 Melbourne Olympics,
& Joan Spillane, gold medal 1960 Rome Olympics.
My coaches Pat Paterson & Phil
Hansel went on to become head coaches at the University of Arkansas & University
Stanford coach & US Olympic
coach Richard Quick was also in that very special pool.
What a group that was!
even as a 12 -18 YO I appreciated how special that group was.
I've been preachin'
Interval Training for 30 years .. it's good to see the
main line exercise big dogs finally comin' around
Athletically I was a consistent City /
State / Regional
winner .. & an equally consistent national wanna be. My
times placed me in the NCAA top 10 several times during the middle '60s ..
but top 10 doesn't result in many kudos.
I did win one National YMCA championship, but that
was a fluke.
Hey, the black & white video made Houston local TV in 1962.
Houston City, Texas State and Southwest regional
championships were the pinnacle of my achievements.
3 year college letterman, with several second and
third place finishes in the then glorious Southwest Conference.
After a good freshman year, I had a SWC championship in my sights for
the spring of 1966.
Over the summer of 1965, Texas recruited the 1965 national Junior College
Champion & SMU brought in the British Empire Champion from South
Competing against the likes of
Midland & UT Arlington's Multi Gold Medal Olympian Doug Russell (1968's
version of Michael Phelps or Mark Spitz) on a regular basis was a humbling experience.
Doug was a reality check to the max!
My fastest 100 relay split was when Doug & I 'hit the
water together' on a relay, every knowledgeable person in the building knew I 'did not
have a chance in hell' to maintain our position.. & I didn't.. but swam
the fastest 100 of my career!
My fastest 200 was in the 1966 SWC meet. I was
in lane 3 .. in the always cold water of the UT Natatorium .. next to SMU's
British Empire Champion from South Africa Vernon Slovan ..
& again, I got my butt handed to me .. but what a glorious memory that race
remains in my personal memory bank ..
Career best race .. perhaps the best I ever felt in a race ..
strength & power 'til the last stroke.
.. personal best is what matters.
Don't bother just to be
better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than
yourself.~ William Faulkner.
To be your best is what life is all about.
A shoulder injury during the 1967
season ended my
dreams of winning much more than personal satisfaction.
I remember circumstance of the injury
today like it was yesterday .. & my shoulder hurts this morning! :-(
Weekly cortisone & pain killer injections
into the shoulder by the team doctor allowed me to continue to compete ..
but he did me no long term favor.
Poor form & the stupid Bart Star
Exergenie isometric / isotonic pulley system caused (NOT) the
My above statement regarding the
Exergenie resulted in a conversation with Jim Warren managing director of
exergenie.com .. check it out.
That Exergenie did travel with me on
college summer working vacation trips to Europe & South America as a
merchant marine seaman.
The "old salt seamen" thought I
was totally nuts, working out with that Exergenie after 12 hours of manual
No matter what the equipment always
protect your joints through proper form.
I began to be aware of
nutrition at about the same
time as I began sports.
Meal timing was based on practice schedule .. 3 -4
workouts per day from when I was 13 til I was 21.
I left the house by 5:30 AM through out high school.
Huge & high protein meals were part of my teenage life.
5 egg breakfast with piles of assorted breakfast meats
.. & Texas sized steak w/ large mixing bowls of veggie de jour for dinner.
My regular late night snack at Broadway Drug's Soda
Fountain was a Vanilla Malt with 2 raw eggs in it.
Dear 'ol mom made "high protein" candy from
Milk. (nasty stuff!)
.. might be the only "candy" I've ever declined to eat!
became aware that veggies were good in the late 50s.
'Course a salad in the '50s was seasonal .. ice berg lettuce,
carrot, celery, tomato & cucumber.
I never remember leaving the potato skin of a baked potato on the plate ..
I may leave some of the 'white pulp', but never the skin. To this day
for soups I skin potatoes, keep the skin & toss the pulp!
I understood the benefit of vegetable fiber, but do not recall the term
'fiber' until the early '70s.
I ran into an old swim / surf buddy at Henry Fry's
Surf Shop several years ago, mid '90s .. 1st old tale Sammy
(ok, ok.. Sam, Attorney at Law!) told was of my propensity for
eating raw veggies in the early '60s .. then we got to talk about the fun
stuff .. like Spring dawns
at Quintana ... with a storm in the Gulf.
& .. seems I intuitively knew that macaroni in any form and Jell-O of any
color were not "salad".
I enjoy working on this evolving project.
To finish a work? To finish a picture?
What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it
of its soul, to give it its final blow, the coup de Grace for the painter as
well as for the picture. ~ Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Memories from my seafaring youth ..
memories that I'm sure have been glorified & embellished over the past
The seamen I
remember so well .. men like I've never encountered since.
Boots was a
seaman that had 3 ships shot out from under him in the North
Atlantic during WW II. Boots taught me how to tie
seaman's knots. Boots pointed to stars /
constellation I had never previously considered as we steamed
across the North Atlantic.
Pork Chop was
a huge man that took me under his wing. He took me a
subtitled movie (Godzilla) with his family in Buenos Aires.
Bosun was a
stocky hard core no nonsense seaman. He introduced to a
lass in Uruguay that I fondly remember 'til this day.
Annie introduced me to ganja in an alley behind the bar she
worked at .. then took me to her apartment. I can clearly
remember her, her smile & her graciousness til this day.
My nickname was
In the late '60s you could walk
into the old SIU (Seafarers International Union) Hall on Canal St. in Houston with no seaman's
experience, much less seaman's papers, & catch a ship the next day!
After 3 summers I made it to AB
(Able Body Sea Man.)
My first ship, '66, was a WWII
Liberty Ship (440' C-3) fresh out of "moth balls". (Vietnam was a boon to the US
Merchant Marine Fleet.)
No GPS, navigation was via a
communication was via Morse Code, that communications crewman was known as
A major North Atlantic storm on
a creaking & groaning Liberty Ship is unforgettable .. bow out of the water,
then crashing below the surface (literally, waves rolling over bow), then a
huge wall of water rolling down the deck, crashing
into the focsal's bulkhead ... over & over.. "batten the hatches,
1000s of Liberty Ships were
built during WW II by the US to supply Europe .. through German U-Boat blockades.
Liberty ships were intended to
be 'throw down ships' with survival for 1 Atlantic crossing through German
U-Boats the WWII goal.
Construction techniques to
improve durability were actually discarded for the sake of speedy
production. To speed up ship building, the Liberty was the first ship
built without rivets .. the first ships to be constructed 100% with welds.
Liberty ships were well known
for their creaking & groaning.. many were built in as little as 10 days ..
the record was a 400' ship built in under 4 days!
Liberty's were know to crack
into pieces when the newly utilized welding techniques failed .. to
literally break into 2 pieces in a heavy storm.
In '68 we went through a small
hurricane 2 days out of Beaufort, NC on 1000' modern hulled tanker
& it was actually not much, a rough ride, but nothing like North Atlantic
swells rolling down the deck of that rickety ancient Liberty Ship.
I was on a grain ship in June of '67, 10 days
out of Houston headed to New Candela, India. Crossing the Med to the
Suez when the Israeli Arab 6 Day War broke out. The US Navel Ship the
USS Liberty was bombed by Israel less than a day ahead of
us. We were surrounded by the US 6th Fleet & forcibly rerouted to off load the
grain in Tito's Yugoslavia. Rejika,Yugoslavia (aka the Communist
Rivera) on the Adriatic is quite beautiful .. the Southern Alps come down to
the sea at Rejika .. & I have never made it to India.
Union overtime wage in
1966 for an ordinary seaman was $1.89 per hour OVERTIME! ..still far
better than the $4.50 per day I got in 1969 as a 1 stripper fresh out
of Basic Training in the 'Vietnam
era US Air Force'.