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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Greenpoint Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983237018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983237013
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Older age doesn't mean the end of desire and excitement. gOld demonstrates, beautifully, how new adventures continue to unfold in later life, and this is certainly good news for the baby boomers."  -- Dr. Ruth Westheimer

"Harry Getzov has created an informative and easy-to-read collection of fascinating interviews-compiled from visits with people throughout the country. Beautifully written, gOld provides us with a broad perspective on what gives meaning and purpose to life." -- Susan Perlstein, The National Center for Creative Aging; Elders Share the Arts

"Harry Getzov provides a beautiful gift to every reader: To those who, like my mother, live well into their older years and, perhaps more important, to those of us who need to be reminded that behind the face of an older person is the spirit of eternal life. May this book open many minds and illuminate many hearts." -- Marianne Williamson

"It simply felt good to be around him." So writes Harry Getzov in gOld about the beautiful gardener who had a powerful influence on him as a child. We can say the same thing about all the wonderful individuals who appear in gOld: It feels good to be around them." -- Jennifer Read Hawthorne, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

"gOld is a true gem that lends such a sweet and tender voice to a generation that has gone unheard for far too long. I laughed - I cried - I rejoiced - as I am sure you will!" -- Grammy winning music icon, Patti Austin

About the Author

Prior to developing Eldercation, (and writing "gOld"), Harry J. Getzov worked as an attorney in the music and entertainment business, first as Vice President of Business Affairs at Atlantic/Select Records and then as a solo practitioner, counseling artists in the music, theater, literary, television and motion-picture industries. He also served as personal manager for several well-known entertainers, including The Jerky Boys, who, under his guidance, achieved international success in music and in comedy, selling millions of albums and videos, as well as starring in their own major motion picture. The Jerky Boys were twice nominated for Grammy Awards as Best Spoken Word recording artists.

In addition to a degree of Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, Getzov obtained a bachelor's degree from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts and studied at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College in New York City. He has been admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star, the Press Journal and amNew York, and he has been a guest on radio in the communities he has visited throughout the country. Getzov speaks frequently to students as well as to public and private audiences about Eldercation and intergenerational communication.

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Prior to developing Eldercation, (and writing "gOld"), Harry J. Getzov worked as an attorney in the music and entertainment business, first as Vice President of Business Affairs at Atlantic/Select Records and then as a solo practitioner, counseling artists in the music, theater, literary, television and motion-picture industries. He also served as personal manager for several well-known entertainers, including The Jerky Boys, who, under his guidance, achieved international success in music and in comedy, selling millions of albums and videos, as well as starring in their own major motion picture. The Jerky Boys were twice nominated for Grammy Awards as Best Spoken Word recording artists.

In addition to a degree of Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, Getzov obtained a bachelor's degree from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts and studied at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College in New York City. He has been admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His articles have appeared in the The Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star, the Press Journal and amNew York, and he has been a guest on radio in the communities he has visited throughout the country. Getzov speaks frequently to students as well as to public and private audiences about Eldercation and intergenerational communication.

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Read Harry J. Getzov's book gOld: The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations.
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Aging is an experience we'll all have (if we're lucky!), and it's books like this that will help our society embrace and learn from the aging experience.
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In today's society, where the elderly are often dismissed and under-appreciated, it is refreshing to find a book that celebrates the older generation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron Darling on October 20, 2011
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I always thought my attitude about aging was unique until I read the stories in Gold about so many men and women who feel like they cannot wait for the dawn of another day. They are alive, and full of zest. I have great admiration for the author, Harry Getzov, who is so far on the sunny side of seventy, but who understands that we really are only as old as we feel. There are deep sociological implications in the fact that in 10 years so many millions of us will be over seventy. I very much appreciate the author's determination to interview men and women from so many walks of life ranging from the wealthy and famous to those of very limited means.
I can't say enough good things about this book or the message of hope that it brings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily B. on October 24, 2011
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"gOld" is a unique collection of the most valuable possessions we have as human beings - experiences. Getzov's compassionate account of numerous interviews from the famous to the everyday person you may encounter on a street corner or in line at a grocery store, offers what our society seems to be lacking - true value and appreciation for those who have more life experiences than the rest of us.

This book is a MUST READ for anyone who plans on growing older - that is, all of us!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily Allen, managing editor, OfficePro Magazine on October 24, 2011
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You need to read this book!

gOld is filled with fascinating people and their stories. Readers from every generation--Gen Z to Baby Boomers--would benefit and be uplifted by the narratives found in its pages.

After walking away from the daily grind and going into business for himself, author Harry Getzov started meeting and speaking with "people of age" (that's what I'll call them). First, it started just by his strolling down to the coffee shop and chatting with the locals; then in a deliberate fashion, by seeking out people to interview. Gertzov is an expert at framing the stories in such a way that every time you read an interview, you come away with a nugget you can use in your daily life.

I loved Gertzov's interview with Dr. Maya Angelou, where she tells of how her grandmother raised her from the age of 3 to 13. One of the bits of wisdom she learned from her grandmother she passes along to gOld readers: "If you're on a road--or if somebody puts you on a road--you don't like...If you look ahead and you don't like where you're going, and you look back, and you don't want to return from where you came, just step off the road. Make yourself a brand-new path."

gOld is filled with truth from seniors who have weathered decades of birthdays and are still living very vibrant, hopeful and useful lives. If you're approaching middle-age and find yourself fearing that next decade birthday, gOld will set your mind at ease. Old age doesn't mean useless and forgotten anymore. There's a lot of life left. gOld can inspire you "make yourself a brand-new path."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaia on October 23, 2011
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Not only is this a unique idea for a book, but it is beautifully executed. Getzov's conversational style immediately made me feel as if he were personally introducing me to his most-valued friends. My heart was in my throat as I read the opening pages, which set a touching and reverential tone for the rest of the work.

Getzov's personality and gifts as a writer are very evident; and yet, what really shines are the stories told by his interviewees. He builds an elegant framework and then respectfully lets them speak for themselves. Each short story is faithfully presented with the chuckles, smiles, and other physical cues that another author might have discarded. Yes -- some of his interviewees are famous, but many of them are not. This book is a treasure chest of stories that might otherwise have never been made known. How lucky are we that Getzov thought to ask these people for their wisdom? And what does it say about him that they were willing to open up so frankly?

I, for one, am anxious for a follow-up book. Or a series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sophie15 on October 23, 2011
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I read this book after it was given to me as a gift thinking it would be a collection of sweet stories. I was deeply moved by the detail and commitment of the work in between the pages. Gold is a book in honor of the process of getting older and the wonderment of the people interviewed as they age.
As a result of reading this book I have ordered copies to give clients as an appreciation of our relationship that spans decades in many instances. Harry encapsulates commitment to dignity and wisdom as people age in this work.The book is a reflection of what I have personally witnessed.
I am a financial advisor who has worked with clients for more than 30 years. Now I am the age that several were at the time I started as an advisor. Both clients and their families have shared triumphs and tribulations over time. These people have been gifts in my life and the stories in GOLD are representative of how they live, with passion and commitment to life and learning.

60 is the new 60, not the new 40, and we can applaud Harry Getzov for producing a book that honors just that!
You will be touched by GOLD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Strickland on October 26, 2011
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And thanks to Emily, my friend who has met the author and gave me this book to read. I'm another baby boomer who is heading down the road to the "gold age". Reading this inspired me to make the best of it and more appreciate those who have. Loved the words of wisdom from people who have learned so much from life.
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