Health Secrets From The 100-Year-Old Pitcher At Fenway’s Centennial

Bill Hogan doesn’t take any special vitamins and kale is not a mainstay of his diet.

But on Saturday, the lifelong Red Sox fan will celebrate his 100th birthday; and on that day, he’ll throw out the first pitch to commemorate the 100th birthday of Fenway Park.

Hogan is svelte and quick-witted, with an enviable memory and 18 great-grandchildren — all of whom will be at the Boston ballpark Saturday to join in the festivities.

Hogan’s secrets for longevity? Stand-up comedy, good genes, regular work-outs, lots of interesting friends and looking forward to the future.

“I do look forward to every day,” Hogan said in an interview. “Tomorrow, I’ll be 100…and Fenway is 100. I am looking forward to that.”

Born in Cambridge, Mass., Hogan attended Harvard Law School and had a long career as general counsel for New England Telephone. When his wife died 14 years ago, he moved to his own apartment in an assisted living facility in Lexington, Mass. where he now has a packed social calendar with poker games, bridge nights and lunch and dinner dates. Improv nights are a high point. “Last week, he did a five-minute standup routine at a comedy improv night,” one of his grandchildren, Austin O’Connor wrote in a loving profile published on the AARP website. “He says he killed.” Continue reading

AARP Outs Lawmakers Who Broke Pledge On Gift Ban

Message to lawmakers: Don’t cross the AARP and expect to get away with it.

The influential advocacy group for the over-50 crowd today delivered letters to 14 state representatives to remind them of the “campaign promises they made to maintain and fund the prescription drug gift ban and disclosure law.”

Happy to name names, the AARP put out a list of the reps who voted to repeal the 2008 law which bans drug companies from offering gifts, wine, lavish dinners and other freebies to physicians. The repeal passed in the House overwhelmingly Tuesday with bipartisan support as part of a budget plan. Here’s the full list of AARP promise-breakers — each of whom had signed a pledge last year to uphold the gift ban and disclosure law:

Paul Adams (R-Andover, 17th Essex District)
Richard Bastien (R-Gardner, 2nd Worcester)
Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose, 32nd Middlesex)
Edward Coppinger (D-Boston, 10th Suffolk)
Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury, 7th Suffolk)
Anne Gobi (D-Spencer, 5th Worcester)
Steven Levy (R-Marlborough, 4th Middlesex)
John Mahoney (D-Worcester, 13th Worcester)
Paul Mark (D-Hancock, 2nd Berkshire)
Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland, 7th Middlesex District)
Paul Schmid (D-Westport, 8th Bristol District)
Ellen Story (D-Amherst, 3rd Hampshire District)
Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield, 11th Hampden District)
Cleon Turner (D-Dennis, 1st Barnstable District)

The AARP, which represents more than 800,000 members in the state, says in its 2010 Voters’ Guide that each representative responded to a specific question on prescription drug affordability and also indicated support for the gift ban law.

Today’s letter, from State Director Deborah Banda and State President Linda Fitzgerald reads, in part:

AARP members were counting on you to keep your campaign promise. In the AARP Voters’ Guide, published in October 2010, you responded to a specific question on prescription drug affordability and indicated you supported maintaining and funding the prescription drug gift ban and disclosure law. But, Tuesday you voted in support of Amendment No. 230 to repeal the law. AARP members want to know why you changed your position.