- A popular Denver anchorman who lost his job to downsizing in his 50s and then fulfilled his dream of becoming a veterinary technician.
- A New York City marketing exec who gave up retirement and started a non-profit to help young men plan for life after prison.
- A sharecropper from Alabama who became a world-renowned folk artist in his 60s.
- A salesman who took a "gap year" in his 40s and wound up as a wildlife researcher and loon expert in Maine.
- A commercial banker who left the business to buy a popular zoo in the heart of Louisiana's "Cajun Country."
- An Oregon gas station owner who at 48 went on a trip of a lifetime by attaching helium balloons to a lawnchair and taking flight across two states.
- A former pro basketball player and marketing rep who became an urban farmer in his 50s and started a non-profit to provide healthy foods to under-served populations in the Midwest.
- A retired Marine Corps major, Vietnam vet and cancer survivor who became an award-winning teacher of students with behavioral problems in southern California.
- A mortgage banking officer who became a nurse practitioner in his 50s and now works with HIV/AIDS patients in Palm Springs.
- A former grocery store owner who returned to his love of flying and become a commercial airline pilot in his 40s.
- A fiber optics pioneer who, at age 60, became the third self-funded "space tourist" to visit the International Space Station.
- A musician and recovering addict who was a front-line volunteer after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Sri Lanka tsunami, and helped found a hospital after the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.
- An ex-Wall Street titan who at 57 is one of the first fellows of Harvard University's new Advanced Leadership Initiative, which trains former business executives for the nonprofit world.
- A high school dropout and electronics repairman who, at 70, is pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Kentucky.
- The former "public face" of a pioneering Public Television station who retired to become a "wolf ambassador" at Yellowstone National Park.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Defying Gravity, Too!
The interviews for the male sequel to Defying Gravity are done! Here are some of the men: