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Radio City Music Hall, George Kalinsky/AP
The interior of New York's Radio City Music Hall

Lifelong Dreams Don’t Die with Age

August 02, 2008 08:02 AM
by Sarah Amandolare
A 67-year-old man has spent his life savings to perform at Radio City Music Hall, one of many people pursuing lifelong dreams far into adulthood.

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Jack Moelmann, a retired Air Force colonel, has spent his entire life savings, a total of $120,000, to perform on the venue’s celebrated Wurlitzer organ on August 9. Moelmann “has a passion for playing the pipe organ,” according to the New York Post.

The Wurlizer at Radio City has been there since the venue opened in 1932, and Moelmann has long imagined playing it himself. “One day back in February, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘Jack, you have a dream, go for it,’” he said.

Moelmann considered inviting the Rockettes to perform with him, but could not afford the extra $5,000. He expects to earn his money back from ticket sales, and plans to give any extra to charity.

Many others are also refusing to give up on their dreams, pursuing goals later in life. Celebrities like Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks have played baseball with the pros, and Bill Gates is reportedly considering a trip to outer space when flights become available.

Everyday people are also using retirement years to go after their dreams. The New York Times has dubbed the intrepid retirees “silver entrepreneurs.”

Headline Link: Moelmann takes Radio City

Related Topic: Living life to the fullest

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