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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

8/15/07 "Music Man"

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Have you ever met a person in their golden years who had more energy, stamina, and wonderment than most twenty somethings? Recently I did. He's a delightful man about to turn 80 years old. He lives on the south side. Gerry Glysz was kind enough to show me his collection of vintage accordions. He has more than one hundred. He was such a good time, that it was hard to call a trip to his house work. I along with photojournalist Andrew Triplett went to his home to tape a Positively Milwaukee story. (It will air this coming Monday August 20th.) We both left his home inspired. Gerry showed off his collection, told us a few racy jokes, and entertained us. He was a blast! He's been performing for more than seven decades. Gerry is a popular accordion player with gigs all over the area. Gerry, is also a Korean War veteran and a widower. Obviously he's seen some tough times. But his love of music, and his joy of entertaining makes him younger than most half his age. I am convinced that the secret to growing old gracefully is to nurture your passion. It may be art, music, dance, drama, or writing. Those who release their creative sides seem happier and live longer. Thanks Gerry, for inviting us to your home. It was music to our ears, and food for our soul.

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