Hello again, and welcome. Before I head outside to harvest some lettuce from my victory garden, I’ve opted to give you another Exemplary Codger to contemplate and emulate during those peaceful little moments between doing things: country singer Kenny Rogers.
But Kenny Rogers wasn’t always the socially-acceptable codger we have all come to know and love. Not by a long shot. During my research, I unearthed evidence that seems to suggest he was once a full-blooded hippie, fronting a hippie band and making all sorts of nonsense hippie music videos and singing hippie nonsense lyrics:
Yes, I am as stunned as the rest of you. I never would have suspected Kenny Rogers of being the hippie type. Yet despite this adverse upbringing, he sorted himself out and became the respectable country music celebrity this lifestyle column can get behind, the kind that makes sensible music videos with other respectable singers like Dolly Parton, founder of Dollywood (the more responsible alternative to Hollywood):
Did you notice Kenny’s choice of lumberjack’s attire and codgerly gray beard? I’m sure you’ll agree that they’re a big improvement over his hippie days. Kenny Rogers: Living proof that it’s never too late to abandon the hippie lifestyle in favor of greener pastures.
Until next time!