Expressions of Aging is John Keston’s autobiography, which I co-wrote with him in 2011. In 1993, a few months shy of his 70th birthday, Keston became the oldest person ever to break 3 hours for a marathon. The moment he turned 70, he set out to do it again – a feat that would give him the 70-74 age-group world record. A man of passion and diverse interests (in his professional life the British-born Keston had been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, starred in a Neil Simon musical, raised turkeys, and lied about his age to enlist in the RAF), Keston threw himself at the goal more times than sanity would suggest, repeatedly coming within a whisker of success before succumbing to yet another disaster. Ten marathons later…well, we won’t spoil the ending, though the heart of the story is about the quest and his evocative descriptions of racing and the joy of running. Mixed in are descriptions of his other feats – many quite humorous – all depicting a man whose primary characteristic was something his British compatriots would have called “sheer cussed-mindedness.”
Unfortunately, the book never made onto a Kindle, but print copies still exist. Contact me if you want one.