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The Best Revenge: Jack Harris, WFLA radio personality

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Editor's note: Every month in 4you PRIMETIME, we'll talk to local personalities and get their thoughts on aging – and their best tips for aging well.

Jack Harris, WFLA radio personality

What's the hardest part of aging?: I would say it is the physical changes … aches and pains that come with the territory. I've been very fortunate in that I'm in pretty decent shape for my age.

And the best part of aging?: Reminiscing … and having so many memories to enjoy.

Any secrets for aging well?_  Don't reminisce too much … live for today. And think young, but act your age.

Has your job gotten easier or more difficult as time goes on?: What has changed the most about your job over the years?  My job (radio personality) has remained pretty much the same as far as on-air responsibilities … it's still a one-on-one relationship with the listener. The biggest change, and it's enormous, has been in the advent of the Internet … followed by social media … so much information now available, and it takes so much longer to digest it and glean it for my listener.

If you could go back to any age, what would it be and why?: Probably mid-40s … that was when I met and married my wife, and when my career took such dramatic changes. While somewhat vertiginous at the time, it was a time full of rich experiences in both radio and television.

Among those 55 and older, who inspires you?  My mom, now deceased, was my biggest inspiration. I find Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to be most impressive, although I think I have to wait a few years before he qualifies as "over 55." And the post-presidential George W. Bush has shown an enormous amount of character in his display of humility and aplomb, plus his work with veterans and the military has been unparalleled.

Are you making plans for retirement? Any idea what you'll do? Are you looking forward to it, or do you want to work until you're 100?:  I have no idea how I'd spend retirement … I prefer to work until I drop.

What kind of workout do you do to stay in shape?: How have you adjusted your workout as you've gotten older?  I jog -- or, actually, I call it "waddle with moderate rapidity" -- 30 minutes three times a week, and do a light weights workout thrice weekly, as well. I've pretty much followed the same routine for the past 35 years or so … just a little slower.

Name three songs on your iPod right now and the title of the last good book you read: The songs include Earth, Wind and Fire's "Fantasy" … Maroon 5's "Sunday Mornin'"… and a  bunch of Sinatra tunes. The most enjoyable book I've read recently would be Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" … I also have enjoyed everything written by Dave Barry.

If you could go back and give young Jack Harris some advice, what would it be?: Aside from admonishing a young Jack for smoking, I'd tell him, "Enjoy your youth but look forward to the future, because the best is yet to come."


Harris is on the air from 5 to 9 a.m. weekdays on WFLA, 970 AM and 105.9 FM.
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