Now that turning 50 has taken root in my thoughts, I can’t help but wonder who else is in the same boat as me. Luckily, the advent and subsequent popularity of social media has created an unprecedented network of peers. I can watch high school friends, childhood friends and family members age right along with me. I can get all up in your personal business…and I do. I can see who’s trying to keep fit, eat healthy, and evolve their personal style. I could develop comprehensive peer-to-peer benchmark reports from Facebook data alone if I wanted to. But you’re already in the boat with me. It’s not terribly exciting data. I’ve spoken with many of you and received your comments on the last post to know how you are handling the big 5-0. So my mind has turned to more trivial matters. Like who are my peers in Hollywood and media? How are they holding up? Are they aging gracefully or getting some custom maintenance? If I were single and on the market, who could I dupe into going out with me? How do I stack up physically with the dudes? Let’s take a look at who will be joining us in Club 50 in 2015 and play a little Could I Date Her/Could I Take Him:
Baltimore native sun Muggsy Bogues turns 50 in January. Muggsy and his Dunbar High teammates stole plenty of joy from us Walbrook Warriors. I thought we had a pretty good team back then but we could never get past the Poets. I’m not quite sure what he is doing with himself these days, but Muggsy is looking older than 50. I expect more from a former athlete. Could I take him? Physically, I think I can take Muggsy if I can keep him from going low. At 5’3″, if he gets me around the ankles, I’m done for.
Actress Diane Lane hits 50 in January. She is still in great shape and doesn’t appear to have augmented anything. But what do I know. Could I date her? I think so. I’m charming, well traveled (in the eastern United States), and she looks like she might enjoy a glass of fine wine, something that I’m great at pretending to know a little something about.
The star of Sex in the City will reach the half century mark in March. Always the style icon, SJP keeps it together. She must eat like a bird and train like an athlete to keep that shape. Could I date her? Probably. She’s married to Matthew Broderick…what more do I need to say?
I wish I could turn 50 like Robert Downey Jr. I admire his style. Always dapper. And some killer eye-wear! The one-time drug abusing bad boy of Hollywood has really turned his life and career around and I respect that. And he is in fantastic shape. Could I take him? Doubtful. He’s probably learned some fight techniques during his Iron Man training that my Cherry Hill, Baltimore hustle, Bruce Lee movie osmosis thing can’t keep up with. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t give it my best shot.
Comedic genius Martin Lawrence joins our club in April as well. From stand-up comedy to television to box office Hollywood hits, Martin Lawrence has experienced great success. I don’t think I ever admired his fashion style though. Nothing wrong with it. I just prefer a more classic look. Can I take him? Yes. Looks like success has made ol’ Marty Mar a little soft. Plus, when has a comedian ever scared you? I could take him while even having consumed a couple of Vesper martinis.
CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield is beautiful, stylish, and appears to be defying age. Qualities that you need if you are going to have longevity in television broadcasting. Let’s be honest, no one at Syracuse University cares about what I look like sitting behind my desk or behind a radio microphone. The pressure on women it the television broadcast industry is palpable so she has to stay on top of it. Could I date her? Yes. I just need an “in”. Broadcast media is my “in”. After a couple glasses of wine and a lengthy discussion on digital disruption of traditional broadcast media…BAM!…she won’t know what hit her.
Melissa McBride, one of the stars of AMC’s The Walking Dead, will turn 50 three days after I do in May. She’s in great shape and I love how she rocks the salt and pepper pixie cut. It is most likely for TWD show but you get an idea of what she would look like if she decided to maintain a natural look. Much like the way actress Jamie Lee Curtis did and does. Could I date her? Probably not. I’m such a huge fan of the show that I would most likely trip over my words, geek out during a meeting, and mistakenly refer to her as Carol. Immediate turn off don’t you think?
Kadeem Hardison, AKA Dwayne Wayne, is another of our contemporaries. He turns 50 in July. Over the years, the kid with the flip-up sunglasses has experienced some significant shifts in weight. He’s rocking a natural salt & pepper look like us average Joes. His personal style says that he maintains a deep connection to his hometown, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. I can respect that. Can I take him? Yup. Dwayne Wayne is looking a little soft these days. Plus, he’s tall at 5’11”. If I can get down around his ankles… game over.
No one’s spark is hotter than Viola Davis right now. As she approaches 50 this coming August, her maturity as an actress positions her nicely for diverse roles. She can take it from the matronly servant to the energetic power broker. And she doesn’t look 50. But you know what they say about it not cracking. She has a beautiful smile and keeps the body tight. Though my wife Angela says that she has never seen her in a wig that compliments her. Looking good at 50 though. Could I date her? I don’t know. She seems too serious. I might come across to goofy and immature. But if I can get her to sit with me on a park bench and talk about people as they walk by…I have a shot.
I know that I a lot these folks don’t keep regular schedules like we do and have plenty of time to work with personal trainers and have personal stylists, but they inspire me to enter my 50’s fit and in style. Fit at 50. That’s my goal.