Thursday, August 16, 2007

Peter Oakley, aka Geriatric 1927, marks One Year at You Tube

It was a year ago that this gentleman made his first appearance.

Much has happened since then and it's still going on. The high point of the year was, of course, the creation of The Zimmer Band, an assembley of old people whose recording of My Generation made a respectable showing on the popularity charts. That event launched a number of other activities, including more recordings.

These things take so long to do. And the original BBC programs than led to us doing was started way back last October and we were doing the Zimmers thing in February.
But now it's always been on the cards that the Zimmers would do a further record, and that is going to happen.
Alf, the lead singer, is now in the studios doing his rock-and-roll number and practicing his moves. And the great excitement, which is what I want to tell you about, is -- there have been many negotiations going on -- that Grandad is going to do a record as well. And at the moment the arrangements are that I will go to the studios in September and it will be done.

Here he is, folks.
This is the Colonel Sanders of You Tube.
I think he's just getting started.

1 comment:

Eric Shackle said...

You may like to read about Olive Riley , Australia’s feisty 107-year-old great-great-grandmother.

Olive, who is indisputably the world’s oldest blogger, is probably the world’s oldest YouTuber as well. She’s the star of a new video In non-technical terms, that means that millions of web surfers can now see and hear this senior citizen with a remarkable memory, as well as read posts from her blog (she calls it a blob).

Olive lives in Woy Woy, 80km. (50 miles) north of Sydney. She was born in Broken Hill , a tough mining town in Australia’s parched red centre, in 1899, when Sydney was the capital of the British colony of New South Wales, ruled from London by an aged Queen Victoria.

Olive’s Australia did not exist as a nation until January 1, 1901, when the separate colonies united to form a Federation. Her fascinating life spans three centuries.

Physically frail but mentally alert, Olive raised her three children on her own, survived two world wars , the Great Depression of the 1930s, and worked as a barmaid, an egg sorter, and a station cook in may parts of Australia.

The YouTube item , Olive Riley Returns to Broken Hill , consists of clips taken from her one hour documentary, All About Olive, shown on ABC (Australian) television last year. The film was made by Mike Rubbo who also helps her with the blog.

In the video she recalls how she was teased at school because of her surname (Dangerfield) and how, in frustration, landed a blow that laid her tormenter flat. That and other century-old escapades are re-enacted in the clip.

Olive’s blog, The Life of Riley, has a huge Internet following. Prepared by Rubbo, and based on his interviews with Olive, it attracts hundreds of enthusiastic comments from many countries, and from bloggers of all ages. It’s posted on the Internet at

Olive’s blog
Mike Rubbo, film maker (Olive’s helper)
World’s favourite grandma
Life begins at 80… on the Internet

ERIC SHACKLE (aged 88) is a retired Sydney journalist whose hobby is searching the Internet and writing about it. He writes a regular column for senior citizen webzines in US, UK, Canada, South Africa and Australia, and is copy editor of Anu Garg’s Seattle-based A Word A Day newsletter, which is e-mailed five days a week to more than 600,000 wordlovers in 200 countries.