NC Literary Hall of Fame



Fifty Over Six​ty​: Finding Purpose and Meaning in the Second Half of Life by Wayne Drumheller

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$9.99, paperback
ISBN: 978--1974556526
June, 2018
Nonfiction: Memoir
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As a photojournalist in the mid 1960s, Wayne Drumheller met and photographed some famous and notable people who were older and wiser that he. They were: Charles Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy cartoon series; Andy Warhol, artist and illustrator; Earl Hamner, Jr., creator of the Walton's TV series; Robert F. Kennedy, attorney general and candidate for President; Bill Sobranes, distinguished columnist and news reporter; Joan Baez, poet and folk singer; Ronald Reagan, actor and candidate for the Governor of California; Carolyn Kizer, New York Pulitzer Prize writer; Haywood Hal Bruin, CBS Sports and News anchor; Johnny Crawford, actor of TV's Rifleman fame, and Lady "Bird" Johnson, First Lady of the United States.

In answer to his question of "What does one have to do to live a happy and long life?" They all presented a similar answer: find meaning and purpose in your personal and work life. Gather friends like precious keepsakes. And, plan for future years that are rich in memories and experiences.

The fifty people over sixty years-of-age featured in this book embody this expressions. They will tell you that they are everyday people who have lived challenging, but extraordinary lives. They found love, meaning and purpose in their life experiences. Their legacy is one of a life well-lived and a future that is exciting and inviting.

Wayne Drumheller is a Burlington, North Carolina, based writing consultant, photojournalist, book editor, photographer and publicist. His work is recognized by collectors of fine photography for his creative approach and commitment to the finished print.

A Photographer's Note: My Journey Into Everyday Life was his first full-length published edition. He has since published ten additional books.

To pursue his life-long dream of helping others write their stories and books, he became Editor and Founder for the Carolinas/Virginia Short Book Writers Project in 2010. Through partial gifts in kind support for editing, layout, design and printing, he offers free monthly workshops to interested writers and writers groups. Since 2010, he has helped over sixty writers publish their biographies, children's books, memoirs, collections of prose/poetry and full length nonfiction historical novels. All net proceeds from his consulting, editing, workshops, books, photography illustrations and cover designs go to the Carolinas/Virginia Short Book Writers Project.

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