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How Many Labor Days Are In
Your Wallet? 365 Days A Year ...
 
By Bob Noble
Voice Talent
 
The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City.
 
In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. marshals during the Pullman Strike of that era, President Grover Cleveland quickly set forth legislation on behalf of the labor movement to make the first Monday of September an annual observance of “Labor Day.”
 
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of Summer. But in reality, there are 365 Labor Days every year!
 
If you don’t believe that, just ask the mothers of this, and every other country, who are giving birth to new babies “around the clock” 24/7.
 
And all we guys have to do is “labor” to pay the bills for the next 18 to 20 years.
 
VOICE OVER LABOR, TOO
 
Personally, I enjoy the fact that all of us, men and women alike, can “labor” in the fields of “voice over” whenever and wherever we choose.
 
How many Labor Days are in your wallet?
 
My first “official” Labor Day was celebrated when I was only five weeks old. The year was 1932.
 
Oops! I think I just gave away my age. Forget your calculator ... that was 78 years ago.
 
“You gotta be kiddin' ... and you’re still doing voice overs?” 
 
You bet I am - and I ain’t nowhere near the end of the road.
 
SENIOR ACHIEVERS
 
Throughout history some of the greatest achievements have been reached by “seniors” who believe that you’re only as old as you feel.
 
As long as you can remain healthy and alert, the challenges of life can always be reached.
 
Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (pictured with filmmaker Rick Pamplin on the set of Crimebusters), now 93-years old, has been a real force in the voice over field.
 
He received a Daytime Emmy nomination for voice work on the animated All Dogs Go to Heaven series in 1999.
 
He also provided the voice of the elderly superhero Mermaid Man on the comedy cartoon SpongeBob Square Pants, and appeared in The Simpsons episode, “Boy Scouts N the Hood” - playing himself.
 
Borgnine, who has three motion pictures coming out this year, and is currently filming two more, including the Pamplin Film Company’s Crimebusters, will be presented the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award - to be televised on Jan. 30, 2011.
 
The movie Marty and TV show McHale's Navy were only the beginning of his fabulous career.
 
In the field of audiobook voice overs, you only have to check the annual Audie Awards list of winners each year to find many seniors who are still “laying down” the tracks and enjoying every minute of it.
 
GRATEFUL TO GEEZERS
 
Am I an "Old Geezer"? Could be!
 
Old Geezers are easy to spot:
  • At sporting events, during the playing of the National Anthem, Old Geezers hold their caps over their hearts and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.
  • If you pass an Old Geezer on the street, he’ll nod or tip his cap to a lady.
  • Old Geezers trust strangers and are courtly to women.
  • Old Geezers have moral courage and seldom brag, unless it’s about their grandchildren.
  • They know our country is protected, not by politicians or police, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.
Thank God for Old Geezers ... men and women!
 
ABOUT BOB ...
 
Bob Noble is a voice talent with over 40 years of experience as a professional actor and voice talent in motion pictures, television, theatre and voice over venues. He is a member of the Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists, the Audio Publishers Association, the International Game Developers Association, and the American Advertising Federation. He provides voice over from his in-home recording studio in Orlando, FL.
 
Web: http://noblevoices.com 

 

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Comments (4)
Jan Anderson
11/6/2010 at 11:35 PM
Inspiring article Bob. I'm just getting into VO and hope that it will be my 2nd career when my body doesn't respond well to construction any longer, and that it will carry me until I croak!

Thanks!!
Paul J. Warwick
9/5/2010 at 11:43 AM
Ditto BOB!
Paul J. Warwick
well read for the 21st Century
JENNIFER DIXON
9/4/2010 at 6:08 PM
Bob Noble, You're the man! Thanks for highlighting us 'geezers'!!! I'm proud to be among the geezer elite even tho' I've only just begun this profession I am enjoying every bit of it and getting some work too!! Here's to many more good years for all of us! Happy Labor Day to all!
Alan Sklar
9/4/2010 at 9:05 AM
And how about the wonderful Peter Thomas who is deep into his 80's and still working.
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