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At 7:00 a.m., I had my first stress test

This was a first for me. As I was walking at a fast pace on this machine, I’m looking around the room and all eyes are on me.

My doctor spoke up and told these folks that Mr. Vanover would be 90 years old at his next birthday. I found out later that a couple of these people had failed the test.

When my test was over they wanted to know what I did to be in the shape I am in at my old age.

I told them I had played sports all of my life, watched what I ate, and never smoked. I played senior softball for 37 years all over the state as manager and pitcher.

While playing on our over-80 co-ed team I had a base hit to right field and as I ran to first base, I fell.

My two daughters watching the game came out of the stands and asked me to retire. I did as they asked. I was 87 years old, and that was a very sad day for me.

I had started this team when we were 50 years old.

My doctor told me that I had passed all my tests.

(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.)

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