"You're never too old to learn something new," he says. “I started racing sailboats at age 40. Now writing books and learning about publishing and marketing keeps me sharp."
Never one to live a mundane life, George Eddy and Kay, his beloved wife of 67 years, had interesting careers—hers as an acclaimed artist and founder of craft galleries, his as a magazine publisher for The New York Times.
They lived in glamorous New York City, raised three children, traveled widely, raced sailboats, and enjoyed hunting and skiing. In 1978, they were the only Americans Fidel Castro ever allowed to sail into Cuba, where they were warmly welcomed!
Now the couple live in an assisted living community in San Francisco. George is in a wheelchair following a stroke, and Kay is in the dementia wing, battling Alzheimer's disease.
"While my body is confined after a very active life, God has blessed me with an alert mind and memory and it's a challenge to try and succeed in this new venture," George says.
George’s four books chronicle his life. His newest title, "As Time Goes By," was co-authored with Lewis O'Rourke and features true tales of romance and adventure as lived by two veterans.
"A Romance Forever" shares the story of George and Kay’s romantic wartime courtship and 67-year marriage. "Fly Boy" recounts his adventures as a young Naval Aviator during World War II. "Who's Steering?" describes his 20 years of sailboat racing adventures.
Together, these books paint a vivid picture of life for a member of "the greatest generation,"
"I started out wanting to share my life story with family and friends," says George. "But I've found that many others can relate to the times I've lived through and the adventures I've had."
All four books are available at Amazon.com. Profits from "A Romance Forever" go to Alzheimer's Disease Research.