Today is Charlotte Williams’ 91st birthday, and while she’ll get plenty of gifts and love from her family and friends, the best present could come when the results of the AARP’s New Faces of 50+ Real People Model Search are announced next week.
The Chandler resident, who has lived in the Valley for the past 85 years, is one of 10 finalists — all of whom are at least 50 years old — in the American Association of Retired Persons’ contest conducted via a fan vote online that ends Sept. 24. Winners then get to go to New York City for an official photo shoot to appear in the December 2013/January 2014 edition of AARP Magazine.
Williams, who is one of two 90-year-old finalists, learned about the contest through the AARP’s magazine, and decided to give it a go.
“I take very good pictures; I’m better looking in my photos than in real life,” she said.
Part of the contest has the contestants write a little bio about themselves and what they like to do. For Williams, the list is highlighted by loads up on loads of activities ranging from oil painting and poetry to bowling and belly dancing.
As Williams put it, she’s about as active as a 90-year-old person can be.
“That’s the only thing that keeps a person’s body halfway young is moving,” she said.
Also highlighted in her profile is travel, as she takes trips as often as possible. She’s traveled across the country — Hawaii, Las Vegas and New York, where she saw “Jersey Boys,” are on her list — and she still signs up for cruises with her niece.
“We just decide where we’re going next and just go,” she said.
Other items on Williams’ summary include following Arizona sports — the Diamondbacks and Cardinals mostly — playing cards, shooting pool and spending time with the “two special men in her life,” although one of them, a 60-year old, is more of a best friend, she said.
Not on the list is a different activity in which she said she writes letters to people on death row, and she said she’s even met “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz when she visited him in prison.
Everything she’s still doing and has done in her life have created a portrait of a person who has maximized the time she’s had while having one last fling with fame.
“I live a good life,” she said.
After the vote ends on Sept. 24, Williams will learn if she won the trip to New York. People can cast their ballots by visiting http://evtnow.com/5um.
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