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Ken Ragsdale, 95, and Janet Ragsdale, 88

My wife and I have been active all our lives. Iʼve written five books, mostly about the Big Bend country, and have my own dance band, the Ken Ragsdale Orchestra. Janet is the breadwinner in our family, owning a real estate business that has allowed me to write and play music. Incidentally, she was also one of the original founders of the Austin Humane Society.

Janet and I have always known the value of diet and exercise. We even have our own personal trainer, Rusty Gregory, the owner of Forte Personal Fitness, who tailors our workout regimen to the demands required by people our age.

After every workout, I tell Rusty that what we do in his gym is the very reason that we are still alive. Most of my family and friends of our generation are no longer with us. We feel exercise and diet are the reasons Janet and I are still active and plan to remain so for many years to come.

We’re looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.


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