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Jack Nimmo

Jack Nimmo

While visiting a recent Prime Timer event at another chapter, I met a smiling, relatively new member who related the story of his life-long partner's passing. His despair was treated by a doctor who dealt with the loss of "the love of his life". Yes, grief happens when the loss of a wife or husband happens just as it does when there are two men joined in a life of togetherness! The "straight" doctor advised that it would be good to get back out of the house and socialize to combat the loneliness. "Why don't you try Prime Timer?" the doctor suggested. "Who?" that new member said he asked.

As I viewed the embryo of a future granddaughter for our late chapter president, I thought of the unexpected links that are formed by our association with Prime Timers and the friends and extended relationships that are formed because we found this organization. Fortunately for Gene, cancer did not take him before knowing the joy of having his first grandchild – a boy. This new granddaughter will have to be celebrated by his friends in Prime Timers that developed a lasting bond with Gene's daughters who came to love the Prime Timers and their acts of kindness and concern through his long struggle with incurable cancer. Do you have examples of how your chapter's acts of caring for fellow Prime Timers have become unforgettable bonds between family members and Prime Timers Worldwide?

What do you do on the Worldwide Board? That is a frequent question posed as I'm explaining the makeup of the Prime Timers Worldwide Board to someone learning more about our organization. A short answer is, "you can read the minutes of our meetings on the Worldwide website." That would be factually correct but less helpful than providing a direct response to the question. The other short answer is "a lot!"

2017 minus 1944 equals.... 73! 73? How is that possible? I really don't think about my age very often. Birthdays come with a new calculation on November 17th. It's really a state of mind that determines your age. I'm young at heart and ageless in spirit. At age 70, I huffed my way up a mountain trail with Michael and Alfredo (two fellow Prime Timers) at my side to look down upon a "bucket list" item in all its glory – Machu Picchu in Peru. I'm still planning trips and challenges because my mind still tells me I have no limits.

I am Jack Nimmo, a 73-year old gay man, who has the honor of following in the footsteps of Woody Baldwin and other presidents that have led Prime Timers Worldwide through the thirty years of our existence and growth. Recently in Chicago, this little-known Prime Timer became your newest leader. Where did Jack come from?

Finding Relevance

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It was thirty years ago that a professor from Boston, Woodrow "Woody" Baldwin, decided older men could have fun, too. It was 1987 and a different time than today. The gay men who rose up on June 28, 1969 in The Stonewall Riot on Christopher Street in New York City would have felt the gay community had made a good deal of progress in our march toward equality and normalization by 1987. But, there was something missing for the older men that laid the foundation for that progress!

I remember the night before I married my wife of twenty years the mixture of emotions that seemed to overwhelm me as I was at the eve of a significant change in my life. She was and is a beautiful woman. What man would have doubt about whether this was the right step and the right man to be her husband in 1981? Have you ever been on the precipice of a new event, job, choice, or move and questioned your decision at the last minute?

I just completed reading an article in the San Antonio "Express-News" that identifies some similarities to our Prime Timers organization. The article describes the organization of Freemasons, a secret society, dating back to the Middle-Ages. They are described as the world's oldest fraternity. In the United States, the organization surged in membership after World War I as returning soldiers sought to replicate the bonding that occurred among soldiers during the war through masonry when they returned home. The article says there were about 8,000 Freemasons in San Antonio in the 1920s mainly comprised of returning soldiers and members from protestant churches. Today, membership has dwindled to approximately 1,200 and almost no one is joining Masons now. To continue to fund their operation, they began providing tours of their once-secret Scottish Rite Cathedral in the late 1990s and renting it for weddings and other events.

Do you remember that time when we had the windows open at that dilapidated cabin in the mountains and the skunk came up?" Both of us burst out laughing. The other said, "The one where you got shocked on a raw wire because you had to iron your boxer shorts, where you tried to run off the raccoons by beating on the dumpster, and, you slept in your clothes because you were afraid of getting bedbugs? What was the name of that place?" The other shouted out through laughter, "The Buckhorn Inn!" The other replied, "Oh, yes, the Buckhorn Inn."

Has your local chapter Board encouraged you to serve Prime Timers in some capacity? Service to Prime Timers can be anything from hosting a Prime Timer event in your home to serving as President of your chapter or even a position on the Prime Timers Worldwide Board. Was your answer, "Yes, I will help?"

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