February 12, 2015 9:30 AM EST The question of how to live a long life is not a new one — and, as TIME explores in the new issue, the answer is constantly evolving.
When the magazine took a look at longevity in 1958, the story (featuring coverboy Amos Alonzo Stagg, a 96-year-old football coach) investigated the latest medical news of the decade, the changing demographics of the nation and the wisdom those extraordinary people had to offer the rest of us young’uns. While the science wasn’t as clear as it is today, there was no shortage of role models. A four-page photo essay shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt featured some of the nation’s most notable elderly men; nine of them are featured here, with the original captions, including their ages at the time.
Read the full 1958 longevity issue here, in the TIME Vault: Growing Old Usefully Read the new longevity issue here, on Time.com: The New Age of Much Older Age Robert Frost 84, poet. A late riser (9 to 10), he is active outdoors (gardening, walking), works late every night. Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images Frank Lloyd Wright 89, works 12-hour day running fellowship for aspiring architects, dances and swims, says: "The more I abused my physical resources, the more I had." Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images Arthur Vining Davis 91, Alcoa's board chairman until last year, is using $400 million fortune to make more—in Florida realty. Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images Bernard M. Baruch 88, financier, onetime amateur boxer, says: "I live the same life as always—the only difference is that I go fewer and shorter rounds." Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images Bruno Walter 82, conductor, slowed by a heart attack, will give only one concert this season but will make a dozen recordings. Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images John Nance Garner 89, Vice President (1933-41), feeds his fowl, smokes Mexican cigars, devours the Congressional Record . Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images Roscoe Pound 87, lawyer and educator, an early (6:30) riser, puts in a 5 1/2-day week writing and counseling Harvard students, says: "What counts is a steady schedule—get to work and quit at regular times." Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images Roger Babson 83, statistician. After TB in his 60's, he had an appendectomy at 70, recommends: "Eat fresh air and store up sleep." Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images William Ernest Hocking 85, philosopher, works hard despite 1957 heart attack, may split fewer metaphysical and theological hairs but defies his doctors and splits wood for exercise. Alfred Eisenstaedt—The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images More Must-Reads From TIME Meet the 2024 Women of the Year Greta Gerwig's Next Big Swing East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment In the Belly of MrBeast The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap How Long Should You Isolate With COVID-19? The Best Romantic Comedies to Watch on Netflix Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time