2003 - The Great Old Broads, as they are now known, produced a 2003
calendar, "A Celebration of Mature Women," for LifeSpan Services Inc.,
a nonprofit senior services organization. In the above cover photo,
they were all nude.
were having a ball," Rose Marie Krantz, 67, told the Los Angeles
Times. The widowed former bus driver is third from the left. She also
posed in a bathtub for another shot but confessed to wearing a bathing
have been some negative reactions. "Some people were offended because
they thought an older woman's body is ugly," said Evan Mendelson,
LifeSpan executive director.
thought that was too bad. They look appropriate for their age."
younger women bought calendars to send to their mothers, he said.
"They wanted to show them what we can do at this age," Krantz said.
"And that you can't sit home and moan and groan."
calendar, photographed by Russell Fish grew out of the "senior prom"
the San Luis Obispo, California, women have held to raise funds for
various senior programs. This year they decided to publish a calendar
picturing the candidates. The oldest, 100 years old, was Lia Butner,
who was a German pole vaulter in the 1929 Olympics.
Information on buying the $12.00 calendars can be found on the
Lifespan Website at
http://www.kcbx.net/~lifespan/. Or, you can order direct
through these contacts:
This story in 2003
helped create a new
trend in U.S. fund raising - the nude calendar.
The group was
inspired by the "Ladies of Rylstone" in England, the 40-to-60
something women whose nude calendar sold hundreds of thousands
of copies in 1999 and created quite a stir both in Europe and
the U.S. Their story became a movie.
Here are some of the
stories we have carried since this story first ran.
Nude Calendars Now Have Their Own Web Page
10, 2005 - It was female senior citizens that started the craze, now
nude calendars have proliferated so that there is a Web page just to
keep up with the latest editions.
Latest Senior Nudie Calendar Features Women 75 to 94
Jan. 19, 2005 Ranging in age from 75 to 94, the
17 ladies from the Atwood Senior Housing Center, decided to copy the
Calendar Girls and do a semi-nude calendar for 2005. "We're just as
good looking as them, so why not do it? And we're older, so it makes it
more unique," said Lu Porter, 75, who is Ms. January. "We're a lot older
than them," she added.
Read, see more...
Racy Calendar by Older Women Gets
Extinguished in Carmel
Oct. 10, 2004 The promotion of
calendars featuring nearly-naked older women has been a growing
fund-raising technique, but in Californias Carmel-by-the Sea a local
effort to fund a firehouse has been extinguished.
See our Section - "Sex and Senior Citizens" -