The McDee Awards

By Riley McDavid   Riley McDavid

“Who the heck is Justin Bieber?” I asked Mrs. M. as we were reading the Sunday paper last weekend. “His name is everywhere.”

“He’s a 16-year-old millionaire who makes his money singing songs to 12-year-old girls,” she said. 

“First Miley Cyrus, now this guy. Whatever happened to kids just going out and getting a paper route?”

“You’re jealous,” she said.

“I am not,” I lied. But I was inspired, in a way. I got to thinking that people at the other end of the life’s age span should be getting as much publicity as youngsters.  So I hereby announce the establishment of the McDee Award, an honor reserved for people no younger than seventy who have made notable accomplishments.

The first McDee goes to Ann Timson, a 75-year-old grandmother from Northampton, England, who proves that some people will still get involved regardless of the potential danger to themselves.  Ms. Timson was in a Northampton shopping district on February 8 when she noticed a commotion across the street involving a half-dozen or so young men.

“At first I thought one of them was being set upon by three others,” she told the Daily Mail. “I was not going to stand by and watch somebody take a beating or worse so I tried to intervene.” But when she got closer she realized it was a robbery. The gang was using sledgehammers to smash the windows of a jewelry store. So Ms. Timson ran up to the men and started whacking them on the head with her purse.

Sarah Jane Brown, a jewelry store employee, told Sky News, “We were terrified. We locked the door. We hid under the desk. We were really scared. And then, we looked outside and, God love her, she was running down the road, with her handbag in the air, banging them on the back of their helmets with her handbag.”

One of the gang fell off his scooter and was detained by a passerby. As of this writing, four others have been arrested. Well done, Ms. Timson.

The second McDee goes to 89-year-old actress Betty White, who on February 1 received the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) award for outstanding female in a comedy series.  Ms. White was honored for her role as the sassy Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land show Hot in Cleveland.

What makes the honor especially noteworthy is the competition she beat out: Tina Fey, who seems to win every award in sight for her work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, and Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester, the over-the-top cheerleading coach on the hit show Glee.

Betty White began her film career in 1945, and her list of roles on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) since then is literally pages long.   She was a youthful 41 when she created the role of Sue Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and just 56 when she began playing Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. She has won 19 awards (20 counting the McDee) and has 16 additional nominations, including four Golden Globe nominations.

She said the SAG award was “the biggest surprise I’ve ever had in this business.”

Finally, let me point out one person who will not be getting a McDee.  He is the so-called Geezer Bandit who has held up 19 banks, mostly in the San Diego area, and is giving us seniors a really bad name. His pictures make him appear to be in his 70’s or 80’s, so maybe the guy is enrolled in a senior wellness program that keeps him fit enough to perform like a youngster.

If the San Diego police really want to catch this guy, I have a suggestion. Get on the phone to Northhampton, England, and hire Ann Timson and her handbag to come over here and stake out local banks.

To see Ms. Timson foiling the robbery, go to

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One Response to “The McDee Awards”

  1. admin says:

    And there are so many other seniors who deserve the McDee award!