Dick Van Dyke
Weinstein Books, 2015
Beloved Hollywood icon Dick Van Dyke will celebrate his 90th birthday in December 2015. He’s an established legend, having starred in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. And yet he’s still keeping himself busy, entertaining America on television, movies, the stage, and social media. Everyone wonders, “How does he do it?” For the first time, Van Dyke shares his secrets and tips on old age: Just keep moving.
In a fun and folksy way of addressing readers, Keep Moving serves as an instruction book on how to embrace old age with a positive attitude. The chapters are filled with exclusive personal anecdotes that explore various themes on aging: how to adapt to the physical and social changes, deal with loss of friends and loved ones, stay current, fall in love again, and “keep moving” every day like there’s no tomorrow.
Isn’t Dick Van Dyke just the best? He’s always so silly and cheerful. Once, I saw him get mad while I was waiting to meet him and I was like NO STOP! He was talking with someone else about the fundraiser we were at, and how terrible it was that schools were cutting arts programs. (The fundraiser was to help avoid that.) At least it was something good to get mad about, but DON’T MAKE DICK VAN DYKE MAD.
I’m a fan, and a reader, so naturally I had to read his book. The problem was that my copy was signed and I didn’t want anything to happen to it while I was reading it - you know, water spills, chocolate smears, torn pages, broken spines, creased covers. The stuff that usually happens while enjoying a book. My solution was to borrow the audio book from the library. Since Dick Van Dyke read it himself, it was fantastic - of course! It was entertaining, but I expected to hear new stories. A lot of information in Keep Moving was already in My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.
Dick Van Dyke has 90 YEARS worth of stories. Therefore, they shouldn’t be repeated in his books.
Am I right?
Anyway, I still love his work and always will - so I’m publishing this review on his birthday. Hopefully he will have many more!