Picks and Pans Review: How to Live to Be 100—or More

updated 06/06/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by George Burns

He has only 13 more years to go, and there he stands on the front of his new book in an expensive red warm-up suit with a dumbbell in one hand and a half-smoked cigar in the other. The subtitle is "The Ultimate Diet, Sex and Exercise Book." But the advice plays second banana to innuendo and joking around. "Attitude is all-important," Burns writes—or, more accurately, chats. "When you're around my age you've got to keep occupied. You've got to do something that will get you out of bed. I never made a nickel in bed. Yeah, get out of bed. Find something that will make you do it—like an interest...a hobby...a business...a pretty girl—there we are back in bed again. I hope that didn't shock you. I do a lot of talking. At my age at least let me talk about it." In addition to the funny stuff there are photographs of Burns doing his daily exercises—toupé carefully in place—with three pretty models. The last chapter is a thank-you to all the people remotely connected with the book. "Last, but definitely not least," he writes, "I want to thank Phyllis Grann, my editor and publisher, who also happens to be a beautiful lady. Now that I'm working for her, I hope I can interest her in the benefits of sexual harassment." (Putnam, $11.95)

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