Calkins: Lessons I learned from my dad’s 99-year life

By , Daily Memphian Updated: January 27, 2020 4:42 PM CT | Published: January 27, 2020 3:44 PM CT
<strong>Evan Calkins lived 99 years and six months.&nbsp;He would dive off canoes to catch turtles as they swam to the deep of a lake. He would take small sailboats out in the highest winds.</strong> (Photo courtesy of Geoff Calkins)

Evan Calkins lived 99 years and six months. He would dive off canoes to catch turtles as they swam to the deep of a lake. He would take small sailboats out in the highest winds. (Photo courtesy of Geoff Calkins)

Geoff Calkins
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Geoff Calkins

Geoff Calkins has been chronicling Memphis and Memphis sports for more than two decades. He is host of "The Geoff Calkins Show" from 9-11 a.m. M-F on 92.9 FM. Calkins has been named the best sports columnist in the country five times by the Associated Press sports editors, but still figures his best columns are about the people who make Memphis what it is.

My father died the other day. Age 99. He knew just how lucky he was. We kids were lucky, too.

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