“It gets in your blood,” Jerome said of the feeling he experiences from rowing. He especially enjoys the competition that racing provides. “It’s not competitive in the sense that I have to win, yet you want to win. We’re generally novices.”
The retired telephone-industry salesman and manager originally discovered rowing through a basketball buddy. [Paul Grexa See postings of 9/28/2007 and 10/14/2007. -RW] As a 22-year-old, he joined the Penn Athletic Club. A move out of the area led to a 50-year hiatus, until he discovered the Rutgers Alumni Rowing Team five years ago and decided to start up again. “It was like I never stopped,” said Jerome, who also coaches the Camden Youth Soccer Club.
It’s a fun way to exercise without putting stress on his knees. “There is something vitalizing about being on the water, and an inspirational part of my rowing is that I do not think of myself as 76.”
Now for the bad news. When I downloaded Jerry’s photo from the article, I saw the Inquire had coded it, “20120919_inq_mgloldie_19-a.jpg”
Oldie? Oldie! Come on, what do we have to do to get some respect?