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How a 97-Year-Old Grandma Became a Death Metal Sensation

January 2019

You’d never guess that 97-year-old Inge Ginsberg once wrote lyrics for the King of Cool himself, Dean Martin.

In her most recent incarnation, she fronts, in pearls and sequin gowns, a heavy metal band, Inge & the TritoneKings. But even that’s just one astonishing interlude in a life filled with them.

Born in 1922, Inge describes herself as a “Jewish princess in Vienna. Whoever could play the piano was the center of attention.” Ten years of piano lessons made her social royalty. Nothing prepared her family for Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria.

In 1942, Ginsberg’s mother sold all her jewels to smuggle the family out of Austria. Like the famous scene in The Sound of Music, they escaped over the Alps, almost freezing to death...

Click here to read more and view a 12-minute documentary on Inge.


January 27, 1922: Poet Inge Ginsberg was born in Vienna. She currently fronts the death metal band, Inge and the TriTone Kings! READ MORE

February 12, 1809: Birth of Charles Darwin, who published On The Origin of Species at age 50. He waited almost two decades after completing his famous Beagle expedition to release his theories. Experts have called this period his "incredible procrastination." Was it? READ MORE

February 14, 1955: Author Claire Cook celebrates her 64th birthday! She published her first novel at age 45 and her iconic second one, Must Love Dogs, in her late 40s. At age 50, she walked down the red carpet with Diane Lane and John Cusack at its big screen premiere. READ MORE

Words from the Wise Ones

"My greatest talent isn't singing, it's surviving."
—Inge Ginsberg

More Proof It's Never Too Late

Guess What Life-Changing Device Was Invented by a Later Bloomer?

The Instant Pot!

In his mid-40s, Robert J. Wang was fired from the startup he'd co-founded. He had two small children, and cooking healthy meals could be challenging. They ate a lot of take-out. And he needed a project.

Two years later, the ex-Nortel engineer came up a new and safer on the 1950s pressure cooker.

His space-age device uses a microprocessor along with thermal- and pressure-sensor technology. It functions as, among other things, a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan, food warmer. George Jetson would be proud.

(Fellow late bloomer Julia Child, however, would probably be aghast.)

But is it really life-changing? Here are a few comments from the Later Bloomers Facebook Page when I posted this story: 

  • "I use mine almost every single day...Not an exaggeration to say the device is life changing."
  • "It has changed my life...frees me up for more awesome time saver!"
I do prefer to cook from scratch. But if the Instant Pot encourages creativity and healthy eating, I'm all for it.

Until next month!

Thanks for reading! I'm Debra Eve, proud late bloomer and possessor of many passions.

At, I've written profiles of more than 80 people in the arts, humanities, and sciences who followed their creative passions later in life. You can also find Later Bloomers on Facebook.

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