83 episodes

I Used to Be Somebody inspires 50+ year olds to build their (Un)Retired good life. Each month we interview cool, inspiring people about their retirement challenges and why and how they figured it out—turning this phase of life into an incredible, rewarding reality.

It's for people who don't want to retire--they just want to do something new that is more fun, less grind, and more meaningful. Our guests have created amazing Second Acts! Oh, and there's a little talk about Pickleball.

I Used to be Somebody Carl Landau

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    • 5.0 • 86 Ratings

I Used to Be Somebody inspires 50+ year olds to build their (Un)Retired good life. Each month we interview cool, inspiring people about their retirement challenges and why and how they figured it out—turning this phase of life into an incredible, rewarding reality.

It's for people who don't want to retire--they just want to do something new that is more fun, less grind, and more meaningful. Our guests have created amazing Second Acts! Oh, and there's a little talk about Pickleball.

    Stephanie Stuckey: Rebuilding Stuckey's a part of Americana

    Stephanie Stuckey: Rebuilding Stuckey's a part of Americana

    This month's guest Stephanie Stuckey brings Carl down memory lane. He has great childhood memories of begging his mom for a Stuckey's Stop, a popular roadside oasis in the 60's! Apparently, there are millions of people that have the same memory. At its height, there were over 350 Stuckey's stores across the country filled with candy, novelty toys and their world famous pecan log rolls. 
    Stephanie's grandfather sold the business in 1964 and over the course of time the Stuckey's stores were in a state of disrepair. The brand was practically extinct when Stephanie bought back the business in 2019. She and two business partners have totally rebranded and modernized the company.
    The Stuckey's story and Stephanie Stuckey's personal life journey from a public defender to politician to entrepreneur are truly inspiring.
    • More about Stephanie Stuckey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_Stuckey
    • More about Stuckey's: https://stuckeys.com
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Stephanie-Stuckey-Interview-Rebuilding-Stuckeys-a-part-of-Americana
    • Sponsored by Capital Advantage: https://capitaladvantage.com/promotion/retirement-planning-guide
    • Sponsored by How to Retire and Not Die: https://garysirak.com/how-to-retire-and-not-die
    • (Un)Retirement Travel with the Pro, Allan Wright from Zephyr Adventures and Taste Vacations: https://www.zephyradventures.com

    • I Used to be Somebody World Tours -- Tuscany, Portugal, Pickleball Adventure: 
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/tour
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    • 50 min
    Martinus Evans: Founder of Slow AF Run Club

    Martinus Evans: Founder of Slow AF Run Club

    The Martinus Evans story is a very surprising one. As an adult he had many jobs, including a career  as a suit salesman at The Men's Warehouse. Being on his feet 10 hours a day caused him hip pain. He saw a doctor that said, "Your hip hurts because you're too fat. You should walk to lose weight." Martinus was shocked and angered by his doctor's words. And then he turned that into the goal to  run a marathon. He's never looked back.
    Martinus launched a blog, 300 Pounds and Running, is an 8-time marathon runner, formed the Slow AF Run Club that now has 30,000+ members, graced the cover of Runner's World and is now a bestselling author of th book The Slow AF Run Club: The Ultimate Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Run. 
    In his common sense, wickedly funny way Martinus inspires all of us to get off the couch and work toward for our dreams!
    • More about Martinus Evans:
     https://300poundsandrunning.com
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Martinus-Evans-Interview-Founder-of-Slow-AF-Run-Club 
    • Sponsored by How to Retire and Not Die: 
    https://garysirak.com/how-to-retire-and-not-die 
    • Sponsored by Capital Advantage:
    https://capitaladvantage.com/promotion/retirement-planning-guide 
    • (Un)Retirement Travel with the Pro, Allan Wright from Zephyr Adventures and Taste Vacations:
    https://www.zephyradventures.com 
    • I Used to be Somebody World Tours -- Tuscany, Portugal and Arizona Pickleball Adventure: 
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/tour 
    • Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" Newsletter: 
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/contact/subscribe 

    • 39 min
    Jeannine Barr: Here comes the Judge -- Now Singer / Songwriter!

    Jeannine Barr: Here comes the Judge -- Now Singer / Songwriter!

    Everyone please rise this week on I Used to be Somebody. Carl interviews his first judge ever! Jeannine Barr was an assistant district attorney who decided after 9 years to throw her hat in the political ring, (brave move) and then became a criminal district court judge for 24 years. She oversaw cases on "all the people you are afraid of." She tells us what it was like to have a high profile, elected position as a Texas judge.
    In another big brave move, Jeannine left the bench and has created a fascinating second act as a storyteller/singer and songwriter. She has a beautiful voice and is also a talented writer. In this interview, she details her journey from confidently directing bailiffs in the courtroom to becoming a first-time singer-- scared to death at her first public singing appearance. I think we can all relate to being a newbie in a brand new environment and Jeannine is unstoppable.
    Bonus: Jeannine surprises host Carl with a song she wrote just for him. Of course it's titled, "I Used to be Somebody". 
    • More about Jeannine Barr: https://www.jbarrmusic.com/about
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Jeannine-Barr-Interview-Here-comes-the-Judge-Now-Singer-Songwriter
    • Sponsored by Capital Advantage: https://capitaladvantage.com/promotion/retirement-planning-guide
    • Sponsored by How to Retire and Not Die: https://garysirak.com/how-to-retire-and-not-die
    • (Un)Retirement Travel with the Pro, Allan Wright from Zephyr Adventures and Taste Vacations: https://www.zephyradventures.com
    • I Used to be Somebody World Tours -- Tuscany, Portugal and Arizona Pickleball Adventure: 
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/tour
    • Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody" Newsletter: 
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/contact/subscribe

    • 52 min
    Sky Bergman: Professor Turns Filmmaker

    Sky Bergman: Professor Turns Filmmaker

    Sky Bergman has a zest for life and wants to share it with you. Her positivity is infectious. An accomplished and award-winning photographer and professor, it is no wonder her university students love her! She's also on a passon mission to capture the beauty of life and wisdom of older people as they tell their stories. Sky released her debut documentary, Lives Well Lived to sold-out live audiences and has two more films in the works. There's no stopping this woman's positive energy!
    Sky started pursuing her second act in her 50's as a filmmaker. She hit it big with her very first movie, now airing on PBS and all the other streaming services. Make sure you listen in for how she financed her documentary. Sky finds solutions in inventive and creative ways, to be sure.
    • More about Sky Bergman:
    https://www.skybergmanproductions.com/about2
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Sky-Bergman-Interview-Professor-Turns-Filmmaker
    • Sponsored by How to Retire and Not Die
    https://garysirak.com/how-to-retire-and-not-die
    • Sponsored by Capital Advantage:
    https://capitaladvantage.com/promotion/retirement-planning-guide
    • (Un)Retirement Travel with the Pro, Allan Wright: Zephyr Adventures: https://www.zephyradventures.com
    • I Used to be Somebody World Tours: Tuscany, Portugal, Arizona Pickleball Adventure:
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/tour/tuscany
    • Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody Newsletter: 
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/contact/subscribe

    • 1 hr
    Adam Bryant: NYT "Corner Office" Columnist moves to his own C-Suite

    Adam Bryant: NYT "Corner Office" Columnist moves to his own C-Suite

    This month we have a very thought provoking conversation with award-winning journalist Adam Bryant. He worked for 30 years as a journalist including 18 years as a reporter, editor and columnist at the New York Times. He's probably most famous for his column at the NYT called, "Corner Office" where he interviewed 500+ CEOs.
    What he learned during these interviews is fascinating and his insights can help everyone in creating their second act. Adam also shares his personal experience about what it was like to give up his dream job at the  NYT to start his own C-Suite position.
    And this month we share the debut segment of "Pickleball Chronicles with Traver".
    • More about Adam Bryant: https://adambryantbooks.com/about-adam/
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Adam-Bryant-Interview-NYT-Corner-Office-Columnist-moves-to-his-own-C-Suite
    • Sponsored by Capital Advantage: https://capitaladvantage.com/promotion/retirement-planning-guide/
    • Sponsored by How to Retire and Not Die: https://garysirak.com/how-to-retire-and-not-die/
    • I Used to be Somebody World Tour Tuscany + Portugal: https://pickleballmediahq.com/tour/portugal
    • Subscribe to the "I Used to be Somebody Newsletter: https://pickleballmediahq.com/contact/subscribe

    • 49 min
    Patty Forehand: Elementary School Teacher becomes Stand-Up Comedian

    Patty Forehand: Elementary School Teacher becomes Stand-Up Comedian

    We start 2024 with a lot of laughs. You're going to love Patty Forehand who was an elementary school teacher for 32 years and now is a successful stand-up comedian who talks about marriage, sex, and growing older. And she is FUNNY!
    Who doesn't like a 61- year old grandmother who can tell a good dirty joke? Tune in to hear about her chance to work with Michelle Pfeiffer and find out about her weirdest gig ever. Lots of laughs with a woman who has a heart of gold.
    • More about Patty Forehand: https://www.backstage.com/u/patricia-forehand-1
    • Episode Content: https://pickleballmediahq.com/blog/Patty-Forehand-Interview-Elementary-School-Teacher-becomes-Stand-Up-Comedian
    • Sponsored by How to Retire and Don't Die: 
    https://garysirak.com/how-to-retire-and-not-die
    • Sponsored by Capital Advantage: 
    https://capitaladvantage.com/promotion/retirement-planning-guide
    • I Used to be Somebody World Tour -- First Stop Tuscany: https://pickleballmediahq.com/tour
    • Subscribe to our Newsletter: 
    https://pickleballmediahq.com/contact/subscribe

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

skybergman ,

Wonderful podcast!

The "I Used to be Somebody" podcast is exceptional. Carl shines as a host, blending humor and engagement with insightful questions. He has a knack for making his guests feel comfortable, leading to moments of laughter and the sharing of invaluable insights and stories. I highly recommend this podcast!

FannieKV ,

A fun and easy listen!

I enjoy this podcast so much because the host Carl is so genuine in his interest in his guests and their topics. And I learn a lot about so many things, even if I am not quite ready to think about retirement or un-retirement. It is fun and easy to enjoy!

Jeremy Keil ,

Great insight!

It’s great to hear from someone who has actually retired and is sharing their experience vs. many retirement shows which are financial advisors talking theories, not reality.

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