100-year-old author still going strong

At age 100, author Bel Kaufman is still going strong.

A retired New York City teacher, Kaufman penned the best selling novel "Up the Down Staircase," which, in 1967, was made into a movie staring Sandy Dennis as a young idealistic teacher.

Kaufman spoke yesterday at Iona College, inspiring seniors in their 80s and 90s to be more active..

Kaufman's speech was sponsored by the Learning in Retirement Program at the school.

During her presentation, Kaufman was asked for her opinion of retirement. She said, "Retirement from life is death, but retirement from a career can lead you to something new."

A native of Russia, Kaufman is on the faculty of her alma mater, Hunter College, where she just taught a class on Jewish humor.

In addition to her own work, Bel Kaufman is the granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem who's writings about Tevye the milk man are the basis for the musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

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