Slate lists the 80 most influential people over 80 years old. Including a "Just missed" list and 79ers to watch. I didn't know Maya Angelou was 81.

I particularly relish this because it mocks the incessant list-making in our culture. I mean, some lists are OK. But by and large, they're silly. They're especially silly given it's becoming increasingly clear I'll never be on one. I've already missed 30 wealthiest under 30, (I'm rich with friends!) I don't think I'll be making 40 most interesting under 40 (What? The cult of death in mid-19th century America isn't fascinating?) I do have hope for hottest dudes under 60 (Black don't crack!)

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