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Stephen King accepts his age

Bestselling author Stephen King has turned 60, a milestone that forces him to accept he’s no longer middle-aged.<br />

Bestselling author Stephen King has turned 60, a milestone that forces him to accept he’s no longer middle-aged.

“I look the same as I ever did when I look in the mirror. I can still see the kid there. But people seeing you see someone who’s older. I went to a movie theatre, and the woman asked if I wanted my golden-ager discount. I asked how old you have to be for that, and she said 65. I said ’Not yet, dear,’” King, whose birthday was in September, told the Bangor Daily News.

In a wide-ranging interview, the longtime supporter of Democratic candidates said he is backing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president.

“We need a big change,” King said. “It’s an amazing thing to see the two front-runners be a woman and a black man. Obama has the least baggage of the two and is willing to try new things. It wouldn’t be business as usual. Also, it would do wonders for us in the world community to have a black man in the White House,” he said.

Speaking by phone from his winter home near Sarasota, Fla., King recalled why he began heading south for the winter.

“In ’98, during the ice storm, I was walking my dog in our driveway and a chunk of ice dropped off the mailbox, which just missed him. That’s when we asked ourselves ’Why are we still here in the winter?’ So we decided to start coming down here.”

But he said he still regards Bangor, where he has lived for 30 years, as home.

King was getting ready to head to New York to promote his new novel, Duma Key, his first set in Florida.

In Duma Key, which hits bookstores today, Minneapolis building contractor Edgar Freemantle moves to Florida and takes up art after being injured in a construction accident. His new life takes another turn when the supernatural intrudes.

King drew on his experiences after he was struck by a van while walking near his summer home in North Lovell in 1999.

 
 
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