DuBOIS — At 87 years old, John Stuchell of DuBois is still staying active. What started out as a simple pandemic activity turned into him creating 35 YouTube videos and writing a song.
Stuchell, originally from Punxsutawney, was a teacher and principal in Brookville Area School District, retiring 32 years ago.
“We didn’t want to just sit around and watch TV” during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Stuchell of himself and his son, Kurt.
The YouTube videos, which are about two/three minutes long, were about the pandemic at first, said Stuchell, and some are related to politics.
Stuchell wrote the words and recorded them with a recorder, and Kurt handled the technical side of things and put the content on YouTube. There are 35 videos, with a total of around 25,000 views. “Bugler’s Call” has the most views, he added.
He didn’t stop there. Stuchell then wrote a song, “More than kissing,” and gave the lyrics to a man named Buck Edwards, who played guitar and sang the tune.
The song is available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, TikTok and Pandora, said Stuchell. He would like to have local radio stations play it, too.
Some of the YouTube videos are realistic, and some are farfetched, said Stuchell. He enjoys taking strolls down memory lane, and says making them can be therapeutic.
Stuchell said he goes for walks daily, does some cooking and enjoys reading and history.
Another major passion of Stuchell’s, he said, is sports. He recalls participating in track and field and football in Punxsutawney, and enjoys looking back on the memories. Punxsutawney always played DuBois on Veterans Day, he recalled, and there was no school.
Last year, Stuchell went to the Keystone Senior Games and was in the 85-89 age group, taking first in shot put and first in discus, receiving two gold medals. He had planned to attend the games this year as well.
In the future, Stuchell says he isn’t sure if he will create more videos, but he would like to write more songs.
Stuchell says his message to other seniors would be to stay active, both mentally and physically, and to also stay creative.
“A couple of my friends have told me I’m a good example for them,” he says.