Real ‘Gidget’ to discuss healthy aging for CSUB social work program training

April 2, 2008
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California State University, Bakersfield will host Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the woman who inspired the movies and television series "Gidget," in a talk titled "Models of Healthy Aging." Zuckerman will be speaking on Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kern County Mental Health office, 3300 Truxtun Avenue, in Bakersfield.

The event involves training for gerontology professionals in the community, part of CSUB's training series that was funded by the California Social Work Education Center's Aging Initiative and the Archstone Foundation.

Zuckerman's father, Fredrick Kohner, immortalized her in his 1957 book "Gidget, The Little Girl with Big Ideas." The semi-autobiographical account of Zuckerman's summer on a Malibu beach learning to surf and experiencing first love has sold more than three million copies.

In 1959, the book was turned into a movie starring Sandra Dee and James Darren, and later inspired a television show starring Sally Field.

In her talk with local social work professionals, Zuckerman will discuss her journey to being accepted in a then-predominantly male sport and returning to the waves after a 40-year break from the water.

Seating is limited with preference given to CSUB MSW students and field instructors. For details, contact Rose McCleary at (661) 654-6552 or