About Julie


Born in Cluj, 75 years ago, I consider myself from "Transylvania'"
Mother language Hungarian, now in is Romania.

Fled to France when 30 years old
Worked from 18 as chemist.
Finished finally my studies at 43 (after PhD lived three years near Washington DC)
From 1980 in Micro computer business until retiring
Took up blogging and photography around age 70

I did learn all my life, now days also again to be better Public speaker Distinguished Toastmaster 2013. Keynote speaker, True Story teller and from age 77, as standup comedian, now more then 77 successful gig

Areas of Expertise

Photography, Writing, Blogging, Public Speaking, Standup Comedy, Story Teller, keynote speaker, Workshop and seminar organisator, Workshop and seminar presenter

An idea worth spreading

There is life after 70 and so much to discover and do

I'm passionate about

Speaking in public, photography, standup comedy

Talk to me about

Never too late

People don't know I'm good at

I did know myself I had funny bones, till I reached 77

My TED story

Never too late! We can always experience, learn and do new things. Realise what we dreamed in adolescence at any age, discover new possibilities we did not ever dream. It is never too late to begin new things! Many roadblock came in my life and I did finish my studies only after 43, did change my profession near 50, did marry again after 55, and changed countries many time.At 77 I discovered my funny bones and begin touring London's Standup Comedy circuit with success. Never too late to experiment, to learn to change again the nth time our lives.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Julie Kertesz
Posted 9 months ago
Jane Fonda: Life's third act
It did help me a lot too, that at 60 when I retired, I begun to reread my diaries and translate them. Later, I could add context, remember what was around each part and create stories from them. Nowadays, I tell those stories in London, partly in theatre or open mic, partly as Standup with comic eye.
Julie Kertesz
Posted over 1 year ago
Is capitalism sustainable?
When I was young adolescent in the communist Romania, because of the strong propaganda I did believe that 'capitalism is evil' . It took time, and real life experience to realise, alternatives are tyrannies and worse. It is possible, soon we will be anyway in Information Age, but creating a company and also offering work to others, creating wealth to be able to help children In university, as I did later is not 'evil' or bad. And nor is 'menial job' At some time in that communist country even that was that was denied to me. I do feel the talk about 'bad capitalism' is propaganda, that gets old anyway. Taking money, wealth from one does not makes the others happy or less poor. Free enterprise is what can do more then 'distribution of what is'
Julie Kertesz
Posted over 1 year ago
Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead
Great and inspiring speech, and what a wonderful storyteller too! It begins with a unforgettable personal tale, detailed, funny and somehow telling so much about him and the military and human nature too. With other anecdotes and tales go to express a lot about new challenges in leadership.
Julie Kertesz
Posted over 2 years ago
Jane Fonda: Life's third act
yes! past revisited can change how we look at it, and also how we react can change our lifes, yes! the third act of our lives can be wonderful, creative, interesting! "il y a de la vie apr├Ęs 70 ans" and one can begin Stand Up and Storytelling at 77 even
Julie Kertesz
Posted over 3 years ago
Should software be free?
I have been in the "computers" business, as seller and as user, from 1980. There are some who made the most amazing software freely, for the pleasure of creating and the pleasure of letting know and be known. They did, some of them of course, as well or better then those who sold it for lot of money. The problem often was distribution. A software has to be known, used, and then entretained. Others, did "free software" inside a corporation. Bill Atkinson working at Apple gave from his free time, the Hypercard, so we can all program the Macintosh easy, free to use, easy to use, for the "rest of us". He gave it to Apple to distribute it freely, but alas did not look well into the loopwholes of contract and when they made a "new version" they begun to charge for it and the product, slowly died. And also, was no more well "made known" as the then director, Gasse, wanted to promote someone else software, which was not free. Personally, I would suggest, cheep software, to be distributed in a way that can give some recognition and money, perhaps new ways of "letting know" of their existence. As there are now blogs, complementing newspapers and tv, we could invent, if not yet existent also new ways of "making known".