Former Anchor Relishes Being a ‘Geezer’

By Andrew Gauthier 

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Some people age gracefully while others do not. The difference might lie in bringing a little more humor into our lives. For a dozen years this is exactly what John Kernell has been doing, sharing jokes, pictures and comics with a wide audience on his website the Geezer Brigade, dedicated to the over-55 crowd. He describes the site as “The Internet’s Oldest Humor Organization for Clever Old People.” Simply put, the Geezer Brigade celebrates the aging process rather than bemoans it.

The Geezer Brigade is not just for male geezers. Geezerettes are welcome, too. In fact, legendary comedian Phyllis Diller was the first honorary comedian in residence. Kernell’s Geezer Brigade has been recognized by Dear Abby, the AARP Bulletin and major newspaper outlets in Detroit, San Diego and Charlotte .


Kernell is one of the funniest guys you’ll ever meet, always ready to share his tales of hitchhiking from New York City to Honolulu, a stint working as a sheepherder in Montana, covering the news on radio for J. Akuhead Pupule, working for Charley’s Taxi and being a mayoral spokesman, not necessarily in that order. More…