MacArthur Awards

October 9th, 2012


Genius knows no age limit:  three of the MacArthur “genious grants” were awarded to people over 50.

Just Say No…To Retirement

September 28th, 2012


Jeanne Cooper’s  been on “The Young and the Restless” since 1973, and, at 84 (next month) intends to continue.  “What would I do?” she asked, “I’m no good at crocheting.”


Sign O’ The Times

April 2nd, 2012

I’m sharing the breakfast table with a 23 y/o. I’m reading hard copies of L.A Times and the local paper, and she’s reading the same news on her ipad.


March 30th, 2012

This is from a radio trade: Paul Duckworth un-retires, moves to Seattle to program news/talk KOMO radio.Duckworth tells that “Some people are cut out for retirement, and then there’s me.” He’s departing Florida after a year of re-charging his batteries to return to Seattle, where he once programmed both KOMO and KVI for Fisher.

Reality Check!

March 30th, 2011

Arlo Guthrie performs in L.A. next week—there’s a picture of him in the ad—OMG he looks as old as Santa Claus!

Show on TV tonight: “Over 90 and Loving It.”  Really?  I’ll have to check that out.



I Used to be Somebody, But Now I’m Retired

November 22nd, 2010

The scene: NPR’s “Weekend Edition” with Sunday morning’s host, the charming and affable Liane Hansen, introducing this week’s contestant for the crossword puzzle—the one w/ Will Shortz.

The guest, a man from L.A.

Liane: (charming, affable) “Welcome to the show, Mr. Guest, what to you do out there in L.A.”

Guest: sounding like the central casting version of a grouchy geezer: “I’m retired for 20 years.”

Liane “Well, then, what did do before you retired?

Guest: “I was an engineer.”

Here’s my gripe: Liane, as charming and affable as she is, did what we ALL do: you are what you do—your work. If you don’t work now, well then, what DID you do, back when you DID work, because “retired” means—nothing? Boring? Doesn’t compute?

Asking someone who’s been retired for 20 years what they USED to do is like asking what did you weigh 20 years ago? Who were you in love with 20 yeas ago? Is that information relevant to who and what are today, right now?

This is to what millions of Baby Boomers aspire? To retire and become a “used to be?” I used to be a contributing member of society, defined by my work, but now I’m retired, which means—what? That I play golf all day?

The question isn’t what did you “used to do” but “who and what are you now?”

“Retirement” needs to be redefined.