I Am 91 Years Old - Back for AMA #4 - Ask Me Anything!
I was quite sure my AMA from 6 months ago would be my last for two reasons. First, at my age, you never know when the Grim Reaper might appear. But, more likely, I felt that after answering 1,000 questions, there would be no more. Yet the young people of Reddit truly surprised me with 1,000 more. I had the time of my life – really – responding to all manner of queries: so thoughtful, relevant, studious and often meaningful to me and (hopefully, my answers) to the questioners. And so (as jazz artist Count Basie said with his classic ending of “April in Paris,” One more once! PROOF
My life in brief:
Born lower middle class in San Antonio in 1925
Public school grades 1-11
Joined Marine V-12 program in 1943, but was spared deployment to Japan by the atomic bomb
After the war earned three degrees in Illinois and Michigan through the G.I. Bill
Spent my working years in education, teaching from kindergarten to university level - but the most meaningful work as as a junior high school principal in an inner city school for 15 years
Moved to Washington, DC for retirement after my wife passed away
And I'll preempt two of the most frequent (and interesting) questions I get:
On my attitude towards DEATH: I was amazed that people felt so deeply about it. Yet my honest response was that it's a subject that I've given almost no thought to it – and never have. It's something that I can do nothing – or little – about so why worry? And I generally added that I that see my life as a (beautiful?) flower that remains that way for some time, and then, when life no longer has meaning, returns to the earth.
How I've maintained my health: 1. Lifelong support of a caring family and friends. 2. Continued interaction with young people throughout my life. 3. Enough income to satisfy my somewhat simple wants and needs but not so much that I worry about the accumulation of wealth. 4. The help of a supportive, caring government. 5. A positive outlook on life, and 6. Satisfying and meaningful employment.
I will do my best to answer every single question! Should there be another deluge of questions, it could take me the full six months, as it did previously, to answers them all. I use a weekly blog to share some of my thoughts so I'd encourage you to "tune into my (usually) weekly blog at
You'll not only find the status of my responding, but also to learn more of my attempts to reflect on 90+ years of living.