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Safe, Pleasant Retirement

Written by Gary North on March 11, 2017


Where to retire? Do you want safety? Do you want a pleasant environment? Do you want lots of free services? Do you want to be around younger people with a future rather than geezers with fading memories of the good old days? Retire close to a college. There, unreality reigns supreme. For details, click the […]

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Engineering Degree: The Smart Way (for Parents)

Written by Gary North on February 11, 2017


I am writing this for high school juniors who have just received what seems to be bad news from their parents. My message: It’s good news for parental solvency, and it won’t hurt you a bit. But it’s not what you had in mind. I am going to talk straight with you. I am probably […]

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Old Men Who Kept Going

Written by Gary North on February 11, 2017


I see no reason to retire. I agree with Ray Charles. He was interviewed by a young reporter. “Do you plan to retire?” the man asked. Charles answered with a question: “And do what?” Of all the old men in my field who kept going, the master was Jacques Barzun. In 2000, Harper/Collins published his […]

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Betty White’s Breakout Role

Written by Gary North on January 28, 2017


I read this paragraph and almost gagged. Betty White celebrates her 95th birthday today, reaching yet another milestone in a decades-spanning career that is still just as active as ever. It’s hard to believe it’s been 55 years since the beloved actress made her feature film debut in Advise & Consent, a performance that led […]

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Vin Scully Says Goodbye

Written by Gary North on September 24, 2016


The voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers is retiring after 67 years. Los Angeles had the two best sports announcers ever: Chick Hearn (basketball) and Vin Scully. Hearn was flawless until the very end. He fell off a ladder at age 85 and suffered a fatal concussion. I wrote an obituary: “I Always Wanted to […]

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A Government Employee Calls Me Out

Written by Gary North on July 2, 2016


I posted a video on high-income retired state employees. A self-righteous, self-pitying government employee was incensed. You cannot be talking about me or any of my fellow government victims. In 2003, a hundred or so of us, wotking for the Superintendant of Document, the US Government Printing Office, the Bookstore Branch, were pushed out of […]

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