Wednesday, April 1, 2009


The other day I received a complimentary email from "Martha". She had read the interview in AARP's March issue and noted the photograph of me. Martha wanted to know what my health regime was and felt I should share it with other folks. So, here it is as I enter my 85th year. I work out nearly everyday for about an hour, either with a trainer or by taking a brisk walk. Twice a week I get a massage. I eat three healthy meals a day and I'm known to eat the occasional piece of "See's" or dish of ice cream. I still smoke a cigar everyday (not during Lent, however) and have a "finger" of Dewers each evening. I'm technically retired, but still engage in some business, my foundation and other philanthropy of interest. I throw catch with my dog and try to keep up with my 8 grandchildren. I believe I was blessed with "good" genes, so I intend to continue to do whatever I can to make the most of my life.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama's Speech

The Wall Street Journal requested no more than 100 words of my opinion on President Obama's inauguration speech. Here is what was published:

President Obama got it right in his inauguration speech.

He did the one thing I believe is the most important: He asked everyone to join the team in service to the country. He is smart enough to know that the presidency is not a one-man show. It's a team effort, and in this case, the team is millions strong.

A true leader has the humility to understand that when he's at the top, he's standing on the shoulders of the people. We all have our work cut out for us.