As I prepare for another birthday and ponder whether to start my Social Security checks (you get more per month if you wait), I’m considering the value of work for me.
Nobody gets to write their own ticket in life on death and infirmity, but the old ideas about retirement are obsolete in an era in which 70-year-olds run marathons.
With the job market reawakening in the machining world I think there will be a push to hire retired machinists for part-time and full-time positions.
Over the weekend I read an interview with James D. Watson, co-discoverer of DNA with Francis Crick in 1953. Watson is Director of Cold Spring Habor Laboratory and at 82 is determined to lick cancer in his lifetime. Watson believes it can be done if we fanatically follow the trails, which, though still unproductive, have taken us close to fantastic breakthroughs in cancer therapies.
So many pundits think the Baby Boomers are going to suck money out of the entitlement systems soon. I look for great contributions from them for the next 30 years.
Also on Sunday, Justice John Paul Stevens, who just retired from the U.S. Supreme Court at 90, published an essay voicing regrets about his vote many years ago to approve capital punishment. He feels that the way the ruling is being interpreted skews capital crimes toward non-whites, and he is trying to raise public opinion against the most severe decree.
It seems like the 80- and 90-year-olds have the potential to lead us to new high ground.
Question: Because of the greater longevity of Baby Boomers, should Social Security kick in at 68?
A clip from The Naked Gun staring Leslie Nielsen, who started doing comedy when he was 54.