Four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and longtime Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez will discuss his most recent book “Independence Day: What I Learned About Retirement from Some Who’ve Done It and Some Who Never Will” Wednesday, June 21, at 2:00 pm at the Pasadena Senior Center.
By News Desk
As he grappled with his own decision of whether to retire in his 60s after a long and rewarding career in journalism, Lopez used his reporter skills while researching and writing “Independence Day” to look inward as well as interview famous people and average Americans to collect a variety of perspectives about retirement decisions.
Lopez spoke to Mel Brooks, still working at 96, and Norman Lear who, at 100 years of age, vows to keep working until the very end, as well as people who have retired by choice and reinvented themselves outside the constraints of work and those who would like to retire but can’t because of financial issues.
A member of the Pasadena Senior Center, Lopez has written several other books, including “The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music” published in 2008 about his relationship with a sometimes homeless schizophrenic who attended The Juilliard School. It was made into a 2009 film titled “The Soloist” that starred Robert Downey Jr. as Lopez and Jamie Foxx as Ayers.
To register or for more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Special Events or call 626-795-4331. A book signing will follow.
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