Female, 62, married
Education: college graduate
Job Status: journalist, for 30 years
Retirement Income: $45,000
Health: reported good
Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for one year
My work was my main interest; I enjoyed it and got a great deal of satisfaction out of my job. My husband, before he really knew what I did, used to think that my job was a piece of fluff, just a piece of cake. He found out that it was a difficult and trying job and it took a great deal of tact, patience and understanding. It required a great deal of time to gain the respect of the people with whom I worked when I covered their events. It took years to develop their trust and confidence.
My job was to cover the social events in the city. There were openings at the art museum, the symphony orchestra, and many charity events. When kings and queens and heads of state came to town I was always there to cover parties, do interviews. I've interviewed and spent time with presidents' wives on the campaign tour.
My idea of retirement was that I would retire when I became 65. I had no intention of leaving when I was 60. My decision was based on a number of things.
My paper was sold to a large chain and the feeling of family left the organization. I did not feel that same sense of loyalty and love and