Magazine article The Quill

Leonard Hansen

Magazine article The Quill

Leonard Hansen

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After celebrating 30 years as a member of SPJ, Leonard "Len" Hansen died at his Bellingham, Wash., home Dec. 15, 2008. He was 76.

Hansen was a nationally known journalist and author, having pioneered his own newspapers aimed at seniors. He also wrote the book "Life Begins at 50: A Handbook for Creative Retirement Planning."

Of his many achievements in the media industry, perhaps his most notable was the long-running column "Mainly for Seniors," which ran in more than 200 newspapers. Although not a senior himself when he began the column in 1 973, he wrote about issues affecting older Americans and was a staunch and tireless advocate for senior rights.

He received an undergraduate degree in communication from San Francisco State University and briefly fulfilled credits toward a master's degree in the same field. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955.

Hansen was also known for his investigatory prowess and authoritative stance on aging issues. …

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