I have been lucky. If one is fortunate in a lifetime to have one mentor, that is, indeed, a blessing. My good fortune has provided a few people who assisted, encouraged and offered direction to achieve the goal at hand.
Woodrow H. Hunter, of the University of Michigan, a pioneer in retirement education, reviewed some of the early chapters. His enthusiasm and recognition of this method of presenting the retirement experience of others was instrumental in my decision to undertake this book.
Max Brill and Lawrence Lilliston, of Oakland University, were helpful in their way to assist me through graduate school. Max encouraged me to believe I could master beginning statistics, a required rung in the academic ladder, and Larry was my leader as I prepared my master's thesis.
Marilyn Popyk, a published author in the field of computers, lend me by the hand through the maze of contacting publishers with the wonderful result of having Passages of Retirement published.
Others who were helpful along the way include: David Weiner, formerly of Wayne State University, who mastered the world of computers sufficiently to assist me in various research projects, and Katherine Neil, who transcribed the many taped interviews.
How does one thank the men and women who made this book possible? They talked to this stranger about their lives, openly, freely, sharing their individual experience of retirement. It is my belief that they realize their contributions will provide some guidelines to others on the road to retirement.