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I grew up in farm country in central New Jersey, the second of four siblings. By today's standards, we had a deliriously free childhood: some chores, of course, but also fishing, swimming, playing pick-up baseball and football, ice skating, snowball fights, camping with the Boy Scouts in the nearby Sourland Mountains, and generally making mischief.
After finishing eighth grade in a two room school, I went to Princeton High School, attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and received a Masters Degree from Columbia University's School of International Affairs.
I spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching English in a remote Turkish village near the Russian border and I taught social studies for one year in a high school in Harlem and then moved to Washington D.C. where I created a newsletter reporting on Middle East affairs and edited a scholarly publication called The Middle East Journal.
When the first oil shortage hit in the mid 1970s, I joined Fortune magazine to write about energy and later about a host of issues including finance, management and technology. After more than 20 years at Fortune, I became a communications specialist at McKinsey & Co. and later director of publications at Sarah Lawrence College and an editor at CNBC.com. Today I am semi-retired, writing a blog two days a week called Wells Fargo Daily Advantage.
My wife Kathy Valyi and I live in the Bronx overlooking the grand, historical Hudson River. We have three grown children, one of whom provided the cover art for "Pilgrim in the New Retirement."
on May 28, 2013 :
I liked the format - the journal form was very personal and that is definitely my preference. I didn't want to read anything about financial planning! It was funny, challenging and reassuring all at the same time. Sweet engaging style with grownup vocabulary. Nulty uses stories from his past and present - gardening, family, childhood, health, current events to gain insight into what retirement means. He also quotes from news articles and other pints of view so there is a nice mix and balance. The only thing I wish Nulty would have done is say more about his spouse's reaction. Otherwise I think that the book is a worthy read. It is wise but not preachy which is what I was looking for since I just retired!
(reviewed the day of purchase)