How Would You Like To Be Remembered?

I may be unreasonable, but why do print and broadcast reporters ask an older, accomplished person “How would you like to be remembered?” I find it offensive and rude. I’m sure many of you may not agree, but I get so upset when I hear that question.

Why don’t writers ask that question to younger, famous people? The fact that it’s always used on senior people only makes me feel that they expect a person in their 70’s to die soon.

Not so fast. Older people in their 70’s and 80’s are not checking out anytime soon. In this day and age, we can last way into our 90’s. Don’t rush us. We have a lot of living to do.

To really understand what I am talking about, watch the interview Jackie Nespral, TV broadcaster, NBC 6, Miami, did with Jorge Perez, one of the most successful real estate developers in the United States. She didn’t mean any harm. However, it just seems like the end is near.

2 thoughts on “How Would You Like To Be Remembered?

  1. FYI: the link brings up PART 2 of this interesting interview, but this part doesn’t include the Q that bugs you. Also, I don’t know why the video runs in ultra-wide screen. It’s amazing to see a 7+ minute interview (just part 2) on a commercial TV channel. Fascinating stories. I didn’t know much about Perez, so this was very informative. As for your point about “being remembered”: I think it’s a legit Q and actually sort of respectful at any age to people who are recognized as “accomplished.” It’s a good Q about what achievement you are most proud of or that you think had or will have a lasting impact. As for living into OLD age, sadly too many colleagues/friends are dropping in early 70s (or younger), although my advisor recently told me that by the time you get to OUR age, the actuarial tables expect you to live to 104… up from about 93 a few years ago. That’s a daunting age when you’re trying to make your money last “for the rest of your life.” AND THAT might be the greatest accomplishment (at least the one my son will appreciate). : ) BTW: what would YOU say is your accomplishment for which YOU want to remembered???

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