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Over 60...and Getting Younger: April 16, 2010

So Long, Denise!

Sixteen years ago when I retired from dentistry on Nov. 4, 1994 (but who’s counting) I proclaimed that I would become a writer in my retirement. I had no idea about what I was talking about. Through a series of coincidences and good luck I got this position in the Anton Newspapers.

Eleven years ago I was introduced to my new editor, Denise D’Alessandro. She was sensitive and intelligent and we clicked immediately, I have now written close to 600 articles for the Syosset-Jericho Tribune, the Hicksville Illustrated and the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald. Denise eventually shortened her name to Denise Nash, married and had two beautiful children. She is a superior person and a great journalist. She created a complete newspaper every week while covering many stories along the way. I was only a small part of her difficult job. She helped me publish my book about three years ago.

Since I never learned to type, Denise would have my printed faxes transposed to a column every week. For that, I thank her profusely.

I was never censored and only one time was I asked to rewrite a column. That occurred when I was a bit too graphic about my description of the pains and writhing on the bathroom floor with kidney stones.

Denise and I worked in tandem to turn out my column. She did it gently and with a great deal of common sense. She will be an asset to anything she turns her hand to. Beautiful kid and “smart as a whip” is how I will always think of Denise Nash.

Welcome, Karen

Before Denise left the scene, she introduced me to my new editor Karen Gellender. She is from Jericho and that familiarity should be a boon and an asset to her new job. I look forward to working with Karen. She has undertaken a huge, formidable assignment but I know she is quite capable of handling it.

All my readers, I ask you to welcome and assist our new editor, Karen!