William Shakespeare

Thirty-five years of listening and sharing

This is the first of two parts

It was 35 years ago that my first column was published in the Gazette. Since then almost 1,500 of my columns have been published in the paper. I am often asked, is there a secret to my longevity? My standard answer is, I have avoided preaching my own wisdom. I have instead quoted knowledgeable experts from a range of fields.

What made it possible is that Williamsburg is the site of the College of William and Mary, America's second oldest institute of higher education, and the chosen retirement home of a great number of high-ranking military officers, government and CIA officials. They, and faculty members of the College, as well as...