Aunt Corinne passed along a recent news article about Uncle Mack, who has been volunteering to help out the Savannah prosecutor’s office, which is staggering under a crushing case load. Although Uncle Mack’s legal career, pre-retirement at least, was entirely in the civil arena, he’s thrown himself into the project, studying criminal law and helping out the prosecutors wherever he can. You can see the article here.
Uncle Mack is one of those people who has always been “involved.” When he lived in Reston, Virginia, he was active in leadership positions with community organizations and was featured in a full-page news article. (The article referred to Uncle Mack as a man in “triple focus,” because of his many activities, and had a three-exposure picture of him. It was a very nice article, but the “triple-focus” description cracked me up and has always stuck with me. Now, whenever I see UM, I try to work in a gratuitous “triple-focus” comment just for the heck of it. Now I’ve been able to work it into this blog post, too.)
The desire to be “involved” has, if anything, seemingly intensified after Uncle Mack retired from a long and successful career as an intellectual property lawyer. I’m not sure I’m even aware of all of his activities, but I know he’s been working on playing the sax in a jazz combo, he’s taken acting classes and acted in a few independent, locally produced films, and now he’s helping out the prosecutor’s office. It’s impressive, and Grandma Webner would be proud.
The experts say that a key element of any successful retirement is having interests to pursue, so you stay mentally engaged and physically active. Uncle Mack is a living demonstration of that concept.