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Mailbag: Your headline made the 'elderly' chuckle

August 10, 2012

Re. "Elderly man injured," (Aug. 9):

I was born in 1950, so I'm a baby boomer and a midcentury. I experienced the '50s, '60s, '70s, as well as the '80s, '90s and the new millennium.

But it wasn't until I read the Aug. 9 edition of the Daily Pilot that it even occurred to me that I might also be described as, gad, "elderly!"

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Please tell me that you have a high school journalism student writing headlines as part of a summer internship of some sort. From the perspective of a 17-year-something, maybe, just maybe, I can be described as decrepit, old and, yes, elderly.

When I saw the headline about the "elderly man" who was injured and the subhead that indicated that he is 56 years old, I thought it would be wise to get second, third and fourth opinions. I brought the piece to my office and solicited lots of input.

The consensus is that 56 is anything but elderly and that the Pilot needs to eat some crow on behalf of a large segment of its "aging" readership.

Thanks for the laugh!

Joe Farley

Newport Beach

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50 is the new 36

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

First of all, with all due respect and sympathy for the "elderly" man who was reportedly injured in his wheelchair by some thug, I have to highlight the fact that the Daily Pilot had somehow associated the word elderly with the age of 56. Unless this is a typo, I, as a recent new member of the 50s club, laughed out loud.

Hello! Fifty is the new 36, as far as I am concerned. My friends and I still get up in the morning, stretch, go exercise, meet friends for coffee, have lunch with friends, have a great and productive day (without a nap), then sometimes even go out to dinner after the blue-light special — ha ha! — and enjoy a few glasses of wine.

We go to our children's high school games and cheer them on, loudly and energetically. We go on vacations, and zip line and jump in lakes. And some of us surf and go the fair and get on the rides. Blah, blah, blah.

We can do it all. I am looking forward to being "elderly" one day, but decades after the ripe old age of 56!

Kim Faris

Newport Beach

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Were you kidding?

Surely you jest. A teenager on your staff must have written this because it is an insult to call a 56-year-old "elderly." Think about that for awhile.

Rhoda Friedman

Newport Beach

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Editor's note: The headline was written in error.

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