ExecWorldTraveler: Don posted his age as 65; looking at the one bald headshot he was pushing 80. His essay was 668 words without a paragraph break (gasp!). He tried desperately to convince me he was a wealthy, successful, influential man. (I have condensed his extremely verbose email.)
“I am a retired corporate executive and recent widower, financially independent, with residences in Nashville TN & Denver CO, who loves to visit the world’s great cities and enjoys concerts, art museums, movies, theater, fine restaurants, daily workouts, and day hikes. Extremely family oriented with 3 successful children, all Ivy Leaguers with graduate degrees, who all, unfortunately, live on the West Coast, which is why I keep a place in Portland.
I was very lucky from a financial viewpoint in my 35-year corporate life so I strongly believe in giving back now to charity and also to my children and needy relatives. I feel strongly that parents/grandparents if at all financially possible, should pay for school tuition for their children/grandchildren and should be helped with their major medical expenses and even given help in purchasing their homes, etc. but like Warren Buffett, I believe that children/grandchildren should be given/inherit only enough money to be able to work at jobs at which they want to work and not so much money that they lose the motivation to work.
I also believe in family vacations paid for by parents/grandparents. My family does annual winter vacations in Hawaii and these fond memories of family vacations have been shown by studies done by the Greater Good Science Center affiliated with the Psychology Department of Cal-Berkeley to create far more happiness than the accumulation of expensive cars and the like. Personally.
I am a very young 65, indeed I am by far the oldest one in my social group (aged 45 to 53) due to not having children until my late 30s/early 40s. JOB UPDATE: After 5 yrs of full retirement, I just accepted a $1/year part-time job as Senior Advisor to my long-term boss/mentor (one of Nashville’s leading philanthropists).”
This guy’s profile reeks of insincerity, narcissism and cock-and-bull stories.
Written by Nancy Nichols Originally appeared on KnowItNancy.com