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October 3, 2007 |
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I noticed you mentioned on today's show (9/29) that you no longer drink alcohol. Is that true? As someone who has struggled with staying sober, I always feel in good company when public figures disclose that they are sober. I envision you as the type sitting at W.A. Frost, sipping a Tanqueray martini on the patio (as I have done one too many times), but maybe that is not so. I would enjoy it if you could elaborate on your experiences. Thank you.
It's not a very interesting story, Steve. I just stopped one day about five years ago while on a cruise to Alaska with my family. Didn't mention it to anybody, just decided, "Whoa. You've done this long enough." One of those spasms of reform that we old Sanctified Brethren go in for. I loved alcohol and enjoyed martinis especially and also Italian red wine, Scotch and bourbon, and gin and tonic, but a person gets tired of wondering if he is drinking too much and so you just knock it off. It's easy to not drink so long as you don't drink. You simply make the decision to resume so enormous that you don't quite have the strength for it. But I don't like to talk about it. My beloved old editor Roger Angell once said to me, over martinis, "Whatever you do, don't stop drinking." He was tired of listening to his recovering pals. I am happy to mix drinks for anybody and I keep good stuff around, I just don't take any myself. But when I turn 70, I plan to get back to it.