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Subject:geezers and fellow-travellers From:"Tamminga, Ernie" <et -at- DSC -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 9 May 1997 09:29:33 -0700
To Geezer extraordinaire:
I've coined the term "wundercodger" to describe someone who has
extraordinary skills in some area, or impressive skills in a bunch of
areas, but who is (maybe much) too old to be a "wunderkind".
And a corollary observation:
A Renaissance Man is a dilettante who's kept at it.
(Apologies for generic "Man", which I actually consider a false-generic.
I'm usually a superstickler about avoiding that usage, but alas,
"Renaissance Person" would lose too much of the power of the phrase.
In fact, I would read the observation above to imply "...a MALE
dilettante who's kept at it". Moreover, I first made the observation,
immodestly, about myself, who am indeed a man. Feel free to substitute
"Woman" as the case may require.)
Parallel acknowledgement: I noticed on an earlier date in this
newsgroup a somewhat similar turn of observation by Buck Buchanan,
modestly attributing Renaissance Man-hood to "a short attention span".
>From: Bob Morrisette [SMTP:Robert -dot- Morrisette -at- EBAY -dot- SUN -dot- COM]
>Sent: Friday, May 09, 1997 9:21 AM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: age discrimination
>A publications manager once told me on the telephone while scheduling
>an interview, "Most of the people applying are old geezers." I'll never
>forget her expression when I walked into her office for an interview.
>There is lots of age discrimination out there, but hiring managers still
>exist who want performance above anything else.
>writer -at- sabu -dot- EBay -dot- sun -dot- com
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