Happy Birthday to Me
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Swati Pandey

Today is my 79th birthday. I can honestly say that I don’t feel my age, and I’m having more fun now than ever before. Age is a state of mind. I know a lot of old 30-year-olds and a lot of pretty young, energetic 90-year-olds.

I enjoy my work now more than ever, especially our philanthropic work to improve public education, improve the human condition through scientific and medical research and bring the arts to as many people as possible. I love taking on challenges I don’t always succeed at, like trying to bring a football team to Los Angeles, and some that I do succeed at, like building a museum for our family and foundation art collections. You can read more about my successes and failures in “The Art of Being Unreasonable.” I firmly believe in the expression, “He who works lives. He who retires dies.” My work is my life, and I love every minute of it.

Some of you might be wondering what I’m doing to celebrate my birthday. Although I’ve had some great birthday parties—usually to celebrate big milestone ages—Edye and I usually keep our celebrations simple and quiet, like we will today. She buys me a card or two or three (she has a hard time choosing) and when I wake up, the cards are sitting on the nightstand.

But just wait until next year when I turn 80. Party time!

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