Former Top Washington Post Editor Leonard Downie Jr. on Facing the Future at Age 80

From a Washington Post story by Leonard Downie Jr. headlined “What 80 feels like: I’m not ready to fear the future”:

“It’s official. I turned 80 at 4 a.m. today, while I was sleeping. I’m an octogenarian,” writes former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. in a journal he kept of his 80th year. He’s in good company: Some 1.3 million Americans turned 80 in the same year that Downie did. Prominent octogenarians include musician Paul McCartney, singer Barbra Streisand, actor Harrison Ford, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, journalist Lesley Stahl, civil rights activist and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and, of course, President Biden.