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Old 08-04-08, 01:31 PM   #1
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Hey, I Got A Response!

In reponse to an article about vitamin D insufficiency and a related study in our local Denver Post, I got a response to my letter:

-----Original Message-----
From: **************** [mailto: ****************]
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 11:51 AM
To: Brown, Suzanne
Subject: "Elderly" not getting enough Vitamin D . . .


"Elderly,:

"Senior,"

"Sunset Years,"

are all terms which have no specific meanings. Ask a 20 year-old who is "elderly" or in their "sunset Years" or a "senior," and he will think that is someone over 50.

Ask someone 50 and you will get an entirely different response.

The use of the age range 65-89 was appropriate - although one does wonder what happens to someone 90.

Why not use specific ages throughout the entire article, instead of non-meaningful, subject to interpretation, nouns and adjectives?

I happen to be 68 years old, bicycle 150 miles per week, swim a couple of miles per week, lift some pretty heavy weights, and walked 3.5 miles yesterday am. This morning, I swam 10 laps and biked 20 miles. I am involved in national political issues and am giving a paper in Baltimore next Monday.

I don't consider myself to be "elderly," or a "senior," or "in my sunset years."

Thanks for reading.


Denver C. Fox, Ed.D.

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Dr. Fox,
Thanks for writing. You are right that these terms have different meanings depending on the audience. As writers, we struggle at times to find the right words and sometimes don't think about how those words might be interepreted. I appreciate the reminder and congratulate you on staying in such excellent physical condition.
Best regards,
Suzanne
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Old 08-04-08, 06:53 PM   #2
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Congrats on getting a response. I suppose it is not easy for a reporter to respond to 'everything' so the fact that she took the time means that your letter did mean something to her or have something to say that caught her eye.
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You da man, and it's good they recognize it.
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I salute you DnvrFox, something I rarely do anymore for anyone.
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When I grow up, I want to be like Denver Fox. When I reach my senior years (90+), I want to be like Gordy Shields.
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Man, you got advocacy just flowing through your veins. Job well done.

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My final response

"Thanks for your response. I appreciate it.

Join me for a bike ride sometime.

I also lead rides for 65+'rs in our church in Parker."
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