Media Roundtable Luncheon Schedule
2016 - 2017 Season, Our 67th
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These Comments from a recent, new Attendee
MIGHT BE SITTING ON YOUR LEFT
author and developmental psychologist
Iíve just come back to the office from a deeply inspiring lunch
meeting. For all our important work with ďSeniorsĒ and the
services many of them need, I think we tend to carelessly lump
then together, regularly falling into the trap of no longer
seeing them as individuals and very, very bright people with
full biographies. The fact is lots of ďSeniorsĒ are still
trucking along admirably with significant humor, vigor, and
insightful thinking. Chronological age is clearly not the
primary determinant of much of anything.
I am fortunate enough to belong to an almost 70-year-old
professional media and journalism-oriented organization. It is
made up of retired print and broadcast executives and
professionals, along with the rest of us still working in
several forms of journalism and media.
These older men and women were heavy hitters with long careers
in exciting times for their industry, complete with
opportunities that are now unlikely if not impossible.
Itís always a revelation to occasionally experience myself as
one of the youngest people in a room full of really articulate,
experienced, passionate people. How often do my peers and I get
that chance for inspiration?
Essentially, the organization is a luncheon club where we come
together at a common table with microphones available to review
and discuss a wide variety of topics from journalism and media
perspectives. We discuss current issues of local, national, and
international importance (political positions and religion are
not permitted). This isnít a bunch of geezers telling war
stories and reminiscing. This is a group of thoughtful,
experienced minds coming together for highly informed
discussions. About 45 of us gather each time, both men and
women. The membership is larger than that, so the attendance is
slightly different at each meeting.
What did I find inspiring today, you ask? Iím glad you inquired.
A woman in her late 70s (an unrepentant thespian) played her
instrument-studded washboard and sang everything from Jazz to
Rap as warmup entertainment. She remarked on her pig tails and
wrinkles, and then announced that all it took was moderate
musical prowess and, blessedly Ė no longer having much sense of
shame Ė an increased capacity for joy. She knew how to seize a
point and get it across, grabbing our attention without doing or
being anyone we would usually expect. And all the while her
significant dignity shone through. How many of us can do that
well, I ask you?
The gentleman on my left, 93, remarked about having written a
piece with his daughter announcing his wifeís recent death for
posting on his Facebook page.
Two men in their early eighties got into a heated debate about
where journalism ends and media begins. Journalism and media,
although we often mash them together, are not synonymous as we
Today there was a general discussion about the November
13 letter to New York Times readers
from the Publisher and the Senior Editor reflecting on issues
with their campaign and election coverage.
A famous elections polling analyst/scientist and journalist,
easily in his late 70s, talked about the intelligent limits of
polling and how they can miss whatís really going on.
Iím not some voyeur at these lunches. When it was my turn, I
talked about my notion that we had all been prisoners of the
images and language of local/regional/identity politics and,
therefore, unwilling and unable to think and behave otherwise.
Itís my opinion that we, as a nation, HAVE
AN EXCESS OF LANGUAGES AND IMAGES THAT SEPARATE US AND are
missing the ALTERNATIVE language
and images to understand commonly shared pain and hope, without
which we have little opportunity to actually create an inclusive
dialogue. Iíd like us to do a journalistic investigation of this
without having to have another September 11 to pull us all
The lady to my right, in her middle 70ís, is so alert and
attentive that her eyes sparkle. She worked with Walter Cronkite
and Edward R. Murrow, among others, and clearly understood the
historic nuances in all of the remarks.
Itís my experience that many of us suffer from absence of
intelligent intergenerational engagement and the inspiration
that can accompany it. My grandchildren regularly
teach me important information I might otherwise miss entirely.
When I say intergenerational engagement, Iím not talking about 3
or 4 generations showing up for a big holiday meal and watching
sports on television rather than actually interacting. Iím
talking about seizing the opportunity to look to my right and my
left and observe the wisdom and perspective each generation
brings from the lives they have led, regardless of age.
Iím inspired and this came from accomplished professionals
senior to me.
What do you do for inspiration in your own life, especially
For more information
"Dates & Reservations"
will go our early to mid-August Immediate reply is
appreciated, with a September 15 deadline. We will process
requests in late September, at
which point we'll play "god" again allocating
"confirmations" and "wait lists" as fairly as possible.
Dates have been set, where possible, to avoid "same week" meetings with the Broadcasters Club
If you have new member/guest prospects for the new season please call me
after you have received your dates and know which of those dates your prospect
can join us.
A number of new participants joined us last season. Many have remained active
offering refreshing views and perspectives.
Participants are encouraged to book interesting guests as
new members. (For qualifications see
Qualifications for Membership.)
The 2016-17 luncheon
schedule is posted with a full season of 13 dates.
(See "Dates & Reservations").
We continue to meet at The Field Club. The Club provides good food, a
perfect setting with a quiet, private room, plenty of elbow room,
convenient and adequate parking, a handicap ramp right to the meeting room and a
beautiful view of the Intracoastal waterway.
The room is available
at 11:30 a.m. Iced tea, tea and coffee orders are taken early. Other
beverages are not available because Florida law prohibits a private club
from collecting monies from non-members. Cost for the 2016-17 season
is now $25.
We encourage you to
invite new guests. Please check this internet site for ďqualificationsĒ -and they are loosely defined, than give me a call to schedule the best date
Should you invite new members to join us this season we highly recommend you
refer them to "Your First Meeting" here at
www.MediaRoundtable.com where they can learn Roundtable history, customs
(suggested dress, Dutch treat and nature of the ďfirst visit), directions to the
Field Club, etc.
Continuing 66 years of
Roundtable tradition meetings concentrate on current issues and future
developments without dwelling on the past - though a bit of nostalgia is always
welcome. Sport coat suggested
for men (tie optional), religion and politics discouraged unless discussing media coverage of
Participation is easy, as long as you qualify as a media person.
Once a participant, always a "member." There are no annual dues, no board of
directors, no constitution or by-laws. We keep it simple!
are required as seating is limited. Please cancel if you're
not going to make it. We make good use of a waiting list. If its full up on
first contact, ask to be on the waiting list.