Steve Lopez knows he is running out of time.
Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, isn’t collapsing into the grave just yet, but he is 69, with two artificial knees and a pacemaker.
“Although this is a scary thought, when you get to where I am, statistically speaking, you’re in the last quarter of your life and most of it is behind you,” he said.
But there are still so many bullets on his to-do list.
He could retire and start crossing some off, but he is hesitant. “Being a columnist I’ve had a quasi-public life,” he said. “After that, who am I going to be?”
He wanted to find out before the health problems that affected his parents interfered.
“I mentioned it to everybody who I considered a peer age-wise, and they were all having the same conversations with themselves and others about when is the right time to go.”