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Living the

Post-Law Life
How are former Berks County attorneys
enjoying life in retirement? The Berks Barrister
asked several to share their experiences with us.
What follows are their written submissions.

Jay N. Abramowitch
I lecture at Florida Gulf Coast
University's Renaissance Academy,
composed of a diverse group of retired
professionals presenting lectures on a
variety of topics, attended mostly by
fellow retired professionals. Some of
my topics include various aspects of
Buddhism, Bill of Rights case law and
the search for the historical Jesus. These
attendees are extremely bright, willing to critique and often know
more about the topic than I do! For example, I gave a lecture
on James Madison and the Bill of Rights. I spent approximately
15 hours preparing for a subject with which I was already quite
familiar. The lecture was well received, and afterward a diminutive
woman came up and complimented me, saying she enjoyed the
lecture and that it was well presented. I thanked her and turned
to talk to another attendee when she asked me about my source
material for Madison's relationship with Jefferson before the
constitutional convention! I was taken back and later learned that
she had authored three books on Madison!!
Lo and I volunteer at a food bank in Fort Myers, and I do
a lot of kayaking and regularly work out. My most rewarding
activity is my involvement with Veterans Visiting Veterans! Two
other vets and I visit hospices and retirement homes, meeting
with aged/disabled veterans. We talk about anything and
everything, they "open up" because, unlike with family, they can
be open and enjoy the interaction immensely as do we! Families
contact us expressing their appreciation, indicating how happy
these visitations make the vets.
These visits resulted in an unexpected perk for me; I'm finally
getting past the Viet Nam "survivor's guilt" I mentioned in my
article published in the Fall 2017 issue of The Berks Barrister.
Every vet has told me something I now truly believe-if you
served, you are one with every other vet. It does not matter where
you served or in what capacity: ONE, you see it in every face!
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Honorable A. Joseph
Antanavage
Sleeping eight hours is now the norm,
not a luxury. And now I do not need to
squeeze things in my 60-hour work week.
Over the years, I have developed hobbies
and talents that I can now do without the
guilt of not doing legal work. But, what
about becoming anonymous? It is not that
bad. I have learned that my identity is not merely the law, but for
40 years I thought it was just that.
What have I done to fill the time? May I suggest any of the
following for those retired or considering retirement: Buy a
farm; you will not be at a want for something to do, ever. If not,
you can fly fish, tie flies for me, do carpentry, hunt and become a
gardener, grass cutter, shrub cutter, sports car rebuilder, rifle, pistol,
or shotgun shooter, golfer, acquire an exercise regimen (but such
may not be necessary if you do all of these other things). To keep
in touch with lawyer friends, include yourself with Bar activities,
never say "no" to a social event, join the finance committee of your
church, refinish furniture, travel and with extra time, if you have
any, play tennis doubles and swim, smoke an occasional cigar and
drink your favorite adult beverage, while reading the books you
have put off or play chess.
No doubt there are others, but I do not have time for them.
My father whined and complained about being forced into
retirement at 68. Six months later I asked him how retirement
was. His comment: "I should have retired at 55." He lived to the
age of 93 and was active until his passing. In the two years since
I have retired, I have not waken in the morning and said I have
nothing to do today. It has been fun!

Brian C. Engelhardt
Up to the time I left BB&T, things
were always hectic as there were always
a lot of matters that needed immediate
attention. Long hours, etc. To fill the void
that was created by retirement, I began
to work on a number of biographies of
former major league baseball players from
Berks County for the Society of American
Baseball Research Biography project. It was something that I have
always wanted to address. The goal is to prepare a biography for


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