When I first met Eddie I was part of a crowd of new hires. Just out of college- freshly-minted journalism grads- we were ready to change the world. And in some ways we did. Or more likely, the world changed us. Eddie was the voice of experience- a friendly, smiling presence- always willing to help out the new kids. He taught us a lot.
A bunch of us showed up to wish Eddie a grand retirement. His going away party was held in an Irish pub overlooking 45th and Third Avenue. As I looked around the room at all of my former colleagues- the changes were unmistakable. Gray hairs, crows feet, some bulging waistlines... You could see that everyone was older, wiser (we hope), more sedate. This party was a luncheon. We washed down crab cakes with white wine. In the old days we'd have our parties in wild New York City clubs. We'd stay out all night- dancing, drinking and dreaming.
Those days are long gone. So much has changed. But at least a few things are still the same. Eddie's still a hell of a guy. And Friendship. That hasn't changed a bit.
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