The Nation: The Pains and Pleasures of Being Thrown Out at 65

"At My Prime"

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Old age should burn and rave at close of day

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

At 69, the Rev. Shirley B. Goodwin fights for his elderly compatriots with a zest that captures the spirit of Dylan Thomas' immortal advice to mortal man. Forced to retire four years ago as social relations executive of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese-of Massachusetts, he has been crusading ever since against what he sees as the injustice of being "thrown out."

Says Goodwin: "I was perfectly healthy and...

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