Posts Tagged ‘Will Parry’

Honor Will, build PSARA

Friday, May 31st, 2013

In this issue of the Retiree Advocate, we remember our mentor, friend, and comrade Will Parry.

Unlike some PSARA members who worked with Will for decades, I knew him, of course – everybody knew Will – but I only had the opportunity to work closely with him in the last 18 months when I came aboard as associate editor of the Advocate.

During that time I saw Will mainly as a journalist, and he was one of the great journalists. Will wrote in a plain, straightforward style, with humor, yes – Will had a sparkling sense of humor – but without any frills or rhetorical flourishes of any kind.

Will wrote that way because he always had a purpose in mind. Will wanted to change the world. And he believed that we were the ones who were going to have to change it.

Will wrote with absolute confidence that ordinary men and women could understand even the most complicated problems, and once they understood, could get together and solve them.

Will meant for the Advocate to have a role in that process of change. He wanted it be a tool for organizing.

Will envisioned PSARA members taking the Advocate to their friends, neighbors, and co-workers, pointing to an article, and saying “Look, did you hear about that? What are we going to do about it?”

No individual can fill Will’s shoes, but as we honor him by continuing his work, let’s use the Advocate in the way Will envisioned it being used, and let’s build PSARA, the organization he devoted so much time and energy to.

You can help.

Please use the coupon below to renew your PSARA membership and subscription to the Advocate, or better yet, give a subscription to someone you know, and get them involved in PSARA. Or as Will said, just find us a millionaire.

— Mike Andrew

Any old millionaire will do…

Friday, May 31st, 2013

By Will Parry – Repreinted from The Retiree Advocate, April 2006

Martin Luther King, Jr. is justly revered as a selfless champion of the poor and oppressed. Dr. King might find it ironic that Martin Luther King, Jr. County — the county now named for him — is overrun with millionaires.

TNS Financial Services, a British market research firm, reports that Martin Luther King, Jr. County now has 65,536 millionaires. Among the nation’s 3,140 counties, our county ranks twelfth. We’re even ahead of New York County, with its pathetic 62,773 millionaires.

For some reason, we’ve never met a real millionaire. Maybe one of our readers could put us in touch with one. With all those thousands of millionaires in the neighborhood, there ought to
be one millionaire ready to bankroll the Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Ameri- cans. We wouldn’t need the whole mil- lion – just a couple thousand a month.

Any old millionaire can reach us at 2800 First Avenue, Room 262, in Seattle, right here in Martin Luther King, Jr. County. Our phone number is (206) 448-9646

A note from Will Parry

Monday, April 1st, 2013

We received the following note from our beloved 92 year old Editor and President Emeritus. He is an inspiration to all of us who have been fortunate enough to know him and work with him.

Please convey to the membership my appreciation for the many kind and thoughtful expressions afforded me. I wish nothing more than to rejoin them. Toward that end I am working to rebuild my health and strength. I hope that day will come soon.

In solidarity,
Will Parry

We are blushing!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Editor, Retiree Advocate:

I enjoy your newsletter. I particularly appreciated Will Parry’s August comments regarding gun violence in America. I keep looking for someone besides Sarah Brady or Michael Moore to call these gun people out. The political cowardice on this issue is staggering. Mr. Parry is correct. We can pray and raise our hosannahs to the sky…and then just wait for the next blood bath.

Until the NRA is put in its place, and the Second Amendment is revisited with the aim of making it comport to 2012 instead of 1776, we will remain awash in firearms.

Thanks again, Will!

The Power of One

Friday, August 31st, 2012

A net growth of 275 new members in 2012. That’s a big, ambitious goal. A real challenge. Scary!

Don’t be scared. And forget the number 275 for a minute.

Focus instead on that one new member you, dear reader, are going to sign up this week. Today, if she’s available.

Whether our year’s growth objective is 275 or 2,750, the goal will be reached one member at a time.

With every active member focused on winning that one next new member, a goal that seemed far, far away suddenly becomes realizable.

So, dear reader, think small. Focus on the power of one. The next new member. That friend, neighbor, workmate, cousin or aunt. That person you met while waiting for that prescription, or for the bus, or at the coffee counter.

And by the way, don’t leave home without the Retiree Advocate. It’s a great persuader.

Your next new member, multiplied by a couple hundred folks just like you, puts us over the top.

Never, ever underestimate the power of one!

– Will Parry

Will’s birthday

Monday, June 18th, 2012
Will Parry, former PSARA President and current Editor of The Retiree Advocate

Photo by PSARA member Garet Munger

The PSARA Executive Board took the time to celebrate the 92nd birthday on Thursday April 19, 2012 of our wonderful Editor & President Emeritus, Will Parry.