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To realize that I've touched seventy was absolutely devastating. [Very long pause.] I'm disturbed by my concern in undertaking new commitments--as if my time is limited. I never had that feeling before. I don't want to take responsibility for something that I may not be able to complete. It's a very worrisome thing. Being seventy made me angry. Being sixty-nine did not. [Laughs.]

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Source Notes: Interview with Studs Terkel in Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who've Lived It (1995). Vladek speaks here as senior partner in a 30-member law firm and as someone who still meets daily with clients.

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