It was a June day when I began my career as a national journalist. I stepped into the Detroit Bureau of the Wall Street Journal and started on what would be a long, varied, rewarding career. I was 23 years old, and the year was 1970. Thats not a typo.So it seems fitting to me that Ill be retiring this coming June, almost exactly 47 years later. Ill be hanging it up shortly after the 2017 edition of the Code Conference, a wonderful event I co-founded in 2003 and which I could never have imagined back then in Detroit.I didnt make this decision lightly, or hastily, or under pressure. It emerged from months of thought and months of talks with my wise wife, my family and close friends. It wasnt prompted by my employer, or by some dire health diagnosis. It just seems like the right time to step away. Im ready for something new.Over my career, Ive reinvented myself numerous times. I covered the Pentagon, the State Department and the CIA. I wrote about labor wars, trade wars and real wars. I chronicled a nuclear plant meltdown and the defeat of Communism. I co-founded a couple of media businesses.
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