Yesterday, I published a story entitled, The Asterisk Keeps Getting Closer.
A bit meloncholy, I pondered getting older and the loss of a long-term friend.
Towards the end of the post, I used these words: “…as the asterisk gets closer to my name on the back page of the program. . .” A few sentences later, I asked if anyone understood the reference?
While my stats show that over two hundred readers actually opened the link on my blog, only one person referenced the question, but had no idea. (Thanks Phyllis)
If you have ever belonged to a service club, it is likely you have attended an “Annual Installation Banquet,” complete with a printed program for the evening’s festivities. The back cover of that program will typically contain a chronological listing of all the past presidents of the organization. The presidents who are no longer alive are typically denoted with an asterisk next to their name.
So, if you are a past-president, the older you get, the closer the asterisks get to your name on that list.
An inevitable reality.
Now you know.