While the deaths of celebrities who have spent their careers engaging in risky behaviors that shortened their lives make headlines, conservatives mourn the passing of a remarkable assemblage of wisdom.
Though Thomas Sowell, at age 86, has more years behind him than ahead, he is — judging by his commentaries — still mentally fit, and hopefully, healthy.
But with his announcement of retirement in this final column simply titled “Farewell,” a bright light has dimmed. Dr. Sowell was a high school dropout who left due to his family’s financial hardships and despite being accepted into the gifted program in a prestigious school. Born in North Carolina, he grew up impoverished in Harlem, NYC. working at menial jobs and then was drafted into the U.S. Marines Corps during the Korean War.
He later attended high school at night in order to get his diploma. Sowell graduated from Harvard Law School but still could not be contained, ultimately earning his Masters Degree at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago — packing several lifetimes into his nearly nine decades. He has been on the faculties of numerous prominent universities.
Dr. Sowell epitomizes brilliance.
If we had our druthers, he’d reconsider this rash decision to retire, as he opts instead to devote more time to his hobby of photography. Yes, he has carved out time for a hobby! Check his artistic side out here.
Seeing Red AZ has frequently posted his columns under the heading, “Weekend Reading Guaranteed to Make You Smarter.”
Here is a partially archived listing of his prolific nationally syndicated columns on a wide variety of topics courtesy of Creators Syndicate.
It’s impossible not to learn something from reading any one of them. Then begin on his books.