She will no doubt take full credit for his retirement and for having run him off the field. Anyone who can write a book claiming to "save" the world from him has to be issuing press releases pointing out her major role in causing time to pass and him to become older and infirm.
Steinem, Laube, Parker whether you liked any of them or not had a place in the industry. Their palate gave them an expiration date. I was never a big fan of Parker but give him kudos for realizing it was time to retire and doing so. There are far too many that refuse or fail to do so.
In fact, he's not all that old - he's only 71. It's possible, but just doesn't seem likely that his his ability to taste was seriously diminishing over the last fifteen years.
In any case, I wonder how much of this decision was purely voluntary. He posted and tweeted some weird stuff before he suddenly stopped opining on the state of the world, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the sudden reticence to sound off was strongly suggested by the owners of the WA. He has had some surgeries and needed some serious meds, which also may have affected his inclination to taste and write. Selling a major stake to Michelin brought on additional corporate responsibilities. And noting the rapidly fading influence of the WA, even if he were inclined to continue, the new partners may have preferred that he not embarrass them.
It's speculation to be sure, but we all know that some of his last rants were way beyond the gibberish in the bingo thread and it wouldn't be too much to imagine that someone gently suggested he ride off into the sunset.
From what I've been told, and it's all hearsay, his health is not good at all and many of the issues were brought on by overeating and over drinking for fifty years. So I wish him well but it's also a cautionary tale - everybody go out and do your five mile run today!
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[i]"the incorrect overuse of apostrophes is staggering these days. I wonder if half the adults these days have any idea what they are for." Chris Seiber, 5/14/19[/i]