Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Abner Mikva laughs at 90
Abner Mikva turns 90 Thursday. To mark the milestone I took the revered Chicago icon, who made his mark on all three branches of government—former congressman, retired federal judge and White House counsel—to lunch last week.
How does it feel to be 90?
"It's going to be kind of a shock," he said, using the future tense with a lawyerly precision. "I keep thinking of all the good reasons why I should be happy about it... I've already given up all the things I really enjoy: golf, tennis, sex, poker. There's nothing left to give up in the 90s."
I get the golf, tennis and sex part. "But why poker?"
"I have macular degeneration," he said. "I can't see the cards. I love the game."
Mikva used to fly in just for the Washington Post's poker game. He said his favorite Washington figure to work with was Bill Clinton.
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