September 11, 2014, marks the 105th birthday of a woman I know well: A woman who has played the piano for 98 years, and in my opinion is the best mother in the world. In 2009, her book “What’s My Secret? One Hundred Years of Memories and Reflections,” a memoir of her first ten decades was published. This book imparts thoughts and ideas to those of us who seek to lead a long and active life.
Lillian B. Vogel, Ph.D., is the author. She is also my mother. And as such, I have often been curious about the role she had in fomenting my curiosity. She has always been able to get to the heart of most any matter with a few simple questions.
On September 9, 2014, my mother and I met for lunch at her home to review the plans for her upcoming 105th birthday celebration. When I explained that Radio Curious would feature our 2009 conversation she offered to read the poem from the conclusion of her book. You’ll hear it at the end of the interview.
And so, from the Radio Curious archives, I wish to honor this extraordinary woman on her 105th birthday by sharing our conversation, recorded on October 31, 2009, which began with the inquiry: What makes Lillian Vogel curious?
The book Lillian B. Vogel recommends is “The Blue Tattoo: The Life Of Olive Oatman,” by Margot Mifflin.
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