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Deep down I knew this day would come. I just didn’t know when. This is my final column for Claims Magazine. Looking back, my first article for this publication appeared in the October 1986 issue. At that time, the magazine went by the name of The Insurance Adjuster. As I recall, that initial article was a book review column. I worked with then Editor Merl Gors, followed by a succession of fine editors, culminating with the current holder of that title, Eric Gilkey. One thing led to another. A book review column morphed into a claim column, then a risk management column, and then an alternating theme each month.

Recently, I re-entered the corporate world. Sure, I am delighted to have an opportunity to be back in a corporate fold. However, the time demands of my new role are inconsistent with the same continued pace of writing. After nearly 25 years of writing articles and columns for Claims, the run is over. It’s been a great run, too, one for which I am extremely grateful. When I penned that first book review column in 1986, I had no inkling that it was the start of a nearly quarter-century-long collaboration or the entry into a parallel career as a business writer.

Now don’t get me wrong; writing for Claims has been both a challenge and a joy. Coming up with new ideas and knocking out another article—one that you hope will make sense—establishes a monthly rhythm. Some liken writing a monthly column to being married to a nymphomaniac. As soon as you’re finished, it’s time to do it all over again!

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