BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Judy Cuzner’s advice: Don’t end up like a flat squirrel

Name: Judy Cuzner

Age: 82

Place of birth: Peabody, because my mother’s doctor was there. I’ve always lived in Marblehead. My father’s family dates back to the 1600s.

Fondest childhood memory: Running free through Steer Swamp without a care in the world. We called it Dan Barry’s field. That was my playground.

What jobs have you worked and what was your favorite? I started out at John Hancock in Boston where I worked with computers. They were big as a house, you wouldn’t recognize them today. I moved to Falcon Electric in Danvers, where I was secretary to a bunch of engineers. Then I worked at the Boston Herald Traveler in the bookkeeping department. And then at George Peabody Gardener’s office. I worked at the Eastern Yacht Club for 35 years — at the front desk, in the dining room. I did about everything there. Every job was good in  its own way.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in your lifetime? Technology. I went from computers as big as a city block to something you can fit in your pocket.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met? Dennis Conner. He was a big sailor. I met a lot of people working at the yacht club. I met one of the Rockefellers. And I met a lot of world-class sailors.

What’s your biggest accomplishment? I guess making it to 82 in relatively good health.

What’s your advice to the younger generation? There’s an anonymous quote that I love. It says, “Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.”

Cuzner visits the Council on Aging about four days a week and plays bocce, curling and chair volleyball. “That’s a hoot,” she said. “It’s so fun.”  Cuzner is on the Friends of the COA Board and its speakers’ series committee. She also plays golf.

+ posts

Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter. She also works as a PR specialist.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: