Nonagenarian Mario Farina: of Troy recently released his second book “Hello, I’m Ninety; Can I Tell You Something.” A Schenectady native, he moved to Troy in 1983 after landing a job at R.P.I. Farina currently holds a full-time job and has no immediate plans to retire.
1 What prompted you to write the book?: I love to write and have done a good deal of this in the past, but the main purpose of “Hello, I’m Ninety, Can I Tell You Something” was to present an inspiration to older folks in our community that being of service to others is possible at any age. At the age of 90, I still have a full-time job with a major employer in a responsible position. In the past, my principal employers were The American Locomotive Company, General Electric Company and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I’m a veteran of World War II having served in India and China, and a graduate of The College of Saint Rose. Including my military service, I’ve been in the business world for 73 years.
2 In a nutshell, what is the book about?: The book is about some of the convictions I feel most strongly about. There are 33 brief chapters in the book with such titles as Investing in Stocks for the Future, Purchasing a Home as Soon as You Can, Avoiding the Credit Card Trap, Education, Your Work Ethic, Maintaining Your Health, Dependability, and more. In the chapter entitled Think For Yourself, I make the point that people can agree with my thoughts or reject them entirely.
3 Do you have plans to write another book?: Yes, I’m currently working on two “Fun with Homophones and Other Word Games” and “A Word Shorthand Teaching Manual.” The first is educational dealing with interesting and powerful words, the second teaches a new keyboard form of shorthand that is intended to improve typing speed. Both are in advanced stages of completion.
4 Please share some of your wisdom at 90 years of age; for example, the secret of your longevity.: My book deals with how I feel about several aspects of life but does not claim to be termed wisdom. If some perceive a little of what I say as constituting wisdom, I’d be pleased. As for longevity, I ascribe this to good genes and an intense desire to learn all I can about life while living it to the fullest. I believe that persons’ bodies and brains love to be exercised. We should give them ample opportunities to do this.
5 Because you’ve lived in the Capital District for several decades can you share some relevant observations about Troy?: During those years I’ve noted the work of our leaders in constantly improving Troy’s environment for business opportunities, their support of educational facilities, and their efforts to provide a favorable ambiance for raising a family.
– Kathryn Caggianelli