Writer & Host of the Award-Winning Colin McEnroe Show
Colin McEnroe graduated with honors from Yale in 1976. His first job was with the Hartford Courant. His column, launched in 1982, still appears in the newspaper, and, as far as anyone can tell, is the longest-running column in the 250-year history of the newspaper. During the 1980s, Doubleday published two collections of his essays. Also during that decade he began to write for magazines. When Rupert Murdoch launched the magazine Mirabella, he was a contributing editor, with essays in every issue for the first two years. He has also written over the years for such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Forbes FYI, Men’s Heath, Best Life, Verge, Mademoiselle, Backpacker and Bicycling. He has held contributing editorships or columns at many of them. His humor-writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Funny Times, the New York Times op-ed page, and in several anthologies of American humor.
Colin McEnroe’s mother was an Alzheimer’s patient who also endured a whirlpool of other health issues. Her decline made it obvious to him that important decisions about her future would need to be made. We all have those we can trust and rely on to become our advocate in times of need, even when we have everything well laid out. Integrating advanced patient-directed care strategies is vital to improving quality of life and should play a role in every stage of our lives, not only end of life. We first need to have conversations and determine our own advanced care plans so that our wishes can be honored. With his trademark humor and natural storytelling, McEnroe imparts this message through personal stories while emphasizing the importance of having the conversation with caretakers and loved ones to ensure a patient’s wishes are known.