Over the past year, the James Randi Educational Foundation has closed its Los Angeles offices and let go of its Executive Director. Its founder was profiled by the New York Times and featured as the subject of a new documentary.
And now, the 86-year-old James Randi has announced his retirement:
At 86 years of age, I feel that it’s now well time to officially retire, so I’m stepping down from my position with the JREF — the James Randi Educational Foundation.
This doesn’t mean that I’m retiring from my battle against the so-called psychics, faith healers, paranormalists, and the assorted frauds I’ve encountered in my worldwide wanderings. I’ll in no way relax the critical attention I’ve given to them over the last busy 73 years, I promise you. I’ll still lecture and write, here and abroad — but now on my own time — not on the exhausting schedule that I’ve had these past few years.
I don’t blame him at all for wanting to relax his schedule, but I’m certainly curious what will become of JREF without its namesake at the helm. The organization is clearly in a rebuilding phase and it’s hard to rebuild (and get funding and draw attention) when the figurehead leaves. But given how many people have credited Randi with inspiring their own skeptical outlook, you hope they can keep it going.
I wish Randi and JREF the best.
By the way, Randi will still be a featured guest at The Amazing Meeting 13 in Las Vegas this July 16-19, though further details haven’t been released yet.
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