Next up: gold watch for a red hat

fb80863135404ed0bb519ecdb7795a6c1.jpgI wrote a few days ago that as soon as the pope leaves town, speculation would begin over Cardinal Egan’s retirement date.

(Actually, a German website was already reporting that Cardinal Levada was Egan’s sure thing replacement.)

Over the past few days, I heard just about every possible scenario on how Egan’s retirement might play out. Everyone knows someone who heard something.

The big question seems to be: Will Egan’s retirement be announced before the summer or in the fall?

I just hope it’s not before June. I need some rest.

Speaking of which, I’m taking the rest of the week off and may not blog. We’ll see.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.