22, No. 9, Nov. 7, 2002
takes time for self, travel and volunteering during retirement
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
(217) 244-1072; email@example.com
by Bill Wiegand
that he has more time, Ed Krol makes sure that exercise
is in his daily routine. Krol retired in April after 29
years at the UI.
always ask, ‘Well, what are you going to do when you retire?’
" said Ed Krol, former assistant director of Campus Information
Technologies and Educational Services (CITES). "And I didn’t
have anything to do. So, finally, I sort of thought, ‘Well, I
really like France.’ "
So less than 24 hours after his April 30 retirement, Ed Krol and his
wife, Margaret, were aboard a plane to Paris. After a five-day stay,
Margaret, who is assistant vice president of Administrative Information
Technology Services, returned to the states, and Ed headed for the shores
of the Mediterranean for a leisurely week in Corsica.
In June, Krol traveled to a secluded island in northern Minnesota, where
he spent a week supervising church youth as they prepared the family
camp’s cabins and grounds for the summer season. Krol has served
as a camp counselor there for more than 10 years.
"I like doing it," Krol said. "There’s very little
turnover in the counselors, and they’re like your best friends
because you have to rely on them and you get to know each other really
In July, the Krols were in Minnesota as well for daughter Molly’s
wedding. During October, they visited Walt Disney World, and this winter
they will hit the ski slopes in Colorado.
Bypass surgery three years ago forced some changes in Krol’s activities,
grounding him as a private pilot and prompting him to sell his plane.
Health concerns also sidelined him as a hockey player but he continues
to officiate youth and some college hockey games, something he has done
for a quarter century and plans to continue doing indefinitely.
Physical activity is a priority for Krol, who is trying to outwit a
genetic legacy of heart disease with regular workouts on the treadmill,
the stairstepper and with weights.
"I exercise an awful lot because I’m trying to stay healthy,
and it used to be that fitting work and exercise in together was a big
stressor," Krol said. "Now exercising for two hours a day
is not a big issue, and that’s a big stress relief, not having
to worry if I will be able to get everything done."
Cooking is another activity Krol finds "very therapeutic,"
and he specializes in low-fat adaptations of main dishes.
When Krol retired, he had a lengthy to-do list of home projects in mind,
but frequent diversions such as a recent afternoon’s boating at
Clinton Lake with a friend are causing his home repairs to progress
more slowly than he expected. Civic activities, such as the Champaign
Rotary Club, and board memberships with his church, an online technology
journal and Planned Parenthood also occupy Krol’s time.
Krol, who says he is amazed at how easily he can fritter away his time,
is also researching the correlation between time-saving technology and
ever-escalating user expectations for a paper he plans to submit to
the online journal.
"I started noticing that you have all these people complaining
about how slow the Internet is," Krol said. "If they could
only get a faster cable modem or broadband access their life would be
wonderful. The problem is, they get that, and in a little while they’re
complaining the same way they were."
And cyberspace is a realm that Krol knows well. Krol’s 1987 book,
"The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Internet," which summarized
the origins, financing and workings of the Internet, is regarded as
an authoritative and comprehensible guidebook for neophyte users. Krol
followed up with a second book in 1994, "The Whole Internet User’s
Guide and Catalog" (O’Reilly & Associates), which includes
a compendium of Internet-based resources.