William Leisner wrote:
Still, perhaps Picard was consciously trying to avoid the stereotype of a babbling old man when he failed to bring up his past experiences at every turn?
Just out of curiosity... how many "old" men or women do you actually personally know? Because this stereotype you describe I think is more a creation of television and film than an actual characteristic of real life people.
With all due respect, Bill
, that is not a stereotype, it is a fact of life. I have worked in an old folks home and regularly deal with elderly people and I often have to cut them off mid-stream. The sad fact is that many are lonely and do babble whenever a convenient ear arrives and stays for more than thirty seconds.