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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Riding Along in My Automobile: Classic Cars Then and Now


The rides of our youth are hitting a showroom near you.

Hoping to ride the wave of boomer nostalgia, carmakers continue to update classics like the Chevrolet Camaro and are reviving dormant brands including the Fiat 124 Spider.  

We rounded up some old favorites and paired them with their contemporary counterparts.
  
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Total Number of Baby Booomers Drops, But There Are Still A Lot of Us


The number of baby boomers living in the United States slipped to an estimated 74.1 million last year, now accounting for 22.9 percent of the U.S. population, newly released Census Bureau estimates show.
Young adults are taking over.
Millennials, those defined by the Census Bureau as being born from 1982 to 2000, have a growing edge over the baby boomers.
Millennials number 84 million, or 26 percent of the U.S. population, according to the new estimates.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Retiring Baby Boomers Send Some of America's Manliest Industries Scrambling for Women


Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America’s male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to tap talent that has traditionally found such working conditions hostile: women.
The Iron Workers union this month leaped to the cutting edge of the effort, becoming the first building trades union to offer up to eight months of paid maternity leave to pregnant women and new moms. Not that many of their folks hauling rebar or scaling skyscrapers will take them up on the offer: Only 2 percent of the group’s 130,000 North American members are women.
“The whole world is suffering the baby boomer retirement tsunami,” the union's president, Eric Dean, said. “All the construction trades are in competition for capable people. Wouldn't it be a distinct advantage for us to be the first?”
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

8 Classic Rockers You Need to Have on Your Bucket List If You Haven't Seen Them


Classic rock is classic for a reason. 

Although times have changed since the heyday of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, there's no expiration date when it comes to enjoying their music. Regardless of the amount of time that’s passed, some of classic rock's brightest stars are still at it and playing live for their most devoted fans around the world. 

From the Rolling Stones to Deep Purple, here are eight classic rockers who have no intention of putting down their guitars anytime soon.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Why 50 Is the New Age for Launching a Start-Up


My friends seem worried that I quit my job to start my own business. “Are you crazy?” — they asked — “Why leave the security and comfort of a well-paid senior role at one of the largest marketing firms in Chicago?”

“Why not?”

Don’t wait for the right moment to show up. Create the right moment instead. That has always been my life’s motto.

But I have other reason too. I just turned fifty. If I don’t do it now, then when?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Look Back at Era Defining Music Tech


Music can have a time machine effect. That Taking Back Sunday song might instantly hurtle you back to your awkward emo phase (or at least you thought that counted as emo back then), or maybe the crackle of vinyl evokes the stale pizza scent of your college dorm room. 

To celebrate CNN’s Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, premiering Thursday, April 20 at 10 p.m., we embraced these music-induced warm-and-fuzzy feelings. And because we’re not just nostalgic for music, we’re nostalgic for the ways we listened to it, click through the different audio mediums – from vinyl to streaming – and revel in the eras we associate them with.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History


Music perhaps isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the most traumatic or galvanizing events of modern times. An image or an influential person probably is. But over time, such events become imbued with music, a phenomenon explored in “Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History,” an eight-part documentary series that begins Thursday, April 20, on CNN.
The first episode centers on the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. It looks first at how music helped drive the civil rights movement, then at how it expanded King’s message after his murder, the patience of “We Shall Overcome” giving way to more insistent forms like hip-hop. Episode 2 takes up the terrorist attacks of September 2001, with artists like Kix Brooks, Billy Joel and Paul Simon talking about how their songs were used for healing or for affirmation of American resilience. Later subjects include the fall of the Berlin Wall, the women’s rights movement and the Vietnam War.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Who Will Buy Baby Boomers' Homes?


recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies forecasts that the remodeling industry will remain robust over the next ten years. The growth will be driven, as ever, by the Baby Boomer generation, 80 percent of whom own homes, and two-thirds of whom have expressed a desire to “age in place.” This means that many of them are modifying their living quarters to include such “universal design” features as wider doors and hallways to accommodate wheelchair use.

Boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—are a plentiful and relatively affluent lot; they’ve steered economic trends for decades. But as the oldest members of the generation amble into their 70s, housing analysts are wondering who will take up the mantle of remodeling—and home ownership—when they’re gone. Hopes are often pinned on the generation that last year overtook Boomers as the country’s largest: Millennials.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

A Look at Our 3 Baby Boomer Presidents


This year, for the first time in our history, there are three American presidents who were born in the same year. We have had three pairs of presidents born in the same year — the very unlike John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, in 1767; Richard Nixon and his surprise successor, Gerald Ford, in 1913; Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, 1924.


Now we have three presidents who were born in the calendar year 1946: Bill Clinton in August, George W. Bush in July and Donald Trump in June. Note that all three were born just a little more than nine months after V-J Day. (For younger readers, that’s the end of World War II.)

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happiness May Come Later Than You Think


There's no end to the research that looks into when we will be happiest in life. Everyone wants to be happy, and the pursuit of it seems to be the ultimate goal for a lot of us.
However, while you may assume the prime of your life will occur in your 20s or 30s, this might not actually be the case — while emphasis is often given to the younger years, you might have a bit longer to wait to really be happiest.
The Independent reported that a survey by a financial services company found that those over 50 are happier, wealthier, and more carefree than ever. The study surveyed over 50,000 people aged 50 and over, and the general consensus of the fifty-somethings was they felt four years younger physically and ten years younger mentally than their actual age.
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