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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cool Car Phones and Cool TV Detectives

Sabrina was hardly a science-fiction film, but when audiences saw the 1964 Huphrey Bogart flick, they got a vision of the future. Bogie plays a business man who cruises around in a Crown Imperial limousine, making phone calls from the back seat. Yes, phone calls. His character was on the cutting edge of mobile technology.
Most of us think of mobile telephones as a modern convenience, perhaps first popping into our consciousness around the time Gordon Gecko held that big white brick cellphone up to his ear in 1987's Wall Street. But the car phone has been around for seven decades. It was first used in St. Louis in 1946. Motorola and Illinois Bell offered the service shortly thereafter. By 1964, there were more than 1 million people using car phones across the country, utilizing AT&T's "Improved Mobile Telephone Service" technology.
Naturally, some were bound to show up on TV. After all, if Maxwell Smart could have a phone in his shoe, someone else was bound to have a phone in a car.
However, it was mostly just a handful of detectives that had car phones. A car phone was the ultimate symbol of masculine cool, second only to the vehicle itself. Here are the notable crime fighters and sleuths who used car phones in 1950s and 1960s television.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What Can We Learn from the Summer of Love to Help Us Today?

Editor’s Note: Danny Goldberg is the modern version of the Renaissance Man. He has a long and colorful history as an activist, author, and influential music executive. 

Goldberg came of age at the height of the hippie era in 1967, experiencing the powerful and haunting mix of excitement, hope, experimentation and despair. He captures it all in vibrant detail and political nuance in his newest  book, “In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea” (Akashic Books). 

AlterNet’s executive editor, Don Hazen, interviewed Goldberg in the offices of his company, Gold Village Entertainment, on July 12th.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

OTD (1969) - Woodstock Music Festival Begins

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, “An Aquarian Exposition,” opens at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in upstate New York. 

Promoters expected the music festival, modeled after the famous Monterey Pop Festival, to attract up to 200,000 for the weekend, but nearly a half a million people converged on the concert site.

Promoters soon realized that they could not control access to the site and opened it up to all comers free of charge. Because of the unexpected size of the audience, volunteers were needed to help alleviate many of the logistics problems, while helicopters were used to fly in food, doctors, and medical supplies, as well as many of the musical acts that performed during the three-day festival.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

How Son of Sam Changed America

On July 29, 1976, serial killer David Berkowitz – known as the Son of Sam – committed the first of his notorious murders in the outer boroughs of New York City. Over the next year, he would kill again five more times and injure at least seven along the way, despite being at the center of what became one of the largest manhunts in New York history. 
Everything about the case was bizarre. Berkowitz wrote taunting, typo-ridden letters to the police and the press, seeming to relish in the terror that gripped the city in the wake of each attack. Because he was targeting primarily young women with dark hair, sales of wigs reportedly skyrocketed. Because his attacks happened at night, once-popular discos in Queens and the Bronx became ghost towns. His eventual capture, on August 10th, 1977, made headlines worldwide, as did the revelation that he'd told investigators he received instructions to kill from his neighbor's dog.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Baby Boomers by the Numbers

The baby-boomer generation is a massive part of the American population, made up of nearly 80 million people. This group of people is a big part of our economy, and their retirement over the next decade or so could have major implications on programs like Social Security and Medicare. 

With that in mind, here are some interesting statistics about baby boomers and their impact on the U.S. economy -- past, present, and future.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

OTD - Helter Skelter: Manson Family Begins Its Killing Spree

On this day in 1969, members of Charles Manson’s cult kill five people in movie director Roman Polanski’s Beverly Hills, California, home, including Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. 

Less than two days later, the group killed again, murdering supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home. The savage crimes shocked the nation and, strangely, turned Charles Manson into a criminal icon.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TV Time Tuesday: 10 Creepy Dolls That Terrified Us As Kids

Creepy movie dolls like Chucky from Child's Play or, more recently, Annabelle from The Conjuring, have made dolls a massively popular horror trope, but devoted TV viewers had already experienced the chilling effect of killer dolls before either movie was released.
In the 1960s and 1970s, shows like The Twilight Zone, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Night Gallery had introduced us to twisted toys in nightmare-inducing episodes. From dolls that talked only to children to ones that directly threatened everyone, it was a fear that TV was not afraid to explore time and again.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Age 50+ Stars Rock NPR's 150 Best Albums by Females

If I’ve learned anything during my 30 years as a female rock critic, it’s that the story of popular music has always marginalized women as passengers, not drivers. In the official record of records, girls are the B-side.
That’s why it’s gratifying to see NPR’s Turning the Tables, a list of the 150 greatest albums made by women from 1964 (when the Beatles stormed our shores) to the present. It was compiled by nearly 50 of the public radio system’s women and produced in partnership with Lincoln Center.
In the richly diverse slate, women from pop, punk, country, jazz, rock, R&B and rap are celebrated not as outliers, but as influencers and architects. In a refreshing departure from typical music magazine rankings that front-load upper berths with macho guitar heroes and metal wailers, we see names too often relegated to the lower rungs as “chick” singers: Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and Loretta Lynn, to name a few.
The ambitious directory of revolutionary women from the “classic album era” was commemorated at Turning the Tables Live in New York’s Lincoln Center on July 26, with headliner Rickie Lee Jones performing 1981’s Pirates in its entirety.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

TV Times Tuesdays - Rocky and Bullwinkle

In 1959, two foreign spies named Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale began their long feud with Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose. You could call it a "Cold War," because it took place in frigid northern Minnesota. Plus, that's just the kind of pun that Bullwinkle would make.
The beloved characters made their debut on Rocky and His Friends (later known as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show) on November 19, 1959. The cartoon also introduced instant classics in Dudley Do-Right, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. A product of Jay Ward Productions, this animated classic has spawned comic books, toys, apparel and numerous reboots over the decades. Kids today still know the names of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
But we bet there are still some things you might not know about this cartoon. Let's dig a little deeper into the history of the moose and squirrel.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Boomers' Affairs Booming

You might expect today's young people to be the ones with sex on their minds, but a new study reveals that when it comes to extramarital liaisons, boomers are much more daring.
Since 2004, Americans age 55 and older have been reporting rates of extramarital sex that are significantly above those of younger Americans, according to Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, who analyzed data from the General Social Survey, an ongoing study that has been tracking Americans’ attitudes and behavior since 1972. 
He found that in 2016, 20 percent of respondents 55+ acknowledged they have strayed from their marriage vows, compared with 14 percent of those under 55.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

OTD 1978 - "Animal House' Released

On this day in 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House, a movie spoof about 1960s college fraternities starring John Belushi, opens in U.S. theaters. Produced with an estimated budget of $3 million, Animal House became a huge, multi-million-dollar box-office hit, spawned a slew of cinematic imitations and became part of pop-culture history with such memorable lines as “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

”Set at the fictional Faber College (the University of Oregon served as a stand-in during filming), Animal House centered around the disreputable Delta House fraternity, whose members enjoyed beer-soaked toga parties and crude pranks such as putting a horse in the dean’s office. 

Animal House was the first big hit for director John Landis, who went on to helm The Blues Brothers (1980), Trading Places (1983) and Coming to America (1988)The film’s cast included a then-unknown Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Mystic River), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Tom Hulce (Amadeus), all of whom were then just beginning their movie careers.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

OTD 1974 - President Nixon Finally Faces Impeachment

On this day in 1974, the House of Representatives charges President Richard M. Nixon with the first of three articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice after he refused to release White House tape recordings that contained crucial information regarding the Watergate scandal.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bill Graham and the Rock Revolution

Having a rock music exhibition in a Holocaust museum does not seem like the most natural fit.
But "Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution," newly opened at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, is not your standard museum rock show.
Graham, the flamboyant concert promoter who arose with the seminal music scene in San Francisco in the late 1960s, was basically the Zelig of what we now think of as classic rock. From the Grateful Dead to the Who to the Rolling Stones, you can pretty much bet that Graham worked closely with them, and that a guitar from them, or a letter to Graham, or a live CD they recorded at one of Graham's venues, is in this show.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mad Men and Changing Women: A TV Look at Life in the Boomer Years

Mad Men was always a show about men who didn’t — or couldn’t — change
No matter how many times the men of Sterling Cooper (Draper Pryce) tried, the series always sent them back to the self-destructive routines they knew best. Those patterns could be anything from the liquor they kept in their desk drawers to the women they slept with to the larger worldviews that kept them anchored to their own pasts — and, more often than not, ensured they sank.
Looking back at the pilot of Mad Men — which premiered on AMC 10 years ago this Wednesday — isn’t quite like looking back at the pilot of most shows, which tend to be almost hilariously different from whatever came later, when the series figured out what it actually wanted to be. Mad Men always knew who world-weary Don Draper was, who petulant prepster Pete Campbell wanted to emulate, who cavalier heir Roger Sterling was thrilled to be. Sure, the writers and actors finessed their depictions along the way, but nothing about where each of those characters ended up by the series finale would have surprised anyone who met them in the first episode.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Economy Is Still All About Baby Boomers

Hey advertisers! Take a break from fixating on Millennials and check this out: Baby Boomers and their elders are making up an outsize share of consumer spending.
The trend has significant implications not only for the biggest brands that are missing out on a lucrative audience but for an economy that continues to trudge along at a modest pace. It’s helping fuel a shift in household spending from retail goods to services, spurring more job growth but weaker worker output. And it’s contributing to the woes of retailers, such as Macy’s and Sears, that are closing hundreds of stores. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales unexpectedly fell in June.
“The 50-plus and 60-plus population is clearly playing a large role in consumer spending and older consumers are going to become more significant as these trends intensify,” says Wayne Best, chief economist of Visa.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

OTD in 1969: Man Reaches The Moon

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.
The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy’s bold proposal.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How Hunter Thompson Became A Gonzo Writing Legend

In January 1970, Hunter S. Thompson wrote Jann S. Wenner a letter praising Rolling Stone's definitive coverage of the disastrous Altamont festival. "[Print's] a hell of a good medium by any standard, from Hemingway to the Airplane," Thompson wrote. "Don't fuck it up with pompous bullshit; the demise of RS would leave a nasty hole." 

A bond was formed, and over the next 30 years, Thompson would do much to redefine journalism in the pages of the magazine. He lived and wrote on the edge in a style that would come to be called Gonzo journalism. That term captured his lifestyle, but it didn't really do justice to Thompson's command of language, his fearless reporting or his fearsome intellect.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tune In Tuesday - Why Did TV's Wonder Woman Leave Hollywood?

With the new Wonder Woman movie reviving interest in DC's Amazing Amazon, fans can't help but point to Lynda Carter's work on the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series and draw a direct comparison. For her part, in a recent interview with People, Carter says she supports the film and urges fans to watch. She's also confirmed that she's had talks about taking on a role in the movie's sequel, a project that's newly announced but with no release date as of yet.

The thrill of seeing Carter on the big screen alongside new Wonder Woman Gal Gadot has many viewers excited by the rumor, but back in 1984, Carter says she'd had enough of movie studios.
She told that she left Los Angeles that year to pursue a life with more substance — and soon thereafter, motherhood — in Washington, D.C., where she moved after becoming newly married to lawyer Robert Altman.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Boomers Were Time Magazine's 'Man of the Year' in 1967

When Time magazine named Trump “Person of the Year” for 2016, many pointed out that the honor had been bestowed on Hitler in 1938. But in 1966, fifty years ago, the magazine named people under age twenty-five—baby boomers—“Man of Year” and offered a lengthy cover story in their January 6, 1967 issue called “The Inheritors.”
Explaining their choice, the editors said, “No single earthly figure bestrode the year as did the restless, questing young,” a group that “dominates current history.” Comparing boomers to the prior, “Silent Generation,” the editors write, “Today the young are anything but silent,” make “many statements, and appear more deeply committed to the fundamental Western ethos—decency, tolerance, brotherhood—than almost any generation since the age of chivalry.” 
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

2 of This Summer's Hottest Movie Hits Have Great Boomer Soundtracks

OK, let’s settle this: Whose mom had the better musical taste?
“Baby Driver” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are both music-driven films from what normally aren’t music-driven genres, the former a crime movie full of car chases and the latter a superhero flick.
Both move to the beat of killer soundtracks full of ’70s rock and pop, ’60s soul and R&B and guilty pleasures from across the years. And both start with music that meant a lot to the dear departed mothers of the two main characters, Ansel Elgort’s Miles (aka “Baby”) in “Baby Driver” and Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill in “Guardians.”
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Friday, June 30, 2017

9 Best-Selling Beach Reads from the 1960s

One of the great pleasures of summer is curling up with a juicy page-turner on the sand. There's a reason they call certain books "beach reads." No decade was more beach obsessed than the 1960s, when surf music rocked the radio and Annette Funicello did the bingo on her beach blanket. 
However, our taste in literature that decade was far more highbrow. Names like J.D. Salinger, Saul Bellow, John le CarrĂ©, Chaim Potok, Gore Vidal and William Faulkner filled Publishers Weekly's Top 10 bestsellers charts in the 1960s, while few authors could match the selling power of James A. Michener's epics. But there was definitely some sugar mixed in with the fiber of our literary diet.
We looked through the New York Times Best Seller Lists for Fiction from the summer months of the 1960s to find some beach books that modern readers might want to dig up.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

5 Films by The Fab 4

The Beatles left an indelible mark on pop culture with their legacy of stellar songs. But their output was not confined to music. From 1964 to 1970, they also created five movies – each distinctly different, each undeniably Beatlesque, all eminently watchable. 

It is incredibly fun to see their individual personas play out on the silver screen. As band members, we all thought we knew them. John was the genius. No, Paul was the genius. (Discuss!) George was the brooding humanitarian and Ringo, the charming goofball. Is this how they came across in their movies? Let’s see…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Classic Rock Recalled by World's Most Famous Groupie

Pamela Des Barres and I have met before. It was 1987 and I was two. My mother, through her job with an apartment rental company, had become acquainted with Pamela's then soon-to-be-ex-husband, the actor and musician Michael Des Barres. She babysat the couple's son a few times and scored an autographed copy of Pamela's just-released memoir, I'm With The Band. A brief encounter to be sure, but Miss Pamela, as she's known to those who know her, laughs when I tell her the story and says, "everything comes full circle, doesn't it."

That holds true for the professional life of Miss Pamela, too: I'm With The Band, a book that detailed her connections, romantic and otherwise, to musical acts as famous and as varied as Led Zeppelin and the Flying Burrito Brothers, turns thirty this year, but she hasn't frozen in time: Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin' Memoir, out now from TarcherPerigree, is her fifth book, and an extension of the writing workshops she started teaching in Los Angeles a dozen years ago. I'm With The Band is many things: a story about bands, a piece of history and a living, breathing chronicle of a woman's interior life (Des Barres kept a diary for years and was able to reconstruct scenes and feelings from her own words and her extraordinarily precise memory).

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Hottest Startup Market Is Now the Baby Boomers

Boris Mordkovich, a 30-year-old serial entrepreneur, had never considered developing products for the aging baby boomer market. One day, however, he saw that his parents had started using an electric bike that his brother Yevgeniy had modified for his wife and himself.
“Electric bikes are an equalizer,” said Mr. Mordkovich, who has also owned a software company and a small-business magazine. “They let the rider decide how much or how little they will pedal.”
This year, he said, Evelo, the electric bike company that he founded with his brother, will double its revenue to $4 million, and it is profitable. “There’s no shortage of potential customers,” he added.
The company is just one of many that are plugging into a wealthy slice of the over-50 demographic called the longevity market, whose annual economic activity currently amounts to $7.6 trillion, according to AARP.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Story of Cher's Life, Loves, and Career Is Headed to Broadway

The Cher Show, a musical based on the life, loves and career of singer, actress and style icon Cher, is headed to Broadway in 2018, she confirmed June 6 on Twitter.
“Just got off phone w/Writer & Director of musical,” Cher, 71, tweeted. “There will [be] performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It’ll[be] on Broadway 2018.”
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For Some Baby Boomers, It's Back to Summer Camp

Linda Levy jumped at the opportunity to attend Camp Meraki near Austin, Texas.
As a kid she went to summer camp every year and later she worked as a camp nurse at multiple camps. “That is my happy place,” said the 68-year-old retired nurse who now works in retail.
The program, which was run by Aging Is Cool, an Austin, Texas-based group that organizes social and physical activities for retirees, was like the summer camps she attended as a kid in many ways. There was a set schedule, campers slept in community bunks — although this time with air conditioning — and at meal time “you ate what was in front of you,” Levy said. Along with her husband, Levy participated in everything from canoeing and archery to tie-dyeing t-shirts and making crafts.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

British Baby Boomers Are Roaring Into Their 70s

Former politician Edwina Currie giggles as she thinks of how she frequently enjoys embarrassing her children. 
Actress Amanda Barrie likes to wear skinny jeans and heels, and TV presenter Esther Rantzen does star jumps while watching television.

They were the generation that hoped they’d die before they got old. They made Britain cool and denigrated their elders as fuddy-duddies. But now the Baby Boomers are getting older, they want to reinvent that too.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Why Time Seems to Speed Up As We Get Older

If it feels like you raced through 2016, you’re not alone.
It’s generally true that the older you are, the more quickly time seems to pass. Studies show that age and experiences affect the way time is perceived.
“If you’re 6 years old, all experiences are new and exciting: You make a new friend; it’s your first day of first grade. All these things are landmarks,” says Art Markman, a psychology professor at the University of Texas, Austin. “When you’re 60, there’s a lot of routine in life. You go to the same restaurants and have the same friends. All of these are fun, but your brain does not see the need for all these distinct landmarks and now the year seems like it flew by." 
Markman explores this idea of time speeding up with age in his 2016 book Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Mind, which he coauthored with Bob Duke.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Baby Boomers Interning As They Change To New Later-in-Life Careers

It takes a lot to make Paul Critchlow nervous, but the night before his first day with Pfizer last June he had agonized over what to wear. 

As a military veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during a major battle in Vietnam and former head of a brokerage firm, he didn’t want to appear too formal but shining his shoes and ironing his button-down shirt and slacks helped relax him a bit.

The briefcase Critchlow carried with him into Pfizer’s Manhattan headquarters the next day acted as his security blanket. He lightly swung it back-and-forth by its sweaty handle in an attempt to rid himself of jitters.

‘I was anxious. I was worried that I might come across as an old know-it-all,’ he said.

In Pfizer’s lobby, Critchlow approached the desk for visitors and announced that he was a summer intern, in case anyone assumed otherwise.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

We Didin't Have the Internet, But We Did Have Time-Life Books

Growing up, there were bookshelves built into every room of our house. There were bookshelves to the left and right of the fireplace. The kitchen island had bookshelves underneath. Even our childhood bedrooms had bookshelves built into nooks above a desk. This was pretty common with most houses in the neighborhood. The reason was pretty obvious. People just had a lot more books back then. 
Today with streaming, Kindles and cloud storage, there's hardly use for bookshelves, aside from aesthetic or decorative reasons. 
However, in the '60s, '70s and '80s, there was no easier way to fill that shelving than with Time Life collections. Named after the two popular magazines, Time Life was the book division of Time, Inc. The publishing endeavor kicked off in 1961. Over the following decades, Time Life churned out more than 60 book series. They were akin to encyclopedia volumes, though focused on one particular topic or theme. You could order — typically by calling a 1-800 number off a TV ad — series about the Wild West, home improvement, cooking or supernatural phenomenon. It worked like a subscription, as Time Life would ship you a new volume in the series each month. The series typically included around a couple dozen volumes.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Younger Oldsters Now Being Wooed for 'Villages' with Entertainment Options

First came “villages,” hyper-local groups created by aging neighbors to build a greater sense of community and help each other grow old at while remaining at home. These nonprofit groups arranged volunteer drivers, household helpers, social events and, in some cases, kept lists of reliable professionals, including plumbers, roofers, estate lawyers and even art appraisers.
Now, 15 years and some 220 villages after the first one was born in Boston, a move is afoot to woo and welcome the active 50+ set. Most of these folks still work and don’t need rides to the supermarket or help raking leaves. They have no use for the names of pre-screened health aides or note-takers for medical visits. Their main goal is a richer social life with others similarly situated.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Boomer Entrepreneurs Making It Big By Doing What They Love

Bryan Kravitz has seen his career come full circle. He began repairing typewriters in the 1970s and continued his work until computers came on the scene. Then he moved into direct mail and marketing. But much to his delight and surprise, typewriters are back. And now Kravitz, at age 67, is back in the business of fixing them with his new company, Philly Typewriter.
"There's a backlog of I'd say, almost 20 machines right now," Kravitz says. He's already making money in his two-year-old venture. "I'm in really good health, I feel really good and I get up every day — what can I do, go to the golf course? Not me. I want to do things."
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Pros (and a Few Cons) To Hiring Older Workers

Companies are constantly on the prowl for employees with experience so that once they are employed they are not completely at sea about what they need to do and how they ought to behave in a corporate setting. 

However, this being said, while a little experienced is much desired, offices are not often willing to employ older workers to their firms for a number of reasons. 

To enlighten yourself on the main pros as well as cons of hiring older employees you ought to go through the list which has been given below very carefully indeed.

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