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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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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Aging Rock Fans Still Holding Their Lighters Up High


Pete Townshend of the Who struck a nerve with rock ’n’ roll rebels in 1965 with the line “I hope I die before I get old.”
But something has happened in the five decades since he wrote “My Generation”: The boomer generation got older, yet continued to love rock ’n’ roll. Now, as many of those early fans enter retirement, they are still boarding buses and trudging through muddy fields to see their favorite bands.
“It used to be that when you retired, you went to Leisure World or the old retirement complex,” said Mark Hover, a 65-year-old who lives in Moreno Valley, Calif., and retired in 2004 after 30 years working for the United Parcel Service. Now, he said, other options are more appealing to him.
“What you’re supposed to do in your golden years is more of what you love,” he said. “What I’ve loved all my life is going to see live music.” He attends more than 100 shows a year, spending thousands of dollars traveling to concerts and multiday rock festivals like Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tenn., which he plans to attend in June. He finds that he is far from the only “old guy” — his term — rocking out.
Concerts aimed at old guys are big business. According to the music industry tracking firm Pollstar, the six-day music extravaganza Desert Trip, featuring the Who and fellow rock veterans like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Neil Young, took in $160 million last year. Held in Indio, Calif., the festival catered to “an older, more affluent crowd,” Pollstar said. Mr. Hover was there, and paid $399 for his ticket.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

'Born to Run' and the Decline of the American Dream


Forty years ago, on the eve of its official release, “Born to Run”—the song that propelled Bruce Springsteen into the rock-and-roll stratosphere—had already attracted a small cult following in the American rust belt.

At the time, Springsteen desperately needed a break. Despite vigorous promotion by Columbia Records, his first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, had been commercial flops. Though his band spent virtually every waking hour either in the recording studio or on tour, their road earnings were barely enough to live on.

Sensing the need for a smash, in late 1974 Mike Appel, Bruce’s manager, distributed a rough cut of “Born to Run” to select disc jockeys. Within weeks, it became an underground hit. 

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Have You Read the Most Popular Book from the Year You Were Born?


There are books that stick with you for your entire life, but do you know what book was most popular on the year that you were born?
Thanks to Good Housekeeping, you can now find out what people were reading the year that you entered the world.
Have you read the most popular book from the year you were born? How many of the top books from the past 87 years have you read?
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

New Series Celebrates America's Oldest Playboy Hugh Heffner


It might have been another legendary party at the Playboy Mansion, except Hugh Hefner didn't make an appearance. The Playboy founder was a no-show Tuesday night at a celebration of the new Amazon series about his life, "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story."

His youngest son, 25-year-old Cooper Hefner, who became Playboy's chief creative officer last year, hosted the mansion party to screen an episode from the 10-part series, premiering Friday.
"He will kill me if I print or if you say anything about him retiring," the younger Hefner said of his father. "But I think he is really enjoying his life as a 90-year-old at the mansion."
"Hef" turns 91 on Sunday, and he'll celebrate as he has for decades, his son said, with a screening of "Casablanca" in his home theater with his guests dressed in 1940s attire.
Cooper Hefner said his father is doing "great" ("His back is bad — that comes along with aging") and remains editor in chief of Playboy magazine.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

6 Baby Boomer Travel Trends


Many baby boomers are hoping to do more traveling as they enter their retirement years.

After decades of cramming travel into long weekends and limited vacation time, new retirees often have a pent up desire to visit new places. 

Here's how baby boomers plan to travel in retirement:

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baby Boomers Rejecting Retirement In Record Numbers



Almost 20 percent of Americans 65 and older are now working, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the most older people with a job since the early 1960s, before the U.S. enacted Medicare.

Because of the huge baby boom generation that is just now hitting retirement age, the U.S. has the largest number of older workers ever.

When asked to describe their plans for retirement, 27 percent of Americans said they will “keep working as long as possible,” a 2015 Federal Reservestudy found. Another 12 percent said they don’t plan to retire at all. (Millennials have an interesting perspective.)
Why are more people putting off retirement? 
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Rise and Fall of the Fitness Generation


The truth is that we started out so strong. Flipping a Frisbee, pumping iron or feeling the burn, most of the 76 million boomers were poster children for health and fitness. Physical perfection was possible — what else could explain a single generation producing Bo Derek and Brad Pitt?

"Baby boomers led an unprecedented fitness revolution, into a kind of golden era of health," says Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., whose 1968 best-selling Aerobics put modern exercise on the map. 


In 1968, less than 24 percent of American adults exercised regularly; by 1984, that figure had risen to 59 percent. Cholesterol levels fell, and so did blood pressure. Deaths from heart disease plummeted 48 percent. And, in large part due to boomer mojo, the average life expectancy jumped from 69.7 years for those born in 1960 to 75.4 for those born in 1990, a huge gain.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

It's Time to Invent Rituals for Retirement

Every day, as you may have heard, 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. The financial industry advertises to this retirement cohort with images of youthful-looking people sipping cocktails on a Polynesian beach. Other images feature an aging man on his new Harley, ready to conquer the highways of America.

While images of sitting on the beach or playing golf may seem enticing, I believe the leisure-based notion of retirement is both empty and ultimately unfulfilling. It simply doesn’t fit with the reality that one might live another 30 years after retirement. (See the recent Next Avenue piece, Here’s the Economic Impact of The Longevity Bonus.)

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Here's 10 Great Hoop Films for Fans Who Need Even More March Madness



Fan-tastic Films
If your NCAA tournament bracket is busted early or your alma mater missed the dance or was one and done, don’t despair. 
We picked 10 movies that can entertain your basketball fix no matter how your picks pan out.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

In 1971, Protesters Shut Down DC and I Was There


The largest and most audacious direct action in US history is also among the least remembered, a protest that has slipped into deep historical obscurity.

It was a protest against the Vietnam War, but it wasn’t part of the storied sixties, having taken place in 1971, a year of nationwide but largely unchronicled ferment. 


To many, infighting, violence, and police repression had effectively destroyed “the movement” two years earlier in 1969.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Divorce Rates Doubles for Graying Baby Boomers


The Pew Research Center is reporting that divorce for those 50 and older, the Baby Boom generation that has long been beset by marital troubles, has doubled, especially among those in short marriages.

And the surge is even worse for those 65 and older, where the rate has tripled.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Wasting Away In Magaritaville: Jimmy Buffett to Open Retirement Community


With Baby Boomers now starting to reach the age of retirement, Jimmy Buffett is to open a Margaritaville retirement community for Parrotheads and others who appreciate beautiful vistas and warm breezes.
The first location will be in Daytona Beach Florida in 2018. Buffett is sinking $1 billion into the village, and it will contain 7,000 homes for those of retirement age and those approaching retirement age.
The generation in retirement and those who are just receiving their first AARP letter look much different than those who came before them, and they aren’t going quietly. 
For instance, Sting, formerly of the band the Police is now 65, and has to wear hearing aids, as he is going deaf from a lifetime playing rock and roll, says the Inquisitr. But Sting just put out his first true rock album in years and has no intention of slowing d0wn. Sting and his wife Trudy Styler are still active in yoga.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Small Baby-Boomer Owned Businesses Need Nurturing to Keep Operating


Most economies cherish startups and the entrepreneurs who start them. Quebec is also on the lookout for something a bit different. You could call them carry-ons.
The Canadian province, among the most rapidly aging societies in the world, is at the forefront of a dilemma that’s looming for other developed countries too. 
Small businesses are the wellspring of employment. A disproportionate share of them are owned by baby boomers now approaching retirement age. 
What happens to the companies when they get there? Is anyone thinking that far ahead?
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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Death of the Hippies


In 1967, just after the Summer of Love, The Atlantic published “The Flowering of the Hippies,” a profile of San Francisco’s new youth culture. 

“Almost the first point of interest about the hippies was that they were middle-class American children to the bone,” the author noted. “To citizens inclined to alarm this was the thing most maddening, that these were not Negroes disaffected by color or immigrants by strangeness but boys and girls with white skins from the right side of the economy ... After regular educations, if only they’d want them, they could commute to fine jobs from the suburbs, and own nice houses with bathrooms, where they could shave and wash up.”

A middle-class boy from the right side of the economy: That was my mother’s cousin Joe Samberg. When they were growing up, she spent every Thanksgiving at his family’s home in the upscale Long Island suburb of Roslyn Heights. His father was a successful businessman who, somewhat incongruously, had far-left sympathies. 

Throughout the 1960s, Joe and his four brothers became more and more radical. Two of the Samberg boys eventually went down to Cuba to cut sugar cane for Castro’s revolution.

In 1969, when Joe was 22, he moved out to California. 

By then, the Haight-Ashbury scene described in the Atlantic article had mostly migrated across the bay to Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue. Rents were a little cheaper there, and for those who couldn’t pay rent at all, the weather was a little warmer. The college town was also more sympathetic to the long-haired kids who crowded the sidewalks day and night—talking, protesting, kissing, dancing, fighting, and taking lots and lots of drugs.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

'Sociopathic' Baby Boomers Have Hurt America, Author Claims in New Book


Bruce Cannon Gibney writes that for decades the United States has been run by people who are deceitful, selfish, imprudent, remorseless and hostile — the baby boomers, a generation that Gibney defines as being born between 1940 and 1964.
In his new book, “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America,” Gibney says people born in the baby-boom generation have sociopathic tendencies, and have undermined the prosperous, progressive America they were raised in. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Gibney about the book.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Now Baby Boomers Battling Opioid Abuse


With an epidemic of opioid abuse, the generation that never wanted to grow old is dying ahead of its time.

Middle-aged white people are not usually anyone's idea of a vulnerable population, even in an era that aims for diversity. Having been history's conquerors and kings, they remain symbols of the establishment, its presidents and chief executives, comfortable, and still powerful.
But in the fall of 2015, two Princeton University economists dropped a bombshell on that assumption. Angus Deaton, who had just won a Nobel Prize in economics, and Anne Case reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the death rates of middle-aged whites in the U.S. had jumped sharply. For the first time in decades, the life expectancy of white men and women between the ages of 45 and 54 had plummeted—a trend not seen in any other rich country.
Between 1999 and 2013, the study found mortality rates of every other age and ethnic group in the U.S. fell by a steady clip of about two per cent per year. But among middle-aged whites, the mortality rate had risen by half a per cent per year. If it had continued to decline at the same rate as it had before 1998, an estimated 488,500 lives would have been saved. Or, as Deaton told the Washington Post, "Half a million people are dead who should not be dead."
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Monday, March 6, 2017

We Can Guess Where You Grew Up Based on Your Favorite TV Character


Choose your favorite TV characters so we can guess where you grew up!

Don't think we can do it? Take the quiz so we can prove you wrong. Maybe.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

1967 Was Definitely More Hi-Tech Than You Remember


Kids today — and, well, Millennials and the rest of us, too — can hardly imagine life without a smartphone. What would happen to society without the internet? It was a mere 25 years ago that we lived without those two tentpoles of the 21st century.
Imagine if we rolled the clock back twice as far. 1967. Half a century ago. We must have been living in the Stone Age!
Not quite. Computers, music in your pocket, portable video cameras, channel surfing with the clicker… all of it was available. Just look at these vintage ads from '67 that show the world was filled with wondrous technology. After all, we were sending men into outer space.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Talking about the Famous VW Bug, aka the Other Beetles


On February 17, 1972, automotive history was made as the Volkswagen Beetle overtook the Ford Model T as the best-selling car in world history. How did this little car overtake the mighty Ford? See if you can answer these questions about the Beetle.

The Beetle has an unpleasant historical association. In 1934, Ferdinand Porsche, the German automaker, was ordered by Adolf Hitler to build a "people's car," or a Volkswagen in German. It had to be able to transport two adults and three children at 62 miles per hour, the Beetle's original top speed, and had to get 32 miles to the gallon. The parts had to be quickly and easily swapped out and the engine had to be air-cooled. 

The original Beetle had only 25 horsepower, and the war derailed attempts to put it into production. While a small number were made in 1941, mostly the Beetle factory Hitler had built put out military vehicles.


The Beetle nearly wound up a British car. After World War II, the factory was to be disassembled and sent to Britain, but it couldn't find a buyer. Nobody wanted to make the strange little car Hitler had demanded. A British officer named Ivan Hirst saved the factory, figuratively and literally; he had an unexploded bomb that would have destroyed irreplaceable equipment defused. He also put the Beetle to work making cars for the British Army. In January 1949, the Beetle crossed the Atlantic when one was imported to New York City. 

Between 1949 and 1955, demand was so high, and production increased so much, that by 1955, the millionth Beetle had rolled off the line. It was simply the most versatile, and best-engineered, car on the market. It was dirt cheap, under $2000, it sipped gas, and its far-from-stylish looks earned it affectionate nicknames like Turtle, Flea, and Mouse. 

And in 1960, the famous ad campaign from Doyle Dane Bernbach encouraged drivers to "think small," called it a lemon, and made fun of the pompous ad campaigns for cars at the time. The Beetle quickly found a market among teenagers, hippies, and people who just hated Detroit's aesthetic of bigger, louder, and with more chrome. They even got Wilt Chamberlain to endorse it... because at his height, he couldn't fit in the tiny car.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Back Out on the Streets: Baby Boomer Activism Booming for Anti-Trump Movement



They wore pink knit pussyhats, they carried signs with such messages as “I can’t believe I’m still protesting this sh--.” They are "old" ladies, and gentlemen, and they’re coming out of activist retirement in droves as part of the resistance to President Donald Trump.
Membership in the well-established Three Parks Independent Democrats based on the Upper West Side has never been so high — around 300, and they picked up at least 50 members immediately after the election. The influx of participation in the 42-year-old group is by and large from people of a mature age, said Three Parks board member Lynn Max, who met her husband in 1972 while campaigning for women’s rights leader Congresswoman Bella Abzug.
“It’s more of the baby boomers who have been doing this since the 60s getting active again,” Steve Max said.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Playboy's Returning to Those Pictures That Made It Famous


We Baby Boomers, as a generation, often appeared to be obsessed with sex. And for many that obsession began with their first encounters with Hugh Hefner's publishing phenomenon Playboy magazine.

Some readers claimed they liked the magazine for the articles, and indeed some of the greatest writers and celebrities of the age were featured. Others said they liked it for the lifestyle it delineated.

But for most, it was the pictures of the centerfolds and the other exposed women that provided the main attraction.

But that changed in 2015, when magazine officials announced they were no longer going to run pictures of unclothed young ladies.

But now Playboy has changed its mind and is reverting to its skin-only clad staples once again beginning with next month's issue.

To read all about the now we have them, now we don't, now we do again issue, click here.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Movies for Grownups Making Noise in Cinemas


Back in 2002, when AARP presented its first Movies for Grownups Awards, the movie industry virtually ignored the interests of people 50 and older.  Those stories simply were not being told. 

Many of our greatest actors and actresses were seen less and less on the big screen. Roles for them were few and far between. When we did see people 50 and older in movies, they were more often than not fringe characters portrayed as weak, frail, sick, senile, cranky or unattractive.
So we set out to change that mind-set by recognizing films that spoke to grownup audiences on topics that matter to them. We honor the actors, actresses and filmmakers who defy the conventional mind-set, make memorable movies and inspire us by their work both on screen and off.
AARP’s Movies for Grownups has helped create a climate that encourages the entertainment industry to make more movies that resonate with a grownup audience. Such movies are no longer outliers. With hit box-office comedies like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 50+ love stories like Enough Said and even action movies like Deepwater Horizon that feature veteran stars, grownup movies have become mainstream.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

On This Date: The 1st Televised Presidential News Conference (1961)


Talk about a timely anniversary given today's news.

On this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave the first live televised news conference by a sitting president. 

What Was Different About Kennedy's News Conference Compared to Earlier Presidents?

This was the first time a presidential news conference was not only broadcast over radio but televised to the American people live. 

President Kennedy read a prepared statement and followed up by answering questions posed by reporters. This was a big change from previous press conferences because only a few major newspapers printed the complete transcripts. 

By televising the press conference, citizens could hear the entire statement, along with the questions posed by and answers made to the press.

What Was Kennedy's Role in Using the Media of Television?

The 35th president of the United States understood the role of television even before he won the election. In fact, many observers feel that Kennedy's persona during the debates, which were televised, helped him win. 

Richard Nixon, Kennedy's opponent, appeared nervous and pale, in large part due to a recent illness. Kennedy, by contrast, was tan and energetic with a witty and youthful appearance. Viewers overwhelmingly said Kennedy was the winner. However, those who listened to the debate over the radio, instead of watching it, credited Nixon with the win.

Not quite the same as presidential news conferences today. Where are the "alternative facts."

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Roe v. Wade Decision Makes Abortion Legal



On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that women had the right to seek and obtain abortions in the Roe v. Wade case. This decision has remained one of the most protested and contentious decisions produced by the Supreme Court. Try answering these trivia questions about the case that changed the reproductive-rights landscape.
What Was the Main Support for the Court's Affirmation of the Right to Obtain an Abortion?

While the Supreme Court did discuss personhood (or lack thereof) of a fetus and other issues that were directly related to the abortion procedure and pregnancy, the ultimate decision was based on the woman's right to privacy, which was protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. Basically, this was a decision that was no one's business except for the woman in question and her doctor. Therefore, states couldn't tell women whether or not they were allowed to get abortions because that was pretty much the same as sticking their noses into private business.

Roe v. Wade Was a Culmination of What?

Roe didn't come out of nowhere. Abortion had been restricted or outlawed in most states for decades, but movements to make abortion legal gained steam in the 1950s. And in the 1960s, individual states began loosening their laws. Some even made abortion legal well before Roe, including Hawaii, Washington state, Alaska, and New York. Roe and Doe themselves were the cases that happened to spread the legal abortion movement nationwide. Interestingly enough, abortion was legal in the United States before the 1820s, when individual states started adding laws to make it illegal.
What Did Roe v. Wade Not Do?Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton made abortion access legal in all 50 states, but these cases did not make abortion access easy. Several states have enacted restrictions on access that were not considered violations of rights because they didn't prevent women from eventually obtaining abortions, such as waiting periods, even though restrictions such as these could have effects that made it harder to obtain abortions, such as forcing women to spend more time and money on a long-distance trip in areas where there weren't many abortion providers. States have tried to enact other restrictions that were later overturned because the restrictions either violated the rights affirmed by Roe and Doe, or because they placed an undue burden on women.