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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Remember When: Farrah Fawcett Becomes a Pinup Queen

This had to be one of the greatest pinups of the Baby Boomer years.

I know I had it pinned on my basement wall. (And I was married, but my wife was very understanding then).

What about you? Was Farrah a pinup poster for you, too?

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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