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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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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Some Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand

We wanted to take a quick trip down memory lane and share some of our favorite photos that only Baby Boomers (and some kids from the 1950s and 60s!) will understand.  

We hope you enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed putting it together.  

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Here's How to Have a 60s Make-Ahead Potluck Party

Although Mad Men is over, we haven't stopped loving the 1960s. But how would our 2016 taste buds fare with 50-year-old recipes? 

We headed to the kitchen, turned up the bossa nova, and threw a '60s-themed potluck to experience the convenience of the rapidly growing 1960s fridge for ourselves.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Legendary Hoop Seasons Both: Then and Now - 1962 and 2017

The clock dropped below the final minute, and the previously raucous crowd in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grew quiet. An onslaught of Knicks held off the inevitable basket for as long as the mismatched squad from New York could manage.
 Joe Ruklick passed on a wide-open layup to loft an alley-oop in Wilt Chamberlain’s direction, and every onlooker in the arena held their breath as they awaited the cherry on top of this superhuman sundae. Wilt stuffed the ball through the hoop for his 36th basket and reached the summit of the grandest display of domination in basketball history: 100 points in a single game.
In terms of individual achievement, the 1962 NBA season was one of the greatest showcases in pro sports history. Interestingly though, as the current NBA regular season comes to a close, we are seeing parallels between the 1962 and 2017 seasons.
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Can New Office Gear Really Keep You Fit?

The days of typing at your desk in a stationary chair for eight hours may be vanishing. 

Workplace health products are all the rage, from standing and treadmill desks to wearable pedometers and posture trackers. But does reviewing quarterly reports while walking in place really burn enough calories to move the fitness needle? How about using an exercise ball for a seat? Or a foot pedaler under your desk?

We spoke to ergonomic and wellness experts about the hottest health gizmos populating today's workplaces. They told us which can improve your health, which could compromise it and which might have little to no effect.

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