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Bob Dylan Recognized by Stuffy American Academy of Arts and Letters

Posted on 03/13/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentWhile the world was watching for white smoke from the Vatican chimney, the undisputed master of American songwriting in the post-Tin Pan Alley era was himself inducted into an exclusive club. Officials of the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that Bob Dylan had been elected, the first rocker to make the cut for a stuffy Academy that may be trying to remake its image. (In fact, as the Associated Press pointed out in its story about Dylan’s election, …

My Back Pages: An Evening With Bob Dylan

Posted on 11/21/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeOn a February afternoon 38 years ago, I walked down Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley with Bob Dylan’s voice blaring from speakers in every record store (remember those?), bookshop and café. Dylan was scheduled to perform that night with The Band at the nearby Alameda County Coliseum Arena – the next-to-last stop in his first tour since his near-fatal motorcycle accident 8 years earlier — and it seemed that the whole San Francisco Bay Area was celebrating.   I sure was; I had …

Oh, no! Gilligan is dead! I read it on Facebook!

Posted on 09/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentSad, and true: the Skipper’s “little buddy,” Bob Denver — who also starred, unforgettably, as Maynard G. Krebs in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis — died. Seven years ago this week, as it turns out. Didn’t remember that? You’re not alone: “news” of his death, reposted and re-tweeted breathlessly with the requisite comments of social media mourning — such as “RIP, Gilligan!” “Another part of my childhood gone” etc. — spread via Facebook and Twitter this week as if he had …

Vin Scully Making Baseball History (No Performance Enhancement Required)

Posted on 08/27/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayOld guys and baseball were in the news over the weekend . But while Roger Clemens got most of the attention, he much better old-guy-and-baseball story played out in Los Angeles, where Vin Scully, who has been announcing Dodgers games on radio and television since 1950 said that he’ll return to announce the games again next season.

Trove of Rare Baseball Cards Brings Back Sweet Memories

Posted on 07/11/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWell, that settles it. No mom will ever be able to throw away her kid’s baseball card collection again. I mean, how could she — after the news broke yesterday of a trove of rare cards, from the early 20th century and found in an Ohio attic, that could fetch up to $3 million? The news reports brought back memories of what I, and every kid I knew, said when we moved out of our parents’ house after high school: …

Doris Sams, inspiration for A League of Their Own

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyI never heard of Doris Sams until she died last week at age 85. And yet I owe her a huge debt. So does my daughter, and so do lots of little girls who grow up dreaming of playing baseball. Doris lived A League of Their Own as a superstar for 8 years in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League – the circuit immortalized in the 1992 film. She pitched a perfect game; she won a batting title; she led …