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Steve Mencher

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Steve writes about culture, politics, the news, and other subjects for AARP. He's also a jazz musician with the Willis Gidney Quintet. He has worked for Carnegie Hall, NPR and the Library of Congress as an audio, video and multimedia producer.

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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Planet Earth has a cousin — Kepler-186f — about 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.  (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. A disorder that causes you to act out your dreams is the best predictor of brain disease, says a new study. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A majority of American adults in all age groups now owns a smartphone. (Learn more at Time) 4. Colorado boomers are the best educated; Maryland’s boomers …

Why Is Facebook Messing With How We Text?

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you’re on Facebook, you probably text with friends who are also logged in, as you go about scanning the news and pictures in your feed. On a desktop computer or iPad, nothing much about messaging will change for you in the coming weeks. But on mobile, Facebook has a plan you should know about. Messaging is being removed from the main Facebook Mobile app on Apple iPhone and Android phones, and will be handled by a standalone application called …

This Week in Boomer History: Earth Day … New Coke … ‘Heartbreak Hotel’

Posted on 04/20/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Polaroid Corp. introduces its SX-70 folding camera on April 25, 1972. It’s the first automatic, motorized, single-lens reflex camera that makes self-developing instant color prints. The 1964 New York World’s Fair opens April 22 with the theme “Peace Through Understanding” and provides an early Space Age look into the future. On April 24, 1980, President Jimmy Carter launches Operation Eagle Claw to free Americans held captive at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Eight servicemen die in the failed …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 04/16/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. At Kennedy Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa, the oldest member of the band is 79. (Learn more at Twincities.com) 2. Your brain is over the hill at age 24. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Johnny Cash can still have a No. 1 album 11 years after he died. (Learn more at AARP) 4. A new app adjusts your body rhythm to beat jet lag. (Learn more at Newsweek) 5. Scientists say they’ve manufactured blood for people. (Learn more at Gizmodo) >> Sign …

Boston Marathon’s ‘Fallen Man’ Still Running

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your Life[Editor's Note: In the men's division of the 2014 Boston Marathon, run April 21, American Meb Keflezighi, 39, won with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. He was the oldest winner since at least 1930. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya defended her women’s title, with a course record of 2:18:57.] As Boston transforms its annual marathon into an affirmation of strength, renewal and healing this year, I can’t help remembering last year’s “Fallen Man” who wouldn’t stay down. Blown …

This Week in Boomer History: Rolling Stones … Bay of Pigs … ‘The Simpsons’

Posted on 04/13/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience The Rolling Stones, the band’s self-titled debut album, is released by Decca Records in the U.K. on April 16, 1964, and climbs to No. 1. Slightly altered, the album is released in the U.S. on May 30 but never cracks the Top 10. On April 17, 1964, Jerrie Mock arrives in Columbus, Ohio, in a Cessna 180 to complete the first solo round-the-world flight by a woman. Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchor of the …