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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 04/2/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun. 1. A 16th-century German military expert believed that weaponized cats could burn down enemy fortifications. (Learn more at National Geographic) 2. A door handle dispenses hand sanitizer to kill germs in hospitals. (Learn more at Gizmodo) 3. Barbara Walters’s most flirtatious interview took place in 1982 with actor Clint Eastwood. (Learn more at AARP) 4. The rap group Wu-Tang Clan will make one copy of its next recording and hope it sells for millions of dollars. (Learn …

This Week in Boomer History: LBJ Won’t Run … Beatles on Top … MLK Killed

Posted on 03/30/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience. RCA Victor introduces the world’s first 45 rpm record on March 31, 1949. Country music star Eddy Arnold’s “Texarkana Baby” is on the A side; his “Bouquet of Roses” is on the flip side. The 45 soon becomes the medium of choice for listening to and sharing music among teens. On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson tells the nation he won’t run for reelection. (“I shall not seek, and I will not accept …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. NASA wants you to help design its new space suit. (Learn more at CNET) 2. More than 30 percent of bank clients don’t go to branches anymore. (Learn more at Consumerist.com) 3. The idea of whitening your teeth or curing ailments by swishing oil in your mouth is regaining popularity. (Learn more at AARP) 4. You can open a bottle of wine with your shoe. (Learn more at Thrillist) 5. The liquid in e-cigarettes can …

This Week in Boomer History: Sgt. Presley … Three Mile Island … Viagra

Posted on 03/23/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Viagra, patented in 1996, is approved to treat erectile dysfunction on March 27, 1998. Sales in 2012 are about $2 billion; competitor Cialis isn’t far behind. On March 26, 1953, Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully completed a small-scale test of a vaccine to protect against polio. Boomers soon line up to be vaccinated in school. Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958. Serving in Germany, he meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu; they marry almost eight …

7 Cold War Memories Boomers Don’t Want to Relive

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayFor baby boomers who grew up in the Cold War era, the latest headlines  — about the Russian annexation of Crimea and Vladmir Putin’s America-bashing speech — bring up uncomfortable memories. Who doesn’t remember that childhood fear of being herded into a flimsy bomb shelter with incoming Russian missiles overhead? As we worry about whether another Cold War could loom ahead, here are seven things we don’t miss about the first one: 1.  Duck and cover drills at school 2. …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun. 1. Captured Burmese pythons will slither home in a straight line for many miles. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. A photographer has a way of making sick kids’ dreams come to life. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 3. Some bad fats may not be so bad for us after all. (Learn more at AARP) 4. California, Berkeley claims it has hired the first university Wikipedian-in-residence.  (Learn more at Library Journal) 5. Hate the prep? Probably. But …