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Steve Mencher

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Steve Mencher 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 08/13/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. When a monkey takes a selfie, it raises complicated copyright issues. (Learn more at The Guardian) 2. A robot is hitchhiking across Canada. (Learn more at hitchBOT.me) 3. According to recent retirees, the average income you need to live comfortably is $58,000 a year. (Learn more at AARP) 4. It’s hard to hide $41,000 in your underwear. (Learn more at NBC10) >> Slideshow: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rick James 5. A bite from the …

This Week in Boomer History: Woodstock … Berlin … IBM PC

Posted on 08/10/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience “This year’s monster movie star,” Jack Nicholson, makes the cover of Time magazine Aug. 12, 1974, two months after Chinatown opened. The IBM Personal Computer is announced Aug. 12, 1981, with a price of $1,565. According to IBM: “Two decades earlier, an IBM computer often cost as much as $9 million and required an air-conditioned quarter-acre of space and a staff of 60 people to keep it fully loaded with instructions.” >> Photos: Famous …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/6/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. What do you get if you cross a sheep and a goat? A “geep.” (Learn more at People) 2. After 10 years and four billion miles, the Rosetta spacecraft will slow to the pace of a person walking to examine a 2.5-mile-wide comet. (Learn more at NY Times) 3. Your bag of potato chips can hear what you’re saying — and perhaps even let others eavesdrop. (Learn more at The Verge) 4. A tear, …

This Week in Boomer History: Nixon Resigns … Manson Murders … Voting Rights Act

Posted on 08/3/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Richard Nixon resigns the presidency Aug. 9, 1974; Vice President Gerald Ford takes the oath of office and says “our long national nightmare is over.” President Ronald Reagan fires more than 11,000 air traffic controllers on Aug. 5, 1981, two days after they went on strike and defied Reagan’s order to return to work. >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter Charles Manson followers murder actress Sharon Tate, heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, hairstylist …

George Takei in Boston: Smartphone Physicals and Gene Therapy

Posted on 08/1/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

TechnologySmartphones can do just about anything these days, from shooting movies to following our every move — from connecting to smoke detectors to counting our steps and calories. On a recent visit to AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ start-up business showcase in Boston, tech explorer George Takei found a number of new phone attachments and apps aimed at making formerly complicated health tests cheaper and more readily available, adding up to a “smartphone physical.” These include: An electrocardiogram in a smartphone case …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/30/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Insects are a food source for one of every three people worldwide. (Learn more at Yahoo) 2. The debts and unpaid bills of more than a third of Americans have been reported to collection agencies. (Learn more at Urban Institute) 3. Handshakes share 20 times more germs than fist bumps. (Learn more at AARP) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  4. A new smartphone app simulates a retro camera by making you …