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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 04/9/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The venerable teenager Archie Andrews of comic book fame will die a heroic death. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Exercise helps aging brains grow bigger. (Learn more at The Atlantic) 3. Former Taco Bell interns claim the $1 billion idea now marketed as the Doritos Locos Taco was theirs nearly 20 years ago, and they have pictures to prove it.  (Learn more at Huffington Post)   Good ideas can come from anyone. Taco Bell …

Do You Need Microsoft’s Office Apps on Your iPad?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyOffice for iPad is here, including Word and Excel and PowerPoint, the applications so many of us have grown up with at work. Is this the set of applications that will change how you use your iPad? Cost. You can download the applications separately, and they’re free. Sort of. They’ll let you open and read documents and spreadsheets and presentations. But you can’t edit or create documents unless you fork over $99 a year for a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 — or pay as …

This Week in Boomer History: Hank Aaron … Beatles Are Over … ‘Twin Peaks’

Posted on 04/6/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsHank Aaron’s 715th round-tripper on April 8, 1974, makes him Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader, ending Babe Ruth’s 39-year reign. Barry Bonds deposes Aaron in 2007, an achievement tarnished by suspicions that Bonds used steroids. The disco anthem “Dancing Queen” by Swedish pop group ABBA tops American pop charts on April 9, 1977. On April 7, 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously strikes down laws prohibiting possession of obscene material. The justices cite freedom of speech and “the right to …

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 …