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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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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 …

Bye-Bye Windows XP: What You Need to Know

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

Bulletin Today | TechnologyPlanned obsolescence. You expect it with your cellphone and your TV. You’re used to it with your car. But your computer operating system — the software that determines what you see on the screen and how you make the hardware work —  has nearly always allowed you to upgrade and stay connected and productive. Now, if you’re among the hundreds of millions of computer users running Windows XP, it’s the end of the road. After April 8, Microsoft is cutting …

This Week in Boomer History: John and Yoko … AZT … Who Shot J.R.?

Posted on 03/16/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is released March 19, 1962. The album contains only two original Dylan tunes. In response to Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter announces on March 21, 1980, a U.S. boycott of that summer’s Olympics in Moscow. On March 19, 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approves the antiretroviral drug AZT to treat AIDS. It’s the first drug to slow the development of the disease and opens the way to new therapies. Who shot …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Two artists in Brooklyn are living in a giant hamster wheel. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 2. A simple blood test predicts 9 times out of 10 who will develop dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Elephants can tell men from women and friends from foes by listening to their voices. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. Rolling Stone Keith Richards has written a children’s book about his first guitar. (Learn more at AARP) 5. William …