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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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What’s Better Than Winning a Race? Honoring a WWII Vet

Posted on 03/4/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayRunners in an 8-kilometer race in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday stopped to honor a World War II veteran watching the event in uniform, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Joe Bell, 95, was on the street encouraging participants in the race. You can see one or two runners shake his hand and thank him for his service. Then at least half the runners seem to detour toward the vet. The event raises money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which …

Happy 25th Birthday to the Web

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThe plan for what became the “World Wide Web” was laid out in a memo by Tim Berners-Lee on March 12, 1989, to his boss at CERN, a European research laboratory. He wanted to solve a very basic organizational problem: As scientists came and went at the lab, their institutional knowledge was in danger of disappearing. His solution: use “hypertext” to easily toggle back and forth between files housed on computers in different locations. If you click on the blue, …

This Week in Boomer History: G.I. Joe … People Magazine … Rodney King

Posted on 03/2/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Speeding on March 3, 1991, leads to a high-speed Los Angeles police chase for Rodney King and ends with a severe beating that is videotaped. When three of the officers are acquitted of charges a year later, riots break out in South Los Angeles. Mia Farrow appears as The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan on the cover of People Magazine’s premier issue, dated March 4, 1974. Other notables in the issue: Marina Oswald, Gloria Vanderbilt …

Flying to a Funeral? American Airlines Drops Discounts

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelAmerican Airlines has quietly ended “bereavement fares.” The airline has dropped the special fares it offered if you could prove you were traveling to a funeral, or the bedside of a grievously sick relative. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are keeping their current bereavement policies in place, according to CNN. Delta forgoes penalties on changing flights; United offers a 5 percent discount. Carriers Southwest Airlines (and its AirTran brand) and JetBlue Airways have never offered bereavement fares, CNN reports. Will there …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1.  Antler makeovers are saving the lives of reindeer in Finland. (Learn more at NBC News) 2. Eating yogurt and avoiding fatty or sugary snacks could cut a diabetes risk nearly in half. (Learn more at AARP) 3. When man and his canine best friend hear emotion in a voice, they respond in similar ways. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 4. Joe Newman is vying to become the oldest U.S. congressman by more than a …

This Week in Boomer History: Peace Corps … Concorde … Greatest!

Posted on 02/23/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNoteworthy events from our shared experience Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) becomes heavyweight champion of the world on Feb. 25, 1964, when Sonny Liston doesn’t answer the bell for the seventh round. “Incredibly, the loud-mouthed, bragging, insulting youngster had been telling the truth all along,” writes Robert Lipsyte in the New York Times. Steve Jobs is born Feb. 24, 1955. In 1976 he starts Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne, who sells his shares for $800 the same year. …