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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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This Week in Boomer History: ‘Pulp Fiction’ … Marilyn Monroe … ‘What’s Going On’

Posted on 05/18/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Marvin Gaye’s seminal album What’s Going On is released May 21, 1971. Influenced by letters his brother sent from Vietnam, Gaye writes the songs from the perspective of a Vietnam vet. Happy birthday, Mr. President. At Madison Square Garden in New York, Marilyn Monroe serenades President John Kennedy at a fundraiser on May 19, 1962. Monroe dies less than three months later at age 36. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter Ambassador Foy Kohler delivers a protest …

Casey Kasem Found; Family Dispute Continues

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThree days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concern about his whereabouts, radio icon Casey Kasem turned up in Kitsap County, Wash., where he appears to have been vacationing with his wife. Kasem’s children had gone to court in an effort to locate the former host of America’s Top 40. Kerri Kasem had been appointed temporary conservator of her father on May 12. Concerned about his health and fearing that Jean Kasem, his wife of 34 years, was planning to …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 05/14/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin Today News, discoveries and … fun 1. Jackie Kennedy confided personal thoughts in a 14-year correspondence with an Irish priest. (Learn more at Irish Times) 2. A mother’s worth increased $3,123 last year. (Learn more at AARP) 3. There’s a square hole in the sun. (Learn more at Space.com) 4. Age discrimination can kill you. (Learn more at AARP) 5. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing, making a rise in global sea level inevitable. (Learn more at National Geographic) 6. Most Russians are …

This Week in Boomer History: Jackson State … ‘Seinfeld’ Finale … Wallace Shot

Posted on 05/11/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience President Richard Nixon nominates Anna Mae Hays (left) and Elizabeth P. Hoisington (right, with Mamie Eisenhower) the first female U.S. Army generals on May 15, 1970. On May 17, 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States takes place when Tanya McCloskey, 52, and Marcia Kadish, 56, say “I do” at City Hall in Cambridge, Mass. By day’s end, scores of other same-sex couples tie the knot. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure …

Watching These Video ‘Pen Pals’ Will Make Your Day

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyHere’s a sweet, uplifting video that’s guaranteed to brighten your day. It features some Chicago-area seniors and young Brazilian students of English, and the long-distance friendships kindled by learning a language. CNA, a Brazilian language school that emphasizes online learning, matches up its young students with older adults in U.S. senior residences in a program called Speaking Exchange. Watching the video, you can see how eagerly the residents of Windsor Park Retirement Community outside Chicago await their turns to talk. …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 05/7/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Young blood can make old mice more youthful. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Middle-aged women who don’t sleep so well may be in for memory problems later in life. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The nation’s 65+ population is projected to double by 2050. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Doctors are now implanting tiny pacemakers directly into their patients’ hearts. (Learn more at Gizmodo) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter 5. Until …