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Journalist Patrick J. Kiger tells the stories of people who make their mark in ways big and small.

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Depend’s Daring New Dare: ‘Drop Your Pants’

Posted on 07/31/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayOver the years, Kimberly-Clark has used rugged NFL players and glamorous actresses to promote its Depend brand of leak-proof underwear as not just embarrassment-preventing but stylish, too. But now the company is really pushing the envelope, so to speak, with a provocative “Drop Your Pants for Underwareness” campaign. The campaign features this TV commercial, set to the retro sound of British pop band The Creation’s 1966 single “Making Time.”   >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  Even edgier is …

James Garner: Hollywood’s Whimsical Hero

Posted on 07/20/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyAs a twice-wounded U.S. Army combat veteran of the Korean War and as an actor who was frequently injured performing his own stunts, James Garner qualified as a real-life tough guy. But you’d never know it from the characters he portrayed, such as card-shark Bret Maverick and ex-con-turned-private detective Jim Rockford. They were clever, charming, self-effacing guys who seemed eager to avoid trouble, and when they were pressed into action anyway, eschewed the rough stuff and relied upon their wits …

Elaine Stritch: Earthy Diva

Posted on 07/18/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyActress-singer Elaine Stritch, who died on July 17 at age 89 in Birmingham, Mich., wasn’t the sort who would go gentle into that good night — or any night, for that matter. The gravel-voiced Broadway diva, who made her career playing what the New York Times once called “brash and bawdy characters,” preferred staying out late, and having a cigarette and a drink or three. “I don’t regret a day of my life,” as she once told an interviewer. In a …

Johnny Winter: Blues Legend

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyIt says a lot about guitarist Johnny Winter that blues great Muddy Waters sang his praises. The first time Waters heard him play live, he was blown away by Winter’s blindingly fast thumb-picked electric slide work. “He plays eight notes to my one!” Waters reportedly exclaimed. Winter—who died at age 70 in Zurich on July 16, a few days after performing at a festival in Austria—was surprisingly humble about the virtuosity that earned him a spot on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 …

Tommy Ramone: Last of the Punk-Rock Pioneers

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBoomers growing up in the mid- to late 1970s may have felt bored and alienated by the classic rock that their older brothers and sisters listened to. That’s why so many of us were especially excited about a band called the Ramones, who were pretty much the opposite of the handsome stadium-rock gods who dominated the airwaves with their synthesizer bombast and 10-minute guitar solos. With their misshapen hair, torn jeans, cheap sneakers and biker jackets, the Ramones looked like …

Eileen Ford: She Created Supermodels

Posted on 07/11/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyThe beautiful women who display designers’ new fashions on the runway and grace magazine covers are more than just celebrities — they’re brand names in their own right.  We even have a word for them: supermodels. To a great extent, we can thank Eileen Ford for making all those models so super. Ford, who died on July 9 at age 92 in Morristown, N.J.,  in 1947 cofounded — with her late husband Jerry — Ford Models, the agency that became …