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This Week in Boomer History: Test Tube Baby … Kitchen Debate … ADA

Posted on 07/20/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNoteworthy events from our common experience President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990. Bob Dylan straps on his electric guitar and plugs in his amplifier at the Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival on July 25, 1965. The crowd boos (and cheers) him; purists are furious. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  Born July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown is the world’s first “test tube baby,” though she’d more accurately be …

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 …

E-ZPass to ID Theft?

Posted on 07/18/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsPerfectly timed to the busy travel season, scammers are behind phony emails supposedly sent by the “E-ZPass Service Center” or “E-ZPass Collection Agency.” So beware. Whether or not you have an E-ZPass account, the bogus message may make its way into your inbox, prompting you to click a link.   Don’t take the bait. Not only will you be asked to provide sensitive personal and financial information, but clicking that link may also install malware onto your computer that could …

Bryan Cranston to Reprise LBJ Role in TV Movie

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentMany know him as Walter White — the high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin of Breaking Bad — but actor Bryan Cranston will be making his way back to television as President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new HBO TV movie. All the Way, a phrase taken from Johnson’s successful 1964 campaign slogan (“All the Way With LBJ”), will be a reprisal of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name by Robert Schenkkan, in which Cranston portrayed Johnson …

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 …

Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentTwist and Shout! Oscar-winner Ron Howard will direct a Beatles documentary with the full participation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will produce the authorized documentary. The film will highlight the group’s touring years, which ended in a final public appearance in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. >> Discussion: You know you are a baby boomer because… “I am excited and honored to be working with …