Can’t Help Falling in Love with Elvis, 35 Years Later

As usual, my sister Lynda had to go and ruin everything. August 16, 1977, had started off just fine. Kindergarten was still a week away. My father had a rare day off from the Memphis Police homicide unit. And we were moving into our new home, the suburban “upstairs-downstairs” house I had always wanted. I was bumping on my butt down those newly-carpeted dream stairs when Lynda came galloping over me with the news she’d just heard on the radio: …

Happy Anniversary, Medicare!

President Johnson didn’t hold back when he signed Medicare into law 47 years ago. He said: No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. Everywhere I go as chief volunteer spokesperson for AARP, I run into people who tell me how important Medicare is in real …