Al Feldstein: One of the Original ‘Mad’ Men

Mad magazine, edited in its 1960s and 1970s heyday by Al Feldstein, arguably was the most subversive publication on American newsstands – a comic book that, instead of superheroes’ exploits, featured deft parodies of hit movies and Madison Avenue ad campaigns and biting satirical commentary on issues such as racial segregation and the Vietnam War. Here are eight facts about Feldstein, who died on April 30 at age 88 in Livingston, Mont., and how he fostered a style of humor that profoundly …

Sterling? To Boomers, Athletes’ Protests Are Nothing New

Younger sports fans may have been shocked to see players from the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat wearing their warmup jerseys inside-out in silent protest against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, after a recording surfaced of a telephone call in which Sterling allegedly told his then-girlfriend not to bring African-American guests to the team’s games. Sterling subsequently was banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. To boomers, though, the demonstrations may have seemed tepid compared with the defiant …

How to Survive a Workplace Culture Clash With Millennials

A friend who supervises interns recently complained about a young man she gave an assignment to one morning. When she passed his desk a few hours later, he was surfing the Web. His explanation: assignment complete so he was taking a break. Argh! A culture clash is erupting as millennials stampede into the workplace, arriving saddled with a negative reputation. But if boomers want to coexist with twentysomethings, then they – the older generation – need an attitude adjustment, says …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Planet Earth has a cousin – Kepler-186f – about 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.  (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. A disorder that causes you to act out your dreams is the best predictor of brain disease, says a new study. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A majority of American adults in all age groups now owns a smartphone. (Learn more at Time) 4. Colorado boomers are the best educated; Maryland’s boomers …

Colbert: Last Boomer on Network Late Night

With its announcement today that Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, will replace the retiring David Letterman, CBS put the last baby boomer in a host’s chair on a network late night show. And while Colbert turns 50 next month, his hiring is clearly a move by CBS to appeal to a younger demographic. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Colbert has competition from smart Gen-Xers Jimmy Fallon, 39, who took over NBC’s Tonight in February for the …

7 Unsolved Mysteries Boomers Can’t Forget

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has become an obsession for cable TV news and spawned a slew of increasingly outlandish conspiracy theories on the Internet, including suggestions that it was hijacked by North Korean agents or accidentally destroyed by a secret military weapon test. The puzzlement has a familiar feel to baby boomers. We’ve grown up in an age full of uncertainties, ambiguities and unanswered conundrums – some serious (unexplained questions about the JFK assassination) and others not so …