Say Happy Birthday to Two ‘Nonagenarian’ Chimps

As a kid growing up in Indianapolis, nothing excited me more than the thought of piling into the family station wagon for a trip to the big city: Chicago. Our favorite destination in the Windy City, hands down, was the Lincoln Park Zoo. There I would gaze in absolute wonderment at Bushman, the world-famous, fierce-visaged gorilla, who stood 6 foot 2 and weighed in at 550 pounds. Before his sudden death in 1951 at the tender age of 22, Bushman …

Oscar Night: Grownups Get to Stay Up Late

Remember when the movie musical was dead? Well, Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast will be a resounding reminder that, in the immortal words of Dr. Frankenstein, “It’s ALIVE!!” Most important for grownup movie lovers, this year’s Oscar production numbers will recognize that for the past decade musicals have aimed themselves squarely at us: Les Miserables, Chicago, Hairspray, and Mama Mia! were all a far cry from the kid-centric days of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Barney’s Great Adventure. Not all …

Our *Yet Unprinted* Response To The Chicago Tribune’s ComEd Fable…

A couple of days ago the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial that was supposed to make us all feel sorry for ComEd and their oh-so-difficult-struggles to implement a so-called smart grid. It went on to explain how each time ComEd has tried to raise their rates unchecked or how when ComEd refused to refund consumers’ money that was rightfully theirs, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) got in the way. WOW, what was the ICC thinking…*sarcasm*  As many of you know, AARP Illinois (and thousands of our members), …

Former NFL Players Give the Gift of Fitness and Fun

Of all the things that we get to do as former players in giving back to the community, in my opinion, the most fun is  giving time to the local community children. Last weekend, the NFLPA former players, as part of the NFLPA One Team One Community initiative, visited Monroe Elementary School in Oak Brook Illinois  for a day of fitness, fun, and football. The mission of the One Team One Community initiative is to improve the quality of life …

You’re Darn Right I’ve Earned a Say!

Happy Friday blog readers, Jenn here from the Illinois Communications Team,  following  up with you on how our Herb Kent event went…this week.  “You’re darn right I’ve earned a say” exclaimed one of our 350 participants as she walked through the door and picked up literature on Social Security and Medicare. What followed was a  lively listening session  held at Chicago State University and led by media broadcast legends Herb Kent, and Merri Dee, and AARP state director Bob Gallo. …

Free AARP Member Movie Screening – Hope Springs on Aug. 1st

Blog readers! Hi! It’s Jenn from the Communications staff here at AARP Illinois  Would you like to come and hang out with us at the movies next week? We’ll buy!  AARP Members are invited to a free AARP Movies for Grownups pre-release screening of Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.  Our staff is really excited that we’re doing such a fun event  (seriously we’ve been discussing it in the hallways all week) and we hope that you and your friends and family …