This Week in Boomer History: Earth Day … New Coke … ‘Heartbreak Hotel’

Notable events from our shared experience Polaroid Corp. introduces its SX-70 folding camera on April 25, 1972. It’s the first automatic, motorized, single-lens reflex camera that makes self-developing instant color prints. The 1964 New York World’s Fair opens April 22 with the theme “Peace Through Understanding” and provides an early Space Age look into the future. On April 24, 1980, President Jimmy Carter launches Operation Eagle Claw to free Americans held captive at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Eight servicemen die in the failed …

Other Earth-Friendly Days

Don’t get me wrong:  as a lifelong environmentalist, I think that Earth Day (April 22) serves an invaluable purpose both as a celebration of our wondrous planet and as an opportunity to draw attention to the many serious – literally “life threatening” – challenges facing our natural environment.  The only problem with Earth Day is that it’s a single day once a year, while our responsibility to the environment is 24/7, every day of the year. The good news is …

Live Green and Save Money

A thought-provoking little story has been circulating on the Internet recently about an elderly woman who is chastised by a young cashier at the grocery store for not bringing her own reusable grocery bags. The cashier scolds the woman – and people of her generation – for not caring as much as younger people do about the environment and the impact their actions have on the Earth. See also: How to Save $10,000 a year. The woman apologizes, then politely …

5 Chemicals You Shouldn’t Have in Your House

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), lots of folks would like us to think about the common chemicals we’re exposed to daily that we may not realize could affect our health. For example, have you checked the ingredients on that antibacterial soap in your shower? Or wondered about the safety of Fifi’s flea collar? The environmentalists at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have, and they’ve issued a report called “The Five Stupidest Chemicals That Shouldn’t Be in Your …

Get Ready for the AARP Savings Challenge

Let the games – and the money saving – begin!  Next Monday, April 2, we’re kicking off a special springtime edition of Savings Challenge, a chance for you to share your penny pinching tips, learn some new ways to save money, and maybe even win some terrific prizes! Every week from April 2 through April 29, we’ll be hosting a week-long challenge, asking for your best tips and stories as they relate to a specific money-saving topic I’ll announce each Monday.  …

Go Green for All Of Us, Every Day

Earth Day is still a week away but there’s no reason (no good reason, anyway) to wait until the last minute to think about the good you can do – for the planet, others and yourself – on April 22. Going green is that rare chance to do something for yourself that also benefits your neighbors, your community, your children, grandchildren, and the rest of the world. Earth Day was founded – in 1970, by Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.) – …