Oh, no! Gilligan is dead! I read it on Facebook!

Posted on 09/5/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentSad, and true: the Skipper’s “little buddy,” Bob Denver — who also starred, unforgettably, as Maynard G. Krebs in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis — died. Seven years ago this week, as it turns out. Didn’t remember that? You’re not alone: “news” of his death, reposted and re-tweeted breathlessly with the requisite comments of social media mourning — such as “RIP, Gilligan!” “Another part of my childhood gone” etc. — spread via Facebook and Twitter this week as if he had …

Marvin Hamlisch: Music for the Generations

Posted on 08/7/2012 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

LegacyComposer, conductor, pianist – Marvin Hamlisch was all those things. But he was, above all, a consummate showman.  His death at age 68 leaves a gap because he was one of the few musicians — folks like Wynton Marsalis and John Williams come to mind as his peers — whose musical vocabulary and knowledge were so broad and deep as to welcome new audiences into music in a way that underlined the universality of that unique art. As a pops …

A ‘Bourne Legacy’ Star’s Classic Connection – Stacy Keach in DC

Posted on 07/25/2012 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

EntertainmentWhen audiences come to see the new Bourne movie (The Bourne Legacy) opening August 10, they’ll not only see a new star, Jeremy Renner, but one of America’s finest Shakespearean actors. Who’s that, you ask? Why, Stacy Keach, who has had a fabulously eclectic career playing parts as diverse as Macbeth, Hamlet (3 times!), King Lear, and that American classic, detective Mike Hammer — the role he may be best known for among people of a certain age. (Watch Stacy …

The Takeaway: Public Radio Stations Worry Shows (and Audiences) Getting Too Old

Posted on 06/25/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAt public radio stations across the country, the biggest draws are decades-old shows like “A Prairie Home Companion” (started in 1974), “Fresh Air” (1987) and “This American Life” (1995). This has some producers trying to ‘youthanize’ NPR, if you will, with new programs designed to attract younger listeners. But could these appeals seriously change the tone of U.S. public radio?

Bill Murray, Baseball’s Best Boss

Posted on 06/20/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThis cheered us up. Bill Murray just sounds like so much fun. 

Betty White On Career Comebacks

Posted on 05/21/2012 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentWhen a friend told me she had a spare ticket to see Betty White here in DC, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to go with her. I figured an interview with Betty would be funny, insightful and heartwarming, but it exceeded my expectations in every sense. Of all the answers she gave or nuggets of advice she offered, one comment stuck with me the most and I knew I had to blog about it. An audience member submitted a …