Omar Sharif: Star in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Doctor Zhivago’

With his dark, dashing looks and commanding presence, Egyptian-born Omar Sharif dominated the big screen in such epics as Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965).  >> Famous People We’ve Lost in 2015 Sharif, who passed away on July 10 at age 83 in Cairo, was the biggest star of Arab ancestry to break through in Hollywood, with his versatility as an actor enabling him to play a wide range of parts of varying ethnicity, from an ancient Armenian king …

Safer Summer Travel

Summer travel often means staying in a hotel or motel room, or in a succession of hotels if you’re on a tour. It can be a great luxury, but especially if you’re moving from one place to another every few days, it can get confusing. I’m sure every one of us has left something in a hotel room: a converter plugged into the wall, your toothbrush, clothes hanging in a closet. For those with a disability, it can also be …

10 Surprising Things About (Ambassador?) Caroline Kennedy

You probably know that President Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, to be ambassador to Japan. But here are 10 things you may not know about the 55-year-old scion of America’s best-known political dynasty: She’s named after her aunt, Caroline Lee Bouvier, a.k.a. Lee Radziwill. Ethnically, she is three-fourths Irish and one-fourth French. While her father was president, her Secret Service code name was Lyric. At the White …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun…   1. Snail slime might be the fountain of youth. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Not only have Twinkies gotten a second life, their shelf life has increased from 26 days to 45 days. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A Lego fanatic who didn’t know you need a kid with you to visit Legoland sure knows now. (Learn more at CTV News) 4. By interfering with mosquitoes’ ability to fly, airwaves from a simple fan keep …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun… 1. Cronuts – New York City’s new pastry craze – go for $40 on the black market. (Learn more at AARP) 2. One more reason to have sex: It’s good for your knees, elbows and other joints. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Make that two more reasons: Regular sex can make you look 7 years younger. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 4. In the first suit filed under a new Chinese law, a court ordered a woman to visit her mother at least twice a …

Could That Be a $671,400 Relic in Your Garage?

If you were one of the 200 or so people who bought an Apple-1 computer back in 1976 or 1977 and still have it on a shelf in the back of your garage, guess what? You’re in the chips. And we don’t mean microprocessor chips, either. The technology news website ZDNet reports that a surviving Apple-1, the computer giant’s first product, fetched a breathtaking $671,400 at a German auction. Other Apple-1s have fetched six-figure prices in the past, but this …