11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN)   2. Surprise: The “perfect age” is now 50. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The Beatles have a new album on the way. (Learn more at BBC) 4. A daily cup of coffee can help prevent uterine cancer. (Learn more at AARP)   5. Why Tofutti CEO David Mintz loves older workers: “There’s no experience like experience.” (Learn more at The Tennessean) 6. The latest Forbes 400 list of richest Americans gives …

‘Headless’ Headline Writer Axed by NY Post

Citing budget cutbacks, the New York Post has axed Vincent A. Musetto, the journalist widely credited with writing one of the greatest tabloid headlines of all time (“HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR”), dropping him from his most recent assignment as a film critic. “After 40 years at the Post, during which I wrote ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar,’ it has come to this,” Musetto said in an e-mail to his colleagues. Musetto was running the paper’s newsroom in 1983 when …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking: Scientists can rebuild a mouse’s heart with human cells. (Learn more at Futurity.org) 2. Quick: Who’s that below? A simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help diagnose early dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help keep your brain healthy. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Twitter can predict elections. (Learn more at …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun… 1. Howdy Doody (and Van Gogh) could help save Detroit. (Learn more at AARP) 2. The YouTube sensation “Grandma Drummer” has revealed her identity. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A stench like rotting flesh from a blossoming corpse flower attracts not only bugs but humans, too. (Learn more at Washington Post) 4.  The days of $3 a gallon gas are gone for good.  (Learn more at AARP) 5. “Silver shoplifting“ in Japan has doubled since 2002. (Learn more at Portland Press …

Walter Cronkite’s WWII Letters Home in New Book

Before he was the voice of his generation and “the most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite was a 20-something war correspondent writing letters home to his new wife. Now his namesake and grandson, Walter Cronkite IV, has complied the letters in a book, Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home. The grandson, a recent college graduate, is working in Washington these days at, of course, CBS News. That’s where Cronkite, who died in 2009, anchored the evening news after …

Are You Giving Up on the News?

They were our heroes. Woodward and Bernstein brought down a president. The New York Times published “The Pentagon Papers” in the face of government resistance to revealing damaging truths. “Uncle” Walter Cronkite spoke for many Americans when he concluded that the Vietnam War was not winnable. Many in our generation saw the news media as a positive force in society, driving out secrecy and corruption with the “disinfecting” light of information. Today, as a recent AARP poll shows, journalists have …