This Week in Boomer History: Chubby Checker … Frisbee … ‘Sanford and Sons’

Fun facts from our shared experience: 1 - Wham-O, the hula-hoop people, manufactures its first “Pluto Platter” on Jan. 13, 1957. The company later changes the name to Frisbee. 2 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in 1984 that taping on home VCRs does not violate copyright laws. Soon, videotape changes the way we consume entertainment, although we’ll never learn to set the clock on those damned machines. 3 - Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” tops the Billboard charts on Jan. 13, 1962. Later that year, …

5 Highlights of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Two million square feet of display space. Two giant halls (and some satellite venues) with 3,200 exhibitors hawking their high-tech wares. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is overwhelming, even for regulars. (CES runs Jan. 7-10) But a group of 50 explorers organized by the AARP Nevada office set out Jan. 7 with a very focused approach to the show. They were looking for gadgets, apps and products of particular interest to people over 50. Three of the …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week – Polar Vortex Edition

 News, discoveries and fun … 1. It got so cold in Kentucky that an escaped prisoner turned himself back in. (Learn more at Associated Press) Tweets about “#polarvortex” 2. Eating certain foods can reduce your risk of developing cataracts. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Siri, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant, isn’t so keen about her purring counterpart in the new movie Her, but suggests seeing the movie anyway. (Learn more at Wired)   4. A newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., discovered an undeveloped roll of …

Invasion of the Facebook Snatchers?

[View the story “Invasion of the Facebook Snatchers?” on Storify] Story Summary: According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center Internet and American Life Project, 42 percent of online adults use multiple social networking sites, but Facebook remains the platform of choice. Users 65+ have grown more than any other demographic on Facebook. We survey reaction to the study, including those who believe that younger people are abandoning Facebook, or should. Also of Interest 6 Mobile Apps to …

11 Things We Didn’t Know. 2014 Predictions

News, discoveries and fun … 1 … That science fiction author and futurist Isaac Asimov got it right 50 years ago when he wrote: “Communication will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone.” (Learn more at Buzzfeed) 2 … That about half of us think 2014 will be a better year overall than 2013. (Learn more at USA Today) 3 … That some things will be more expensive in 2014, including beef, bread, …

Cronuts, Blobfish, Selfies. 11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year*

News, discoveries and fun 1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN) (Sept. 18) 2. Cronuts go for $40 on New York’s black market. (Learn more at AARP) (July 10) 3. Snail slime might be the fountain of youth. (Learn more at AARP) (July 17) 4. What some of the rock ‘n’ roll era’s greatest stars might have looked like had they not died before their time. (Learn more at Sachs Media Group) (Nov. 20) 5. Doing 1,200 sit-ups a day helps keep golfing great Gary Player, …