“Still The One” by Orleans Still Being Played

July 23rd, 2014

Just so this is perfectly clear, Chase bank, in L.A., is playing Orleans “Still The One” which was a hit in 1976, which was 38 frickin’ years ago!  Proof, as if proof is needed, that Boomers place in  the culture, especially in music, is pervasive and permanent which means Boomers relevancy to pop culture is assured.

Here’s the song:  ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbH_sDyWZqo

BFF For 94 Years!

June 23rd, 2014


Here are two 100 year old BBF, Alice and Irene, opining on  Steve Harvey’s show about iPhone frustrations, Justin Beiber, twerking, and more pop-culture ephemera.

Irene is as sharp as any 50 year old I know, which is so inspiring.  The interviewer was a little mean, you know, let’s laugh at the two old ladies, but the conversation took a turn and, well, it’s just  charming.

It’s gotten over 4 million hits on youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipnGPeRIy2k

Boomer’s (Music) Still Rules

June 15th, 2014

OMG , Marie Callender’s  sound system is playing “Angel Baby” by Rosie & The Originals–from 1960!!  That was a hit 54 years ago!

Ina Jaffe Asks the Question: What Shall We Call Ourselves?

May 19th, 2014

Ina Jaffe did a fun piece on “Morning Edition” about how to describe Boomers who are getting older: NOT as “Senior Citizens” or the “Silver Tsunami” or a euphemism like “Golden Years.”

Of course, I agree.

Here’s the piece, plus a poll where you can check off the terms you like, and ones you don’t.

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=313133555&m=313844282

 

 

Gross!

May 1st, 2014

 

Which is more offensive– Taco Bell’s one-handed breakfast mash up that’s a scrambled egg waffle taco, or the two older men–Lenny and Harold–who humiliate themselves, and make Taco Bell marketers look like assholes, in this TV ad?

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid792865957001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAABaD_Us~,27iukNn8neTiu2V3RNN9cU_M67_q36be&bclid=0&bctid=3525156398001

 

Age Is Just A Number

April 29th, 2014

This makes 58 feel young(er).

Jersey Boys” movie, coming soon to a theater near you, adapted and directed by Clint Eastwood –-83 y/o    http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/04/18/jersey-boys-movie-trailer-musical-clint-eastwood-video/

Mel Brooks –-87 y/o– did a one man show, one performance only, at the Geffen last night.

Bob Dole–the 90 y/o former Senate majority leader, on a goodwill tour of his home state of Kansas, aiming to cover all 105 counties, scheduled for 10 appearances in three days.

If I keep at it as long as they have, I’ll  have about 30 more working years ahead of me!

 

 


 

65 Years Young

April 23rd, 2014

 

It’s all relative.

Just when you start thinking 65 is old, something like this comes along to remind you that it really isn’t:

“When martial arts master Seikichi Uehara was 96

he defeated a 39-year old opponent who was himself

a former boxing champ.  Seikichi later explained that his

‘opponent had not yet matured enough to beat me.’”

And this…

“Even in his sixties, he could not be touched–even by students

in their twenties, striking with full power.”

Of course, that’s not normal, but still, it’s nice to know it’s possible, even if it’s by someone else.

Here’s an inspiring  interview with the Master, taped in 2007, when he was 93. (He died in 2004, at age 100.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5o7x5SHdu8

Turning 65: New York Magazine Nails It

April 21st, 2014

The current (Apr 9th) issue of New York magazine kills with “Learning to Love Middle Old Age.”

Written by Mark Jacobson, it’s  funny, wise, insightful, clever, jocular and long (six pages) and is paired with over 25 portraits of regular, ordinary people, all aged 65,  photographed with sensitivity and care by Martin Schoeller.