AUGUST 1999 ISSUE
Table of Contents:
||- A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
- RUSTY MARSHALL!
||- FUN SITES
||- LIFE STYLE
||- BOOMER OF THE MONTH
- MARGE S.
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SECTION ONE - FROM THE EDITOR!
I am reading HOW TO WIN FRIENDS & INFLUENCE PEOPLE.
I was even reading it in a taxi when I went over to
visit a friend the other night. Sure made me think!
It was written by Dale Carnegie who became famous
(and exceedingly rich!) by telling us how to get
along with people. Think about this a little more.
Mr. Carnegie became wealthy by explaining in a book
how to get along with people. And he's not alone.
Today you can go to a bookstore or to the library and
get scores of books about self-help. He's some topics
you may find: GET THIN IN FIVE DAYS, ENJOY BEING FAT,
HOW TO LOVE A MAN WHO LOVES MEN, HOW TO GET WHAT YOU
WANT WITHOUT ASKING FOR IT, HOW TO BE HUMBLE AND RICH,
HOW TO BE POOR AND HAPPY, LIVE FOR TODAY, SAVE FOR TOMORROW,
BE ALL YOU CAN BE, LEARN TO ACCEPT THE WAY YOU ARE TODAY.
As you can see, the list can go on and on and would make,
I am sure, even the great Mr. Carnegie, would be more
than a little weary at the great many titles -- literally
thousands. The bottom line here is that all these writers
hope wealth from telling theirs readers how to do something.
Is this fair? Well, that depends. Perhaps you are a
lawyer, a doctor, a coffee cafe owner, or a stay-at-home
parent. You feel you could write a great book that
everyone would flock out to buy because you've found
the secret of how to do something easily, effectively,
and you know for sure that you have a lot to tell hundreds
-- perhaps thousands of people. Basically, you must
convince a busy publisher to even glance at work. Are
you famous? Well known? If not, that could play a factor.
The way to get a publisher to notice you today (right
or wrong) is to tell a publisher that you are going to
be on Oprah and that you know she will recommend your
book. But how about the other 500,000,000 of us? Why
can't we influence people? Why don't we get that "major"
break? Is this fair? Again, it depends how you look
If I can mention a name at the top of my head and you
recognize the name, it makes probable sense that if a
book was written by them or about them, it would sell.
That would include sports, music, television and movie
people. Did they have to read Dale's book to influence
people and/or to make friends? I don't think so.
As I write this column, I stop and think of people who
have influenced me. Well, my parents, my siblings, my
friends, people I have worked with in my job, and the people
I meet day to day. When I think back, I remember more about
kind people than anything else. I can honestly say that
I can't rememer anyone who bought me three drinks in a bar
twenty years ago but I can remember the nice landlady that
welcomed me into her home and gave me suppers every night
if I would do the vacuuming. I can vividly remember this
oversized woman standing at the bottom of the staircase of
the rooming house in which I had lived and roaring, "Barry!
Aren't you coming down for supper?!" I would had answered
a quick positive response and run down the steps to a
delicious homemade supper. This woman died about two years
ago. She died driving her taxi. God bless you, Shirley.
I miss you. Thanks for being so kind to me and making me
feel so very special when I was only nineteen years old.
We all influence other people, every day, and we don't
usually know it until it's too late. Do I really need a
book to influence people? No, I don't think so. It's
like the members of Boomers International. We are a bunch
of people that, in some special way, will influence other
people. Let's make that special!
Dear readers, please enjoy this issue of Boomers
Barry Wood, Editor
Boomers International Newsletter,
Boomers International Web Site:
Read Barry Wood short stories -- and see the new sketch
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SECTION TWO: ENTERTAINMENTS
BDPOE's WOMEN IN ROCK HISTORY:
BY: BD Poe
THE TOP 40
In response to VH-1's Top 100 women in rock,
I thought I'd put together my own list for
Boomers International. The criteria I used were:
hits, song-writing, influence, longevity and
originality. While all such lists are subjective
opinion, this was a thought out attempt to rank
and honor the women who helped shape Rock and the
Music Industry. Artist's ranking is not necessarily
my personal preference.
The Top 40
Women In Rock History:
1. Dianna Ross and The Supremes
(These ladies took on The Beatles for chart
positions. Their hits and style made them one
of the most popular acts of the 60's.)
2. Janis Joplin
(Often imitated-Never duplicated. Too short
3. Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes
(With Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound, these
girls influenced both Motown and The Supremes.)
4. Dusty Springfield
( Rock's first female drummer, inspired Karen
Carpenter. Had hits in several genres including
5. Carole King
(Not only Tapestry but wrote an amazing amount of
6. Joni Mitchell
( Singer-Songwriter wrote Woodstock. An original
artist with a unique delivery. Covered by CS&N
and Judy Collins.)
7. Linda Rondstadt
(Queen of the torch-song, gutsy unforgettable
8. Joan Baez
(lead the folk music scene, helped bring Dylan
to the forefront, used music for social activism,
9. Carly Simon
(Singer-Songwriter with a string of hits.)
10. Laura Nyro
(Wrote Stoned Soul Picnic, Eli's Coming,
Wedding Bell Blues. Covered by The 5th Dimension
and 3 Dog Night)
11. Karen Carpenter
( Taking up where Dusty Springfield left off
with an incredible voice. Another female
12. Big Momma Thornton
(Inspired Elvis and Janis, gave us Hound Dog)
13. Ma Rainey
(her elaborate costumes, sexy sashays, props
and outrageous deliveries inspired everyone
that followed her.)
14. Martha & The Vandellas
15. The Shirelles
16. Dionne Warwicke
17. Merrilee Rush
(Angel Of The Morning- A huge Crossover hit.)
19. Petula Clark
20. Billie Holiday
21. Marianne Faithful
23. Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie
24. Bobbie Gentry
(Ode To Billie Joe, type it into a search engine )
25. Little Eva
( The Locomotionís durability over the years)
27. Grace Slick
28. Chrissie Hynde
29. Rickie Lee Jones
30. Tina Turner
31. Aretha Franklin
32. Joan Armatrading
33. Mavis Staples
34. Jeannie C. Riley
36. Bonnie Bramlette (Delaney and Bonnie)
37. Patti Smith
38. Bonnie Raitt
39. Emmylou Harriss
40. Barbara Streisand
Visit BDPoe's BOOKS MUSIC & COMMENTARY for Boomers at:
By: Jeri Maier
The 100 Greatest Women Of Rock
VH1 is celebrating the 100 greatest women
in rock all this month beginning Monday, July
26th at 9 PM ET. VH1 asked their web visitors
and their TV audience for input and this is
VH1's official list. Visit their website
for more details.
1. ARETHA FRANKLIN
VH1 has never loved a women the way we love ...
2. TINA TURNER
Simply one place away from the best.
3. JANIS JOPLIN
When God made Janis, he broke the mold. Rock's
been looking for the pieces ever since.
4. BONNIE RAITT
At long last recognition for the woman who is to
the blues guitar what her hairdresser is to redheads.
5. JONI MITCHELL
Because songs are still like tattoos.
6. BILLIE HOLIDAY
Sex, drugs and never-bluer blues. Billie was rock
'n' roll before anyone knew what the phrase meant.
7. CHRISSIE HYNDE
From Ohio she came to save the world from mediocrity.
Is there something more than immaterial about the
material girl? We think so.
9. ANNIE LENNOX
She brought soul to the machine-led music of the
'80s and declared sisters were doin' it for themselves.
10. CAROLE KING
The prime weaver of rock's Tapestry wrote some of
the best songs of all time and took them to the stage.
The Lilith generation listened.
SECTION THREE: WRITER RUSTY MARSHALL
BY: Jeri Maier
Happy Birthday To Rusty!!!
Rusty (Fatchance_98) Marshall is a writer of short stories,
Sci-fi, poetry, magazine and newspaper articles or anything
else that may strike his fancy. He is an ol' biker dude and
ex-musician, the father of 2 and the grandfather of 6.
Rusty was born and raised in Alexandria Va. on August 13,
1947 and still resides in the area. As with any writer he
loves for others to read and comment on his writings,
good, bad or indifferent.
Rusty also draws and paints... Check some of
Rusty's work at his web site.
Welcome to Fatchance's
BY: Jeri Maier
Hats Off To Del!!!
As a fan and supporter of Del Shannon, we hereby cordially
invite you to attend our annual summer tribute in his hometown.
Please join us for
Del Shannon Weekend
August 13th & 14th, 1999
3rd Annual Dinner
VFW Hall #5598, 511 North 68th Avenue
Join us at 2:30pm for conversation and drinks
Buffet Dinner at 4:00pm
Live Music by former Shannon music associates:
John Anglin and Carl Chapman
With Special Guests:
Blanche Dykehouse (Del's sister)
Shirley Westover (Del's wife)
Max Crook ("Runaway" organist)
Robert McKenzie ("Little Town Flirt" co-writer)
plus friends and fans from around the U.S.,
Canada, and England!!!
Cost: $16.00 per person (drinks not included)
RSVP before August 5th!:
or email: TheWamboo@delshannon.com
($1.00 donation included for the Coopersville
The 10th Annual Del Shannon Car Run
6:00pm Coopersville McDonald's
See Classic Customs, Hot Rods, Stock Cars,
riginals, and Choppers
The Del Shannon Memorial Concert
First Time Public Showing
On Big Screen -- One Time Only!
See Del perform his final concert
Coopersville High School Stadium
Admission: $5.00 (under 5 free)
All seating: General Admission
Time: 10:00pm (Gates open at 8:00pm)
10th Annual Del Shannon Car Show
(started in July 1990 by Tony VanDuine)
Main Street, Coopersville
1st Annual Del Shannon 5K Fun Run
Ride the Coopersville Railroad Train
Del Shannon Music Display
See Del's Gold Records, Stage Attire, Guitars, and
other personal memoribilia at the Coopersville Museum
Games and rides for the kids!
Food Courts, Beer Tent, Raffles, Prizes, and More!
Additional information, please write to:
* * RICHARD NADER ONLINE * *
Also Starring On
The 30th Anniversary Celebration
Richard Nader's Original
ROCK & ROLL REVIVAL SPECTACULAR
The Theatre At MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
* * STARRING IN PERSON * *
Flamingos "I Only Have Eyes For You"
Bo Diddley "Bo Diddley"
The Platters "My Prayer"
Larry Chance & The Earls "Remember Then"
Bill Haley's Comets "Rock Around The Clock"
The Capris "There's A Moon Out Tonight"
Freddy Cannon "Palisades Park"
The Dovells "Bristol Stomp"
Joey Dee & The Starliters "Peppermint Twist"
Jimmy Clanton "Just A Dream"
Bobby Lewis "Tossin & Turnin"
The Penguins "Earth Angel"
Johnnie & Joe "Over The Mountain"
Frankie Lymon's Teenagers "Goody Goody"
Jerry Butler "He Will Break Your Heart"
The Belmonts "Tell Me Why"
Pookie Hudson & The Spaniels "Goodnight Sweetheart"
Kenny Vance & The Planotones "Looking For An Echo"
OCTOBER 29, 1999 7:30pm
The Theatre At MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!
Richard Nader's Website Click Here
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SECTION FIVE: WEB SITES OF INTEREST
SECTION SIX: LIFE STYLE
How Is Your Retirement Portfolio?
By Jeri Maier
Are you're aware that with the nation's
Social Security problems, retirement investing
is now more crucial than ever. Asset allocation
and balance porfolio is everything. The rule of
thumb is for your portfolio to be within 5 percent
of the suggested allocations. You should rebalance
your portfolio every year or so if it is held in a
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by adding new money to underweighted areas.
20 - 45 years old
25% Large cap
25% Mid cap
30% Small cap
20% International stock
45 - 55 years old
35% Large cap
25% Mid cap
25% Small cap
15% International stock
55 - 65 years old
55% Large cap
10% Mid cap
10% Small cap
10% International stock
15% Intermediate bond
65+ years old
50% Short term bonds
35% Large growth
15% International stock
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SECTION SEVEN: BOOMER OF THE MONTH
BOOMER OF THE MONTH - MARGE SPALLA
I was born on April 24th, 1944 in La Crosse,
Wisconsin, a city of about 50,000. I attended
and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1962.
I then attended a technical school for IBM training
in programing and keypunching. I worked at Gateway
Transportation Co for 10 years before marrying my
husband Tony in 1974.
We moved to De Soto Wisconsin after our marriage,
where we continue to reside. We have two children,
Rebecca who is 23 and a student at Viterbo College
in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Tony Jr. who lives
with us and is taking a computer repair course.
I worked at the De Soto Post Office for 5 1/2 years,
and most recently managed a Greenhouse in La Crosse
for the summer. My husband and I enjoy fishing,
gardening, and flowers, but not always in that order.
We recently (April) celebrated our Silver Wedding
Anniversary with a very elegant celebration complete
with limo! We have enjoyed watching our children
grow up into the beautiful individuals they have become,
and look forward to future grandchildren. I appreciate
being chosen boomer of the month, but am actually not a
boomer, but a "war baby". Iím just one year ahead of
you all, but glad you will accept me.
Again, thank you for being chosen in your club.
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