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JAN AND FEBRUARY 2000 ISSUE
    Table of Contents:
    SECTION ONE - A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
    SECTION TWO - THE UNEXAMINED LIFE
    SECTION THREE - HIGH TECH
    SECTION FOUR - ANOTHER TOP TWENTY LIST
    SECTION FIVE - FUN SITES
    SECTION SIX: - BOOMER OF THE MONTH
    - Sorcha Blaine
    - Gary Sorkin
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    SECTION ONE - FROM THE EDITOR!

    
    Dear Friends:
    
    	It's here!  It's gone!  It was the biggest story 
    of the last century! And lots of folks seemed dissapointed 
    that the sky didn't fall!  Y2k: "The Apocalypse that never 
    came".  Imagine telling the grandkids in 2020 how we all 
    thought the world wide web and all computers were going to 
    fail at midnight. . think they'd believe it??  
    We had friends that filled all their bathtubs with water, and 
    stocked up on things they thought they'd need.  The local 
    Sears has had to put a 20% restocking fee for all the
    generators being returned in the first week of January, 
    and even the countries that did nothing had only minor glitches.  
    It has  proven the biggest worldwide non-event of the millenium.  
    And probably  the first event in history to unite every corner of 
    the world in a countdown to the unknown (would it be disaster, 
    minor glitches, or nothing at all), as we all held our breath in 
    unison, and hoped the lights didn't go out.  We're still here!  
    But it was a world wide event that made us take another look at
    how technology affects the life and times of homo sapiens on
    our little rock hurtling through space.
    
    	We at Boomers International have been very busy with an array 
    of exciting projects to bring you even more of the great services and  
    sources you've come to expect from the premier Boomers site on the net.  
    Keep looking for the debut of a whole new look and feel with greatly  
    expanded services in the next few months.  In the meantime, please 
    welcom our two new terrific editors for the women's and men's columns.
    
            So let me close this first newsletter of the new century,
    and wish you continued Peace, prosperity, and most of all Love in 
    your life.
    
    HAPPY VALENTINE!
    Jeri Maier,  
    Boomers International 
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    SECTION TWO: THE UNEXAMINED LIFE

     
    By: Derek Gore
    
    The unexamined life is not worth living
    
    Unlike our virginity, I think that innocence can be regained. 
    Isn't that the precept of unconditional forgiveness from a 
    higher power? A fresh start. We all carry baggage from the past 
    way beyond it's expiration date! LOL! (and the expiration date for
    yesterday is today!) Unlike animals that are hard wired for instinct, 
    we have a choice. To begin anew, every day, in every way, is a gift 
    that can only be given to us by ourselves. It is so simple, that it 
    evades many of us. Some of us because we live in the past, dwelling
    on things that can't be changed, and miss the present, where it can. 
    Some of us because we fear the future, and miss the present, where 
    we have the power to change the course of our futures. In the 
    present, we can pause and see the expanse of our universe, and feel 
    the pulse of life in our veins.  That's why it's the "perfect present"! 
    It's both a time (now), and if we allow ourselves, the perfect gift 
    to ourselves. A renewal of our sense of wonder, and joy, in our 
    ability to allow ourselves the gift of self forgiveness, and the
    sure knowledge that we can then, freely, without baggage from the 
    past, or fear of the future, become innocent again. We are indeed 
    the captains of our desitny.
    
    


    SECTION THREE: HIGH TECH

     
    
    By: Derek Gore and Jeri Maier
    
    Think the Dick Tracy wrist radio is still far off technology?  
    Not  now.  It won't be a wrist radio, but way beyond.  And this one is  
    happening now.  The press release below promises a new direction towards  
    total mobility and instantaneous contact.  When complete, you'll trade  
    in your cell phone, GPS, notebook computer, and business radios.  Check  
    out how fast it's really coming!
    
    http://www.microsoft.com/PressPass/features/1999/12-08ericsson.htm
    
    Whose Generation Led The Way In Technology? An interesting
    article from the Heart Of Silicon Valley, the High Technology 
    Innovation Capital.  DAVID PLOTNIKOFF (Mercury News Staff Writer) 
    examined this intrique question.
    
    http://www.sjmercury.com/special/mill/innovation/dp112899.htm
     
    Series details valley's history
    
    SILICON Valley is a place in a hurry. We work hard, keep 
    long hours and drive the new economy. 
    
    Yet many of us don't have a sense of local history: 
    Who allowed all this sprawl? Why do we have a richer 
    ethnic mix than other regions? How did computer companies
    end up here instead of, say, Fresno? -- David Yarnold,
    Executive Editor San Jose - Mercury News
    
    http://www.mercurycenter.com/special/mill/orchards/
    
    

    SECTION FOUR: ANOTHER TOP TWENTY LIST

    
    By bdpoe.
    
    Ask 700 music experts to vote on the greatest Rock 
    and Roll songs of all time and you get a hybrid opinion.  
    Something everybody can argue with. Such is the nature 
    of opinion.
    
    That said, here's my choice for the top twenty rock songs:
    
    1. Johnny B Goode, Chuck Berry.
    
    Ask Keith Richards what the greatest Rock song is 
    and perhaps he'll name a Chuck Berry Song! Indeed Keith 
    has made remarks in the past as to Berry's influence 
    on his style. Being a big Stones fan, I was glad 
    "Satisfaction" ranked number one in VH1's poll, yet 
    could there be "Satisfaction" without first having
    Chuck Berry ?
    
    2. She Loves You, The Beatles.
    
    VH1 picked "RESPECT" as number two but "She Loves You" 
    with its "yeah, yeah, yeahs" characterized the band 
    that would change the music industry and
    lead the British Invasion.
    
    3.  Good Golly Miss Molly & Tuti Fruti, Little Richard.
    
    Little Richard claims he invented rock and roll. 
    Indeed his influence is undeniable- so much so that 
    two of his songs tied for the number three position 
    as opposed to VH1's pick, "Stairway To Heaven." One 
    must wonder if Robert Plant's wailing vocals owe a 
    debt to Richard's screaming deliveries. Covered by 
    so many bands including The Beatles, Elvis, Mitch 
    Ryder and Bruce Springsteen, the stars themselves
    endorse Richard's contributions.
    
    4. Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley. 
    
    The beat and the guitar riffs were unmistakably ahead 
    of their time. Covered, converted and even ripped off, 
    Bo may have been the first "Hard" rocker.
    The Stones credit him as an influence. Bob Seger, 
    Bruce Springsteen, Eric Burden, The Doors, The Band 
    (as The Hawks) and others give the musical nod to BO.
    "If you don't know Bo - you don't know Diddley!"  
    VH1 chose Dylan's "Like A Rolling 
     Stone" as number four.
    
    5. Be My Baby, The Ronnettes.
    
    Phil Spector's Wall of Sound made this girl group the 
    archetype for the Supremes. Later the folks at MOTOWN did 
    their best to emulate the sound. Had Ronnie continued  
    her career rather than marrying Phil and being locked away, 
    she might have given Diana Ross a run for the money. 
    The Supremes went on to become the most successful 
    American vocal group often challenging The Beatles for 
    the Number one slot on the charts.VH1 picked Bruce 
    Springsteen's "Born To Run" as #5.
    
    6. Blowin' In The Wind & The Times They Are A Changin', 
    Bob Dylan
    
    Two ties in the top ten ? These two "protest songs" 
    seemed to inject seriousness into pop music.
    Dylan proved to the folk world that success could be 
    achieved in writing fresh new viable material.
    He gave Rock and Roll a consciousness that inspired 
    John Lennon and others to write socially
    relevant lyrics giving the genre artistic credibility. 
    Dylan has been attributed with starting the
    counterculture. Either of these two songs were far more 
    influential than VH1's pick "Hotel California"  
    by the Eagles. 
    
    7. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
    
    From his debut album, the guitar playing and suggestive 
    lyrics turned the music world upside down.
    So unique and masterful the entire album constitutes 
    90% of Jimi's greatest hits. A definitive high point 
    in the psychedelic era which inspired every 
    guitar player to follow. VH1 chose
    "Light My Fire" by the Doors as number Seven.
    
    8. Boogie Chillun, John Lee Hooker.
    
    This song from 1948 qualifies as one of the earliest 
    rock recordings even if the term hadn't been
    invented yet. Note the similarities between "Hipshake" 
    off  Exile On Main Street by the Stones,
    La Grange " by ZZ TOP and Hooker's Boogie. VH1 has 
    the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" at this position.
    
    9. Shake Rattle & Roll, Bill Haley & His Comets.
    
    For years Bill Haley was attributed as the founder 
    of Rock and Roll. While musicologists place Rock's 
    origins a bit earlier, a case can be made that Bill 
    Haley gave us rockabilly.
    
    As far as Alan Freed was concerned, Bill was the boss.
    "I'm like a one eyed cat peeking in a seafood store.." 
    The Beatles' "Hey Jude" was VH1's entry at #9.
    
    10. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones.
    
    The Stones have said Keith laid down the chops for 
    Satisfaction in Tampa Fla which indeed
    is where the airport was but the motel they stayed in 
    was actually in Clearwater. It was there
    that Richards came up with the opening chords. 
    Early social commentary in the lyrics and a 
    harder tone became this band's calling card. They 
    opened with this song on their last tour.
    VH1 placed this at number one.
    
    11. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin.
    
    The most requested rock song in the 70's according 
    to FM jocks. VH1 placed it at #3
    while "Louie Louie" came in at #11.
    
    12. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen.
    
    It was rumored for years that the inaudible 
    lyrics were allegedly obscene. Still this song
    became a party classic. When the words were finally 
    published in the mass media it's lyrics were revealed 
    to be quite aboveboard. "Yesterday" by The Beatles 
    took this spot in VH1's poll.
    
    13. Layla, Derek & The Dominos.
    
    Recorded in Miami with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman
    and members of Bob Seger's band, the song stands 
    as Claptons' "Stairway". VH1 picked The Who's 
    "My Generation" for this spot.
    
    14. Tangled Up In Blue, Bob Dylan.
    
    A triumphal epic for Dylan. Significant because of 
    it's complex story line and brilliant verse.
    
    From his best selling album "Blood On The Tracks' 
    many consider it Dylan's greatest. In so many 
    songs Bruce Springsteen has attempted to capture 
    the movie-like feel of Bob's lyrics earning him
    the title "the new Bob Dylan." VH1 place Marvin 
    Gaye's "What's Going On" at #14.
    
    
    15. Ohio, Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
    
    Powerful protest at a time when it was needed. 
    Anthemic in proportion.
    
    VH1's pick - "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry.
    
    16. Gimme Shelter , The Rolling Stones.
    
    The 60's ended with a bang at Altamonte. 
    It was "Satisfaction" for  a new violent time. 
    The VH 1 pick for this slot is my next pick.
    
    17. Won't Get Fooled Again & Baba O Reilley, The Who.
    
    Another Tie. Both from Who's Next. DJ's got lots 
    of calls requesting a song  called " Teenage Wasteland"
    which was titled "Baba O' Reilly."
    
    Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" took this VH1 position.
    
    18. Walk Like A Man & Sherry, Franky Valli & 
    The Four Seasons.
    
    Talk About high notes. VH1 picked "American Pie" as 18.
    
    19. My Girl & Just My Imagination, The Temptations.
    
    Both the Temptations and the Four Seasons had 
    phenomenal success and influenced pop and rock to 
    such an extent that their inclusion in the 
    top twenty is a must. Groups like the Backstreet 
    Boys, Boy's To Men and a handful of similar sounding 
    vocalists owe their existence to these
    two originals. VH1 listed "American Pie" at 19.
    
    20. American Pie, Don McClean.
    
    It would be sacreligious not to include this 
    brilliant musical history of rock in the top 
    twenty. Like the VH1 list, which placed the 
    Beatle's "A Day In The Life" at number 20,
    you probably can argue with my picks as well....
    
      


    SECTION FIVE: WEB SITES OF INTEREST


     
    By: Jeri Maier 
     
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    Marybeth's 50's, 60's, 70's Download Music.
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    Keeping Up With Time
    http://www.pathfinder.com/people/where_now/index.html Where are they Now - People Magazine Online.
    https://cgi.pathfinder.com/cgi-bin/magsubs/cc/tihesubs/life_decades2 LIFE MAGAZINE - Decade
    https://cgi.pathfinder.com/cgi-bin/magsubs/cc/tihesubs/EWmovies2 The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.
    http://cnn.com/ASIANOW/time/ Time Asia NOW.
    http://www.pathfinder.com/time/europe/ Time Europe.


    SECTION SIX:BOOMERS OF THE MONTH


    JANUARY 2000
     
    
    
    Sorcha Blaine
    
    http://boomersint.org/boomwomen.html
    Sorcha's Column
    
    
    Gary Sorkin 
    
    
    http://boomersint.org/boommen.html
    Gary's Column
     
    

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