SEPTEMBER 1997 || OCTOBER 1997
Table Of Contents
1. Websites of Interest
2. USA Today Life Style Snapshots
3. Tips For Boomers
5. Boomer of The Month
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SECTION 1: WEB SITES OF INTEREST
Anybody for a free background?
Here's something that may bring back some memories.
A celebration of Black History Month is in full swing at Suite 101. Take a look.
This month I proudly hand over the title of Boomer of the Month to the legendary Pittsburgh Disc Jockey Gary Larkin. Here's a direct link to his wonderful site, Oldies Unlimited.
By: Chuck Nyren, email@example.com Suite
101 -- Winner of 7 Canadian Internet Awards http://www.suite101.com/userfiles/179/splash.htm
Fiction in: Pogonip: http://www.ior.com/~mww/pogonip/fiction/fiction.htm
The Yardbird Reader: http://www.yardbird.com/yardbirdreader.htm
MORE WEB SITES OF INTEREST
CBS'S PUBLIC EYE
On the last edition of Public Eye, Bryant Gumbel reported
on the resurgence of old trends. In the 1990s, movies,
cars and clothes harken to the past. Visit Spotlight for
a retrospective of styles from the 1950s through today
Spotlight - Trends Through the Decades
From cigars and martinis to vintage clothing and cars,
what is new to the 90s generation is a throwback to
another. This week in Spotlight, we take you through
nearly fifty years of headlines and hemlines, big-screen
and small-screen sensations, and the music that
accompanied it all. Baby-boomer or ex-hippie,
Generation X or the next, the Spotlight Timeline
proves a trend that goes around, eventually comes
around. (Note: This is archived copy of CBS web pages)
SECTION 2: BOOMERS RELATED LIFE SNAPSHOTS
Though 40% of benefits managers say their companies offer 410(k)
retirement accounts, few employees actually use them. .
Sold Lid Gold King
Source: Recording Industry Assoc. of America
Solid gold King Elvis Presley has more gold albums
(at least 500,000 sold) than any other recording artist.
Source:Anne R. Carey and Elys A. McLean, USA TODAY
Bing Crossby - White Christmas 30 million
Elton John's - Candle in the Wind 26 million * If all copies are sold.
Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock 25 million
Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind' tribute to Princess Diana may
become the world's top-selling single.
MORE Boomers Tid Bits.
For other general Life Style Snapshots
USA TODAY SNAPSHOTS
SECTION 3: BOOMER - MIDLIFE
By: Mike Bellah
Most of the things we say we will do if we win the lottery
don't require winning the lottery to do.
Even if we did win the lotto, most of us probably would not change
habits we are establishing now.
If we are waiting for something to happen before we can be happy,
we will spend most of our lives waiting.
Bellah's Three Laws of the Lotto
What would you do if you won the lottery? When an Amarillo couple
recently pocketed the first installment of an 11.5 million payoff,
the question resurfaced in local conversations. I've been jotting
down answers I have heard. Here are some of them:
•Pay off all my debts.
•Move to where I really want to live.
•Quit my job and do something I like.
•Go back to school and take courses I want.
•Do some writing or painting.
•Buy or build something I've always wanted.
•Help all those people who have helped me.
•Help my church or charity more.
•Take more time off.
•Spend more time with family and friends.
•Be happy and fulfilled.
Did you notice? Most of the things we say we will do if we win
the lottery don't require winning the lottery to do. They don't
cost millions; most don't even cost thousands; some cost nothing.
And yet, most of us are waiting for some miracle to bring them to us.
I call this the Lotto Syndrome--waiting for someday to receive that
which can be ours today. To address the problem I've formulated some
These are Bellah's Three Laws of the Lotto.
Most of us will not win the lotto. Profound observation, huh?
We have a better chance of getting struck by lightening than
picking those lucky six numbers. So if we are going to achieve
these things (and most can be achieved), we will have to do so
on our own, one step at a time.
Even if we did win the lotto, most of us probably would not
change habits we are establishing now. This point concerns the
things on our lists that don't cost money. I'm convinced, and
I think research will show, that if we don't spend time with
family and friends before winning the lotto, we will not
afterwards. If we are not happy people living on average incomes
now, we won't be happy millionaires either.
Law three follows naturally from the first two. The Lotto
Syndrome is self-limiting. If we are waiting for something to
happen before we can be happy, we will spend most of our lives
waiting. If we cannot find opportunities for fulfillment today,
we will probably not find them tomorrow. So go ahead and compose
your lotto dream list. Just don't wait for someday to pursue the
things on it. Most can be yours starting today.
For more information on Midlife, visit:
The Midlife's Moments. Web Site.
Write to Mike Bellah at :firstname.lastname@example.org
SECTION 4: FLOWERS
"Be My Valentine" Flowers ...
Be caution -- flowers can say a lot more than just "LOVE",
some flowers can mean the opposite! Here are the
traditional meanings of some popular flowers to help
you convey what you really mean.
Asters mean elegance and daintiness
Azaleas means fragile passion
Pink--I'll always remember you
Yellow--joy and happiness
Cyclamen means goodbye
Chrysanthemums usually mean friendship, optimism and truth
(especially white ones), but they can also mean:
Daffodils mean desire, affection or unrequited love
Daisies mean innocence and purity
Forget-me-not's mean true love
Forsythia means anticipation
Gardenias mean joy or secret love
Gladioluses mean strength, splendor or love at first sight
Huckleberries mean faith
Hyacinth means I'm sorry
Lilies mean devotion, purity, or renewed happiness
Mums mean hope
Yellow--joy and happiness
Tulips usually mean luck, but they can also mean:
Red--I love you
Violets mean modesty or faithfulness
Winter Greens mean harmony
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
SECTION 5: BOOMER OF THE MONTH
At the age of six, I developed polio and almost died two times
while in an iron lung, until the age of eight I was totally
paralyzed, and was one of the very first of twelve to test
the polio vaccine. At the age of twelve I was able to walk with
the help of braces and crutches. The doctors didn’t give me much
hope of ever being able to walk because of the after effects of
polio, but I proved them wrong.
It’s amazing what you’re able to do if you never give up or
surrender to other peoples' opinions....
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