SECTION ONE - Web Site of Interest!
For VALENTINE's Day
I Love You
A Valentine's Day To Remember
Best Boomer Web Site for this month:
SECTION TWO - Media / Entertainment!
New toys! By RV_Roadie
Just in time to get the new year off with a bang! OK I
tried all of the voice over net services that I came
across and thought I'd found the best when I went to
Powwow. But it had about a six second time lag and
only one could talk at a time! The robot voice on their
site was cute, but the quality and lag times were just
terrible Then I saw an article in the sunday paper about
a new player in the "free voice calls over the net" arena
called webring. Not expecting too much I downloaded
(45 mins) and installed it. then got a friend to do the
same in Washington state. We tried it. Wow! This is as
good as a regular call with excellent sound quality after
a 10 second auto adjust in the software. It is full duplex
(you can be heard even when they are still talking), clear
as a bell, and if both parties have it, provides very
usable phone calls that are near landline quality,
anywhere in the world at no charge!! The Beta and the
service is free!
Before all decide that this will take the place of typed
chat, it will not. Since your "real" phone number is part
of the id, you wouldn't want to use this with a stranger,
but for personal friends in 3d it is absolutely great! It
won't work with older modems that are not duplex as
well as the newer stuff. I used my laptop builtin mic, on
a pentium 150MMX, the built in speakers, with 32MB
RAM, and it worked fine with my 56k V90 duplex
modem. Am trying a transatlantic call in the next few
days and will let you know how it works!
(P.S. it works great according to RV)
By RV_Roadie aka Derek Gore Jr.
CNN Cold War
The show that defines the time. This landmark TV
documentary series air every Sunday and Friday night
until early December. This documentary took 3 years
January 17, 1999
Make Love Not War
January 24, 1999
February 1, 1999
The CNN coldwar experience
and culture web site.
Sunday February 7 at 9/8pm on NBC
THE '60's, Part I
This ambitious four-hour miniseries from NBC Studios and feature-film
producer Lynda Obst ("Contact," "The Fisher King," "Sleepless in
Seattle," "Hope Floats" and "The Siege") blends history, fiction
and music to tell the story of two American families -- one
white and one black -- who are torn apart by the very real
forces -- the Civil Rights Movement; the student revolution and
the Vietnam War --
Monday Feb. 8 at 9/8pm
THE '60s, Part II
The story of two American families -- one white and one black -- torn
apart by the very real forces of the turbulent 1960s continues
in this four-hour miniseries from NBC Studios and executive
producer Lynda Obst.
Form for StampVote for the 80's are at your local post office.
StampVote Web Site will be up for voting in February 1999.
Go To: StampVote
SECTION THREE: RETIREMENT PLAN
Gap Between Retirement Planning and Action
The good news is that baby boomers are living longer than
any other generation.
The bad news, says the American Council of Life Insurance,
is that many are not prepared for today's longer retirements,
which can last 25 to 30 years, or more.
A nationwide survey conducted by Mathew Greenwald and Associates
Inc indicates that although baby boomers are concerned about
supporting a longer retirement, most of them have not paid
attention to retirement financing and may not be fully prepared
for a long retirement.
"Managing retirement finances has always been difficult," Dr.
Greenwald notes. "For future generations it will be much more
difficult because the retirement period will be so long, and
retirees will be exposed to the financial strain of outliving
their income or needing long-term care."
According to the American Council of Life Insurance (ACLI),
today's retirement concerns include the following.
outliving financial resources: 49%
having to pay for nursing care: 54%
inflation reducing value of savings 63%
cut backs in Social Security 66%
Despite these concerns, the gap between retirement planning
and action continues to grow. According to a recent survey
conducted by the ACLI, 92% of Americans agree they will need
to take on more responsibility for funding their retirement.
However, only 44% of non-retirees say they are saving for
retirement and are ble to report how much. Furthermore, only
55% of non-retirees have begun to think about retirement
financing, despite widespread realization that Social Security
and defined benefit pension plans will play a much smaller role
in retirement funding.
By Dr. David Demko,
AgeVenture News Service,
21946 Pine Trace, Boca Raton, FL 33428 USA
AgeVenture News Service
SECTION FOUR: VIRTUAL FRIENDS
My dear online Friend although I cannot see you through
this screen, I know you are really there.
I click you into reality, Like magic in the air.
Your voice is like an angel, Though I really do not hear.
Your hug as warm as any, Of the loved ones I hold dear.
You are always there for comfort, Or a word of cheer.
Though you are far away,
I always have you near.
You are a very special friend,
Like none I have ever known.
I will never be alone.
Boomers International Web Site opened up another venue for
our boomer friends to meet, exchange ideas, chat with each
other and networking. We have been busy and are having
fun meeting many new boomer friends.
Check us out by going to this Boomers International Club:
You need to obtain a YAHOO id to log into our member club's
chat room, message posting and to check the calendar.
Send us email for instruction on how to obtain a USER ID
and Password at Yahoo which is FREE. You can also download
Yahoo pager to keep track of friends coming online.
Single Boomers! Check out and join Boomers Love Connection Club:
Boomers International Club
What a fun way to meet other Boomers! And chat can be a riot!
Was last night . . .
As a group we Boomers have laughed, and cried together through,
as Dickens says " . . the best of times, and the worst of times".
No other generation had "The Movement", and the threat of nuclear
annihilation hanging over them for most of their lives. We saw
and loved the man who asked "not what your country can do for
you . . ", and heard the broadcast that "the president has been
shot". We had a crisis of conscience in Vietnam that divided us
as those that went tried to rationalize the terrible losses they
experienced as the national will, and had to read Mcnamara's
apology for knowing it was wrong, and not only witholding it
from us, but sent more of us to do our duty. Which was proudly
done, and wasted. We invented rock and the high divorce rate.
We watched the moon become real territory, and mourned the four
dead in Ohio. From the Chicago seven to Woodstock, we were vocal
and wanted a better world for our kids. Somtimes more than vocal
as we saw the weathermen accept violence in the name of peace.
And the Panthers make a stand. We marched and made a stand for
all of our rights, as we went off to the peace corps. We accepted
the Cleaver family as the standard, while wondering if we were
adopted into the dysfunctional families we found ourselves in.
Then we became the over 30 crowd and some still worked, albeit
within the system, to make it happen. Some just got absorbed.
We lost more friends to the drugs we thought were the way to a
new conciousness, and became the generation to create the
herbal alternative medicine approach to holistic healing. And
we invented the computer.
And as leaders, reinvented the military.
Friends, we have a common bond that few generations ever even
We took some risks, and asked . . .why, but more importantly,
We were Hoods, Rah's, Geeks, Hippies, Yippies, Deadheads,
soldiers, marchers, rednecks and elitists. In other words we
made ourselves heard.
What a legacy! And you had to be there. But the best part?
We're still here.
So in the spirit of our shared histories, trials, tribulation,
and triumphs . . . . I wish you peace, love, and Happiness
this holiday season.
RV_Roadie aka Derek Gore, Jr.
SECTION SIX: BOOMERS OF THE MONTH
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