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JULY 1999 ISSUE
    Table of Contents:
    SECTION ONE - A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
    SECTION TWO - THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS
    SECTION THREE -ARTIST KAREN DAVISON TALKS!
    SECTION FOUR - ANNOUNCEMENT
    SECTION FIVE -FUN SITES
    SECTION SIX: - LIFE STYLE
    SECTION SEVEN: - BOOMER OF THE MONTH - Ronald A. Salvi
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    SECTION ONE - FROM THE EDITOR!
    
    We all lead busy lives today.  Thank goodness for the Internet 
    -- it simply speeds thing up to a rapid pace.  Like, instead 
    of writing Gramma Jones in New York if you live in Los Angeles, 
    you can e-mail her within seconds.  Won't Gramma be thrilled 
    when she logs onto her computer and reads that you have a 
    new dog - perhaps even with a photo attached of you smiling 
    with the poodle?   Oh, yes!  Gramma will be thrilled that 
    she'll only have to hit the "reply" button and send a short, 
    nifty "thank you, sweetheart" message.  She won't have to bother 
    to write a note, slip it into an envelope, lick a stamp or
    wade through the snow to get to a post office.
    
    Regardless of what we feel at the present fast-paced technology, 
    loneliness still strikes many, many people throughout the world. 
    They want one-on-one companionship with a real person.  They 
    want someone to sit with -- to have a cup of tea -- talk.  The 
    Internet is fast, respectable, unlimited, but sometimes cold.  
    Very cold.
    
    Don't want to chat anymore on icq?  Shut your computer down 
    immediately.  You can always say later on that you were having 
    computer problems.  Everyone knows that that can happen and is 
    totally acceptable.  On the Internet, that is.
    
    We all know someone who tells us, "I don't know anything about 
    computers."  Makes me laugh really.  I don't know much about 
    computers either.  As a matter of fact, I know nothing.  All I
    know is how to get to the Internet once I snap on my computer 
    and hope and pray I can get to my server the first try.  You 
    don't need to know anything about computers to surf the Internet.  
    And if you do, nobody told me!
    
    In this issue, a special piece is written by Stephen J. Hopson.  
    It makes us stop to realize just what is important to us.  And 
    Karen Davidson shares with us some inside information about 
    being an artist.  She is frank and honest.  It is because of
    people like Stephen and Karen that I am hooked up to the Internet.
    
    I hope you enjoy this issue!
    
    Warmest regards,
    
    Barry Wood, Editor
    Boomers International Editor
    
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    SECTION TWO: THREE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS

    THREE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS


    Copyright 1999
    
    written by Stephen J. Hopson
    
    My life was dramatically transformed because a simple 
    three-word phrase was delivered at the right time in 
    just the right way.  When I was three years old, my 
    parents discovered I was totally deaf, a situation 
    which forced them to make crucial decisions about my 
    education.
    
    After consulting with numerous specialists and doctors, 
    they made a decision that would forever alter my future.  
    Instead of sending me to a private school for the deaf, 
    they decided to "mainstream" me.  All of 
    my peers and teachers would have normal hearing.
    
    Since I started going there in 3rd grade, I was the only 
    deaf  child at Blue Creek Elementary School in the small,
     quiet town of Latham, New York.  From almost the first 
    day there, the other kids taunted me and
    called me names mainly because of my hearing aid and the 
    way I talked.  
    
    I remember thinking, "What have I done wrong?"
    
    My hearing aid was a rectangular box that was harnessed 
    to my shoulders and hung from my neck like an albatross.  
    It created a big lump on my chest with wires running 
    from the box to my ears.
    
    I experienced great anxiety throughout elementary school 
    because, in addition to the problems of "fitting in" with 
    the other students, I also struggled mightily with most 
    of my schoolwork. I seemed to spend every spare moment 
    doing homework just so I could keep up.  The 
    teachers didn't know what to do with me.
    
    Because of my hearing disability, I was constantly asking 
    everyone, "What did he/she say?"  But I worried that everyone 
    would soon grow tired of repeating everything back to me.  
    Since fitting in was so important to me, every time people 
    around me laughed or smiled, I did the same even though I 
    usually had no idea what was going on.
    
    When the kids made fun of me, I internalized all of it.  
    I was sure that I was a bad person; I felt I deserved their 
    sneers.  On the surface, I was gregarious, outgoing and 
    happy-go-lucky, but in reality, my self-esteem was quite low.  
    I saw myself as an ugly buck-toothed kid wearing a weird-looking 
    box around his neck who wasn't smart enough to keep up with 
    the rest of the kids.
    
    Mrs. Jordan, my 5th grade teacher, changed all of that with 
    a simple three-word phrase.  A large woman with salt and 
    pepper hair, and twinkling brown eyes, Mrs. Jordan had a 
    voice that boomeranged off the walls of her tiny classroom.  
    
    One morning, she asked the class a question.
    I read her lips from my front-row seat and immediately 
    raised my  hand.  I couldn't believe it -- for once I 
    knew the answer.  But, when she called on me, I was afraid.  
    Here was an opportunity to impress the powerful teacher and 
    show her I was worthy of her love.  Maybe even impress my 
    classmates a little.  I didn't want to blow it.
    
    Despite my fears, I felt uncharacteristically confident 
    because -- for once -- I was sure I had the right answer.  
    I took a deep breath and nervously answered Mrs. Jordan's
    question.
    
    I will never forget what happened next.
    
    Her response was explosive.  It startled all of us.
    
    Mrs. Jordan enthusiastically slammed her right foot on the 
    floor and whirled her right finger in a full circle until 
    it pointed directly at  me.
    
    With sparkling eyes and a wide smile she cried, "THAT'S 
    RIGHT STEPHEN!"
    
    For the first time in my young life, I was an instant star.  
    My  heart burst with pride as an ear-to-ear grin filled my 
    face.  I sat a little taller in my chair and puffed out my 
    chest.  My confidence soared like never before.  I decided 
    right then and there that I would make a place for myself 
    in this world.  A simple three-word phrase delivered with 
    incredible enthusiasm had totally transformed my young life.
    
    "That's right Stephen!"
    
    From that day forward, my grades and speech improved 
    dramatically.  My popularity among my peers increased and 
    my outlook on life did a complete turnabout.
    
    And it all started with Mrs. Jordan.  "THAT'S RIGHT STEPHEN!"
    
    Stephen Hopson is a former award-winning stockbroker turned 
    inspirational speaker and author:
    
    His website:  http://www.sjhopson.com
    Email address - sjhopson@ibm.net
    


    SECTION THREE: ARTIST KAREN DAVIDSON TALKS


      
    I got my start in art through my father.  He was a wonderful 
    artist until his eyesight got too bad.  I always admired his 
    ability to paint and sculpt with wood.  I started drawing 
    people during my high school years and would draw them during 
    study hall or anytime I had a free moment.  After high school 
    I would do portraits occasionally on the side for extra income 
    but never got into it very much.  I went to Ringling School of 
    Art in Sarasota Florida for a few months but got homesick and 
    came home.  I gave up my dream of becoming an artist and having
    my own gallery for many years while raising a family. 
    
    After my kids got older I started getting back to my art and 
    learning how to paint and developing my talent more.  I got 
    many books on techniques and taught myself how to paint.  Two 
    years ago I went in with another artist and we opened our own 
    gallery and working studio.  My dream was finally realized.  
    I teach beginner art to 8 kids and one adult now and truly 
    love it. I enjoy trying all kinds of mediums and styles as 
    long as it's creating something new.  I especially love 
    painting wildlife and flowers.  I look for expression in 
    the eyes as that is the core of the painting with animals or 
    people.  The eyes are what sets the whole feel for the 
    painting.  I enjoy realism with my work, I guess I'm a 
    lot like my dad who was always and still is a stickler 
    for detail.  
      
    Friends are angels that lift us to our feet 
    When our wings forget how to fly.
     
    God Bless,
    Karen Davidson
     
    The Studio Gallery
    http://www.angelfire.com/al/StudioGallery
    

    SECTION FOUR: ANNOUNCEMENT

    BY: Jeri Maier
    
    AUGSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
    July 13 - 17, 2000
    Lodge of Four Seasons Resort
    Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
    
    A reunion for Augsburg High School, Augsburg Germany, 
    Years 1963 through 1966, give or take a couple of years. 
    We have 40 registered thus far, but looking for more.
    
    If you know any one who attended school there in the 1960's, 
    contact 
    Marilyn DUNCAN Simcoe
    mesim@ktis.net
    
    ******************************************
    
    World record holder, Elvis Impressionist Donn Jett will 
    break his record of singing 396 songs in 21 & 1/2 hours as
    announced by Marvelous Marvin on 970
    WFLA Radio!!   Saturday August 7th 11:00 AM. 
    Through Sunday 8th 5:00 PM. At
    K-Lyn's Catering Cuisine located in 
    The Holiday Inn Bay Side Center' 
    20967 U.S. 19 North, 
    Clearwater, FL.   
    Rent a space,or become a sponsor. 
    Win Cash!!! Enter our Elvis Look-A-like Contest.
    
    Tickets on sale now! $5.00 Per Person. 
    Produced by Santa Maria 
    Entertainment Productions. 
    Call 727-545-8686 
    e-mail genesm@gte.net
    
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    * *  RICHARD NADER ONLINE  * *
    
    JAY BLACK
    "Cara Mia"
    
     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"
    
    SPECIAL GUESTS:
    
    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 
    http://www.richardnader.com/about.htm
    
    


    SECTION FIVE:

    WEB SITES OF INTEREST


     
    http://www.icqgreetings.com/stormy.htm
    http://www.icqgreetings.com/link.htm
    ICQ Greeting
    
    http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=graph&list
    The Ring of Free Graphics
    
    http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Veranda/1411/
    SilverCat Design
    
    http://www.angelfire.com/nj/TillThereWasYOU/index.html
    YOU'VE BEEN SENT THIS INDIAN SPIRIT BLESSING
    
    http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html
    Hyper History Online
    
    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7571/songs.htm
    Wonderful World of Music, Poems, Love Songs
    
    http://cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Movies/9906/16/afi.list/
    Here's looking at you, kid
    Bogart and Hepburn top list of 20th-century stars - June 16, 1999
    
    Also winning Top 10 kudos among the men: Cary Grant, 
    James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, 
    Clark Gable, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy and Charlie Chaplin.
    The other winners are: 
    Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier,
    Gene Kelly, Orson Wells, Kirk Douglas, James Dean, 
    Burt Lancaster, The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton, 
    Sidney Poitier, Robert Mitchum, Edward G.
    Robinson, William Holden. 
    
    On the women's list, Hepburn is followed by Bette Davis, 
    Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, 
    Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy
    Garland, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford.
    The rest of the women's list are:
    Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Grace Kelly, 
    Ginger Rogers, Mae West, Vivien Leigh, Lillian Gish,
    Shirley Temple, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall,
    Sophia Loren, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Mary
    Pickford, Ava Gardner.
    


    SECTION SIX: LIFE STYLE


     
    

    If You Don't Long to Live, You Won't Live Too Long

    BY AgeVenture Grontologist, Dr. David Demko, PhD There is now a vast body of research showing that people who often suffer negative emotions tend to die sooner that people who face life with positive emotions. According to Dr. Susan S. Knox, National Institute of Health (NIH), negative emotions include "worrying incessantly, feeling friendless, and flying off the handle". The latter emotion is also refered to as a "hot reactor". Knox, an NIH researcher, studies the interaction of psychology and physiology at the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. "Emotional factors have a major impact on physical health," Knox tells New Choices magazine (July/August 1999). New Choices focuses on living better after age 50. Negative emotions, says Knox, often lead to weaker immune systems, higher rates of heart disease, and other major health problems. If negative emotions tend to shorten one's life, then do positive emotions tend to lengthen life? Good question. The answer is a "yes". Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that people with long histories of positive relationships tend to have lower levels of stress hormones, according to Dr. Carol Ryff, director of the University's Institute on Aging. Everyone's got a "do" list, so here's a "do not" list that's designed to help you live a happier, longer life. Do not make unfair demands of yourself Here's a few examples. "I must always do well and win the approval of others." "If I don't excel at all times, then I am worthless." Do not make unjust demands of others Here's a few examples. "People must always treat me fairly." "If people don't treat me fairly, then they are bad people." Do not make demands of others Examples include the following. "The conditions in which I live must be hassle-free." "If my living conditions are not hassle-free, I can't enjoy myself." None of these ways of looking at the world holds up if you challenge them objectively, says NIH's Dr. Knox. Life's a progression, and as "we continue to develop and mature, we are better able to see our strong and weak points and accept what can and cannot be changed". "Self-knowledge is the basis of all wisdom." AgeVenture News Service, www.demko.com

    SECTION SEVEN: BOOMER OF THE MONTH
    JULY 1999
    BOOMER OF THE MONTH - Ronald A. Salvi
    
     http://boomersint.org/boomt20.htm
    
    Ron is one of a chat host at Boomers International Club
    and a co-founder of Boomers Single Club.   A warm and witty 
    Italian Host, Ron can be found regularly at Boomers Club 
    in the evening.
    
    Ron works for the Southwest Florida Welcome Centers, 
    as a sales and marketing executive.  Also worked for 4 years
    as Account Executive for local cable company selling TV spots, 
    video production and leased access time in Fort Myers, Florida
    
    Ron is separated and has two married children living in New Jersey.
    He lives in South Fort Myers, Florida (Near the beach LOL) 
    BeachBoyRon
    
    Professionally, Ron is an experienced and versatile business
    and sales executive with extensive knowledge in the operation
    of small and medium sized businesses, including eighteen
    years of business ownership and operation.  A dedicated 
    individual, client oriented and a team player.
    
    One of the original innovators in the Quick Printing 
    Industry and was one of the top franchises in the national 
    chain.  Received many awards for sales increases.  Developed 
    and managed successful Direct Mail Marketing Program.  
    Increased sales 10% to 20% per year.  Successfully 
    trained and motivated employees bringing them up to 
    their full potential resulting in high employee 
    retention rate.
    
    HOBBY/INTEREST: 
    Tennis, Internet, Reading, Music, Kayaking, 
    Making New Friends, Long Walks on the Beach,
    Photography, Romance. 
    My friends say I look about 40.  
         
    PERSONAL QUOTE: 
    Live and let live the Italian way, soft and gentle.  
     
    

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