JUNE 1998 ISSUE
Happy Father's Day!
Table of Contents:
- Web Site of Interest
- Media / Entertainment Alert
- Stamps Vote
- Book Review
- Boomer Tidbits
- Boomer Of The Month
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Section One - Web Site of Interest!
We are proud that Boomers International is
mentioned as one of the Boomer sites
referenced in the Los Angeles Times Online
article on June 8, 1998.
Who Will Replace Retiring Boomers?
Firms must find ways to retain older
employees or face gaping hole in work
force. A generation used to getting
what it wants may write its own ticket.
* By PATRICE APODACA, Times Staff Writer
Check out the article by clicking here:
Go to Archive and enter Power Search.
(Sorry they archieved the article, and you have to purchase it)
Compiles by Jeri Maier
Section Two - Media / Entertainment Alert!
- Live in Vienna
Elton John and Billy Joel
Elton and Billy: Live in Vienna is coming to HBO on June 20.
- Biography: Ozzie and Harriet
The Nelson Family
5-7, 9-11 Sunday, June 20 A&E
This show examined and chroronicled The Nelson family,
Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky's show during
its 14 years run on American TV.
Rolling Stone Magazine
MEDIADOME(sm) Intel's Mediadome web site's is currently
SHOWING: "Three Decades of Rolling Stone"
Rolling Stone, the American culture and music magazine,
turns 30 this year. The featured Webisode on Intel's Mediadome(sm)
Internet site highlights Rolling Stone magazine from an historical
and cultural perspective.
The site is showing the 2nd decade of Rolling Stone covers on
their Shockwave timeline. You can see all of the covers from
1967-1986. There's John Travolta, Blondie in its heyday.
The Village People is on April 19,1979 cover.
Also check out previous Webisodes:
Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon
"Lost In Space"- Enter the next millennium with this remake
of the classic TV show.
"The Wedding Singer"- Relive the 1980s with Adam Sandler and
You have to have web browser with Shockwave Plug-in software
to view this site. If you experience any difficulties,
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDIADOME(sm) Intel's Mediadome web site's newsletter,
May 5, 1998
Copyright 1998 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
Mediadome is a service mark of Intel Corporation.
Intel Corporation is also celebrating their 30th
anniversary this year.
SECTION 3: STAMPS VOTE!
Vote for US Postal 50's, 60's, 70's Stamps
What is StampVote? This site is part of Celebrate The Century,
the official 20th century commemorative stamp series that YOU
get to vote for. Brought to you by your U.S. Postal Service.
Results from StampVote for the 1950s for 5 subjects are:
•People & Events:
desegregation of public schools;
the Korean War.
•Arts & Entertainment:
rock 'n' roll music;
"I Love Lucy" and
"The Cat in the Hat."
boxing champ Rocky Marciano;
stock car racing;
"The Shot Heard 'Round the World,
"the home run that gave the New York Giants
the 1951 National League pennant.
•Science & Technology:
victory over polio;
cars with tail fins and chrome;
Voting for 1960s series is completed and the votes
are being tallied - we should have the results soon.
Vote for 1970s will start in September.
Find out from your local Post Office about a
form for voting. Or you can vote on-line at
the StampVote web site, if you have a web
browser that can support multi-media Plug-in.
U.S. Postal Service's StampsOnline site is where you can
buy commenmorative stamps online
US Postal Services
Copyright © 1998 Microsoft and the U.S. Postal Service.
All rights reserved.
Compiled By Jeri Maier with Information from Microsoft StampVote
web site and U.S. Postal Service Vote for Stamp brochure.
Section 4 - Boomer Prespectives!
Retirement Doesn't Work
By: Professor David Demko, PhD
AgeVenture News Service
Here's the best retirement advice you'll ever get ...
DON'T DO IT. Forget retirement. There is no such
thing. Retirement is just a convenient invention
created years ago as an avenue to the clear the work
place for new blood. Over the years, entire industries
became beneficiaries of this new concept called
"retirement". Ironically, it seems that the last
person to benefit from retirement is the retiree.
So how did the Captains of Industry get mature
workers to go along with the idea of retirement?
Easy. Tell the workers that retirement is a reward,
the best part of life. But was that true? As far back
as twenty years ago, the American Medical Association
called enforced idlement, like retirement, a
health hazard. In fact, even before the AMA
proclamation, studies by the National Institute of
Mental Health suggested that the transition to
retirement was so stressful that the average life
expectancy of a white collar male at age 65 was
only 36-40 months.
So why does the retirement myth persist? Well,
there's too much at stake for too many special
interests. You might even say that retirement
was created for everyone's benefit but the retiree.
Sure, you might end up benefiting from retirement,
you might even enjoy it. But that's incidental.
Let's take a look at the intended beneficiaries
of your retirement.
Corporate America wanted "new blood" to strengthen
the work force. "New blood" is code for
"replace experienced personnel with younger people
who will work cheap". Any how, the corporate
thirst for new blood set off early retirement trends
that continue unabated to this very day. Interestingly,
industry's trend of pushing mature talent out the door
has coincided with the downward spiral of America's
competitiveness in the global marketplace. Another
benefactor of your retirement is the nation's huge
health care industry that, ironically, prospers only
when you're sick. Where's the incentive to keep you
healthy, active and enjoying your retirement? If
you're lucky enough to be healthy, then there's
the "well-you-never-really-know" insurance industry
trying to capitalize on your anxieties about life's
uncertainties. Another benefactor of your retirement
is the financial planning industry that distracts you
from pondering whether or not retirement makes any
sense at all, because you're too darn busy planning
to be financially secure in retirement. Never mind
that you just might be financially secure, yet
emotionally miserable, if you stopped working.
Everyone seems to be having a great time living off
your decision to retire. Everyone that is, except you.
If you want to get retirement right, you have to
understand that almost everyone's interests are
served by your retirement, except your own interests.
Once you figure that out, you're half way home.
Enjoying an active and productive retirement won't
just happen. Retirement is more a state of mind
than a stage of life. It's what you make of it,
it's what you discover is in it for you. Retirement
is doing what you want to do, even if it's work
that you want to do. Here's a few rules to keep
in mind if you want to make retirement work for you.
DAVE'S RULE #1
Ask yourself why you want to retire. Don't do it just
because you hate the daily drill of your job. If
you don't like your job, you should change jobs, not
retire. I criss-cross the country speaking to
thousands of retirees, and this is what their spouses
would like their husbands to do ... GET A LIFE.
Women say they are sick and tired of the "stopped
living, stay-at-home, sitting-in-a-chair-waiting-to-die
husband". So plan on retiring from one thing, like your
job, to something else that's equally interesting.
Just don't retire from life.
DAVE'S RULE #2
Find out what makes you tick. What makes your life
inspiring, worth living? Ever wonder why a lot of
self-employed people never retire? What for? Their
retirement reward is to be able to continue to
pursue their lifelong passion whether it's a
hardware store, law practice, or photography.
DAVE'S RULE #3
Force yourself to set lifestyle goals. Since you can
look forward to another two decades, plan to make it
as interesting as possible. For example, make a list
of ten things you'd love to do if you could afford to
retire. Then, write down how much time you're spending
on these activities now. Most likely, you have a
retirement fantasy that includes a lot of exciting
pursuits. But if you're not pursuing any of these
activities now, what makes you think your preferences
will change in retirement? People find time for the
things they love to do. In a sense, unsuccessful
retirement results from people who call their own
bluff. All their worklife they talk about all the
exciting activities they'll be engaged in. Then
comes retirement and they don't pursue any activity.
Don't wait for later to discover that your
retirement dream is all show and no go.
DAVE'S RULE #4
Try to see through the dollar signs. A common mistake
is to concentrate only on the financial aspects of
retirement. Sure you need to have a nest egg. But
what's the point if you aren't healthy enough, or
don't live long enough to enjoy the opportunities
afforded by your retirement income? One of the
greatest ironies of so-called retirement planning
is that most people spend fifty years building a
nest egg, but only fifty minutes making plans to
stay healthy enough to enjoy it.
If retirement exists at all, it exists as a state
of mind. The ultimate in retirement probably means
being able to live life on your own terms, doing what
feels right for you. Continuing to work. Changing
careers. Stopping work altogether. Pursuing a
college degree. Or one of a thousand other pursuits.
Today's retirees have based the retirement decision
on economic feasibility without much thought to
the personal consequences. Baby boomers may be a
different story. Research suggests that boomers
won't be financially capable of retiring in the
same style as their parents. That's the bad news.
The good news is that the boomers will have to do
a lot more soul-searching about the retirement
decision. As a result, they may not retire at all.
Call it necessity, or preference. Retirement, as
we know it today, may never be the same. And
quite likely just might disappear from the
David Demko reports on boomer lifestyle issues
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SECTION 5: BOOMERS ERA BOOK REVIEW!
Childhood memoir set in the '50s
"Memories Are Like Clouds" begins at Kenny Dell's
(a soldier killed in Vietnam) funeral in 1968 and
immediately drifts back to childhood during
the forties and fifties in East Vandergrift,
Pennsylvania, a small mill town populated by Eastern
European immigrants, their offspring, and baby
boomer grandchildren. It is a simple story,
resurrecting an innocent way of life and memorable
characters buried in the ashes of the past. Fondly
remembered by Kenny's sister Diana, this nostalgic
book is a growing-up memoir about one of
America's heroes and those who loved him.
The complete book online can be found at:
Submitted By: Daisy Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org
SECTION 6: BOOMER TID BITS
AARP is cerebrating its 40th anniversary.
The nation's largest senior citizens organization
is having a midlife crisis of its own; as it
struggles to recruit millions of baby boomers
to no avail, since the boomers are not signing
up to join they are eligibled to at 50.
Lordy, Lordy, Miss Barbie is 40!
Barbie originated from a German doll
named Lily. Lily is modeled after a
successful German cartoon strip of the
The original Barbie doll cost $3.00
During Summer of 1959,
Mattel sold 351,000 Barbie dolls.
Ken made his debut in 1961.
Source: ABC Prime Time.
SECTION 7: BOOMERS OF THE MONTH
BOOMERS OF THE MONTH: David Demko, Phd.
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