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JUNE 1998 ISSUE
Happy Father's Day!
    Table of Contents:
    SECTION One - Web Site of Interest
    SECTION Two - Media / Entertainment Alert
    SECTION Three - Stamps Vote
    SECTION Four - Prespectives
    SECTION Five - Book Review
    SECTION Six - Boomer Tidbits
    SECTION Seven - 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: 
    http://www.latimes.com 
    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.
    - Cancelled.
    
    
  • 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. 
    
    http://www.mediadome.com/index.html?md.disp"
    
    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
    
    Movies
    "Lost In Space"- Enter the next millennium with this remake
    of the classic TV show.
    http://www.mediadome.com/Webisodes/Lostinspace/index.html?md.disp
    
    "The Wedding Singer"- Relive the 1980s with Adam Sandler and 
    Drew Barrymore.
    http://www.mediadome.com/Webisodes/Wedding/index.html?md.disp
    
    You have to have web browser with Shockwave Plug-in software
    to view this site.  If you experience any difficulties, 
    send an email to support@mediadome.com.
    
    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." 
    
    •Sports: 
      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; 
      U.S. satellites. 
    
    •Lifestyle: 
      teen fashions; 
      cars with tail fins and chrome; 
      drive-in movies; 
      3-D movies. 
    
    Voting for 1960s series is completed and the votes
    are being tallied - we should have the results soon.
    
    http://stampvote.msn.com/usps/welcome.htm
    
    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 
    American experience. 
    
    David Demko reports on boomer lifestyle issues 
    and trends.
    
    Submit your comments to: demko@demko.com - 
    Copyright © AgeVenture News Service, Boca Raton, FL -
    AgeVenture web site is: http://www.demko.com/
                      

    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:
    http://www.tiac.net/users/write/memories/memories.htm
    
    Submitted By: Daisy Bell at write@tiac.net
         

    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 same name. 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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