February 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Deaths from liver-destroying hepatitis C are on the rise, and new data show that baby boomers are most at risk. Federal health officials are considering whether anyone born between 1945 and 1965 should get a one-time blood test to check if their livers harbor this ticking time bomb. Two-thirds of people with hepatitis C are in this age group, most unaware they have a festering virus that takes a few decades to do its damage. The issue has taken new urgency since two drugs hit the market last summer that promise to cure many more people than ever was possible.
April 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls. Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, ruled among baby boomers, who tuned in every weekday afternoon to watch her on their black-and-white television sets. Then they shed their mouse ears, as Annette did when she teamed up with Frankie Avalon during the '60s in a string of frothy, fun-in-the-sun movies with titles like "Beach Blanket Bingo.
April 18, 1987 |
The Democratic Party hopes the 1988 election will be a replay of 1976, when the combination of a White House scandal and a weak nominee cost the Republicans their hold on the presidency. But the Democrats shouldn't bet that the Iran-contra affair will have the impact of Watergate, or that Gerald Ford will be reincarnated at the head of the GOP ticket. They would be better off looking for parallels in another election that brought a Democratic victory - 1960. A glance at the crowded Democratic field of declared or likely candidates - Gary Hart, Jesse Jackson, Michael Dukakis, Bruce Babbitt, Richard Gephardt, Albert Gore Jr., Joseph Biden, Paul Simon - underlines what may be the crucial element in the next presidential contest.
July 2, 1987 |
"I'm going to take youse out of the '80s," yowls Jon "Bowzer" Bauman as he leaps out of a gleaming peacock blue 1956 Thunderbird convertible during "Bowzer's Original Doo Wop Party," the new summer revue at the Tropicana. "I'm gonna take youse back to da '50s, a simpler era, when Marlon Brando could still fit on a motorcycle, when Pepsi Free didn't cost 75 cents. " Why not? When the casinos first came to Atlantic City, most of the entertainment offered was aimed at people in their 50s and 60s, because those were the folks with the most money to blow.
October 6, 1987 |
The aging of the baby boomers has touched off a marketing blitz by the manufacturers of lotions, creams, cleansers, ointments, moisturizers and other skin-care products intended to ward off the all-too-obvious effects of growing older. Although many makers of cosmetics imply that their products can prolong or restore youth, federal regulators question such assertions. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration initiated a crackdown on extravagant advertising claims by cosmetics companies.
January 6, 1992 |
Maybe President Bush ain't too good at arithmetic," Slats Grobnik said. What prompts that observation? "Because he says he don't know why people are more scared of this recession than they were of other recessions that was worse. " Well, he has a point. One need go back only 10 years when we had a recession that was more severe. And there have been others in which the economic indicators were less hopeful. "Yeah, and that's what I mean about his arithmetic. A little simple math can tell you why people are more scared.
April 4, 2016 |
Older individuals are reinventing themselves by going back to the classroom. And in college-rich Philadelphia, they and their tuition dollars are welcome on campus. Some are like Howard Magen, a retired CPA who audits classes he loved during his original college days. Others are baby boomers facing retirement who want that longed-for degree before they run out of time, or to stay competitive in the workplace. Take Wanda Amaro, a human-resources executive who is earning her bachelor's degree at age 53. Many colleges offer low-fee or even free classes for seniors.
November 12, 1993 |
"My Life" could be the definitive Baby Boomer tear-jerker, combining "Terms of Endearment" cancer drama with camcorders, the Inner Child and a hero who likes "anything Motown. " It's the story of a successful executive (Michael Keaton) stricken with incurable cancer. He fears he may not live to see his pregnant wife (Nicole Kidman) give birth, so he records himself on video as a gift for his unborn child. The premise is diabolically good, and the slick presentation probably ensures "My Life" the kind of eye-dabbing success predicted for "The Joy Luck Club.
January 15, 1986
In "The baby boomers have come of age" (Op-ed Page, Jan. 2) Richard Reeves sounded a sour note for the new year as he marked the 40th anniversary of the birth of the "baby boom" generation. His bleak celebration of a generation that he apparently believes has received its comeuppance is a perfect example of the media disdaining one of its own creations, in this case, the fuss over the baby boom generation. The fascination with this generation is rooted in the media as much as anywhere else.