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February 21, 2012 | By Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
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.
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April 9, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
April 18, 1987 | By Stephen Chapman
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.
NEWS
October 6, 1987 | By Ron Wolf, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1987 | By BILL KENT, Special to the Daily News
"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.
NEWS
January 6, 1992 | BY MIKE ROYKO
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.
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November 12, 1993 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 27, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Many baby boomers say that they're likely to stay put in retirement amid a shaky economy. Those who hope to buy a new place are looking for a smaller home somewhere with a better climate that's more affordable and close to family, a new poll finds. The 77 million-strong generation born between 1946 and 1964 is increasingly worried about retirement and their finances in light of the economic crisis of the past three years. Just 9 percent said that they are strongly convinced they'll be able to live comfortably when they retire, according to the Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll.
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September 6, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was plenty of bad news and a little good news in the latest report on America's weight problem. In their annual look at the state of obesity in America, two major foundations concluded Thursday that obesity was stabilizing in the U.S. but that we're still way too fat. There are still troubling racial and economic disparities when it comes to obesity, a risk factor for serious, expensive health problems. Baby boomers are the fattest generation. Children seem to be doing better.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) introduced legislation Monday intended to boost the number of primary care physicians, to meet the future needs of veterans and baby boomers. In a news conference at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, he unveiled the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, which would remove the cap on the number of federally funded resident training positions at teaching hospitals in the country. Casey cosponsored the bill with 11 other Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.)
NEWS
March 19, 2014
IT'S NO SECRET that many members of the so-called millennial generation are struggling financially. They may be the first cohort to end up worse off than their parents. The sheer number of millennials - about 80 million - makes them a significant force in the U.S. economy. But many of them have trouble accurately answering basic personal-finance questions, spend more than they make and are worried about their debt, according to a new survey by the Investor Education Foundation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
When Karen Balentine suddenly lost her husband to a heart attack in 2010 after 47 years of marriage, she was devastated. About a year later, though, she decided it was time to move on - and went online to do it. About the same time, Calvin Hubbard, 64, was grieving the loss of his wife, who died in November 2011. He had met her on the Internet, "and for 13 years it was a terrific marriage," he said. So, feeling lonely and hoping to make new connections, he turned to the Web again, though he wasn't looking to get married just yet. Balentine, now 71, and Hubbard were matched in 2012 on ChristianMingle.com, both agreeing they would be friends at first and go on "doctor dates" - he would drive her to medical appointments.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
I was 10 when JFK was shot, so my "where were you?" memories are vivid. "Mom! Mom!" I shouted as a flashback film clip of a Kennedy interview flickered on the Motorola's minuscule screen. "President Kennedy's alive again!" I giggled. "He's sitting up in his coffin!" My fifth-grade wit earned not the applause I was going for, but my first (and, thus far, only) slap in the face. My mother was crying. It was abruptly clear that the black-and-white tragedy on TV had touched our family's heart.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Baby boomers preparing for retirement are driving a surge in small-business sales, as they find more and more buyers confident enough in the improving economy to expand their own businesses through acquisitions. In the first three months of this year, the number of sales that closed jumped 56 percent from the same time in 2012, according to BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small businesses. Retirement was the No. 1 contributor to business sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, according to a survey by Pepperdine University and two trade groups, the International Business Brokers Association and M&A Source.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The realities are harsh. Many of the nine million jobs lost in the recession will never return. They are gone to globalization and automation. The slowly recovering job market is creating work that tends to pay less. The American worker is increasingly disposable, easily cast aside when not needed. Many of the oldest workers, the baby boomers, can't afford to retire. Others have retired unwillingly. "They've been left beside the road," said Rutgers University public policy professor Carl E. Van Horn, author of a new book, Working Scared (Or Not at All)
NEWS
January 29, 2013
WHEN I HEARD that Sally Starr had died, I thought of my father, Phil, himself gone 14 years next month. I thought of his reaction when, in the summer of 1984, I announced that I was hoping to bring "Our Gal Sal" - who hadn't been heard from for 12 years - back to Philly as a way to publicize the RV Roundup, a recreational-vehicle exhibition scheduled for the old Civic Center that September. I was public-relations director for a Center City ad agency whose clients included the Roundup.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
SALLY STARR, the vivacious and maternal blonde TV cowgirl who served as a surrogate parent for the Philadelphia region's baby boomers, died Sunday morning, two days after her 90th birthday. Starr died peacefully in a South Jersey nursing home shortly after 6 a.m., according to Michael Yip, a close friend of Starr's. She had been in poor health for years, both from various natural causes as well as from the effects of a 2005 car crash. The precise cause of death was not immediately known.
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