May 16, 2016 |
Is it coincidence that major advancements in fitness trackers, home automation, and remote health monitoring are happening now, as the big bulge of baby boomers eases into senior citizenship? Or is it because there are trillions to be made from this needy, plugged-in crowd - estimated to account for 70 percent of the nation's disposable income by 2017 - as we strive to age gracefully? This is the gang that now declares - and often believes - that "60 is the new 50" and so on. Smart tech helps delay the inevitable.
December 27, 2012 |
David Lochner is wearing a wool sports jacket with a yellow pocket square over a plaid button-down, striped cardigan, purple-and-gold tie, and black-and-white wingtip shoes - the perfect getup for any respectable grandfather. Except Lochner is 35. Nearly every visible area of his skin is decked in tattoos - a rose on his hand, a pinup girl on the left side of his neck, and a skull and crossbones on the other. Lochner's swag (though arguably more outrageous than some) is far from foreign on Philadelphia streets.
November 7, 2011
HOUSTON - A murder charge has been dismissed against an ailing 76-year-old woman who spent more than four decades on the run after being accused of killing her husband by dousing him with hot grease. Mary Ann Rivera, who needs an oxygen tank to breathe, was arrested Oct. 11 after a Texas investigator tracked her down in Lake Park, Ga. She was brought back to Houston to face the murder charge. She allegedly threw grease on her husband, Cruz, in October 1970 at their Houston home.
November 3, 2011 |
GAINESVILLE, GA. - In the violent underground novel Absolved , right-wing militia members upset about gun control make war against the U.S. government. This week, federal prosecutors accused four elderly Georgia men of plotting to use the book as a script for a real-life wave of terror and assassination involving explosives and the highly lethal poison ricin. The four suspected militia members allegedly boasted of a "bucket list" of government officials who needed to be "taken out"; talked about scattering ricin from a plane or a car speeding down a highway past major U.S. cities; and scouted offices of the IRS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with one man saying, "We'd have to blow the whole building like Timothy McVeigh.
October 20, 2011 |
AN 84-YEAR-OLD ex-university official savagely attacked by four young punks during a walk in Wissahickon Valley Park earlier this week theorizes that the beating he endured was a cruel game of "get the old geezer. " Jim Shea, a former vice president of university relations for Temple, from 1968 to 1983, walks up to five miles on Forbidden Drive, in Fairmount Park, three times a week, but that type of stamina wasn't enough to stave off the lowlifes who not only beat him bloody, but dealt a blow to one of the things he holds most dear - his pride.
October 19, 2010 |
In an interview years back, Nick Lowe talked about the time he felt he was at a career crossroads. Was he going to become a "groovy old geezer" or just a "clapped-out used-to-be"? In other words, how was the British roots-pop master going to stay artistically viable - and age gracefully - once his brief '80s run as a pop star ended? On Sunday night at World Cafe Live, the 61-year-old Lowe offered a stirring reminder of just how brilliantly he has achieved that "groovy old geezer" status.
August 24, 2007
THE NEW report from the New England Journal of Medicine detailing the sex lives of the elderly might have a big "ewwww" factor for some people. Especially those whose image of "elderly" is a doddering, frail 90-year-old with limited, er, faculties. That's not our image of the elderly, at least not since the AARP started stalking us through the mail a few years ago. In fact, we're happy about the news that many people between 57 and 85 report having active sex lives, engaging in it at least two to three times a month.
January 31, 2007 |
THERE ARE A lot of woes facing the music biz, which, like the newspaper industry, is having a difficult time coming up with a profitable paradigm for the new technology. One of the biggest problems is figuring out a way to break and maintain new acts without help from retail stores, radio and MTV. This problem will only be enhanced by the items below: The Police will reunite Feb. 11 to perform the opening number at this year's Grammy Awards. Although Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers did perform together in 2003 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it has been 23 years since they officially split up. Sting recently told TV critics that the band was planning to do something to commemorate its 30th anniversary, but can you really celebrate a 30th anniversary if you got divorced 23 years ago?
November 5, 2005 |
The showbiz news that really buckled our knees this week was the announcement that Sylvester Stallone apparently plans to follow up Rocky XXIV (or whatever Roman numeral this installment gets) with another Rambo remake. This is true chutzpah. Antonio Banderas recently revealed that making the sequel The Legend of Zorro was a challenge. "I discovered practically the first day of the rehearsal," he said, "that I was seven years older. I said, 'I did this very easy when I did the first one. Why is it taking me now so much time to learn the routines?