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Comfort animals on commercial flights.
Travelers boarding a recent Delta Airlines flight were taken aback by the presence of an unusual passenger. Seated in economy class, in a dreaded middle seat, was a turkey. Yes, an actual turkey. The gobbler’s presence on the plane was not part of a Thanksgiving stunt or promotion. Rather, he (or she) was there to give comfort to his owner. As an emotional support animal (ESA), the turkey was...
Jimmy Stewart on a 1976 visit to his old base of operations in England during WWII.
When we think of movie stars today, we usually imagine paparazzi photographers, glamorous red-carpet events, Hollywood mansions, handsome leading men, and beautiful starlets. But after reading author Robert Matzen’s latest book, your view may change—at least, when it comes to one star in particular. In Mission (GoodKnight Books, 2016), Matzen chronicles the incredible story of actor Jimmy Stewart...
Illustration of people sitting around a table talking.
What should senior living look like in the future? Who knows better than potential future residents—2, 10, or 20 years from moving? A great way for prospective residents to shape the future of senior living is by joining the Senior Living Advisory Board, Erickson Living’s online research panel. Panelists participate in monthly surveys about senior living and lifestyle topics. Erickson Living uses...
Robert Wittman (right), receiving his official FBI credentials in 1988. Throughout his twenty-year career, he helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen art and historical documents.
To grasp the scope of Robert Wittman’s career, you first have to visualize an empty room. Now begin filling it with history’s most valuable cultural objects: the world’s second largest crystal ball once belonging to the Chinese Dowager Empress Cixi; an ancient Peruvian king’s golden body armor; Civil War Gen. George Gordon Meade’s presentation sword; artwork by Rodin, Rembrandt, and Goya; one of...
Hand holding a hearing aid
Over 37 million American adults suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Not surprisingly, the older you are, the more likely you are to have trouble hearing. Twenty-five percent of adults 60–69 years of age, half of those 70–79 years, and almost 80% of those older than 80 have difficulty hearing. Even mild hearing loss impacts a person’s ability to communicate, contributes to social isolation,...
As an artist, Pierre Matisse developed a style based on a blend of influences, including his grandfather’s work and his experiences during World War II.
To say that he’s related to someone famous is an understatement; and the second you learn his name, you know why. Pierre Henri Matisse is, in many ways, the living embodiment of the artistic master whom he called grandfather. Still, this 88-year-old scion has lived an exciting and meaningful life in its own right, apart from the shadow cast by his celebrated surname. He fought the Nazis with the...
In 1955, 60-year-old Jack LaLanne swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf for the second time, handcuffed, shackled, and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
At the age of 41, Jack LaLanne swam through the frigid shark-infested water from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf...while handcuffed. When he was 45, LaLanne performed 1,000 jumping jacks and 1,000 chin-ups in one hour and 22 minutes. He did this to promote his fitness program. Despite the fact that all those chin-ups ripped the skin off his hands, LaLanne refused to give up. When he was 60,...
Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball celebrate at the Brown Derby in 1952.
A drive around Los Angeles will almost surely take you past any number of iconic locations. The Hollywood sign, Paramount Pictures, Mann’s Chinese Theater. All of those landmarks are easy to spot. Sadly, many other iconic locations are long gone. Schwab’s Pharmacy, where a young Lana Turner was discovered at the soda fountain, is now a shopping complex. Chasen’s, where Ronald Reagan proposed to...
This 1930s table phone is made of Bakelite plastic.
Many of us take it for granted today. We normally don’t give it a second thought, but you can find it in nearly all aspects of daily life. Used to make everything from toothbrushes and disposable razors to televisions, radios, household appliances, cars, toys, bottles, even lightweight firearms, plastic is arguably the most important synthetic material ever formulated. And ironically, the...