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The latest issue of the AARP Magazine contains 86 pages of entertainment and a wealth of useful information.

To wit: A story about a forthcoming movie recounting the famous 1973 tennis battle between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King; a short piece revealing that the old-fashioned pinball machine is still alive, and that we can own one if we pony up a few hundred dollars; and a health-awareness primer listing exams we can conduct on ourselves and perhaps live longer because of doing so.

Do you have some extra money lying around? On page 54, a world-renowned investor begins a five-page article filled with pointers that could save you headaches and big bucks if you decide to parlay your savings. Another article tells readers how to block computer viruses. Are you aware of how fast the U.S. booze industry is growing? A capsule summary on page 18 gives the facts: new beer and liquor manufacturers are popping up all over.

In this issue, do-it-yourselfers will find tips on home renovation. Former hippies will grow nostalgic when they read about the Summer of Love in San Francisco 50 years ago. Do you sometimes feel that stress can get in the way of how your brain operates? If so, you’re right, and an expert on brain strain tells you why. Another piece tells readers how banks may tack on hidden fees without telling you about them.

Many readers will enjoy a touch of glamour in the AARP issue I’m describing. A four-page spread lays out all you need to know about two blondes: the Oscar-winning Jessica Lange, who’s still with us, and Princess Diana, whose tempestuous life ended 20 years ago.

My eye was caught by a special offer: a free booklet filled with ideas on how older Americans can find income-producing employment even after we leave what seemed to be steady jobs. If you’re interested, just call 855-847-6899 and ask for the Back to Work pamphlet.

AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, was founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal. A decade earlier she had started the National Retired Teachers Association. AARP has headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as branch offices in all 50 states. It’s a non-profit, non-partisan organization. This means its employees (and the AARP Magazine) cannot engage in outright political activities. However, the AARP’s 37-million membership guarantees that when an elected official gets a call from AARP, he/she pays close attention.

I would guess that a large percentage of Pinellas County residents, age 50 and over, are dues-paying AARP members. This means they find a copy of the AARP magazine in their mailboxes several times a year. I’ve been a longtime but casual reader. I’m not sure why this latest issue grabbed me so, but it did.

One reason, perhaps, was a surprising letter to the editor. The writer blasted a recent article that portrayed bacon as safe to eat. Not so, said the letter-writer. She said bacon can cause cancer. Therefore the article was “insulting, dangerous and clueless.” I have no position on bacon. But I tend to be a big fan of any magazine that will publish a letter that tells the editor you suck.”

A final reason I felt like praising this recent issue of AARP Magazine is that nowhere in its pages was there a mention of President Trump. What a blessing. What a relief.

Bob Driver's email address is tralee71@comcast.net.
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