Born to be a lifelong showgirl

By Connie George
Posted on May 17, 2013

Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States when Dorothy Dale Kloss discovered her passion for dance in 1926 at the age of 3. Now 89 and still enjoying a career as a dancer, singer and all-round stage performer, Kloss is nowhere near ready to hang up her tap shoes. “If you have a love of show business, it gets in the blood, and you just can’t let it go,” said... READ MORE

The secrets of healthy aging

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on May 06, 2013

Luigi Ferrucci set out to study aging as a young man.As an idealistic 20-year-old medical student and volunteer for the Red Cross in Italy, Ferrucci found himself intrigued by a professor who told him the coming wave of aging adults would transform not just medicine, but politics and society as well.“He was absolutely right. If you think about it today, what everybody’s talking... READ MORE

When a stranger falls, what’s your duty?

By Bob Levey
Posted on April 29, 2013

On a nice spring afternoon, as I walked in a busy suburb, I was thinking about the important things in life (baseball and blues music).Suddenly, I was face to face with what could have been a disaster. Twenty feet away, a man tripped on a jagged piece of sidewalk. He went down onto his right hip, hard.I scurried over to him and offered him some help. I noticed that the... READ MORE

Recalling the real-life Argo

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on April 01, 2013

November 4, 1979, started like any other work day for Robert Anders, a senior consular officer at the American Embassy in Iran. He passed hundreds of demonstrators crowding the gates in the rain chanting “Allahu akbar! Marg bar Amrika!” — “God is great! Death to America!” But that was nothing new. A few weeks before, the Shah had fled Iran to come to the United States for... READ MORE

Michael Feinstein’s lucky break

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on March 25, 2013

On a summer day in 1977, 20-year-old Michael Feinstein had a life-changing encounter: he was introduced to Ira Gershwin, the 80-year-old lyricist brother of George Gershwin, the famous American composer who had died years earlier at the age of 38.The present-day Feinstein, now 56, says he always felt like “an old soul,” even as a child growing up in the 1960s. From the time he... READ MORE

Big and Little teach each other

By Connie George
Posted on March 11, 2013

Exemplifying the enriching intergenerational relationships that can form as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert program is the one that has been forged between Big Brother Larry Galuppo, 76 and his Little Brother Landon, 17. The two were matched 10 years ago and have developed a family-like bond in the course of learning life lessons from each other.Photo by Joanne... READ MORE

Mad for the game of basketball

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on March 04, 2013

While legions of basketball fans will be glued to their TVs this month for the annual rite of NCAA college basketball known as March Madness, many older hoops fanatics will be on local courts themselves playing in senior leagues and pickup games.“It’s never too late for basketball. If it’s something in your heart, if you love to play, there’s a place for you. Often... READ MORE

So many ways to keep learning

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on February 25, 2013

When Susan Solberg left her position as Bryn Mawr’s Upper School director last summer, she wanted to retire “from the clock” — not from living and learning.“I didn’t really want to retire,” said Solberg, 58, a resident of northern Baltimore County. “I just didn’t want be tied to the academic calendar or working 60 hours a week... READ MORE

Men who are mad for basketball

By Robert Friedman
Posted on February 18, 2013

March Madness is upon us, and the team known as the Geezers will be attempting to run, jump and shoot their way to a third straight title in the Howard County Basketball League 30+ division.The middle-aged Geezers have dropped four of their first five games in the regular season. Fortunately for them, all eight teams in their division can compete in the playoffs, which tip off this month,... READ MORE

Civil rights stories finally heard

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on December 24, 2012

It was a happy “accident” that John and Shirley Billy met in the first place. A member of a black doo-wop group, John was performing at a local club in Baltimore in 1955 when he was given a note that a young woman wanted to dance with him.He approached a table with two young women, and as luck — or fate — would have it, danced not with the woman who had written the... READ MORE