Catching up with KC and Melissa Etheridge

By Bruben
Posted on June 05, 2013

During the disco music-fueled days of the mid- and late-1970s, KC and the Sunshine Band was ubiquitous, getting down tonight on every top 40 radio station across the country.At the same time, nascent rock star Melissa Etheridge was honing her guitar skills in her small Kansas hometown and would burst onto the national scene in 1988 with her first album.The Beacon caught up with both KC and... READ MORE

Who will win this lottery?

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on May 24, 2013

Recently, a friend brought to my attention a relatively minor change being proposed to current immigration law that could have a significant impact on the daily lives of older Americans and their families. As I write, the Senate is marking up new legislation that would, among other things, eliminate the annual green card (or “diversity”) lottery that allows into the U.S. up to 55,000 ... READ MORE

Anonymously yours

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on April 15, 2013

The scariest thing about sitting down to write a column, especially in the Internet age, is that you risk putting your ignorance on display to the entire world, forever.It used to be if you made an error or there was an “editing mistake,” you might get a comment or two, perhaps a letter. You could then issue a retraction or correction (“sorry I misspoke”) and pretty... READ MORE

Driven by technology

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on March 15, 2013

Your broke your glasses (or your foot)? You had surgery recently? Your car’s in the shop?Getting from here to there — to the doctor’s office, to the grocery store, to a concert, to the hospital — can become a problem for all of us at one time or another.The solution? Call a cab. Call a friend. Take the bus. We can usually work around it for awhile.But getting around... READ MORE

Rubbing shoulders with celebrity

By Bruben
Posted on March 07, 2013

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Feinstein, who sings classics from the Great American Songbook by such composers and lyricists as Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter in concert and shares information about these musical legends on his shows on PBS and NPR. Feinstein grew up in Ohio in the 1960s and ‘70s, the same as me, and shared how he came to be... READ MORE

Sober reflections

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on February 15, 2013

Whenever I write about my parents (Dad is 92, Mom is 83), I get a larger-than-usual number of comments from readers. Many identify with me as the “adult child” trying to help my parents cope. Others identify with my parents and what they are going through at that moment.My January column generated a particularly large number of comments, some of which I want to share with you.... READ MORE

Reporter for a day

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on January 15, 2013

I’ve been a publisher and editor since my wife and I started the Beacon newspapers 24 years ago. Still, it’s a rare thing these days when I actually “report” on anything myself.During the quiet days at the end of 2012, as I was reading about the fiscal cliff negotiations and Congress was being called back into session over New Year’s Eve weekend, I had a... READ MORE

To be or not to be…

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on December 17, 2012

As we approach the New Year, our thoughts are generally forward-looking: We think about New Year’s resolutions, wonder what changes the coming year will bring, and think about what we have to look forward to.On the other hand, we also are likely to see the popular image of Old Father Time passing on the baton to the newborn New Year. The image suggests, as does much of our culture,... READ MORE

The time is ripe

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on November 19, 2012

We’re told the need to address our federal budget deficit (over $14 trillion and growing by $4 billion a day) is about to push us over a “fiscal cliff” that would send us back into recession or worse.Among the many steps Congress is being urged to take to cope with this crisis is the modification of Social Security.Does one have anything to do with the other?Certainly not, ... READ MORE

Creating a show about aging parents

By Bruben
Posted on October 28, 2012

Soon after my last blog post about the dearth of older characters on TV and realistic story lines for them, I interviewed Amy Lippman, creator o the YouTube show, “Ruth and Erica.” The show, which is presented in seven-minute snippets, follows  40-something Erica, played by Maura Tierney (currently also in the CBS hit “The Good Wife”), who is grappling with... READ MORE