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Meet the Member: Muriel Beach

Senior Planet member Muriel Beach has been an activist for 70 years. She’s fought for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, human rights, equal pay, and health care. She’s fought for protecting Medicare and Medicaid, protested the Vietnam War, and helped AIDS patients when others wouldn’t. More recently, the 90-year-old trailblazer has devoted her time…

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Q&A: Across the Generations with Doug Krug

From training K-9s for the U.S. Army to operating a music store to serving in federal government executive development programs and creating a workshop that became part of the MBA program at Johns Hopkins, Colorado entrepreneur Doug Krug’s social and professional network is vast. At 75, he continues to expand it by forging intergenerational relationships.…

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Q&A: Digital historian Mary Ann McNair

Historian Mary Ann McNair’s plans for retirement from the  Colorado History Museum (where she coordinated educational materials) were sidetracked when she discovered StoryCenter, formerly the Center for Digital Storytelling, a national effort to use storytelling as a vehicle for reflection, history, education, community mobilization, and advocacy.  The program teaches everyday people how to tell, through music, images…

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Meet the Member: Miriam J. Allen

If you’re ever lost on the subway in Moscow, Miriam Allen’s a good person to know. That’s because the 61-year-old self-described lifelong learner studied the Cyrillic alphabet so she could read menus, street signs, and use public transportation when she visited Russia.  She also speaks French and Spanish. Up until last year, however, technology was…

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Meet the Member: Michael Butler

 Michael Butler remembers playing a hard-fought tennis match during a winter indoor tennis session, gasping and straining as he returned ball after ball. Clearly something was wrong. After resting over the weekend, he saw his doctor. Taking one look at him, his physician sent him immediately to the ER.  Seven hours of intensive testing later, Butler…

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Earth Day Q&A: Peter Harnik

Peter Harnik, now retired, was one of the first leaders of Environmental Action, the non-profit formed by the organizers of Earth Day. He was also longtime director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land. Debbie Galant, a regular Senior Planet writer who worked for Environmental Action in the late…

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Meet the Member: Calvin Ramsey

Becoming a writer was a decades-long dream for playwright Calvin Ramsey.  Although he worked hard to get published in his early 20s, nothing came of his efforts. He pursued satisfying work in advertising, marketing and insurance sales, but the dream lingered. Then in 2001, the unexpected happened. During an airport holdover at Boston’s Logan International Airport,…

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Empty nest? Q&A with the Gypsy Nesters

David and Veronica James took a unique approach to the empty nest syndrome.  They were already adventurous, having raised three kids on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, but when their youngest graduated, they wanted to return to the States and catch up with old friends and relatives.  They sold their condo, bought a beat…

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Meet the Member: Richard Berger

“Manhattan is my backyard,” says Staten Islander Richard Berger, who worked in the city for 30 years as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier and driver.  “I still come in almost daily.”  Richard and wife Roberta, both retirees, have an active schedule and enjoy taking classes together. “We can talk about what we’re learning,” he…

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