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A FRESH AND FUNNY LOOK AT SENIORDOM.

“I think my sexpiration date has expired!”

SENIOR SEX Gramps Doing It!

SENIOR NOSTALGIA Remember? Dating in the ‘50s and other lies

SENIOR TRIVIA Are you “older than dirt?” Take these quizzes


SENIOR SEX ARTICLES…

Have Sex Like You Did 50 Years Ago!

The real pièce de résistance, though, was that first line of defense no mother would let her daughter out without the dreaded girdle.

Are You Ever Too Old For an Orgy?

Not if today’s seniors have anything to say about it. We may embarrass our kids and shock the neighbors, but wrinkly Romeos and sagging seductresses are just carrying on a time-honored tradition.

Sex After Death? Heaven Forbid!

As we slip and slide toward the inevitable, is there a senior among us who hasn’t pondered the possibility of hot sex beyond those pearly gates? Eternity is a long time to go without a good roll in the hay.

In Praise of Older Women

An older, single woman usually has had her fill of “meaningful relationships” and “commitment.” Can’t relate? Can’t commit? She could care less. The last thing she needs in her life is another dopey, clingy, whiny, dependent lover!

Sex After 60

(Probably a very short column)Of course, many of the younger generation, including our sons and daughters, find it disgusting that Granny and Gramps could still be doing it. “More than you think,” says Frank. “Much more!”

The Key to Great Senior Sex

What really catches my eye is the dazzling red type across from the photo saying, “Your Penis Shrinks 19.8% as you get older due to deficiency of testosterone!”

Burt Reynolds at 70: Former Sex-Magnet

One minute you’re a male sex object, the next, you’re a lecherous old fart with bad breath, bad teeth, and probably badly in need of Viagra.

Looking for Mr. Oldbar

Dozens of sightings of senior citizens engaged in outdoor sexual activities leads to an investigation of “Looking for Love” classified ads for the senior set.

Taking It All Off for GeezerCam

With WebCams for everything else, it’s time for GeezerCam. The camera could follow my every movement from the times I get up in the middle of the night to pee right through my exciting day until my wife and I shake hands at bedtime. Eye-popping? You bet!

“Hey, Cutie Pie. I’ve Got Viagra!” A Look at Today’s Senior Dating.

Dating, the second time around, has its pitfalls. Senior men seem to believe mature women want nothing more than a warm body who doesn’t miss the toilet too often. Senior women claim they’re lucky to find a man who can remember where he left his teeth. Learn the ugly truth here.


NOSTALGIA…

Lessons I Should Have Learned From My Mother

I”As is the mother, so is her daughter.” — Ezekiel 16:44

When Drugstores were Drugstores

If you grew up when neighborhood drugstores sold little but medicine and sodas, when prescriptions cost 67 cents, and when Lime Rickeys, Green River, Lydia Pinkhams and Hadacol were “the mostest,” this column’s for you.

The Last Oldsmobile

Many of us lost a dear friend on April 29, 2004, as the final Oldsmobile rolled off the assembly line. The oldest automotive brand name in US history died at age 106. What are your Olds memories? I share some of mine.

A Geezer’s B-17 Flight into History

A story of heroics exactly 60 years ago. Meet pilot, John McLaughlin, then fly the restored WWII B-17 bomber Fuddy Duddy. Climb aboard. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

My Love Affair with the Hepburn Women

Here’s why I think Katharine and Audrey were the two standout artists of the 20th Century. It certainly wasn’t just their good looks and charm.

Forever Ain’t What It Used To Be

Remember? You were going to live forever. Today, the you that you think you are and the you that others see are unrecognizable one to the other. Trust me on this. Read Frank’s belated valentine to the Class of 1953.

Moments Of Our Lives

Pearl Harbor. Jack Kennedy’s assassination. Sept. 11. Moments in our lives that live forever. Here are a few of mine.

Heavy Groping at the StarLite Drive-in

Were drive-in movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s the sexually unrestrained “passion pits” of yore? Or is all that our inner teenager’s imagination?

A Tip of the Hat To a Proud American Tradition

Wearing that 1957 hat made me feel like an adult for the first time in my life. It told the world that I was now a man of substance, someone not to be trifled with.

Where Did All Our Front Porches Go?

Every evening you’d find my extended family out there recalling their days, catching up on the news, greeting and often sharing the evening’s dessert of rhubarb pie with passing neighbors.

My Father’s Brief Affair

It was Jezebel, beautiful, sensuous and forbidden, a wanton mistress that threatened the very stability and sanctity of marriage.

Prejudiced? Me?

My father was a bigoted fool. I had no prejudices whatsoever. A look at why we hate who we hate. And how blind we are when it comes to our own intolerance.

Radioland Revisited

From radio, I learned that hard work, discipline and stick-to-itiveness were essential to marital bliss.

The Green Bomb

It wasn’t much on looks. It had more miles on it than God. The clutch slipped, the rear shocks didn’t work, and inside it smelled like someone died. But that ’39 Studebaker was my first car, my first true love.

Remember When Service Stations Gave Service?

What a quaint concept! In this day of $2-a-gallon gas, imagine getting actual service at a service station. Today, it’s as bizarre a notion to anyone under 40 as a gentleman’s tipping his hat to a lady. Yet, 40 years ago, both were part of everyday America. Here’s what happened.

My First Date: Girls’ Choice

I was not smitten, just embarrassed. Naomi’s glass eye glittered, eager for my attention. And as the girl already had well-developed breasts, I had nowhere to look except at our feet or the ceiling.


BATTLES WE WAGE…

Japan’s Other Disaster: Seniors

The suicide rate among seniors in Japan was extraordinarily high for many, many years until the Japanese government undertook several social programs to provide proper care for the elderly 20-25 years ago.

Now They’ve Taxed My cat!

How did the local government know I had a cat? The veterinarian was the only source of that information and must have reported it to the government. Big Brother is apparently alive and well in the cat business.

Carolyn Beats the Reaper. Again?

On the evening of October 3rd, Carolyn pretty much reached the point of no return.

Falling Down the Donut Hole? What Now?

Two, no three actions you can take to help your pocketbook. While Congress has you between a rock and a sick place, this could save you both money and health.

Seniors Bankrupting America?

Greedy geezers get blamed for all America’s financial ills these days. What with gazillions going for Social Security, Medicare, and a host of other programs promoting greed and sloth among us old poops, seems there’s hardly anything left for political pork, corporate welfare, and war.

Do You Have the Stuff to be a Raging Granny?

Gaggles of Raging Grannies all across the US and Canada promote global peace, justice, and social and economic equality by raising public awareness through the medium of song and humor. If only guys could join.

Seniors ‘Mad as Hell, Not Going to Take It Anymore’

When Plan D insurance companies let greed dictate service, seniors became exasperated by the wanton gall of it all. Seems time to demonstrate to America that we still remember that democracy is a government of, by, and especially, for the people.

Disgusted with Plan D? Congress Suggests Plan C.

While Medicare’s Plan D sinks under the weight of political bribes and drug and insurance giveaways, a recent Congressional report concludes the drug prices offered by Part D drug plans are “over 60 percent higher than the prices available to consumers in Canada…almost 3 percent higher than the prices available at Costco.”

Taking Medicare Plan By The Horns This Senior Gets Gored

Frank takes you along as he attempts to negotiate the shoals of Medicare’s drug plan, both online and by phone. Hold your nose. It stinks every bit as bad as everyone says.

Even Medicare Clueless About Drug Bill

Medicare’s new handbook forgets to mention the $2,850 “Donut Hole.” Congress forgets to be fair. And seniors everywhere are bending over to kiss their healthy asses goodbye.

Will We Ever Learn Auschwitz’ Lessons?

In a bloodstained barrack, I stood stunned. My fellow Americans had just shunned me, exiling me in this place where 1.6 million were exiled and killed by similar actions and thought.

Bush Presses Canada to Stop Rx to US

Soon, Canada may prohibit its pharmacies from shipping to the US. But if you need affordable drugs, you’ll still get them through your trusted Canadian pharmacist.

“Medicare Advantage”: To Whom?

Like its predecessor, Medicare+Choice, the new Medicare Advantage program seems to outshine plain old Medicare just as Congress intended. Could it be another attempt to kill Medicare, putting seniors at the mercy of the profit-hungry HMOs?

R.I.P. A Cautionary Tale

Since 1990, while Terri Schiavo was trapped in a purgatory of the living dead, posturing politicians play God. The lesson: Sign a Living Will. Now!

Fired, at 63!

Frank’s wife, Carolyn, just got canned. Why? Who knows? Her manager yelled, “Get your ass the hell out of here!” Read what it’s like, what we can do about it when it happens. Medicare Discount Cards:

Son of Scam

Does our government think we turn into fools at age 65? Although there’s little but confusion in this latest drug card trick, there are a few gems for low-income seniors.

It’s Not Nice to Screw with Grandma

The Federal Drug Administration is at war with seniors. The USFDA is America’s very own terrorist organization. Its lies on behalf of the thuggish and greedy drug companies are costing us billions. Costing us lives, too.

Cheap and Free Drugs Here’s Where to Get Them

Print and save this! Here’s the scoop on saving big at drug companies’ Patient Assistant Programs, the VA, discount cards, HMOs, generics, even Canadian pharmacies. Up to date as of Feb. 2004.

When Will AARP Grow Some Balls?

With 37 million members and a budget of $750 million, you’d think AARP would have the clout to get us an essential Medicare drug benefit. Trouble is, it never asks. Read why.

Drug Firms Add Canada to the Axis of Evil

Just when our neediest brother and sister seniors find a place to buy more affordable drugs, the pharmaceutical industry threatens to cut them off, endangering the health of millions.

Canada: Your Prescription for Lower Drug Prices

Here’s exactly how to save 40 percent or more (sometimes much more) on your prescription drugs. (I just saved $583.27 for three month’s medicine!)

How to Get Cheap, Even Free Drugs

Congress lies when it says it wants to pass a Medicare drug benefit this year. Fortunately, drug companies now offer cheap, even free pharmaceuticals pretty much for the asking to those seniors who need them most.

Terrorizing Telemarketers

Here’s how to make telemarketers the source of humor and joy in your life, while creating shock and awe in theirs. Plus a not so trivial way to make big bucks off them as well.

As Seen on TV

If you’re a senior, you grew up with the beginnings of TV. In 1960, FCC Chairman Newton Minow condemned the medium as a “vast wasteland.” A nostalgic look at then and now. Is today any better?

What Ever Happened to “Respect Your Elders?”

Soon, it’ll come to bumper stickers reading “Seniors: The Other White Meat.”

Let’s Hear It for the Silent Generation

Some 49 million of us came of age just too late to be war heroes and just too early to be youthful free spirits. Is there hope for us yet?

Operation ‘Space Camp. ‘Seniors’ Final Solution?

Is this Uncle Sam’s secret plan for getting rid of everyone over 65?

Dinosaur for Hire

Maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald was right when he said, “There are no second acts in American lives.” But look at Cher, Tony Bennett, and The Supremes. John Glenn. The Volkswagen Beetle, for crying out loud. If they can do it, why can’t I?


HAVING FUN…

Crossing The Pond

There is nothing quite like a transatlantic voyage to still your soul.

Aging Tarzans, Janes Discover Why Americans Love Costa Rica

From the primeval rainforests and volcanoes to the ever-smiling, waving and helpful Ticos, Frank and Carolyn explore this Central American democracy and find it fascinating from Atlantic to Pacific. Inexpensive, too.

Amazing China: Travel’s Best-Kept Secret of 2005

Today’s China is the safest, friendliest, and most fascinating country you can visit this year. Frank and Carolyn just returned from what Frank calls their “Spoiled Rotten in China” tour.

China Smiles!

Carolyn, Frank’s wife and traveling companion to China last year, provides her impressions of this fast-changing nation, probably the friendliest, safest, and most interesting place you’ll ever visit.


DEAR SUDDENLY SENIOR…

Thus begins yet another service from Suddenly Senior. Experts Flo and Moe respond to readers’ deepest concerns. Learn about a wife’s dilemma with her clicker-happy husband, even orgies, octogenarian-style.

It’s all at Flo & Moe Answer Your Pressing Problems.


THE JOYS OF GETTING OLDER…

Finding Love Online: Thoughts On Valentine’s Day

Perhaps you’re simply seeking new friends to socialize with, go to dinner, go dancing, to the theater, movies or ball games. Whomever you seek, you can likely find that person on a dating website more easily than the traditional options.

A Day in the Life of a Geezer

Another in Suddenly Senior‘s series “The Real Truth About Getting Old,” Kaiser takes you to his urologist, then his ophthalmologist where you’ll learn more than you ever wanted to know.

Geezer-Eating Pythons Invade Florida

As if we didn’t have enough problems down here. In addition to ever more savage hurricanes, rapacious developers, and arguably the most venal politicians on earth, Florida now claims the title, Python Capital of the Nation.

Trading Faces Under the Volcano

Twelve days after Carolyn’s 65th birthday, she was getting a new, younger face sculpted in a Costa Rican hospital. For about a fifth the US cost, she had a US-trained, board-certified doctor, the best hospital she’d ever seen, and recuperation under a volcano in the rain forest.

Drive Till You Drop

In Florida, geezers rule. If a politician wants to stop us from driving, we just shoot him. It’s the law down here.

Senior Moments? Enjoy them.

Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about senior moments and their cause, and surefire advice on what to do about them.

Nova Scotia Reveals Autumn’s Senior Secrets

A view of fall, life, and death from Nova Scotia in autumn. Is being a geezer a prelude to death or the most spectacular time of life?

Are Seniors Rude? Or Just Honest.

A recent study claims geezers are rude compared with young adults. It found that see nothing wrong in asking about a friend’s hemorrhoids, bankruptcy, or recent marital infidelity across a crowded dinner table. Read the truth about this phenom here.

Got a License for That Comb-Over?

Some men even use their ear and nose hairs to camouflage their bald spots. Frank wonders, what should he do? A Trump? A Giuliani? A Yul? And who knew comb-overs are patented?

Granny Looks Back

Frank’s wife, Carolyn, finds (to her horror!) her mother’s words pouring from her mouth as she threatens a grandson with a bath. The words have no effect. Years ago, they had no effect on Carolyn. Or, before that, on her mother. Is this in our DNA? Did our Neanderthal forebears use the same empty phrases?

Apologies to My Youngest Grandchildren

My generation’s made a mess of things. Sorry, but it’s up to you to reclaim democracy. Here’s how to start.

May Your Last Check Bounce Before You Die

Did we retire just to continue working hard, still not smelling the roses? Seems that Frank did. His pathetic life needs help and it needs it now. Any takers?

When Did You Start Talking to Yourself

We know your little secret. Aren’t you a bit long in the tooth to be chatting with an imaginary friend? Isn’t talking to yourself a sign of insanity? Before the white-coat boys with nets start heading your way, read this.

Sanity Trumps Vanity at 50th Class Reunion

After swearing never to attend another high school reunion, I find redemption, forgiveness, and joy in the Class of ’53. The story of a class finally coming of age.

When Did We Get Old?

Was it our first “senior moment.” Our first gray hair? The first time our spouse whispered, “Dear, you already said that?” Revelations from my college reunion last week.

The First Rule of Geezerdom

There is one rule of senior living that’s as immutable as gravity, God’s Commandments, or Star Trek’s Prime Directive. Learn what it is and how to cope. It’s all here.

Cataract Surgery: A Real Eye Opener

Instead of a nightmare with knives in my eyes, cataract surgery is the most painlessly effective medical procedure this side of childhood inoculations. Best of all, it scares the grandkids!

On Turning 65

I myself have a full head of hair, good looks, great muscle tone, and the flattest belly this side of the Fifth Street Gym. Why that 65-year-old guy in the mirror let himself go so, I have no idea. But he ought to be ashamed.

Exploring Where No Man Has Gone Before

My colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures were broken down into three stages: Bathroom; Biopsy; and Babbling. Read detailed do’s and don’ts about these lifesaving tests that push your humility, dignity, and humor to their limits. Bottoms up!

Invisibility? When Did I Turn Invisible?

If you haven’t had an invisible moment, you will. By the time you’re 85, hardly anyone ever sees you.

How to Add 5 Years to Your Life

(Sure you deserve to?)

Straight from the wise pages of Esquire. What you can do for your heart, your skin, your knees, your mouth, your eyes, and your brain to add five years to your life. It’s so e-a-s-y.

What Older Women Want in a Man

We asked. Do women’s standards decrease as they age? You might be surprised at what we learned. From men, too.

Were the “Good Old Days” Really so Good?

We got married first, then slept together. Service stations had service. Fast food was what our Catholic friends ate during Lent. “Made in Japan” meant junk, and “making out” referred to how you did on your math exam.

Napping. Not just for seniors anymore.

For years, I’ve resisted the temptation to sneak off to nap for a half hour or so. Not wanting to appear senior before my time, I put napping up there with drinking before noon and wearing white in winter. It wasn’t worth the guilt.

Gifts for that Senior in Your Life

When you’ve lived as long as most seniors, you’ve got everything ó and then some. Here are some helpful hints for gifts seniors will never buy for themselves.

Presidential Pride

Here’s how to get President George W. Bush to send a personal Birthday Greeting to someone you love. Ex-presidents Clinton, Bush, Reagan, and Ford, too. It’s a nice gesture, but watch out! It can cause BIG TROUBLE.

Spank Me!

Sadly, many words and phrases that we grew up with are today as dated as buggy whips. Still, occasionally one blows by our ears like the name of our first lover, sweet and warm.

Falling into the Generation Gap?

They may have heard of an 8-track, but chances are they probably never have actually seen or listened to one.


ETC…

Yes, You Can Afford to Retire in Costa Rica

Where else can you find great climate, $50/mo healthcare coverage, a 2/bed, 2/bath home for $300/mo in a paradise where the natives just love Americans?

CHARLEY!!

A Field Guide to Fla. Hurricanes for those considering retirement down here.
Three days that changed our Florida world. What it was like before, during, and after the most destructive hurricane since Andrew.

Hurricane Jeanne Wasn’t My Fault! Was it?

Readers warned me: One more disparaging word about President Bush and God would get me. Now, after four hurricanes that may or may not be my fault, I’ve got the whole state of Florida mad at me, especially poor little Babson Park.

The Charms of Madison County

If you ever want to get away from it all and return to the friendlier world you knew as a kid, I suggest that you visit or retire to Florida’s Madison County. Its comfort and ease are akin to that first deep breath you take as you step off a jet following a particularly harrowing flight.

I Say Senior, You Say Señor.

Boomers, now joining our ranks by the millions, hate to be called “seniors.” After years of worshipping at the altar of youth, getting that “Welcome to AARP” letter freaks them. Poor things. I have some suggestions on what to call these aging whippersnappers.

Afraid Wealth Turns You Greedy?

Truth is, every single senior citizen at the recent AARP convention I spoke to about sudden wealth said, “Bring it on! I can handle it!”

Retirement Community Not End of the World

Is this the end of the road? The final step before The Last Roundup? Living in the land of “Early Bird Specials,” shuffleboard, and shuffling octogenarians, Frank takes a look at his new home “On Top of the World.”

Life is Short. Jump at It!

My wife, Carolyn, and I are three miles up, falling, tumbling, soaring through space at 174 feet per second ó 120 mph or “terminal velocity.” Read why two old goats jumped from a perfectly good airplane last week.

You’re Never Too Old To Surf the Internet

Americans age 65 and up are jumping on the Web faster than a free Early Bird Special. What are they doing there? Two thousand Suddenly Senior readers confess. Read all about useful sites helpful to old pros and newbies alike.


TRIVIA

It’s Only Trivia!

For the seventh straight year, Suddenly Senior brings you yet another way to see how mindless you’ve become in your dottering 50+ age. Now, where did you put your glasses?

Beatlemania

Hey Jude, Take A Walk In Strawberry Fields. Just how good is your failing memory about the Fav Four.

Stars In Your Eyes Trivia Quiz

Yet another chance to prove that you’re “Older than Dirt.” Remember Liz Taylor’s love life, Brando’s “Stellaaaa,” old Blue Eye’s marriages?

Welcome Back to the ’50s: Yet Another “Older Than Dirt” Trivia Quiz

OK, OLD TIMER. You think you remember it all, the Korean War, McCarthy, Elizabeth’s coronation, Khrushchev’s shoe, Elvis, fins, Sputnik, hula hoops and Barbie dolls. Let’s see how good you really are!

Remember the Titters & Terrors of Yesteryear?

Take a stroll down radio’s memory lane. This “Older Than Dirt” Suddenly Senior Trivia Quiz will show you how much you remember!

Geezer Test! Are You “Older Than Dirt?”

Forgetting things, lately? Here’s your chance for redemption. Twenty questions that will prove once and for all whether you’re older than dirt.

“Older Than Dirt” Trivia Quiz for a Dreary Fall Afternoon

What do Sparkle Plenty, Lou Costello, Fibber McGee, Trigger, Doris Day, Black Jack Chewing Gum, 10¢ War Bond Saving Stamps, and Pinocchio have in common? They’re all part of this week’s Suddenly Senior Trivia Quiz. See how YOU do.

TV Cop-Outs: Another “Are You Older Than Dirt?” Quiz

How’s your memory today? We won’t even ask you to recall long-gone radio personalities. (Maybe next time!) Just a few famous TV cops from the ’50s to last season’s NYPD Blue. Just the facts, Ma’am.

1st Annual Trivia Contest

Your chance to prove that your memory’s (almost) intact.

3rd Annual Trivia Quiz

Here’s another chance to prove that your memory’s (somewhat) intact. Victory Gardens, telephone party lines, blue bulbs, old Studebakers, and how “The gals will all pursue ya.” It’s all here in the 2003 search for those “Older Than Dirt!”

3rd-and-a-Half Annual Trivia Quiz

We know how you did on the 3rd Annual quiz. Here’s your chance to redeem yourself and prove that all those who say that your memory’s gone are only half right.

4th Annual Trivia Contest

We know how you did on the 3rd Annual quiz! And you thought that you knew something. Ha! This one tests your memory of old ads from the ’40s and ’50s. Prove that you still have a bit of memory left.

It’s the 5th Annual Geezer Test. Are You ‘Older Than Dirt?’

If you can’t remember your current phone number but know the earned run average of a 1940s baseball player or your 2nd grade teacher’s name, this is the quiz for you!

“Horses & Horrors” Another “Older Than Dirt” Radio Quiz

Remember “Gangbusters?” How about “The Inner Sanctum?” If these jog your brain cells, you should do well on this new Suddenly Senior quiz.

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