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The Very Model of a Modern Magers Anchorman Paul Magers of CBS 2 News on journalism, life, love, and what it all means in the end

Collecting High Returns Unconventional high-end sports collectibles have proven to be a tremendous investment

Riding the Golden Rails Take a scenic train journey back in time to Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush

Frances Fisher The star of “Resurrection” and “The M Word” muses on miracles, her memories and much more


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Contents

April 2014

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Cover Profile

DePartments

12 Frances Fisher

06 50-Plus: What You Need to Know

The star of “Resurrection” and “The M Word” muses on miracles, her memories and much more.

features 20 Collecting High Returns

While unconventional, high-end sports collectibles have proven to be a tremendous investment.

29 The Look of Life After 50 The Very Model of a Modern Magers Anchorman CBS 2’s Paul Magers on news, life, love, and what it all means in the end.

32 Do Stock Investments Hurt Your Income? Owning stocks should be based on just one thing – your personal goals!

38

A quick look at things 50-plusers should be aware of.

09 It’s The Law

Mitchell A. Karasov looks at healthcare issues that arise when loving in two states.

10 Financial Fitness

Is life insurance a good investment? William Jordan has the answer.

26 Cooking, Eating and Living Well

Jackie Keller invites you to watch her new show, “Food Exposed: What’s on Your Plate?”

25 Tuned In To What’s On

The best in April television viewing.

35 Let’s Get Out

Looking to get out and about? Our April/May calendar has some great suggestions.

38 Travel Cover photo courtesy of The Rainbow Film Company All material published within this issue of “Life After 50” and on www.lifeafte50.com is strictly for informational and educational purposes only. No individual, advice, product or service is in any way endorsed by “Life After 50” or Southland Publishing, Inc. or provided as a substitute for the reader’s seeking of individualized professional advice or instruction. Readers should seek the advice of qualified professional on any matter regarding an individual, advice, recommendations, services or products covered within this issue. All information and material is provided to readers with the understanding that it comes from various sources from which there is no warranty or responsibility by “Life after 50” or Southland Publishing, Inc. as to its or their legality, completeness or technical accuracy.

Ed Boitano takes you back in time on a train journey to Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush.

42 And Finally…The Bookworm’s Best, A Look Back and Just A Thought Before We Go

Our April book suggestion, memory, and a little something to leave you with.

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Editor’s Note...

And In The End…

W

e all have this group of people we invite into our homes on a regular basis – every evening as we are having dinner and again as we end our day. We know their faces and names and recognize their voices, and yet, in reality, we tend to know very little about them. They are the men and women who anchor and report the news at our local television stations. Last year, after doing a feature story on weatherman Fritz Coleman of Los Angeles’ NBC 4, we received quite a bit of feedback from readers saying they hoped we would do more stories on other Southern California news personalities. In response to those requests, this month we’re featuring Paul Magers, who has shared the anchor desk with Pat Harvey at CBS 2 in L.A. for the past decade. Having had the opportunity to spend some time with Magers in preparing for this story, I discovered something I encounter with many of the people I do stories on – that you just never know in what direction a story will lead you. I can assure you, as I made my way to the CBS Studio Center to interview one of L.A.’s top newsmen, it never crossed my mind that we would spend the majority of our time talking about The Beatles and their message of love that so greatly resonated with him, me, and all of our fellow boomers. I just love it when that happens, when the people I interview go “off script” as their publicists and handlers call it. I love when people are willing to let you peek behind their public persona and they reveal their passions, the things that make them tick, and let you in on what makes the ride on this ol’ world worthwhile and meaningful for them. I find the willingness to do that so much more interesting and refreshing than stories in which writers and reporters try to get their subjects to spill secrets, bare emotions, or shed their psychological shields. I would much rather see a huge smile break out on my subject’s face as he tells me, with the excitement of a giddy teen in the throes of Beatlemania, about meeting his idol, Paul McCartney, and how much the mop-topped philosopher has influenced his life with his music and words – and then backed up those words with actions when they met. Getting those little glimpses into who really dwells behind the curtain gives us a different feeling about a person whenever we see or hear them in the public context for which we best know them. That’s why, from now on, no matter how important the top story of the day may be, I’ll never again watch Magers anchoring the 11 p.m. news without thinking about the most important thing to remember as every day comes to a close: that… in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

David Laurell, Editor-in-Chief

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The Silver Lining Of Breast Cancer In her pragmatic and empathetic first book, “The Silver Lining” (Atria Books, 2014), a combination memoir and professional guide, Hollye Jacobs, a palliative care/hospice nurse, social worker, creator of the award-winning blog TheSilverPen.com and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, offers an unabashedly candid account of her experience with breast cancer. Speaking as both patient and healthcare professional, Jacobs was a “vegan-eating, marathon-running 39-year-old with no family history” when she was diagnosed with the disease. In her book, she covers every aspect of diagnosis, treatment and care, with a spiritually and emotionally uplifting viewpoint that allows readers to see there truly are “silver linings,” even in the most difficult situations. Each chapter, beautifully illustrated with images by nationally renowned photographer Elizabeth Messina, focuses on a particular point in the breast cancer journey and discusses how to handle challenges including: diagnosis; relaying the news to family members and other loved ones; surgery; chemotherapy; the isolating nature of the disease; radiation; nutritional and other therapies to ease treatment; discovering the new normal; and redefining life post-treatment. Every section provides invaluable tips, such as questions to ask your treatment team, what to expect during diagnosis and treatment, and red flags to watch for. If you or someone you know has battled breast cancer, this book will serve as a lifeline for navigating this potentially devastating disease. For more information and to order “The Silver Lining,” click on www.thesilverpen.com.

Fifty Candles

Fifty years ago this month, the unmanned Gemini One spacecraft was launched; Sidney Poitier won a Best Actor Academy Award for “Lilies of the Field;” The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” went to number one on the charts, where it would remain for five weeks; Arnold Palmer won the PGA Masters Championship shooting a 276; and Shea Stadium opened as the new home of the New York Jets and Mets. Notable personalities born in April 2014 who are celebrating their 50th birthday this month include Kid ‘n Play rapper Christopher “Kid” Reid, actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer, actors Hank Azaria and Chris Makepeace, comedienne Caroline Rhea and sports journalist Lisa Guerrero.

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The Pursuit Of Style And Beauty Isn’t Pretty

For Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton, the concept of being beautiful starts with being true to who you are. In her newly released book, “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” (Random House, 2014), she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist and international style icon. Keaton also offers revealing commentary on the bold style choices she’s made through the years: the wide-brimmed hats, outrageous shoes, vests and all-weather turtlenecks that have made her an inspiration to anyone who cherishes truly individual style. From a mortifying encounter with a makeup artist who told her she needed to get her eyes fixed to an awkward excursion to Victoria’s Secret with her teenage daughter, Keaton’s tome is chock full of funny and poignant moments from her life in and out of the public eye.


A Little More You Need To Know

Getting to Know the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka PPACA or Obamacare, will have a tremendous impact on how American healthcare is offered, purchased and delivered. It may be controversial, but no matter what one’s feelings are, it is paramount that everyone, of every age, educate themselves on what it is, as well as what it isn’t. If there is one thing everyone agrees on, it is that the PPACA is complicated. So, as a service to our readers, Life After 50 will do its best to break it down into the most-simplified terms. Each month, without any agenda other than to educate, we will offer the answers to questions as to what the PPACA does and doesn’t do. If there is anything Republican members of congress have been diligent about it is trying to repeal The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While some Americans would love to see this happen, others would be devastated to lose their newfound coverage and the ability to insure their adult children. What are the chances the law may ever be repealed? The simple answer is that, while nothing is ever a guaranteed certainty when it comes to politics, as long as President Obama is in office, it will never happen and, no matter what party wins in the 2014 mid-term elections or the White House in 2016, the chances of doing away with the healthcare law would remain as low as any president or congress trying to do away with Social Security or Medicare. As of press time, the Republicans in congress have tried to repeal the law 51 times without a glimmer of success. Supporters call that persistence while the opposition points to it as insanity. What it is, in reality, is a classic bit of political posturing and stagecraft that Republican congressional members know has no prayer of passing, but appeases the far right and Tea Party factions of their party, who view adamant opposition to the law as a litmus test for their vote. Since the new law took effect on January 1, the number of uninsured Americans has dropped by three

to four million according to a recent Gallup survey. How much of the drop can be attributed to the law is a matter of debate, though there are some indicators that it is due to the law that enrollment among the uninsured is picking up. Most polls are also showing that, while Americans are less than enamored with the new law, they are also opposed to repealing it. A February tracking poll for the Kaiser Family Foundation found that opinion of the law is more negative than positive: 47 percent of Americans view the law unfavorably, while 35 percent view it favorably. But unfavorable views have not translated into support for repeal. The Kaiser poll shows that 48 percent want to keep and improve the law, and another eight percent want to keep it as is – for a total of 56 percent who want to keep it. Meanwhile, 19 percent want to repeal the law and not replace it, while 12 percent want to repeal and replace it with a GOP alternative – totaling 31 percent. There is, reportedly, a new plan in the works by the GOP leadership to bring forward a series of piecemeal “fixes” to the law they hope Republicans and Democrats could agree on and pass with bipartisan support. Republicans feel that by doing this, they can subvert the Democratic stance that they are the party of “no,” who do nothing but try to repeal the law. The more moderate and mainstream of the GOP also know that, while the word “repeal” is red meat for Republican voters, in reality, with millions of Americans now insured under the law, repeal would strip those people of their coverage. Even the GOP’s allies at the Chamber of Commerce know that would have a devastating backlash and have shied away from their call for repeal and are now advocating for a “fix.” As for this “fix,” polls show that most Americans don’t believe there is a viable GOP alternative that both parties could agree upon and have come to understand that, despite its flaws, the Affordable Care Act is far better than going back to the old system. So will the law ever be repealed? As we said, anything can happen, but there are at least four good indicators that it is here to stay:

New Words You may not find them in a dictionary yet, but they’re a part of the everyday American vocabulary. Here’s what they mean. Buzzworthy: Likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth. Ability to create a curiosity among people, especially with consumers. Internet Meme: (rhymes with team) A word, phrase, expression, iconic image or recognizable reference popularized online. Flash mob: Large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse, typically organized through the Internet or social media.

1) Governor Mitt Romney said, were he to be elected president, he would repeal it on his first day in office. He was defeated. 2) Despite a massive GOP campaign to do away with the law, polling shows repeal becoming more unpopular as each month passes. 3) Polls show only a small minority want to go back to the old system; and an even smaller minority think the GOP has a viable alternative. 4) No matter what they may say, no politician, of either party, is ever going to support taking something away from Americans, and repeal would leave millions of now-insured Americans without coverage.

The Most Important Thing to Know This Month The Seventh Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) will be held on April 16. This nationwide annual initiative was established to inspire and educate the public about the importance of advance healthcare planning. The mission of NHDD is to encourage and empower people to plan ahead and express their personal healthcare wishes, and to encourage care providers, facilities and their family to respect those wishes. The NHDD initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunities they need to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. For more information and to get involved, click on www.nhdd.org. April 2014 LIFEAFTER50.COM 7


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Since we retired, about 25 years ago, my husband and I have been splitting our time between our home on the Oregon coast and our home in the California desert. When we’re at one house, we use the other as a vacation rental, which has helped supplement our retirement income. This arrangement has worked well from both a lifestyle and financial standpoint. In the last few years, we’ve had some health issues that have made the trip to Oregon more challenging. My husband can’t drive anymore and we’ve had to bring in housekeepers to help us. Plus, the whole situation with doctors in different states has become a challenge. We’re thinking we have gotten to a point where we should choose to live in one place full-time, but I’d like to keep our current situation going as long as we’re able for the financial benefits. We thought we did all the necessary planning by setting up our estate plan in California, thinking we would spend more time there. We have both of our homes in our trust, so we can avoid probate in either state. Our issue is that we’re realizing we might need government help to pay for whoever may need a long-term care facility first. It appears that Oregon’s Medicaid program covers more than California’s Medi-Cal program, but, given the choice, we would rather stay full-time in California, even if we have to cover more of the out-of-pocket expenses. Will we be barred from receiving the government benefits in California if we don’t start living there full-time and sell our Oregon home? Or could we keep the Oregon home for the income?

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First of all, I applaud you for creating such an enjoyable retirement lifestyle plan and thinking about the next chapter of your retirement. Clearly, you’re a couple that looks into the financial considerations, as well as the quality-of-life issues. The simple answer to your question is that you won’t be barred from applying for and receiving certain long-term care benefits because you were splitting your time between Oregon and California. However, if either of you should need to apply for the Long Term Care Medi-Cal program, you will need to commit to California as your primary residence in order to maintain eligibility. There could be variations on that theme because of life circumstances, however, at a minimum you would need to have California as your primary residence. As for the Oregon home, you don’t need to sell the property to be eligible for the Long Term Care Medi-Cal program. Depending on the values and the debt, you may be able to keep the income-producing rental and thereby make up the deficit created by losing the vacation rental income on the desert home. If keeping the home interferes with eligibility, then you would have to sell the home. However, there would be other options for how to shelter the proceeds, especially being a married couple, and still be able to maintain Long Term Care Medi-Cal eligibility. Although it appears that Long Term Care Medi-Cal eligibility is possible in your situation, I strongly encourage you and your husband to seek advice from elder law attorneys in both California and Oregon to begin the planning process. Although the Long Term Care Medi-Cal eligibility application is only submitted when the medical need for long-term care arises, the financial planning should start in advance. In addition, there may also be some pre-long-term care facility admission programs that might be appropriate to commence in either Oregon or California. Lastly, you should consult with an elder law attorney in both states, because, although you’re planning on California, medical issues could land one of you in Oregon in need of the long-term care financial assistance on a more extended basis. I wish you and your husband all the best. ✦

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The First Things To Consider

As a first step, you should decide who you will work with in reviewing an insurance policy or considering adding a policy. The reason this is significant is for life insurance to perform correctly, it must be considered in the context of your entire financial situation. This means looking at all of your investments and your potential needs and uses for insurance to decide if you should have insurance and, if so, what form it should take. Most people who offer insurance to the public are licensed to offer only insurance (or fixed annuities) and nothing else. It stands to reason you should talk to someone who can evaluate and advise on your entire financial situation and who is not limited to insurance as their only choice for you.

Type Of Insurance And The Death Benefit

Next you must carefully consider the type of insurance. The major types are term insurance and permanent insurance. As term is generally for large death benefit needs while children are present in the home, I will skip that option for the sake of space. In a financial plan, we would consider only permanent insurance or investmentoriented insurance. This means the investment side of the insurance policy is what we are after, and the death benefit side is necessary but should be minimized. This last point is critical. The cost of the policy is directly related to the size of the death benefit. You want the lowest cost, so you want the lowest death benefit. There is an IRS formula that will determine what your minimum death benefit is. Never fund a permanent insurance policy without asking this question: “Based on the money I will invest in this policy, can I have a smaller death benefit?” Unless your primary focus is to leave the largest possible estate, you should always get the lowest possible death benefit.

Insurance As An Investment

The last question is what type of investment you should use inside the policy. If you are working with an advisor who is licensed to discuss and offer any type of investment, you will have a wide range of choices. Some policies invest directly in the stock market. If you hit a good stock market period, then you will do extremely well with these. The downside is the stock market-type policies are the most expensive. Those costs, if combined with a bad period in the stock market, can cause the policy to really underperform. Other policies allow you to benefit from much of the gains when the stock market is up, but avoid losing money if the stock market is down. The costs on these policies are lower and the protection of principal is valuable. The risk from a bad market period is limited to not growing the policy as opposed to losing money when the market drops. The last type generates annual dividends similar to a bond or a dividend-paying stock. In most cases, your risk of principal loss is extremely low, but your potential gain each year is also limited. As you can see, there are many choices and considerations. This is why I am dogmatic about insisting a policy should only be obtained from an advisor who is licensed to discuss all types of investment products, not just insurance products. If you would like an analysis of an existing policy or to consider a new one, Life After 50 readers are welcome to call my office for a free insurance analysis. ✦

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Frances Fisher The star of “Resurrection” and “The M Word” muses on miracles, her memories and much more By David Laurell

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t is mid-afternoon as actress Frances Fisher situates herself behind a table at a Sunset Boulevard eatery. A fortysomething woman at a nearby table casually turns and whispers to her male companion, who adjusts his entire body in an attempt to make his peek towards Fisher less conspicuous. Looking back at his lunching partner, he subtly gives a confirming nod and, in a move that identifies them as typical Angelinos, used to their everyday paths being crossed by the well-known, they return to their gabbing and gobbling. Oblivious to the acknowledgement of her at the adjourning table, Fisher orders a salad that will sustain her for the following two-hour conversation about her extraordinary childhood, career, latest projects and much more.

From Hampshire To Hollywood

Born in Milford on Sea, Hampshire, England, in 1952 to American parents, Frances’ father’s work took him and his family from one end of the globe to the other. By the time Frances was 15, she had lived in Italy, Turkey, England, Colombia, France, the United States, Canada, and Brazil, suffered the unexpected death of her mother and found the most stable life she had ever known when her father took a job in Orange, Texas. Immediately after graduating from Orange’s Lutcherstark High School, she worked as a secretary and married her high school sweetheart – a marriage that, in less than two years, would fall victim to Frances’ involvement in the local arts community. After appearing in numerous local stage productions, she left Texas in pursuit of a professional acting career, first in Virginia, and then on to

New York, where she appeared in regional and off-Broadway productions and studied at the Actors Studio under the legendary drama guru, Lee Strasberg. Entering the national consciousness on the daytime dramas, “The Edge of Night” and “Guiding Light,” Fisher went on to be cast in a string of big screen successes in the late-1980s and early1990s including “Pink Cadillac,” “L.A. Story,” “Unforgiven” and “Striptease.” A fixture in both television and on the big screen, Fisher became indelibly etched into film history when she was cast in the role of the society matron, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, the mother of Rose, played by Kate Winslet, in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster, “Titanic.” While she may be best-known as the mother of Rose, in real life, she is the mother of 21-year-old actress Francesca Eastwood, who was fathered by Clint Eastwood, with whom Fisher had a six-year relationship. Constantly working, her latest film, “The M Word,” a Henry Jaglom-directed comedy that views aging through the prism of menopause, will open theatrically on April 30. She also stars as Lucille Langston in ABC’s drama, “Resurrection,” which premiered last month to rave reviews and strong ratings. Based on the 2013 book, “The Returned” by Jason Mott, “Resurrection” follows the residents of Arcadia, Missouri, whose lives are upended when their loved ones return from the dead, not a day older than the day they died. Among the returned is Jacob Langston, the eight-year-old son of Harold and Lucille Langston, who drowned 32 years earlier. While both ABC and Fisher are closed-mouthed

as to where the series’ storyline will go, speculation is strong that, as in the book, the return of deceased loved ones will rapidly become a worldwide pandemic that forces the characters, as well as viewers, to contemplate the unexplained, their faith, morality, love and responsibility. Between forkfuls of salad and sips of sparkling water, Fisher says the story of “Resurrection” is one she finds fascinating and believes that viewers will find compelling. Frances Fisher (FF): The thing about ‘Resurrection’ that captured me, when I first read the script, was its universal appeal. We have all lost loved ones and have wanted just one more chance to be with them and tell them how much we love them and clear anything we have to clear with them and just feel their presence again. Losing a child is the most horrific thing that can happen to a human being and when I saw that Lucille gets the chance to see her son again, it touched me in a very profound way. I had gotten the script just a few weeks after the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, so the thought of how tragic it would be to lose a child was very present in my mind. As I was reading the script and connecting with the mother who, although it has been over 30 years since she lost her son, is still grieving, I found it to be a miraculous event, and that’s what my character feels – that it’s a miracle. She doesn’t go any further than that. To Lucille, her son is in front of her – with her – and that’s all she needs to know. Others, including her husband, have different feelings about his return, and that’s where the conflict begins – that it is irrational and impossible. But Lucille just accepts it. When I first read for Charles McDougall, who directed the „ April 2014 LIFEAFTER50.COM 13


pilot, he asked me what I thought of the situation – if I thought something like this could actually happen. I told him that I believe in miracles and feel that we live on one tiny planet in a vast universe, so who really knows what’s going on and what is possible. I believe that if one can conceive of something, it can possibly exist. So I got the job (laughing). I don’t know if it was because of the way I answered his question, but that response was, and is, in line with the way Lucille feels.

Life After 50 (LA50): Many people feel that way, which is, perhaps, the reason there has been so much buzz about the show. FF: Yeah. I hope, and believe, that the show will move people in an emotional way. I’ve been reading comments that people think it’s an extraordinary concept for a show and can’t wait to see how it evolves. I think, today, more than at any other time, people are hungry for some kind of spiritual sustenance. There is so much material out there, in the media – in entertainment – that doesn’t address the true hopes and dreams of people. There has been so much about killing and death and suffering and misery and to some extent – at least to me – it seems like, for a long time, we were just seeing a lot of the same thing over and over again. So I feel this show is something new – a completely different kettle of fish. It is a show that deals with the ‘what if.’ It forces us to ask ourselves: What if something like this were to actually happen? How would we react? Would we be accepting like Lucile, or would we deny it or get caught up in confusion? So you get to follow these characters on their journey and see how they deal with living the ‘what if.’ I think that is a much more interesting story to be telling than just the classic procedural of solving a crime. It’s something that connects with everyone – to anyone who has lost someone. I really believe people, especially those who have lost someone they love, will relate to this show.

LA50: Are you a television watcher yourself? FF: I am. I watch ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ and ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report.’

LA50: From your television viewing preferences, one would make the observation that you are interested in politics, yes? FF: Yes, although I have been disappointed for many years with the state of our political system, the two-party system – the Republicans and the Democrats. There was a time when I quit the Democratic Party because I was so disappointed with them and signed on as an independent, but that didn’t give me the ability to vote in any primaries. It’s just embarrassing to see what’s going on – the fighting between the two parties who only accomplish things by making deals behind-thescenes. The Republicans and the Democrats have everything locked up from the state level right on up to who can be a viable candidate for president – which is only a nominee of their two parties. It’s disgusting. Our country has gone so far off course from the precepts of our Founding Fathers that we are a country of the people, by the people, and for the people. We have become a country of the top one percent, by the top one percent, and for the top one percent. 14 LIFEAFTER50.COM April 2014


LA50: Have you ever been active politically? FF: I am right now. I am helping Marianne Williamson in her campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 33. (Williamson is running as an independent in hopes of replacing retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. A popular spiritual teacher, author and lecturer, she is running on a platform to end the status quo of capitulation to corporate money in politics and encourage an engaged electorate.)

LA50: Frances, there are few people who have had a childhood as interesting as yours. What was it like to live all over the world as you were growing up? FF: That happened because my dad was a construction supervisor and a project manager who built oil refineries and steel mills all over the world. He was doing a job in England when I was born. Then we went to Colombia and then to Canada when I was four. We were constantly moving and I have often thought of how that translated into my profession. In acting, you are always finding yourself in a new environment, meeting new people, doing different things. Because we moved so much, and I experienced so many different cultures, I became a chameleon. I had to learn to fit in and adapt to wherever I was and the different ways of life. We lived in France when I was in first grade and there wasn’t an English-speaking school there, so I first learned to read and write in French. How I got through that I don’t know, but kids are so adaptable. So while I learned to read and write in French at school, I learned to read English by reading ‘Little Lulu’ comic books and my mom always read to me. Then, by the time I was in second grade we had moved to Rio de Janeiro and I attended an English-speaking school, which was much easier for me. Moving around was interesting and exciting because we lived in big cities and in the country. We even lived in Turkey when I was in seventh grade. I loved it but the downside was that I was always the new kid in school and wondered what it would be like to live in your own house and get to know a neighborhood and have friends. The only childhood friends I have are those from Texas. We moved to Orange, Texas, when I was 15 and stayed there until I was in the 11th grade. Then we were in Pasadena for a while and then moved back to Orange, so I got to graduate with my friends.

LA50: Of all the places you lived as a child, does one particular place stand out for you? FF: Oh, there are many, but, I guess Turkey stands out. We lived in a small town on the Black Sea. We lived in this camp of little cement houses. There was no teacher for the American kids, so we thought that was great – that we didn’t have to go to school. But they arranged for us to do a correspondence course and one of the guy’s wife would take us to this church and teach us. It was wacky. I didn’t learn a thing (laughs). We kids just spent time on this beautiful stretch of beach with this incredible sand. We rode horses and were completely free. When I think back on that time, I have an incredible memory of freedom that kids would never know today. Today, especially in a for-

eign country, no one would let their kids roam free and explore up in the mountains. It was idyllic.

LA50: As idyllic and exciting as your childhood was, you also suffered a terrible loss when you were young. FF: I did. My mom passed when I was in my teens.

LA50: Was her death something that had been expected? FF: She had health issues – a heart murmur – but her death was completely unexpected. She was one of the first people to ever be operated on by Dr. Michael DeBakey (the late, worldrenowned cardiovascular surgeon whose innovations revolutionized the treatment of heart patients). She was one of the first patients to have heart-valve replacement. Sadly, she didn’t die of heart problems. It’s a terrible story. We had been in Texas and then went back to Turkey. While we were there, she had a malfunction with her valve and had to go to the hospital. While she was there, she got up to use the bathroom and fell and cracked her skull. Her death came as a complete shock. We figured she would be out of the hospital in a couple of days and, well, that didn’t happen. My father had to come home and tell us she was gone. It was devastating. When I think back on it, it was like a window that shatters and then falls. That’s what it felt like. I remember when he told us, we were in the kitchen and I felt a chasm open between us. It was like the Grand Canyon opened up under us. When your world is changed suddenly and dramatically like that, it opens up all of your senses.

LA50: How did you deal with her passing? FF: My mother’s passing made me want to become a small-town Texas girl instead of the world traveler I had been. I became engaged at 15 and got married when I was 18. I didn’t want to go to college or move away from that town. I just wanted to stay there. When I look back at that time with perspective, I think that was because the man I married had a big family and a mother, so I was filling a void in my life.

LA50: Which then begs the question: Why aren’t you an Orange, Texas housewife today? FF: (smiles) The simple answer is that I got interested in acting.

LA50: Was that something you been harboring an interest in for some time? FF: The first time I was ever in a play was in first grade, in France. I played a windmill. I clearly remember looking out and seeing my mother in the audience with a big smile on her face. Then when I was in seventh grade, I wrote a play. We were in Turkey and we would all go to this big mess hall on weekends. All the families would gather and eat dinner and watch a movie. So I decided I wanted to do a play about Christmas elves and I wrote a script and gave myself the lead. I can’t remember much about the story other than I got into some sort of mischief and was taught a lesson. I so wish I had a copy of that today. But besides that and taking a drama class and doing

a play, in high school, that was it. Then after I got married, I was working as a secretary and one of the shift workers – this jaunty, happy-go-lucky guy – told me about this community show that was done in Orange every year. He invited me to come down and audition. I did and it changed my life. I met all the more interesting people who lived in Orange – all these artistic people. Through that show, I auditioned for a play being done by the Orange Players – a Tennessee Williams play – ‘Summer and Smoke.’ I auditioned and got a part and, from then on, instead of going home after work, I went to rehearsal and just fell in love with the world of theater that brought everything alive for me. I went on to do ‘A Man For All Seasons’ and it (acting) had a profound effect on me that was way beyond my little life in Orange, Texas. To be able to jump in and become another person had great appeal to me. I went on to play Agnes in a production of ‘Mame,’ and all my energy went into acting, and, because of that, my marriage fell apart.

LA50: So, how does a young actress from Orange, Texas get to New York and Hollywood? FF: I was 20 and one night, a New York actor named John Holland, who was in Orange, told me that I didn’t have to be stuck there. He told me I had talent. I had never heard that before from anyone. He told me I could be acting for a living. He sent a letter of introduction to the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia and I was accepted as an apprentice where I did everything but act. It was invaluable experience, because I learned everything imaginable about theater. I built sets, made props, worked on costumes, assisted the director, ran lines with actors. It was great experience. Then from there, I went to New York. I had no real plan, but just knew I wanted to work in the theater. When I first got there, I worked as a nanny for a woman on Park Avenue and took acting classes and that led to training with Lee Strasberg and auditioning and getting work in theater and then television and then films. It’s amazing, the resilience we have when we are young – how we just find our way.

LA50: While you had established yourself as an actress with a solid resume long before 'Titanic,' that film really brought you into international prominence. Can you share some memories? FF: The scope of ‘Titanic’ was so huge – bigger than anything I had ever done. I’ll never forget seeing the ship for the first time. It was magnificent – just a stunning sight. The dayto-day work was wonderful because all Jim (Cameron) requires is 100-percent dedication to what you are doing. I had a great time. I felt an immediate connection with Jim from the first time we met. After I was cast, I met Kate (Winslet) and Leo (DiCaprio). I had an immediate connection with Kate. There was tension between our characters. We understood that, but we got along so well, although the demands on her were huge. They had her working every day. Doing ’Titanic’ also gave me the opportunity to get to know Gloria Stuart, whom I just loved. Gloria had been away from acting for a long time, because they weren’t writing parts for people of her age and „ April 2014 LIFEAFTER50.COM 15


more to this world than this physical realm. I am a believer in miracles. I think we all develop our own spirituality. My father never told us he was from a Jewish family. He wasn’t religious at all. My mother was Lutheran, but because we traveled so much, we weren’t churchgoers. In Brazil, I did go to a Catholic school and I absorbed some of the teachings of the Catholic Church that I worked hard in my 20s to get rid of. I then got on a spiritual path and began to learn about Zen Buddhism. I learned about many different religions and came to understand that they all have things in common. So I am very spiritual, but not religious. Religion is a man-made concept to keep people enslaved through dogmas. I don’t have to struggle for what is not mine. There’s a saying I love: What is for you will not pass you by. I believe that, and it has helped me tremendously in both my career and my life. Wherever I have forgotten that, it has caused me great pain. So as our lives change, I believe you just have to keep going through whatever doors open for you. "The M Word," co-starring Fisher and Gregory Harrison will open on April 30.

she figured her career as an actress was over. She had gone back to printing – making these wonderful little books. She was a great person who had incredible insights. She once told me if something isn’t working or going well in your career, you don’t stop being creative, you just go on and do something else. We all lived in these little bungalows on Rosarito Beach. If I wasn’t working for more than three days in a row, I would go back to Los Angeles, because my daughter was just threeyears-old. I remember being home for Thanksgiving and then having to be back at work the next day. I brought the turkey carcass from our dinner back with me and made this great soup and invited everyone over. I remember Leo sitting on the couch with his girlfriend and Kate and Jim and Billy (Zane). That is one of my fondest memories of doing the film.

LA50: What about the final product. What do you think of the film? FF: I love it! The first time I saw it was at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Prince Charles in attendance. We were all flown over – Leo and his mom and Kate and me. I got so caught up in the story of Jack and Rose that, by the end, in that famous scene when the camera goes up the stairs from Rose’s perspective and Jack holds out his hand to her, I was bawling my eyes out. The film is constructed in such a way that you are taken on that journey with those characters, and, to me, that is brilliant writing and filmmaking. LA50: Let’s talk about another film – your latest one – ‘The M Word,’ that will be released this month. FF: It’s a typical Henry Jaglom film with great characters and wonderful roles for women and his improvisational method of working. I had worked with Henry before on a film called ‘Babyfever,’ and he called and asked if I would be interested in doing a film about menopause. So I jumped into the ring with Henry again. One aspect of the film is about the female cycle, going from having our periods to menopause, which is a metaphor for what is happening to everyone in the film – men 16 LIFEAFTER50.COM April 2014

and women – getting older and seeing their lives changing. They call menopause the change of life for a reason – because it is. And, as you get older, you have to figure out how to accept things and fight for things, which is what happens with the characters in this film. It’s very funny, but it also deals with a very serious subject – of how the world disregards people as they get older and how we have to fight that. I really loved doing this film and I’m glad that people will get to see that I am funny – and I really am funny. My character is a neurotic mess who is going through menopause and is breaking up with her husband whose career is faltering because of his age.

LA50: While we are on the subject of getting older. How are you personally handling that, and this ever-changing life? FF: When it comes to aging, there are two ways you can go. You can think your life is over and live in denial and do things to your face to try to look younger, or you can take your energy and turn it into a new chapter of life. That is very much the message of ‘The M Word.’ For me, I’m a believer in aging gracefully, although, I also believe in doing everything you can to take care of yourself physically. I’m a vegan and I don’t drink coffee. I do yoga and walk and I’m a spiritual person. My spirituality plays a huge role in how I look at aging, as well as everything in life. I believe in forgiveness, of yourself and of others, and I believe in being kind. I also know there is

LA50: What doors are you hoping will open for you over the next few years? FF: I want to keep working. I love to be productive and I feel like I have as much energy as I ever have. But I also love the days that I don’t have to work and I can do whatever I want.

LA50: What do you do on those days? FF: I love to get up and just know I don’t have anything I have to do. I love to draw and go out for a bite with someone. I love spending time with my two dogs and with my daughter and having dinner with friends talking about theater and acting and politics.

LA50: Your daughter is following in her parents footsteps. Is that rough for her, being in the shadow of you and her famous father? FF: I never think of her as growing up in our shadow as much as I think of her growing up in our light. She has always been in the light of our careers and I see her embrace of acting as carrying on the family tradition. She has been given a platform and that comes with a responsibility for her to do her best. Her father has had a lifetime to achieve what he has done, so she has a long way to go. But in Hollywood, nothing is given to anyone, even if you have a big name. It may get you in the door, but that’s it. Once you are in, you have to prove that you have the talent. I’m not worried about her. She is very talented and – just like with me – what is for her will not pass her by. ª

“Resurrection” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on ABC. “The M Word,” an ensemble comedy that, along with Fisher, stars Tanna Frederick, Gregory Harrison, Corey Feldman and Mary Crosby, opens theatrically in limited release on April 30. This month also marks the release of “Henry Jaglom Vol. 3: The Women’s Quartet,” a DVD box set from The Rainbow Film Company. The collection includes four of Jaglom’s classic female-centric comedies – “Eating,” “Babyfever,” “Going Shopping” and “Irene in Time.” The set is available by clicking on www.rainbowfilmstore.com.


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The Memorabilia Market

While collecting sportscards and various types of other sports-related items goes back well over 100 years, it has only been since the 1980s that the industry and hobby of buying and selling sports memorabilia has broken out into a huge market. As the desire for rare and unique sports-related items took hold with collectors, prices began to soar, and, as is always the case, once these items began pulling in big money, the bad guys and scammers of the world stepped in to take advantage of people. Realizing that the buying and selling of sports collectibles had to be better policed, 1991 saw the creation of Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), which has become the largest and most trusted third-party grading and authentication company in 20 LIFEAFTER50.COM April 2014

the world. Cards and collectibles graded by PSA are worth considerably more than those that are not – and for good reason. As the grading standard of the industry, PSA is the preferred choice of collectors, dealers and auction houses worldwide. Today, having processed over 20 million cards and collectibles with a cumulative declared value of over a billion dollars, PSA processes approximately 100 thousand submissions from hobbyists who are serious about maximizing the value of their collections. By providing the advantage and protection of impartial, third-party grading, PSA has created a market in which collectors can participate with complete confidence and trust. Joe Orlando, the president of PSA is also the editor of Sports Market Report magazine, a monthly periodical that offers a regularly updated price guide and other valuable information to sports memorabilia collectors. According to Orlando, the collecting of sportscards and memorabilia is widely embraced by those who enjoy the personal memories and historical significance of things related to their favorite teams or players as well as the investment potential these items carry. “If you look back at the last 10, 20, 30 years, at the extreme high-end of the sports collectibles market, there is no doubt that quality items have outperformed many other traditional forms of investing,” Orlando states. “That said, the point I must emphasize is that when we are talking about increases in values, we are talking about items that are the best of the best. That is the case with every collectible –

art, comics, coins – anything you can think of. It is always the rarest and the things of the best quality that will survive even bad economies and continue to perform well for investment purposes.” Orlando says that when considering collecting items that have good investment potential, you must be aware that, while seeking items that are both rare and in the best possible condition, you will be competing with those who already have world-class collections, are well-versed in what they are looking for, and have extremely deep pockets. “When you are dealing in the high-end, investment-grade realm of collecting – whatever the item may be – the reality is that you will be dealing with people who have a level of disposable income that most people do not have. They are able to afford the items in that world-class range.” Asked to explain why high-end sports collectibles have performed so well as investments, Orlando says it all comes down to rarity and desirability. “That is why you see such a dramatic increase in prices realized even in a short period of time,” he says. “It’s like anything else in which you have a high demand and an extremely limited supply.” As an example, Orlando points to the surge in value of game-used uniforms and equipment. “Less than three to five years ago, you could purchase a Mickey Mantle game-worn jersey for between $100 thousand and $150 thousand,” he explains. “However, in the last year or so, there have been several prices realized for Mickey Mantle jerseys that range between $300 thousand and $650 thousand. These


items have seen a highly significant increase in value in a very short time. That is because enough people with that high-end level of disposable income wanted those jerseys and there are so few in existence that the prices went up multiple times in just a year or two. That is the principle that comes into play with any collectible, no matter what the field: It has to be rare and the best of the best.”

Not Just For The Rich

While investing in any sort of significant collectible tends to be a game that is played by those with equally significant incomes, Orlando says that collecting world-class items doesn’t necessarily have to be just for the wealthy. “You can buy a world-class George Brett game-used bat for under $10 thousand,” says Orlando. “While a Babe Ruth-used bat may cost a million dollars, there are numerous very high-quality world-class items that can be purchased for under $20 thousand. And just like the Mantle jerseys have gone up, that is also true of those items in the $5 thousand to $20 thousand range. There are also things available – cards, autographs, game-used equipment, original photos, tickets and programs – that are available to people who don’t have tremendous amounts of money to invest. These are items that very recently have been purchased for around $5 thousand that and are now going for over $10 thousand.” To prove his point that the sports collectable world is not just for those with world-class bank accounts, Orlando points to items pertaining to the New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who is in his final season. “In the last year or two, Jeter’s game-used bats, that were selling for $5 thousand, are now selling for $15 thousand, and the ones that were selling for $15 thousand – those that were specific to a certain game or hit – are selling for $30 thousand. So it’s not just the $100 thousand-plus items that have seen tremendous value increases within a short period of time.” While items pertaining to current athletes are, of course, much less expensive than those that were used by the long-gone greats of the game, Orlando advises caution when investing in modern-day items. “Speculating on items related to current athletes is just as risky as the most risky investment you can get into,” he warns. “A player may be three or four years into his career and showing great promise to be a huge star and a Hall of Famer. Then the next day, he can become involved in a scandal or blow out his elbow or turn his knee the wrong way and his career is over. There are so many things that can derail a potential future Hall of Famer that speculating on that is extremely risky. Now, could there also be a terrific payoff in speculating on a specific player? Sure. But there is also a big risk that you could purchase something that may actually go down in value or even lose all of its value. Today’s modern athletes come into their careers with such hype and exceptions that they have to maintain incredible stats and win championships for their collectibles to maintain or increase in desirability and value. I see things related to current players that are priced at such a high level, you wonder how much future upside is left.”

to look for items related to a specific game. “There has recently been a great surge of interest in items that can be pinned to a certain moment, or special year, or game,” says Orlando. “There seems to be a rising appreciation for a jersey or a bat or a helmet, or even a ticket or program from a specific game. Now there has always been a premium for a jersey worn by an athlete during a world championship game or their MVP year, but we are seeing, even with non-star players, if the event is iconic – a game that has seen an iconic winning game shot or home run – a historically significant moment – that collectors are desiring and paying premium prices for almost any items tied to that game. That was once reserved for the big stars, the Babe Ruths, or Wilt Chamberlains or Joe Namaths, but now we are seeing it with any player who was simply involved in an iconic moment in sports history – with a game that will always be memorable or has changed the landscape of the sport. The last few years have seen some incredible prices realized for these sort of things." As a case in point, Orlando refers to a recent sale of the jersey, bat and batting helmet Kurt Gibson used when he hit the game-winning home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series that sold for over a million dollars. “Kurt Gibson, while a very good player, is not a Hall of Famer,” says Orlando. “But that moment is so memorable with baseball fans that it generated items sold for a huge price. We’ve also seen this with equipment that was used and worn in the 1980 Miracle on Ice – a very memorable Olympic memory. Most people, even diehard hockey fans, may not be able to name the players on that team – they weren’t professional star hockey players – but that game was such an important part of history – of Olympic history – that items pertaining to it have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

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If the idea of investing in sports collectibles is some- Finance While many people have made huge sums of thing that interests you, Orlando’s advice – beyond always buying the rarest and the best conditioned – is money by buying and selling sports collectibles,

Orlando is adamant in pointing out that he never recommends or condones people getting into collectibles purely as an investment. “If you are doing it for fun, because you have a passion for certain items and you receive enjoyment from owning then, and there happens to be an investment aspect to it, which there currently is, that’s what it is all about. I would never recommend people collect things just with the hope of seeing big returns on their investments because no one has a crystal ball. In my opinion, one of the advantages that collectibles have over more traditional forms of investment is the emotional or sentimental element. When people invest in stocks, for example, it is often a strict business deal. There is rarely an appeal to owning the stock other than the prospect of making money. It is not tangible. But collectibles are. In addition, people are able to enjoy a collectible item in a way that you can’t with traditional investments. You may be interested in the subject matter, the team, the iconic figure, the historical aspect or the visual appeal of the collectible amongst other things. It adds a whole different layer to the experience, whether you make money or not.” While acknowledging that there are few investment opportunities in which people have doubled their initial investment in just a couple of years, Orlando says the most important thing to remember is that there are no guarantees. “You hear about the big-selling items, but there are also plenty of examples of people purchasing something and seeing their investment reduced by half of what they paid for it,” he says. “With collectibles, there is risk inherent in almost anything other than the very high-end and rarest of items. But there is also risk in your 401K or your stocks or anything you may invest in. When it comes to investing, there are very few sure things, however if you invest correctly, there is no doubt that tremendous returns can be realized.” For more information about Professional Sports Authenticators and Sports Market Report magazine, click on www.psacard.com. ª April 2014 LIFEAFTER50.COM 21


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The Very Model of a Modern Magers Anchorman Paul Magers of CBS 2 News shares his thoughts on the state of broadcast journalism, life, love, and what it all means in the end By David Laurell

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iven the task of searching for the perfect archetype of a modern-day television anchorman, the required skill set would include the highest level of trustworthiness and journalistic integrity; a finely tuned understanding of the business of news gathering, writing, reporting and producing; the ability to remain cool under chaotic pressure; a professional and yet affable demeanor, and a pleasantly melodic and yet authoritative voice and delivery style. Oh, and even if the powers-that-be in the broadcast news biz bristle at the charge that there is a solid dose of showmanship involved in what they do, if the aforementioned components were to be dapperly wrapped up in strapping movie star looks and stylish suits, well, hey, all the better. Now, let’s say all those elements were pulled together and the search was complete. Wouldn’t it just be the ultimate kicker if, on top of all those desired qualities, this model anchorman were also a really nice guy? That is exactly what CBS 2 News was searching for, and successfully found, in Paul Magers, who, in January 2004, was teamed up with longtime Southern California newswoman Pat Harvey to co-anchor the station’s 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

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Born in Santa Maria, California, Magers spent the majority of his childhood in Ellensburg, Washington. He attributes his initial interest in broadcast journalism to his older brother, Ron, who began working in radio when he was in high school; went on to work as a reporter for KEZI-TV in Eugene, Oregon, then as a producer and anchor at KGW-TV in Portland, and, for the past 33 years, has been an anchor with WLS-TV in Chicago. “When I was in my late adolescence and around my brother’s work, it was clear to me that the people who were in that setting were smart and funny and really enjoyed what they were doing,” Magers recalls. “That was dramatically opposed to what I saw when I visited my father’s work. He worked in a meatpacking plant and, to me, it was like going into a salt mine. It didn’t matter if I went to where my father worked or to where any of my friends’ fathers worked. It was only when I was around radio and television stations that something clicked with me. I loved that you got to tell stories and meet interesting people and got to find out about things first. That was all very exciting to me.” After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a juris doctorate degree from the Hamline University School of Law, Magers began his broadcasting career at KSTP-TV in St. Paul, Minnesota followed by a two-year stint as a reporter at KATU-TV in Portland. In 1981, he returned to his birth state of California, where he reported and manned the anchor desk at KGTV-TV in San Diego before being tapped by KARE-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul where, over the following two decades, he established himself as one of the Twin Cities’ most popular newsmen. Along with his work on the local level, Magers also moderated a political debate on CNN between former Vice President Walter Mondale and then-St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman in the 2002 senate race to replace Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, who had been killed in a plane crash. During his time with the NBC-affiliated KARE-TV, Magers also served as a substitute anchor on the weekend editions of NBC’s “Today” show. In 2004, Magers again returned to California when he joined CBS 2 News. In addition to his anchoring duties, he has hosted numerous specials, moderated political debates, participated in a wide variety of community events, and been honored for his work by the Los Angeles area division of the Television Arts and Sciences, the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California and the Greater Los „ April 2014 LIFEAFTER50.COM 29


Angeles Press Club. Married for 36 years, Magers and his wife, Kathryn, are parents to two daughters and share their Coldwater Canyon home with an orange tabby named Bentley, and Albert, a golden retriever they adopted after he failed to qualify to become a guide dog.

Magers’ Views On The News

On a recent evening, between the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, Magers, who will turn 60 next month, invited Life After 50 to the CBS Broadcast Center located on the storied lot of the CBS Studio Center in Studio City. Seated in a conference room adjacent to the seemingly endless rows of computer stations and cubicles in the cavernous CBS and KCAL newsrooms, which are separated from the studios by a suite of broadcast control rooms, Magers is pragmatic when asked how he feels about the current state of broadcast journalism. “A lot of it is good and some of it is bad,” he opines. “I think local stations, especially outside of the major markets – the big cities like Los Angeles and New York – provide vital and important information for people to see what is going on in all aspects of their communities – socially and politically. That becomes more of a challenge in an area like Los Angeles, where you are covering such a vast area that is extremely diverse. So, for local news to maintain relevance, in an era when anyone can pick up their smartphone and get any news they want at any time, we have to do all we can to explore and cover the issues that truly matter to the communities we cover. I think we must work to find those issues – political, educational, investigative, the courts, business, health, entertainment, everything – and focus on them and how they impact the lives of our viewers.” To better provide that sort of coverage, Magers believes that stations should revisit the concept of having reporters dedicated to a specific beat. “Most stations no longer have beat reports like they once did,” he says. “In my mind, that would not be a bad thing to get back to; to have reporters who could develop sources and expertise within their beat so they would know the players and what stories should break that have real relevance. I have to believe if you put a reporter on the campuses of just USC and UCLA alone, much less all the other fine institutions of higher learning in Southern California, they would be breaking stories every week.” Asked for guidance as to how he believes people can best stay informed in a world of information overload, Magers says it is incumbent upon the people themselves to be very discriminatory as to what they view as news and as the truth. “In spite of having more news sources and information than ever before in the history of the world, people today have to work hard to be properly informed, and that isn’t easy,” he says. “There are so many news sources, including mainstream sources, out there today that will happily spoon-feed viewers what they want to feed them, in the way they want to feed them, and hope they will develop an appetite for it. When it comes to the cable news organizations, people tend to like a certain channel because it leans their way politically, and they stick with it. If that becomes someone’s only news source, they become totally dogmatic, because of what they are being fed day after day and they won’t even consider any other opinions and come to believe that anyone who is deviating from what they are being fed, or not reporting on what they are being fed, is misleading them or holding back information. But I think if you juxtapose local news stations to say, FOX or MSNBC, who have gone in a direction they believe is amenable to attract and retain their audiences, you will find that local stations, for the most part, are doing a very good job of not having any agenda other than informing viewers with well-researched and vetted stories. If we have an agenda here in this newsroom at CBS News in Los Angeles, no one has ever told me what it is. And that has been the same with every station I have ever worked for.”

The Man Behind The Anchorman

Queried on how he himself keeps informed on the news, Magers says he has a regular morning ritual. “I get up and read two papers – real newspapers that I hand-hold – the Wall Street Journal and the L.A. Times,” he reveals. “Then, on my laptop, I have what I call my news trap line. It’s a number of news sites, aggregators and actual newspapers that I check every morning. That is how I begin every day, from 8 till about 10:30.” After perusing his news trap line over coffee, Magers says his typical day involves running errands or helping his 19-year-old daughter, who is in col-

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lege and still lives at home, with something. “I always get to work by 2:30 and then start preparing for the 5 p.m. newscast. That involves going over stories, rewriting stories, asking questions of producers and reporters and writers. I then do the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, tape some things and have dinner. After the 6 p.m. newscast, I’m like a firefighter, just being here in case something happens, and also preparing for the 11 p.m. newscast. As soon as that is over, it takes me 13 minutes to get home, because I don’t have to deal with traffic, and I’m in my jammies by midnight reading or watching something I’ve recorded. I watch ‘True Detective.’ I watch ‘Justified.’ I love ‘The Americans,’ and this new show, ‘The Red Road,’ which is interesting.” Pressed on what books are currently on his nightstand, Magers says he is just finishing a book on the plague in 17th-century England and is also reading Ransom Riggs’ novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” about a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. As for his time away from the newsroom and the anchor desk, Magers says he and his wife enjoy going to the movies and out for dinner. He also reveals that one of his biggest passions is music. “My tastes run the gamut,” he laughs. “I like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, and I love Bruno Mars who I think is a genius. Of course I love U2 and The Rolling Stones. On my iPad you’ll find everything from Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby to current music.” While Magers’ musical taste is eclectic, there is not even the slightest doubt as to whose albums he would choose if he were to be stranded on the proverbial desert island. “I am more knowledgeable about The Beatles and their music than any other recording artist,” he says proudly. “I have every recording they have ever made and have read everything ever written about them.”

Paul M. Meets Paul M.

As the conversation turns to Magers’ love of The Fab Four, it becomes more than evident that he is, in fact, a very well-versed Beatlephile who lists having met Paul McCartney as one of the greatest things that has ever happened to him. “I actually got to sing with him,” he boasts with a beaming smile. “It was at


“I love what I’m doing and the people I work with,” Magers says of his co-anchor, Pat Harvey, center, and weathercaster Jackie Johnson the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel at 1:30 in the morning. I was there with some friends and Paul McCartney walked in. I was stunned, and one of my friends said: ‘You’re such a big fan, you should go over and say hello.’ Well, I didn’t feel comfortable bothering him and my friend said: ‘What would bother you more, walking over there and having him reject you or never doing it and not knowing what would happen?’ I thought about that for a moment and said: ‘I’m walking over there!’” Finding himself in front of McCartney’s table, Magers begged the former Beatle and his companion to excuse him for the interruption. “I introduced myself and used that old worn-out, tired cliché and said: ‘Paul, your music is the soundtrack of my life. I have a memory and a moment for every song The Beatles have done and I just wanted to say thank you.’ He said: ‘Well, Paul, that’s an easy name to remember. I want to thank you. That’s a lovely thing to say.’ So I had my moment with him and it was very exciting and I excused myself and again apologized to them for the interruption and went back to join my friends. Then, awhile went by and I heard someone yelling out: ‘Paul!’ I looked up and it was Paul McCartney, who was leaving, waving at me, and he said: ‘Nice meeting you! Goodnight!’” Clearly loving telling the story as much as he loved living it, Magers leans his arms on the conference room table and continues his Macca-meeting tale. “So a few weeks later I’m back at the Polo Lounge with some different friends and Paul McCartney walks in again. He sees me and says: ‘Hi Paul’ and came over to our table and said he noticed I was always wearing a tie and asked what I do. I told him I worked for CBS News here in L.A. and he told me that he always wanted to be a weather presenter when he was a kid. So Paul and I are just having this conversation and the guys with me are sitting there in awe. Then, out of the blue, I said: ‘You know what Beatles song I just love? ‘Dear Prudence.’ And he started singing it and then I chimed in with him. Well, this one friend of mine, who was from Arkansas, could not believe what was happening and after Paul left our table, he just sat there in a daze and kept saying: ‘No one from back home will ever believe this!’” As the perfect coda to his story, Magers says as he was leaving the Polo Lounge that night and making his way through the hotel’s lobby, McCartney, who was also leaving, came over and made mention of the song “Julia” that John Lennon wrote about his mother. “So I started singing ‘Julia,’ and then he started singing it, and it was just a fantastic moment I’ll never forget.”

After that impromptu duet between Magers and the Mop Top, the two found themselves at the hotel’s front door waiting for their cars to arrive. “Our cars pulled up at the same time and as we were getting in, I yelled over to him: ‘Hey Paul, I just want to thank you for being so nice.’ He gave me a big smile and said: ‘Oh Paul, no problem. I mean, what else is there in the end?’” As the two waved goodbye and took off into the Beverly Hills night, Magers said all he could think of was the last line of The Beatles song “The End” from their 1969 “Abby Road” album. “I thought, wow, he really means what he wrote,” says Magers. “That ‘in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.’ To me, that’s why we’re here. We’re not here to cause anyone grief and misery. That ain’t getting you anywhere. We’re here to love one another and make life better for one another.”

And In The End, It’s All So Simple

Magers says that as he has gotten older, that philosophy – that when it is all said and done, love is all that matters – has become more and more important to him. “I’m very blessed to have a lot of love in my life,” says Magers. “I love what I’m doing and the people I work with. I love working with Jackie (weathercaster Jackie Johnson) and Pat, who is a delightful human being who really knows her stuff and is very good at what she does and is a fun person. It has been just lovely and wonderful working with both of them. I am blessed with the love of my wife and my daughters and my friends. I have a lot of close friends and I make it a point to always tell them that I love them. That started with a friend of mine, Doug, who is a bit older than me. We were talking once, and at the end of our conversation, he said: ‘Ya know Paul, I love you.’ I thought, ‘What a nice thing for him to say.’ So I do that with all of my friends now. I was just speaking with an old friend of mine, a guy named Wheels, and before I hung up, I told him that I loved him and he said: ‘I love you, too.’” Magers leans back in his chair, puts his hands behind his head and breaks out in a huge smile. “I guess, if I have a philosophy about life and getting older, that is it,” he says with a shrug. “It’s like Paul McCartney said: ‘What else is there in the end.’ So I think that’s it. That in the end, it’s all just about loving one another. It’s as ª simple as that.”

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Do Stock Investments Hurt Your Income? Owning stocks should be based on just one thing – your personal goals! Special to Life After 50 by William Jordan

Recently, a new client came into our office with a very common question: “Can I afford to retire now?” After hearing him share his concerns about the stock market, I asked one of my favorite questions: “If I could design a plan to accomplish all of your financial goals with no concern for running out of money without investing in the stock market, would you still want stocks in your portfolio?”

What A Question!

His response was quick and to the point: “No way!” he replied. To this client, stocks were a means to an end, not the goal itself. So we created a plan to do just that: Give him great retirement income and almost no risk of the plan failing. At his death, he will presumably leave a smaller inheritance to his heirs, but the benefit is he can stop watching the stock market – for good. Ironically, he can also enjoy a higher level of income in retirement without stocks in his portfolio. Your answer to my question about stocks might be different. My goal is not to suggest everyone in or near retirement should exit the stock market, but rather, to ask a question, which I believe is incredibly important and often ignored: Do you truly want stocks in your portfolio or do you simply think you are supposed to have them?

Can Everyone Get Out Of Stocks?

This is one of those areas which must be carefully evaluated by a professional. Taking less risk by exiting the stock market may or may not be appropriate, depending on your situation. What I really wonder is why so few financial planners take the time to evaluate the option. The reason for stocks in a portfolio is for the long-term appreciation. It is true that stocks have historically provided greater inflation protection and greater average returns than any other investment available. However, stocks have also experienced decades like 2000 to 2010. In that period, stocks (and stock-based mutual funds) not only failed to even keep up with inflation but lost money over an 11 year period.

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This is the heart of the problem. On one hand, we have seen stocks provide the best returns, and on the other, we have seen them provide the worst – even over a meaningful period of time. So what happens if you rely on the stock market to take care of your portfolio growth for the next 10 years and the market actually goes down? In that case, you may have a real problem. So, you think, we’re stuck. If stocks could be either the best or the worst option for the next decade it sounds like a crap shoot. Who wants to gamble with their income over the next decade? The answer then, either in part or in total, might be to get out of the stock market.

Less Stock Means More Income

As impossible as it sounds, it is often the case that removing stocks from your portfolio when you are in or near retirement allows you to have more income in retirement. The reason for this is you do not have to be prepared for a 58-percent decline in your portfolio while in retirement.

Here’s How The Numbers Work.

If you lose 50-percent of your portfolio, you now need a 100-percent return on the remaining assets just to get back to where you started. As if that isn’t bad enough, it’s worse if you are retired and taking income. This is the reason financial planners force their clients to be so conservative with the income they take from their investments in retirement, because there is always the chance of a life-changing loss in the stock market. On the other hand, with no stocks comes a dramatically lower risk and a potential worst-case scenario that looks downright rosy compared to what we saw in 2008 and other stock market periods. This allows you to spend more money now and throughout your retirement.


What Do You Do Instead?

Let’s get to the real question: What do you actually need to earn in order to accomplish all your lifetime financial goals with no concern for running out of money? This number will be different for every client. After we figure this out, my next question is: How can you meet or exceed that return with the least amount of risk possible? Most financial advisors perform risk assessments or evaluations trying to determine how much risk you can take. Then they create an investment plan to make sure you will experience the maximum risk they think you can handle. Ouch! Instead, what if a financial advisor actually suggested a plan designed to accomplish your financial goals with less risk? Wouldn’t that make more sense? If you are looking for a catch, I’m going to give it to you. The probability is you will have more income while you are alive, but will leave a smaller estate to your heirs. If you just read that and thought: “That works for me,” like almost all of my clients think, then you should evaluate the impact on removing all stocks from your portfolio.

Where To Go From Here?

For more information on this subject, I would recommend my book, “Strategic Wealth,” where I discuss this subject in more detail. Our firm also offers a complimentary Maximum Income Analysis for all Life After 50 readers. Bottom line: Don’t own stocks just because you think you should. Choose to own them or not based on your personal goals and what is most important to you. William Jordan is a nationally recognized wealth manager and wellknown speaker on financial and investment topics. William Jordan Associates is a Registered Investment Advisor with the state of California. Past performance does not guarantee future results. To ask a question or request a meeting to discuss William’s “Seven Percent Solution,” you can contact him at (949) 380-8600 or by clicking on www.WJAoc.com.

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Let’s Get OUt A Preview of Upcoming Events for April/May By Claire Yezbak Fadden

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April/May 2014

THE SNOWY DAY AND THE ART OF EZRA JACK KEATS

Enter the evocative world of the groundbreaking children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats in this exhibition, featuring over 80 original works by the artist. Ranging from preliminary sketches and “dummies,” or preparatory books, to final paintings and collages, the displayed works explore a life and career that became an inspiration for generations of readers. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Tues.-Sun. through Sept. 7. $7-$10. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

eNteRtAINMeNt WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 MACBETH In a world rife with superstition and witchcraft, the Bard’s insatiable Scottish couple leads us down a traitorous and blood-soaked road to the throne only to learn that power attained through murderous greed is enshrouded with the sleepless shriek of a guilty conscience. A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Wed.-Sun. through May 11. $34$40. (626) 356-3100. anoisewithin.org. TARTUFFE A fox in the hen house; a rat is in the cellar; a snake is in the grass – Oh, Monsieur Tartuffe. The world’s most famous scoundrel’s story, Tartuffe is comic genius Molière’s tale of naiveté, religious hypocrisy and the triumphant victory of good over evil – and all in rhyming couplets. A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Wed.-Sun. through May 24. $34-$40. (626) 356-3100. anoisewithin.org. COME BACK, LITLE SHEBA At a time when the pace of American life was not so rapid, a middle-aged couple, awash in what-ifs and drifting apart, takes in a young, vivacious college boarder, creating an explosive catalyst for change. A Noise Within,

3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Wed.-Sun. through May 17. $34-$40. (626) 356-3100. anoisewithin.org. GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS Duo recital: Julie Jung, violoncello; Jennie Jung, piano. First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St., Glendale. Free. (818) 2422113. glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com. THIRD WEDNESDAY “Step Out for Spring” Happy Hour. Celebrate spring in a neighborhood that is always hoppin’. The weather couldn’t be finer for sampling drinks or a new appetizer. Hop from one participating restaurant and bar to the next. Mix and mingle with friends or bring a date for a mid-week night out that is sure to impress. Downtown Culver City, between Culver and Washington Blvds. and Dusquene Ave., Culver City. downtownculvercity.com. THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON At 17, Lilka Kadison flees Poland on the eve of World War II. Seventy years later in her modest North Hollywood home, she’s spending the afternoon hassling her son, wrestling her caregiver, and arguing with a ghost who keeps rearranging her furniture - and her memories. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank. Through April 19. $30-$57. (818) 955-8101. falcontheatre.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 MY NAME IS ASHER LEV Set in a Hasidic Jewish Community in postwar Brooklyn, this is a powerful story of a young painter’s struggle to become an artist at any cost – against the will of his parents, community and tradition. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. Thurs.-Sun. through April 27. $34. (323) 6631525.fountaintheatre.com. TOP GIRLS Politics get personal in the go-getting 1980s of Margaret Thatcher’s England when Marlene, who has just been made managing director of the Top Girls Employment Agency, discovers that life above the glass ceiling is not all it’s cracked up to be. The Antaeus Company, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Thurs.Sun. through May 4. $30-$34. (818) 5061983. antaeus.org. AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Ibsen’s incendiary drama stars Alfred Molina and Richard Kind as brothers facing off for the hearts and minds of their community. When townsfolk discover that the waters of a local tourist spa are contaminated, they’re forced to choose between public safety and financial solvency. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. Through April 20. $15-$50; (310) 827-0889. latw.org.

PEPPERDINE GUITAR ENSEMBLE Christopher Parkening and Taso Comanescu, Directors. Pepperdine University Center for the Arts, Raitt Recital Hall, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Free. arts.pepperdine.edu. FRIDAY, APRIL 18 THE SEAGULL Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. Through May 25. $18-$20. (805) 525-4645. santapaulatheatercenter.org. DOCTOR ANONYMOUS Set during the Frank Rizzo campaign for mayor of Philadelphia and the dawn of gay pride, and inspired by the true story of Dr. John E. Fryer, the play tackles the controversial subject of gay conversion therapy in a tale of love, liberation and opera. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. Fri.-Sun. through May 5. $25; (323) 960-7724. plays411.com/doctor. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF This heart-warming musical centers on the milkman Tevye and his family eking out a living in the Jewish community of Anatevka in 1905 Tsarist Russia. Tevye strives to keep up the traditions of his faith, race and culture against the backdrop of discrimination and prejudice in addition to the love, conflict and humor of finding husbands for his three eldest daughters.

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THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST Daniel Beaty chronicles Paul Robeson’s remarkable life as an artist and political activist in an unforgettable theatrical biography. Beaty fills the theatre with the words, songs and dreams of a man who achieved so much as an All-American linebacker, valedictorian, Columbia Law School graduate and finally an internationally renowned star of stage and screen, and then he risked it all as a civil rights activist. Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Through May 25. $20-$70. (213) 628-2772. centertheatregroup.org. SUNDAY, APRIL 20

THURSDAY, MAY 1

UNORGANIZED CRIME

Gino Sicuso is a diminishing Mafioso, a forgotten brother and son, banished to Detroit. He’s been relocated because he can’t commit murder, and hasn’t had direct communication with any of his family members in years. His wife, Rosie, has Gino on the road to redemption with the hope that he can mentally turn his life around. Having no such trouble with maiming, beating and killing is Gino’s older brother, Sal (Chazz Palminteri), a brutal mobster who unexpectedly shows up at his door. What transpires is a gripping, savage and wildly humorous glimpse at the Cosa Nostra, where the fine line between loyalty and betrayal is explored and where the sacred code of Omertà is shaken to the core. Elephant Theatre, 1076 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood. Thur.-Sun. through May 25. $35. (800) 595-4849. unorganizedcrimetheplay.com.

WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION JAM Musicians and cowboy poets perform stories and songs of the romantic days of the Old West, contemporary music of the American West and songs of the open range and the American cowboy. The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles. $6-$10. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org. TUESDAY, APRIL 22

Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Also April 19-20. $21-$23. (310) 645-5156. kentwoodplayers.org. CATS Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, the musical share the story of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Through May 11. Ticket prices vary. (562) 944-9801, (714) 994-6310. lamiradatheatre.com.

THE LION IN WINTER As the sun sets on his reign, the great and powerful Henry Plantagenet calls Eleanor to the castle at Chinon for one last Winter Court, along with their three crown-hungry sons – the warrior Richard, the conniving Geoffrey and the bumble-headed John. The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third St., Burbank. Dates vary through May 7. Prices vary. (818) 5587000. colonytheatre.org.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25 BEYOND SIGHT Blind actor Robert Smith heads the cast of this world premiere musical about a soldier who returns to the U.S. after losing his sight to an IED in Afghanistan. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood. Fri.Sun. through May 25. $30. (310) 902-8220. creoutreach.org. SATURDAY, APRIL 26 A DELICATE BALANCE Agnes and Tobias’s precarious suburban lives are shaken when they find themselves hosting unexpected houseguests who plan to stay indefinitely. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Dates vary through June 15. $25-$30. (310) 477-2055 x2. odysseytheatre.com. LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the world premiere of a new piece by emerging composer Hannah Lash. Natasha Paremski performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale. $55-plus. (213) 622-7001. laco.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19 WHITE MARRIAGE Ron Sossi directs a surreal, erotic comingof-age fairytale set in Poland circa 1890 that follows a young girl’s sweet, poignant emergence into womanhood and her frightened resistance to a pre-arranged marriage. Chekhov meets Fellini in an enchanting tragicomedy brimming with wit and charm and large dose of the magical by Tadeusz Rózewicz, one of Poland’s most distinguished modern playwrights. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Dates vary through June 1. $25-$30. (310) 477-2055 x2. odysseytheatre.com.

plus-sized. As he reluctantly finds himself falling in love, Tom’s colleagues are brutal in their assessment of his new mate. Hudson Mainstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Fri.-Sun. through June 1. $30; (323) 960-7788. plays411.com/fatpig.

PORGY AND BESS This classic story is set in fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Features legendary songs such as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Tues.-Sun. through June 1. $20-$120. (213) 972-4400, centertheatregroup.org. THURSDAY, APRIL 24 FAT PIG Neil LaBute’s stingingly witty romance about love in the modern age of body image and peer pressure. It tells the story of Tom, a young career guy, who hits it off with Helen, a bright, sexy woman who happens to be

WILDLIFE AT DESCANSO: BIRDS Accomplished birder Kimball Garrett, an ornithologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, talks about local birds. Free to members, $10 nonmembers. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. $6-$9. (818) 949-4200. descansogardens.org. AN EVENING WITH CARLA BRUNI Singer, songwriter, model, activist, photographer - and former first lady of France - Bruni performs songs from her fourth studio album, “Little French Songs.” Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles. $35-$50. (323) 343-6600. luckmanarts.org. SUNDAY, APRIL 27 LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the world premiere of a new piece by emerging


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FLORAL JOURNEY: NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN BEADWORK Through 250 unique objects and personal stories, the exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how beaded floral designs became a remarkable art form as well as a means of economic and cultural survival for Native peoples across North America. The exhibition presents moccasins, bags, dresses, hats, jackets, and other exquisitely beaded and quilled items. The Autry National Center, Gamble Firearms Gallery, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Through April 26. $6-$10. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.

BUTTERFLY PAVILION

A living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectar-producing plants. The Pavilion will again be home to California natives and travelers from across North America. But it will have a distinctive subtropical feel as well, with showy new species from the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border. Of the 30 species of butterflies, 20 will be native to the Golden State and 10 will arrive from south Florida and Texas. Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. Through Sept. 1. $9-$12. (213) 763-3466. nhm.org.

composer Hannah Lash. Natasha Paremski performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., Los Angeles. $55-plus. (213) 622-7001. laco.org. ROBERT IRVINE LIVE Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine and host of “Restaurant: Impossible” shares his newly created live show. Irvine takes the live cooking demo to the next level by incorporating challenges, audience interaction and high tech video projection. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $35$131. (805) 449-2787. toaks.org.

MAY FRIDAY, MAY 2 THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN E.B. White’s classic novel is now a brilliant symphonic concert experience for the whole family. Louis is a trumpeter swan born without a voice. On an epic journey of challenge and discovery, Louis finds the gift of music through his father’s heartbreaking and heroic love. Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. Through May 4. Prices vary. (310) 746-4000. thewallis.org. SUNDAY, MAY 4 FREE FIRST SUNDAY Free admission to the Museum of Ventura County including its galleries and any special events. Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main St., Ventura. First Sunday of each month. (805) 653-0323. venturamuseum.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS Calico Winds. First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St., Glendale. Free. (818) 2422113. glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com. SATURDAY, MAY 10 THE JOHNNY CLEGG BAND Features Clegg on guitar, vocals and concertina with his long time, six-piece band from South Africa (drums, bass, keyboards/ saxophone, lead guitar, and backing vocalist.). Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $39. (805) 449-2787. toaks.org.

EXHIBITIONS FRIDAY, MAY 2 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER This exhibit tells the fascinating stories of history’s most famous diamonds and their equally famous owners. The display features the well-known diamond replicas of Scott Sucher and the stunning Historical Figures of artist-historian George Stuart. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. Through Aug.24. $3-$4. (805) 653-0323. venturamuseum.org. LOST AND FOUND: THE SECRETS OF ARCHIMEDES In 1999, researchers began a project to read the erased texts of the Archimedes Palimpsest—the oldest surviving copy of works by the greatest mathematical genius of antiquity. The exhibition shares the story of the Archimedes Palimpsest’s journey and

the discovery of new scientific, philosophical and political texts from the ancient world. The manuscript demonstrates that Archimedes discovered the mathematics of infinity, mathematical physics and combinatorics—a branch of mathematics used in modern computing. Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens, MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Through June 8. $15-$23. (626) 405-2100. huntington.org. CHEAP TRICK: I WANT YOU TO WANT ME! The exhibit features guitars played by Rick Nielsen, including his 1952 Fender Telecaster used when performing at Budokan; “Dream Police” costume and original photographs; original lyrics to several hits; personal correspondence, tour ephemera and photographs. The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, 4th floor, Mike Curb Gallery, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. Through June 30. $12-$13. (213) 765-6803. grammymuseum. org. BASEBALL: CELEBRATING OUR GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME This 12,000-square-foot exhibit features some of the most rare, historic and iconic baseball pieces from the largest known private collection of baseball memorabilia, including extraordinary artifacts from Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and scores of other historically important players and organizations. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. Through Sept. 4. $13-$16. (800) 4108354. reaganlibrary.com.

JUST ADD WATER Artworks inspired by the L.A. Aqueduct by Rob Reynolds. Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Reynolds has created 10 original, large-scale watercolors that interpret the epic significance of the aqueduct, through the lenses of history, geography and time. In each, Reynolds references key sites and historical moments aligned with the aqueduct’s 233mile route and 100-year history. Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. Through Aug. 3. $9-$12. (213) 763-3466. nhm.org. PICTURING MEXICO: ALFREDO RAMOS MARTINZ IN CALIFORNIA The first comprehensive examination by a museum of this Mexican artist’s work produced in California between 1929 and 1946. Known for his distinctive contribution to modernism, the artist received some of his early education in Europe where he became part of a circle of modernist intellectuals, poets and artists. Pasadena Museum of Art, 490 East Union Street, Pasadena. Through April 20. $5$7. Wed.-Sun. (626) 568-3665. pmcaonline.org. TO THE POINT: POSTERS BY DAN REISINGER One of Israel’s design pioneers, Reisinger is known internationally for his innovative use of symbols and vibrant visual language. This exhibition presents a selection of his iconic posters spanning 50 years, including posters of social and political protest (1963–1993), advertisements commissioned by the airline El Al (1968–1972), and a recent series focused on the changing architectural landscape of Tel Aviv (2012). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Tues.-Sun. through April 20. $7-$10. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org. JENNIE RIVERA: LA GRAN SENORA The exhibit focuses on Rivera as the “Diva of Banda” – serving as a musical powerhouse due to her work within the banda and norteña music genres. The exhibit also illustrates how Rivera used her music and celebrity to abolish female stereotypes that existed in Mexican music for many years. The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, 3rd Fl., 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. Through April 30. $12-$13. (213) 765-6803. grammymuseum.org. Get the Word Out. E-mail your announcements to Claire Fadden, cfadden@lifeafter50.com. Include a brief description, location, date, time, cost, phone and website. Submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for the May/June calendar is April 1.

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Riding the Golden Rails A scenic train journey takes riders back in time to Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush. By Ed Boitano Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!” headlined the July1897 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The story went on to tell the tale of 68 rich men arriving in Seattle with “stacks of yellow metal.” That news spread like California wildfire, sparking the Klondike Gold Rush. In the first 10 days after that story was published, over 1,500 people left for the Klondike. Within the next six months, approximately 100,000 gold-seekers steamed up Alaska’s Inside Passage and arrived in Skagway, the base for two treacherous overland treks to the Klondike. Only 30,000 completed the trip, about 4,000 actually found any gold, and only a few hundred struck it rich.

The Rugged Reality of Retrieving Riches

The ones who did find their fortune were the merchants and profiteers who took advantage of the inexperienced miners, whom they referred to as “stampeders.” Long before the days of mass media, most of the get-rich-quick miners knew virtually nothing about where they were going and the hardships that lay ahead. Pamphlets and newspapers contained little or no real information about the rugged realities, only dwelling on the outrageous claims of riverbeds overflowing with gold just waiting for the taking. Seattle served as water route and the gateway to the Yukon. Advertised as the “outfitter of the gold fields,” merchants sold supplies that would be stocked 10-feet high on storefront boardwalks Driven by dreams of unfathomable wealth, the first stampeders arrived in Skagway and found themselves confronted by an inhospitable muddy settlement that was barely a collection of tents. They were also met by a swarm of con-men, whose only interest was taking their money. The most infamous of these swindlers was Soapy Smith and his gang of 38 LIFEAFTER50.COM April 2014

“bunco men.” One of their schemes was operating a telegraph office, where a message could be sent anywhere in the world for $5. What the stampeders didn’t know was that there were actually no telegraph wires to get messages to or from Skagway. The stampeders also faced a choice of two horrendous trails which had to be climbed before the freeze-up, then another 550-mile journey through the lake systems to the Yukon River’s gold fields. They also learned that the North West Mounted Police had created the “One Ton Law of 1898,” requiring all miners entering Canada to carry a year’s supply of food and equipment, equaling around 2,000 pounds. The 45 mile-long White Pass Trail was promoted as a horse-packing trail and appeared easier than the Chilkoot Pass, where the miners had to carry supplies on their backs. The trail turned out to be even more difficult because of muddy bogs, massive boulders and steep rocky cliffs. Over 3,000 horses died along the way and it was quickly dubbed the “Dead Horse Trail.” All of these issues made it clear that there was need for a better form of transportation up the White Pass Trail.

The Railway Built of Gold

In 1897, three separate companies organized to build a railway from Skagway to Fort Selkirk, Yukon, 325 miles away. The project ran into roadblocks due to corrupt local city officials and Soapy Smith. This ended when Smith was killed in a gunfight, and the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) railway – “The railway built of gold” –- began construction. Considered almost an impossible task, tens of thousands of men were challenged by this work in a godless climate and brutal geography. Twenty-six months later, construction reached the 2,885-foot summit of White Pass, 20 miles away from Skagway. On July 6, 1899, the last spike was driven in Bennett, British Columbia. But the timing was bad; the gold rush was over. The WP&YR

continued, however, as an economic lifeline to the Yukon, but eventually shut down in 1982 due to low mineral prices. The shuttering of the WP&YR would prove to be short-lived when, in just a few years, another gold rush hit Alaska – tourism.

Alaska’s New Gold Rush

Tourism exploded in Alaska in the mid-1980s with the arrival of the cruise ship industry. With numerous cruise ships stopping at Skagway, a recreation journey on the WP&YR sounded like a perfect fit. The rails were laid right down to the docks, ideally positioned to sell a railroad ride through the mountains to the tourists. Billed as the “Scenic Railway of the World,” the WP&YR reopened between Skagway and White Pass in 1988. As a heritage railway, tourists could now step back in time and experience the Klondike Gold Rush for themselves. Still using vintage parlor cars (three with wheelchair lifts) the WP&YR runs on its original narrow-gauge track, rising from sea level at Skagway to 2,885-feet at the White Pass summit in just a 21 mile journey. With steep grades and cliffhanging turns of 16 degrees, the railroad seemingly hangs on the mountainside for most of the way to the summit. A series of wooden trestles skirts the landscape and a spectacular steel cantilever arches 215-feet above Dead Horse Gulch, once the highest railroad bridge in the world. It’s a breathtaking piece of country with a stunning panorama of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels and historic sites. Periodclad railroad men offer folksy narration and a woodburning stove keeps everyone warm. Today the WP&YR is Alaska’s most popular shore excursion. It is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Panama Canal. For more information click on www.WPYR.com.ª


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The third step from the bottom gives a bit when you tread on it. There’s a light switch near the door that does nothing, and never did. One of the kitchen drawers has a tendency to stick. Yes, your parents’ home has its peccadilloes, but they love it there and want to stay. In “Living Safely, Aging Well” by Dorothy A. Drago, you’ll learn how to ensure that they can. You probably don’t need to be reminded that, as we age, our bodies change; bones get fragile, eyesight dims, hearing can fade, balance can go out of whack. While those things are annoying, they can also lead to devastating injuries for an older person. But mere awareness puts you on the advantage. “When you anticipate the possibility of an injury, you can attempt to prevent it,” says Drago. Take, for instance, falls. According to nearly all sources, falls are the primary injury mechanism for the aging population. But merely knowing the risk for falls won’t prevent them; you need to know why people fall. Clothing mishaps, problems with furniture, slippery floors, and other environmental reasons can be dealt with individually or with professional help; poor balance, medications and other physical issues can be brought to the attention of a doctor. It can also be reassuring to teach someone how to best protect themselves when they fall and how to get up after a tumble. Although falls may be first on your mind, there are other things to consider when making a home as safe as possible for an aging friend or relative. Kitchens and bathrooms can be literal hotspots and there are ways to minimize the risk of burns and scalds. Medication mix-ups can lead to poisoning, which can be easily monitored. The risk of choking – the third leading cause of home injury death among those over the age of 76 – can be minimized. And good health decisions can be made through health literacy and by asking your doctor to be an ally. If you want to keep mom or dad independent a little longer, whether it’s in their home or yours. Either way, “Living Safely, Aging Well” can give you the tools to do it. We’ve all seen commercials about falling, and while Drago has a huge chapter on that aspect of home safety, I was pleased to see a bigger picture: she also digs deeper and offers solutions to other issues that don’t normally come to mind – difficult issues that boomers with aging parents may very well have to deal with, such as having their parents give up dangerous-but-beloved possessions and furniture, giving up a bit of autonomy, and giving up their driver’s license. Specifically because of those I-never-thought-of-that issues, I think anyone who has an aging relative or friend needs this book on their shelf. If you’re concerned about the safety of a loved one, or even want to maintain independence yourself, “Living Safely, Aging Well” will give you the steps you need. “Living Safely, Aging Well” by Dorothy A. Drago, M.P.H., 2013, Johns Hopkins University, $16.95, 204 pages The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer who lives on a hill with two dogs and more than 12,000 books. You can read all of Terri’s book reviews, updated weekly, at www.lifeafter50.com. Just click on “Entertainment” and then “Book Reviews.”

A Look Back This month marks 50 years since The Rolling Stones released their debut album, “The Rolling Stones.” Distributed by Decca Records in the U.K. on April 16, 1964, the American edition of the LP, with a slightly different track list, came out on London Records a few weeks later, with the added title “England’s Newest Hit Makers.” Recorded by the band’s five original members, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards (whose professional surname, until 1978, omitted the “s”) at Regent Sound Studios in London over the course of five days in January and February 1964, the majority of the album’s tracks reflected the band’s love for R&B. Jagger and Richards, who were fledgling songwriters at the time, only contributed one original composition to their inaugural offering – “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back).” Two songs are credited to “Nanker Phelge” – a pseudonym the band used for group compositions from 1963 to 1965. American record producer Phil Spector and singer, songwriter, musician, and sound engineer Gene Pitney both contributed to the recording sessions, and are referred to as “Uncle Phil” and “Uncle Gene” in the subtitle of the Phelge-credited instrumental “Now I’ve Got a Witness.” While Jones drowned in a swimming pool under mysterious circumstances in the summer of 1969 at the age of 27, the surviving band members are still recording and just completed their “14 ON FIRE” tour of Asia and Australia. Giving no indication of retiring, Jagger and Richards are 70 and Watts is 72. Wyman, who left the band in the 1990s, also still records and tours with his own band, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, and will turn 78 this fall. 42 LIFEAFTER50.COM April 2014

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The Very Model of a Modern Magers Anchorman Paul Magers of CBS 2 News shares his thoughts on the state of broadcast journalism, life, love, and what it all means in the end By David Laurell

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iven the task of searching for the perfect archetype of a modern-day television anchorman, the required skill set would include the highest level of trustworthiness and journalistic integrity; a finely tuned understanding of the business of news gathering, writing, reporting and producing; the ability to remain cool under chaotic pressure; a professional and yet affable demeanor, and a pleasantly melodic and yet authoritative voice and delivery style. Oh, and even if the powers-that-be in the broadcast news biz bristle at the charge that there is a solid dose of showmanship involved in what they do, if the aforementioned components were to be dapperly wrapped up in strapping movie star looks and stylish suits, well, hey, all the better. Now, let’s say all those elements were pulled together and the search was complete. Wouldn’t it just be the ultimate kicker if, on top of all those desired qualities, this model anchorman were also a really nice guy? That is exactly what CBS 2 News was searching for, and successfully found, in Paul Magers, who, in January 2004, was teamed up with longtime Southern California newswoman Pat Harvey to co-anchor the station’s 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

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In The Beginning

Born in Santa Maria, California, Magers spent the majority of his childhood in Ellensburg, Washington. He attributes his initial interest in broadcast journalism to his older brother, Ron, who began working in radio when he was in high school; went on to work as a reporter for KEZI-TV in Eugene, Oregon, then as a producer and anchor at KGW-TV in Portland, and, for the past 33 years, has been an anchor with WLS-TV in Chicago. “When I was in my late adolescence and around my brother’s work, it was clear to me that the people who were in that setting were smart and funny and really enjoyed what they were doing,” Magers recalls. “That was dramatically opposed to what I saw when I visited my father’s work. He worked in a meatpacking plant and, to me, it was like going into a salt mine. It didn’t matter if I went to where my father worked or to where any of my friends’ fathers worked. It was only when I was around radio and television stations that something clicked with me. I loved that you got to tell stories and meet interesting people and got to find out about things first. That was all very exciting to me.” After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a juris doctorate degree from the Hamline University School of Law, Magers began his broadcasting career at KSTP-TV in St. Paul, Minnesota followed by a two-year stint as a reporter at KATU-TV in Portland. In 1981, he returned to his birth state of California, where he reported and manned the anchor desk at KGTV-TV in San Diego before being tapped by KARE-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul where, over the following two decades, he established himself as one of the Twin Cities’ most popular newsmen. Along with his work on the local level, Magers also moderated a political debate on CNN between former Vice President Walter Mondale and then-St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman in the 2002 senate race to replace Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, who had been killed in a plane crash. During his time with the NBC-affiliated KARE-TV, Magers also served as a substitute anchor on the weekend editions of NBC’s “Today” show. In 2004, Magers again returned to California when he joined CBS 2 News. In addition to his anchoring duties, he has hosted numerous specials, moderated political debates, participated in a wide variety of community events, and been honored for his work by the Los Angeles area division of the Television Arts and Sciences, the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California and the Greater Los


Angeles Press Club. Married for 36 years, Magers and his wife, Kathryn, are parents to two daughters and share their Coldwater Canyon home with an orange tabby named Bentley, and Albert, a golden retriever they adopted after he failed to qualify to become a guide dog.

Magers’ Views On The News

On a recent evening, between the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, Magers, who will turn 60 next month, invited Life After 50 to the CBS Broadcast Center located on the storied lot of the CBS Studio Center in Studio City. Seated in a conference room adjacent to the seemingly endless rows of computer stations and cubicles in the cavernous CBS and KCAL newsrooms, which are separated from the studios by a suite of broadcast control rooms, Magers is pragmatic when asked how he feels about the current state of broadcast journalism. “A lot of it is good and some of it is bad,” he opines. “I think local stations, especially outside of the major markets – the big cities like Los Angeles and New York – provide vital and important information for people to see what is going on in all aspects of their communities – socially and politically. That becomes more of a challenge in an area like Los Angeles, where you are covering such a vast area that is extremely diverse. So, for local news to maintain relevance, in an era when anyone can pick up their smartphone and get any news they want at any time, we have to do all we can to explore and cover the issues that truly matter to the communities we cover. I think we must work to find those issues – political, educational, investigative, the courts, business, health, entertainment, everything – and focus on them and how they impact the lives of our viewers.” To better provide that sort of coverage, Magers believes that stations should revisit the concept of having reporters dedicated to a specific beat. “Most stations no longer have beat reports like they once did,” he says. “In my mind, that would not be a bad thing to get back to; to have reporters who could develop sources and expertise within their beat so they would know the players and what stories should break that have real relevance. I have to believe if you put a reporter on the campuses of just USC and UCLA alone, much less all the other fine institutions of higher learning in Southern California, they would be breaking stories every week.” Asked for guidance as to how he believes people can best stay informed in a world of information overload, Magers says it is incumbent upon the people themselves to be very discriminatory as to what they view as news and as the truth. “In spite of having more news sources and information than ever before in the history of the world, people today have to work hard to be properly informed, and that isn’t easy,” he says. “There are so many news sources, including mainstream sources, out there today that will happily spoon-feed viewers what they want to feed them, in the way they want to feed them, and hope they will develop an appetite for it. When it comes to the cable news organizations, people tend to like a certain channel because it leans their way politically, and they stick with it. If that becomes someone’s only news source, they become totally dogmatic, because of what they are being fed day after day and they won’t even consider any other opinions and come to believe that anyone who is deviating from what they are being fed, or not reporting on what they are being fed, is misleading them or holding back information. But I think if you juxtapose local news stations to say, FOX or MSNBC, who have gone in a direction they believe is amenable to attract and retain their audiences, you will find that local stations, for the most part, are doing a very good job of not having any agenda other than informing viewers with well-researched and vetted stories. If we have an agenda here in this newsroom at CBS News in Los Angeles, no one has ever told me what it is. And that has been the same with every station I have ever worked for.”

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Queried on how he himself keeps informed on the news, Magers says he has a regular morning ritual. “I get up and read two papers – real newspapers that I hand-hold – the Wall Street Journal and the L.A. Times,” he reveals. “Then, on my laptop, I have what I call my news trap line. It’s a number of news sites, aggregators and actual newspapers that I check every morning. That is how I begin every day, from 8 till about 10:30.” After perusing his news trap line over coffee, Magers says his typical day involves running errands or helping his 19-year-old daughter, who is in col-

lege and still lives at home, with something. “I always get to work by 2:30 and then start preparing for the 5 p.m. newscast. That involves going over stories, rewriting stories, asking questions of producers and reporters and writers. I then do the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, tape some things and have dinner. After the 6 p.m. newscast, I’m like a firefighter, just being here in case something happens, and also preparing for the 11 p.m. newscast. As soon as that is over, it takes me 13 minutes to get home, because I don’t have to deal with traffic, and I’m in my jammies by midnight reading or watching something I’ve recorded. I watch ‘True Detective.’ I watch ‘Justified.’ I love ‘The Americans,’ and this new show, ‘The Red Road,’ which is interesting.” Pressed on what books are currently on his nightstand, Magers says he is just finishing a book on the plague in 17th-century England and is also reading Ransom Riggs’ novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” about a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. As for his time away from the newsroom and the anchor desk, Magers says he and his wife enjoy going to the movies and out for dinner. He also reveals that one of his biggest passions is music. “My tastes run the gamut,” he laughs. “I like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, and I love Bruno Mars who I think is a genius. Of course I love U2 and The Rolling Stones. On my iPad you’ll find everything from Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby to current music.” While Magers’ musical taste is eclectic, there is not even the slightest doubt as to whose albums he would choose if he were to be stranded on the proverbial desert island. “I am more knowledgeable about The Beatles and their music than any other recording artist,” he says proudly. “I have every recording they have ever made and have read everything ever written about them.”

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the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel at 1:30 in the morning. I was there with some friends and Paul McCartney walked in. I was stunned, and one of my friends said: ‘You’re such a big fan, you should go over and say hello.’ Well, I didn’t feel comfortable bothering him and my friend said: ‘What would bother you more, walking over there and having him reject you or never doing it and not knowing what would happen?’ I thought about that for a moment and said: ‘I’m walking over there!’” Finding himself in front of McCartney’s table, Magers begged the former Beatle and his companion to excuse him for the interruption. “I introduced myself and used that old worn-out, tired cliché and said: ‘Paul, your music is the soundtrack of my life. I have a memory and a moment for every song The Beatles have done and I just wanted to say thank you.’ He said: ‘Well, Paul, that’s an easy name to remember. I want to thank you. That’s a lovely thing to say.’ So I had my moment with him and it was very exciting and I excused myself and again apologized to them for the interruption and went back to join my friends. Then, awhile went by and I heard someone yelling out: ‘Paul!’ I looked up and it was Paul McCartney, who was leaving, waving at me, and he said: ‘Nice meeting you! Goodnight!’” Clearly loving telling the story as much as he loved living it, Magers leans his arms on the conference room table and continues his Macca-meeting tale. “So a few weeks later I’m back at the Polo Lounge with some different friends and Paul McCartney walks in again. He sees me and says: ‘Hi Paul’ and came over to our table and said he noticed I was always wearing a tie and asked what I do. I told him I worked for CBS News here in L.A. and he told me that he always wanted to be a weather presenter when he was a kid. So Paul and I are just having this conversation and the guys with me are sitting there in awe. Then, out of the blue, I said: ‘You know what Beatles song I just love? ‘Dear Prudence.’ And he started singing it and then I chimed in with him. Well, this one friend of mine, who was from Arkansas, could not believe what was happening and after Paul left our table, he just sat there in a daze and kept saying: ‘No one from back home will ever believe this!’” As the perfect coda to his story, Magers says as he was leaving the Polo Lounge that night and making his way through the hotel’s lobby, McCartney, who was also leaving, came over and made mention of the song “Julia” that John Lennon wrote about his mother. “So I started singing ‘Julia,’ and then he


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April/May 2014 Theatre Center, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, San Diego. Through May 11. $29-plus. (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org. THURSDAY, APRIL 17 TIME AND THE CONWAYS The curtain rises on an English country home in 1919 in the middle of a game of Blind Man’s Bluff played by the young Conway family at a birthday party with their friends. Flash forward to 1937 in the same house: the grown children have gathered to settle family accounts in a world not so bright as it once was. Old Globe Theatre, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, San Diego. Through May 4. $29-plus. (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org.

REAL PIRATES

The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. The exhibition features more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor. Telling the true story of the Whydah—a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago— the exhibit showcases treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, weaponry such as cannons, pistols, and knives and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego. 15-$27. Through Sept. 1. (619) 232-3821. sdnhm.org.

eNteRtAINMeNt SUNDAY, APRIL 6 PLAY BALL! PRESIDENTS AND BASEBALL This new exhibit showcases the colorful history between U.S. presidents and the game of baseball through rare memorabilia and oneof-a-kind artifacts. The exhibition includes personal letters written by President Nixon to some of his favorite players, including notes to Yankees pitcher Dave Righetti on his Fourth of July no-hitter, Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry with words of encouragement on a 1986 hitting slump and a congratulatory letter to Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan on his Major League-record seventh no-hitter. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. Through Sept. 2. $8.50-$12. (714) 9935075. nixonfoundation.org. TUESDAY, APRIL 15 THE FLOWER FIELDS AT CARLSBAD RANCH

For more than 60 years, giant tecolote ranunculus flowers bloom, transforming the rolling hills of North San Diego County into a spectacular and coordinated display of natural color and beauty. This annual burst of color is also one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring. Explore 50-acres including the one-acre Orchid Showcase and the 4,000 sq. ft. Paul Ecke Jr. Family Barn designed to recall even more of a ranch setting. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. Through May 11. $11-$12. (760) 431-0352. theflowerfields.com. LIVE ARTS FEST This festival of living art spans 10 days featuring modern dance, puppetry, singing and storytelling. White Box Live Arts, NTC @ Liberty Station, 2590 Truxtun Rd., 2ND Fl., San Diego. $20. Through April 27. (619) 225-1803. sandiegodancetheater.org. QUILTERS A well-crafted quilt needs a skilled hand, a hopeful spirit and an eye for the order

of things. This gem of a musical uses the beautiful variety of quilt squares in celebration of the extraordinary yet everyday pioneer women who helped settle America’s West. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. $22-$620. Tues.-Sun through April 27. (619) 437-6000. lambsplayers.org. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 JAZZ WEDNESDAYS Guitarist Graham Dechter Quartet featuring world-renowned drummer Jeff Hamilton. Laguna Beach Live, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. $15-$20. (949) 715-9713. lagunabeachlive.org. WATER BY THE SPOONFUL Elliot Ortiz is back in the States after serving in Iraq, reconnecting with family and starting a new life. At the same time, four strangers in an internet chat room seek support to face demons of their own, and soon the real world and the virtual one start to intersect in unexpected ways. Old Globe Theatre, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys

LIFEBLOOD HARMONY For the first time ever, Malashock Dance and Art of Élan are collaborating to present three evenings of original choreography set to live music by three of today’s most exciting and appealing contemporary composers: David Bruce, Judd Greenstein and Osvaldo Golijov. UCSD Campus, Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla. Through April 19. $35-$45. (800) 838-3006. artofelan.org. TOM SAWYER Drawing on the beloved novel by Mark Twain, all the famous adventures are included, climaxing with the life-or-death battle with Injun Joe in the cave along with eight musical numbers, like “Paintin’ the Fence.” Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Thurs.-Sun. through April 20. $20$25. (866) 653-8696. temeculatheater.org. RED The story is set in 1958 at a critical point in the career of the superstar abstract expressionist painter. Rothko has been challenged to create a definitive work of art for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. His problem: the threatening presence of a neophyte assistant, a voice of a new generation of artists that question Rothko’s theories and label him a sell-out. San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum Space, Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego. Through April 27. Prices vary. (619) 544-1000. sdrep.org. JAZZ AT THE MERC Dick Weller Trio. Old Town Temecula Community Theater, The Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Sundays. $15. (866) 653-8696. temeculatheater.org.

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April/May 2014 San Diego/Orange County/Inland Empire Droste Trio, the Smith and Jones Band, trumpet soloist Brian Bettger, saxophonist Rod Kolkolj, drummer Andy Fraga and the All Star Big Band tribute to Supersax, the jazz group playing the music of Charlie Parker. Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main St., Temecula. $35-$37. (866) 653-8696. temeculatheater.org. FAREWELL, MR. PRESDIENT: THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY Join a panel of presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, political analyst Michael Barone, radio host Hugh Hewitt and Nixon confidant Bruce Herschensohn to open this moving special exhibit commemorating the 20th anniversary of the State Services of Richard Nixon. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. The exhibit runs through Sept. 2. (714) 364-1120. nixonfoundation.org.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25

RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

Together longer than The Beatles, these musicians have mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” A Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and others), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. Also April 26. $30-plus. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org.

SUNDAYS AT SOKA WITH PACIFIC SYMPHONY The final performance in this popular series is devoted to the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. The program features the young violin virtuoso, Simone Porter, and includes: Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G Major, Op. 40; Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F Major, Op. 50; Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92#2. Soka Performing Arts Center, Soka University, 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo. $48-$58. (949) 480-4000. performingarts.soka.edu.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 18 GREG GUTFELD Co-host of Fox News shows “The Five” and “Red Eye” brings his wit and charm in his only Orange County appearance to discuss his new bestseller “Not Cool” and explain the real American ideal of “cool” – building businesses, protecting freedom and embracing personal responsibility. Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. $15-$27. (714) 3641120. nixonfoundation.org. GAND BAND Veteran Chicago bluesman Gary Gand handles the six strings as Joan Gand grooves on a classic Hammond B-3 style organ and bluesy piano. Vocalist Tony Grandberry sings everything from Motown to Memphis. The Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Fri.-Sat. through May 31. $10. (760) 322-4422. purpleroompalmsprings.com. THURSDAY, APRIL 24 JAZZ AT THE MERC Eric Scott Reed Trio. Old Town Temecula Community Theater, The Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Sundays. $15. (866) 653-8696. temeculatheater.org. FRIDAY, APRIL 25 ART ALIVE 2014 The San Diego Museum of Art will once again fill the galleries with exquisite floral

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interpretations of the permanent collection. The rotunda will be transformed into a breathtaking floral experience by Bella Meyer, granddaughter of artists Marc Chagall and founder and creative director of Fleurs Bella in New York City. A San Diego tradition and the museum’s signature fundraiser, Art Alive provides critical funds for special exhibitions, educational outreach, programs and art conservation. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego. Through Apr. 27. $20. 619-232-7931. sdmart.org. SWING INTO SPRING Dinner, entertainment and raffles. San Dimas Community Center, 245 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas. $7. (909) 394-6290. FRIDAY, APRIL 26 SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS A touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison (Leslie Caron), who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as a simple relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears and joys. The Laguna Playhouse, Moulton Theatre, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Tues.-Sun through June 1. $35-$70. (949) 497-2787. lagunaplayhouse.com. AS YOU LIKE IT

Just like a fairy tale, with fantastical twists and turns, Shakespeare’s story is a wild romp where brothers scheme and plot and young couples fall instantly and hopelessly in love. University of California Irvine, New Swan Theater, Robert Cohen Theatre, 4000 Mesa Rd., Irvine. Through May 4. $14-$15. (949) 824-2787. arts.uci.edu. OCEANSIDE DAYS OF ART This juried fine art festival features more than 100 local artists offering paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and other artworks. Live stage performances, hands-on art activities and a variety of food choices. Don’t miss the High School Art Show, street chalk artists, Angelique the Living Music Box and a children’s art activity area. Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, Pier View Way and Ditmar St., Oceanside. Also April 27. Free. ocaf.info. MIDORI The violinist performs Mozart, Sonata in F Major, K. 377; Bloch, Poeme Mystique, Sonata No. 2; Beethoven, Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3; Faure, Sonata in A Major, Op. 13. Soka Performing Arts Center, Soka University, 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo. $21-$28. (949) 480-4000. performingarts.soka.edu. SUNDAY, APRIL 27 OLD TOWN TEMECULA JAZZ FESTIVAL Performers include the James Nation Quartet, pianist and vocalist Yve Evans, the Keith

LES MISERABLES In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. Through May 4. $30-$45. (760) 340-2787. mccallumtheatre.com. FRIDAY, MAY 2 GREASE Grease is the word. Follow the antics of the T-birds and the Pink Ladies as they return to Rydell High for their senior year. Songs include “Greased Lightnin’, We Go Together, “Summer Nights” and “It’s Raining on Prom Night.” Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido. Dates vary through July 23. $45$75. (888) 802-7469. welktheatre.com. INTO THE WOODS When a baker and his wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell. Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton. Through May 18. Ticket prices vary. (714) 589-2770. 3dtshows.com. AT THE HOP! A ‘50s-‘60s Doo Wop Celebration starring the


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April/May 2014 San Diego/Orange County/Inland Empire until his death at 89 in 2002. His passion for drawing was both work and full time hobby. He drew for a living, and he drew for pleasure and challenge. This exhibit contains original drawings, most never publicly displayed, including a section of 50 so-called “Doodles,” perhaps best described as coming from one artist’s very far side. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Through Aug. 3. $12. (714) 567-3679. bowers.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 9

AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS The three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist continues to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist and a composer. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis is increasingly sought after as a featured soloist. Soka Performing Arts Center, Soka University, 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo. $38-$48. (949) 480-4000. performingarts.soka.edu.

Alley Cats. Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main St., Temecula. $38-$40. (866) 653-8696. temeculatheater.org.

Community Theater, The Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Sundays. $12. (866) 653-8696. temeculatheater.org.

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TUESDAY, MAY 13

POLITICAL CAMPAIGN MEMORABILIA FAIR Meet expert political memorabilia collectors who will buy, sell and appraise campaign buttons, ribbons, posters, autographs, photographs and more. Bring your own memorabilia. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. $8.50-$12. (714) 993-5075. nixonfoundation.org. COUNTRY AT THE MERC Live country music in the frontier heart of Old Town Temecula in the historic Mercantile building. The local house band, The Ranch Rockers, backs up the performers. Old Town Temecula Community Theater, The Merc, 42051 Main St., Temecula. Saturdays. $15. (866) 653-8696. temeculatheater.org. MUD BLUE SKY In this new comedy about finding common ground, three aging flight attendants and a teenaged pot dealer, still in his prom tuxedo, spend an unforgettable night in a hotel room. Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N, San Diego. Through June 8. $27-plus. (619) 220-0097. moxietheatre.com. SUNDAY, MAY 11 CLASSICS AT THE MERC Chamber performances by the region’s best professional musicians. Old Town Temecula

THE BOOK OF MORMON This musical follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. Through May 25. Prices vary. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org.

EXHIBITIONS SATURDAY, APRIL 26 CHUCK JONES: DOODLES OF A GENIUS Celebrated as one of the greatest directors from the “golden age” of animation, Chuck Jones worked in the field some 70 years

JEAN WELLS: ICONS OF DESIRE The San Diego-based artist is known for her large-scale, eye-dazzling mosaic sculptures inspired by iconic popular culture and brand name products. Wells explores our growing nostalgia and relationship with everyday Americana subject matter such as ice cream, candy, food and drink, toys, graphic design and themes related to beauty and body image. Oceanside Museum of Art, Bob and Estelle Gleason Gallery, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Through June 15. $5-$8. (760) 435-3720. oma-online.org. THE COMPLETE FRIDA KAHLO: HER PAINTINGS. HER LIFE. HER STORY. The exhibition features 123 replicas of Kahlo’s known paintings in original size and original materials, and hand-painted in the same style as Kahlo painted them. Also on display are jewelry, dresses and adornments identical to those Kahlo surrounded herself with. A collection of photos of Kahlo, her family and friends in her work and life environments and a large collection of pre-Colombian through present-day Mexican folk art, is also part of the exhibit. Barracks 3 at the NTC Arts and Culture District, Liberty Station, 2765 Truxtun Rd., San Diego. $13-$17. Wed.-Sun. through June 8. thecompletefrida.com. TIME CAPSULE Recently Acquired Works from the 1970s and 1980s. A selection of artworks made between 1970 and 1989, which were acquired by the Orange County Museum of Art in the past three years. The media represented in the exhibit includes video, sculpture, painting, photography, collage and drawing. Artists represented include William Brice, Meg Cranston, Manny Farber, Ant Farm, Joe Goode, Suda House, Harriet Korman, David Rabinowitch, Ilene Segalove, Alexis Smith, Hap Tivey and Robert von Sternberg. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach. Through July 20. $10-$12. (949) 759-1122. ocma.net. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Several art movements significant to California and to the history of art are represented in this exhibition. The artworks on display are multi-

faceted, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics and photography. Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Wing, 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs. Through July 31. $4-$5. (760) 322-4800. psmuseum.org. BEETHOVEN: THE LATE GREAT An exhibition of rare Beethoven artifacts curated by Dr. William Meredith, director of the Beethoven Center, San José State University, including three original manuscripts from the Library of Congress. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Through May 18. $12. (714) 567-3679. bowers.org.

CALIFORNIA SCENE PAINTING: 1920s-1970s Between 1920 and 1970 hundreds of talented artists produced oil and watercolor paintings inspired by scenes of everyday life in California. Today these works are being rediscovered. As they are analyzed from a retrospective viewpoint, their value as highly creative fine art and as a visual record of the social history of California is becoming increasingly evident. Most of that era’s premier artists participated in this art movement and several of them received national acclaim for the art that they created. The Irvine Museum, 18881 Von Karman Ave., Ground Floor, Irvine. Tues-Sat. through May 8. $5. (949) 476-2565. irvinemuseum.org. SOULFUL CREATURES: ANIMAL MUMMIES IN ANCIENT EGYPT This is the first major exhibition to focus on one of the most fascinating aspects of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals. Drawn from the renowned collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Soulful Creatures features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least 31 different cemeteries throughout Egypt. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Through June 15. $12. (714) 567-3679. bowers.org. CROSSROADS IN HISTORY See a Mexican carreta, a covered wagon that crossed the Mojave Desert from Salt Lake City, a Wells Fargo stage coach, and horse-drawn buggies that featured in the discovery and development of Inland Southern California. The History Hall also contains special galleries that house changing exhibits. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands. Permanent exhibit. $6-$8. (909) 307-2669. sbcountymuseum.org. Get the Word Out. E-mail your announcements to Claire Fadden, cfadden@lifeafter50.com. Include a brief description, location, date, time, cost, phone and website. Submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for the May/June Calendar is April 1.

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Riding the Golden Rails A scenic train journey takes riders back in time to Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush. By Ed Boitano Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!” headlined the July1897 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The story went on to tell the tale of 68 rich men arriving in Seattle with “stacks of yellow metal.” That news spread like California wildfire, sparking the Klondike Gold Rush. In the first 10 days after that story was published, over 1,500 people left for the Klondike. Within the next six months, approximately 100,000 gold-seekers steamed up Alaska’s Inside Passage and arrived in Skagway, the base for two treacherous overland treks to the Klondike. Only 30,000 completed the trip, about 4,000 actually found any gold, and only a few hundred struck it rich.

The Rugged Reality of Retrieving Riches

The ones who did find their fortune were the merchants and profiteers who took advantage of the inexperienced miners, whom they referred to as “stampeders.” Long before the days of mass media, most of the get-rich-quick miners knew virtually nothing about where they were going and the hardships that lay ahead. Pamphlets and newspapers contained little or no real information about the rugged realities, only dwelling on the outrageous claims of riverbeds overflowing with gold just waiting for the taking. Seattle served as water route and the gateway to the Yukon. Advertised as the “outfitter of the gold fields,” merchants sold supplies that would be stocked 10-feet high on storefront boardwalks Driven by dreams of unfathomable wealth, the first stampeders arrived in Skagway and found themselves confronted by an inhospitable muddy settlement that was barely a collection of tents. They were also met by a swarm of con-men, whose only interest was taking their money. The most infamous of these swindlers was Soapy Smith and his gang of 68 LIFEAFTER50.COM April 2014

“bunco men.” One of their schemes was operating a telegraph office, where a message could be sent anywhere in the world for $5. What the stampeders didn’t know was that there were actually no telegraph wires to get messages to or from Skagway. The stampeders also faced a choice of two horrendous trails which had to be climbed before the freeze-up, then another 550-mile journey through the lake systems to the Yukon River’s gold fields. They also learned that the North West Mounted Police had created the “One Ton Law of 1898,” requiring all miners entering Canada to carry a year’s supply of food and equipment, equaling around 2,000 pounds. The 45 mile-long White Pass Trail was promoted as a horse-packing trail and appeared easier than the Chilkoot Pass, where the miners had to carry supplies on their backs. The trail turned out to be even more difficult because of muddy bogs, massive boulders and steep rocky cliffs. Over 3,000 horses died along the way and it was quickly dubbed the “Dead Horse Trail.” All of these issues made it clear that there was need for a better form of transportation up the White Pass Trail.

The Railway Built of Gold

In 1897, three separate companies organized to build a railway from Skagway to Fort Selkirk, Yukon, 325 miles away. The project ran into roadblocks due to corrupt local city officials and Soapy Smith. This ended when Smith was killed in a gunfight, and the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) railway – “The railway built of gold” –- began construction. Considered almost an impossible task, tens of thousands of men were challenged by this work in a godless climate and brutal geography. Twenty-six months later, construction reached the 2,885-foot summit of White Pass, 20 miles away from Skagway. On July 6, 1899, the last spike was driven in Bennett, British Columbia. But the timing was bad; the gold rush was over. The WP&YR

continued, however, as an economic lifeline to the Yukon, but eventually shut down in 1982 due to low mineral prices. The shuttering of the WP&YR would prove to be short-lived when, in just a few years, another gold rush hit Alaska – tourism.

Alaska’s New Gold Rush

Tourism exploded in Alaska in the mid-1980s with the arrival of the cruise ship industry. With numerous cruise ships stopping at Skagway, a recreation journey on the WP&YR sounded like a perfect fit. The rails were laid right down to the docks, ideally positioned to sell a railroad ride through the mountains to the tourists. Billed as the “Scenic Railway of the World,” the WP&YR reopened between Skagway and White Pass in 1988. As a heritage railway, tourists could now step back in time and experience the Klondike Gold Rush for themselves. Still using vintage parlor cars (three with wheelchair lifts) the WP&YR runs on its original narrow-gauge track, rising from sea level at Skagway to 2,885-feet at the White Pass summit in just a 21 mile journey. With steep grades and cliffhanging turns of 16 degrees, the railroad seemingly hangs on the mountainside for most of the way to the summit. A series of wooden trestles skirts the landscape and a spectacular steel cantilever arches 215-feet above Dead Horse Gulch, once the highest railroad bridge in the world. It’s a breathtaking piece of country with a stunning panorama of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels and historic sites. Periodclad railroad men offer folksy narration and a woodburning stove keeps everyone warm. Today the WP&YR is Alaska’s most popular shore excursion. It is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Panama Canal. For more information click on www.WPYR.com.ª


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THE BEACHCOMBER MOTEL ON THE BEACH is nestled on the dramatic Mendocino Coast with direct access to the beach PACIFIC DELIGHT TOURS - Air inclusive China Tours from $2,599*. Explore all of our Asia destinations: China, Hong and the ten-mile Coastal Trail. With the Pacific Ocean at its front Kong, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and India. For more information: Call (800) yard, guests enjoy spectacular views from every suite and room. 221-7179 or visit www.PacificDelightTours.com Guests enjoy spacious decks, ideal for watching the sunset with a glass of wine or barbecuing your catch of the day. Be sure to QUARK EXPEDITIONS - TRAVEL WITH THE SOURCE. Since 1991, Quark has operated expeditions without a middle visit Glass Beach, MacKerricher State Park, and the Mendocino man, so they deliver expertise that only a polar specialist can. They hand-pick Expedition Team members. Their vessels are Coast. This is the time of year for whale viewing. (800) 400purpose-built for navigating ice strewn waters. Their Polar Travel Advisers have visited Antarctica so they answer questions SURF (7873) or www.TheBeachcomberMotel.com with the confidence that first-hand experience provides. (888) 979-1548 or www.quarkexpeditions.com

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And Finally... The Bookworm’s Best A Life After 50 book review

by Terri “The Bookworm” Schlichenmeyer

Living Safely, Aging Well By Dorothy A. Drago

The third step from the bottom gives a bit when you tread on it. There’s a light switch near the door that does nothing, and never did. One of the kitchen drawers has a tendency to stick. Yes, your parents’ home has its peccadilloes, but they love it there and want to stay. In “Living Safely, Aging Well” by Dorothy A. Drago, you’ll learn how to ensure that they can. You probably don’t need to be reminded that, as we age, our bodies change; bones get fragile, eyesight dims, hearing can fade, balance can go out of whack. While those things are annoying, they can also lead to devastating injuries for an older person. But mere awareness puts you on the advantage. “When you anticipate the possibility of an injury, you can attempt to prevent it,” says Drago. Take, for instance, falls. According to nearly all sources, falls are the primary injury mechanism for the aging population. But merely knowing the risk for falls won’t prevent them; you need to know why people fall. Clothing mishaps, problems with furniture, slippery floors, and other environmental reasons can be dealt with individually or with professional help; poor balance, medications and other physical issues can be brought to the attention of a doctor. It can also be reassuring to teach someone how to best protect themselves when they fall and how to get up after a tumble. Although falls may be first on your mind, there are other things to consider when making a home as safe as possible for an aging friend or relative. Kitchens and bathrooms can be literal hotspots and there are ways to minimize the risk of burns and scalds. Medication mix-ups can lead to poisoning, which can be easily monitored. The risk of choking – the third leading cause of home injury death among those over the age of 76 – can be minimized. And good health decisions can be made through health literacy and by asking your doctor to be an ally. If you want to keep mom or dad independent a little longer, whether it’s in their home or yours. Either way, “Living Safely, Aging Well” can give you the tools to do it. We’ve all seen commercials about falling, and while Drago has a huge chapter on that aspect of home safety, I was pleased to see a bigger picture: she also digs deeper and offers solutions to other issues that don’t normally come to mind – difficult issues that boomers with aging parents may very well have to deal with, such as having their parents give up dangerous-but-beloved possessions and furniture, giving up a bit of autonomy, and giving up their driver’s license. Specifically because of those I-never-thought-of-that issues, I think anyone who has an aging relative or friend needs this book on their shelf. If you’re concerned about the safety of a loved one, or even want to maintain independence yourself, “Living Safely, Aging Well” will give you the steps you need. “Living Safely, Aging Well” by Dorothy A. Drago, M.P.H., 2013, Johns Hopkins University, $16.95, 204 pages The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer who lives on a hill with two dogs and more than 12,000 books. You can read all of Terri’s book reviews, updated weekly, at www.lifeafter50.com. Just click on “Entertainment” and then “Book Reviews.”

A Look Back This month marks 50 years since The Rolling Stones released their debut album, “The Rolling Stones.” Distributed by Decca Records in the U.K. on April 16, 1964, the American edition of the LP, with a slightly different track list, came out on London Records a few weeks later, with the added title “England’s Newest Hit Makers.” Recorded by the band’s five original members, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards (whose professional surname, until 1978, omitted the “s”) at Regent Sound Studios in London over the course of five days in January and February 1964, the majority of the album’s tracks reflected the band’s love for R&B. Jagger and Richards, who were fledgling songwriters at the time, only contributed one original composition to their inaugural offering – “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back).” Two songs are credited to “Nanker Phelge” – a pseudonym the band used for group compositions from 1963 to 1965. American record producer Phil Spector and singer, songwriter, musician, and sound engineer Gene Pitney both contributed to the recording sessions, and are referred to as “Uncle Phil” and “Uncle Gene” in the subtitle of the Phelge-credited instrumental “Now I’ve Got a Witness.” While Jones drowned in a swimming pool under mysterious circumstances in the summer of 1969 at the age of 27, the surviving band members are still recording and just completed their “14 ON FIRE” tour of Asia and Australia. Giving no indication of retiring, Jagger and Richards are 70 and Watts is 72. Wyman, who left the band in the 1990s, also still records and tours with his own band, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, and will turn 78 this fall. 72 LIFEAFTER50.COM April 2014

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