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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

World’s Fair Collectibles Lori Verderame

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations was the formal name of the very first World’s Fair. It was held at the Crystal Palace in London, England, in 1851. Of course, the event had crowds of attendees, impressive exhibits, and all types of souvenirs. The promise of bringing home something rare, exotic, and unusual from the World’s Fair remains an exciting attraction for many. Today, World’s Fair collectibles are popular, and some are very valuable on the market. These massive events, hosted by major cities around the globe, highlighted innovations in various industries, mounted large art and science exhibits, staged entertainment spectacles, and hosted millions of visitors.

Some of the most interesting World’s Fairs, when it comes to collectible objects, were the fairs held in: London, 1851; Paris, 1889; Philadelphia, 1876; Chicago, 1893; St. Louis, 1904, which was the largest world’s fair; San Francisco, 1915; New York, 1939, and again held there in 1964; Seattle, 1962; and Montreal, 1967. Some valuable World’s Fair collectibles include:

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• A n admission ticket to A Jim Beam bottle the 1876 Centennial from the 1962 World’s • P  arker Brothers’ World’s Fair in Seattle. International Exhibition Fair board game in Philadelphia 1876 highlighting

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the adventures of two young people visiting the famed Trylon and Perisphere and other attractions at the World of Tomorrow World’s Fair, the second largest fair, held in New York City in 1939-40 The most valuable World’s Fair collectibles are items that highlight the most famous aspects or attractions of a particular fair. Many World’s Fairs erect temporary architectural buildings and landscaped areas throughout the fair site. Look for objects that recall the immense project of the fairgrounds and important landmarks that debuted at the fair, such as: the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Daniel Burnham’s Great White City, temporary buildings made of staff, a mixture of plaster, cement, and jute fiber; and

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Frederick MacMonnies’s Columbian Fountain in Chicago. Many of these World’s Fair collectibles have sold ranging from a few hundred to several tens of thousands of dollars on the collectibles market. Common collectibles that every man could afford include ruby glass cut-to-clear mugs embossed with a patron’s first name and the year of the fair, such as “Louise – World’s Fair 1893,”or objects to be used by guests as they walked the fairgrounds, such as a 1939 Perisphere collapsible seat. These items were inexpensive and popular with fair guests and could be

stained-glass used long after lamps, Eiffel the fair ended. Look Tower snow for unique, globes in 1889, unusual, Patek Philippe gold pocket hard-to-comewatches made by, or exotic World’s Fair especially for collectibles the 1893 fair, that were first etc. Photo by Max Mordecai It is wise to introduced Photograph of the New York World's Fair at a specific collect those 1964/1965 as viewed from the Observation World’s Fair World’s Fair, Towers of the New York State Pavilion. collectibles such as ice cream cone that feature advertisements in 1904, admission a specific host city or focus on a tickets to the 1939 fair, Tiffany particular specialty attraction.

The best of the best were also offered for purchase as souvenirs of the World’s Fair. The World’s Fair was the place where visitors could obtain rare and unusual pieces, and some of the most coveted and collectible were rare jewels, furniture, and fine art. Celebrity appraiser Dr. Lori Verderame is an author and award-winning TV personality who stars on History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, Discovery’s Auction Kings, and FOX Business’ Strange Inheritance. With a Ph.D. from Penn State University, Dr. Lori offers appraisals, keynote speeches, and live appraisal events to worldwide audiences. Visit or call (888) 431-1010.

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American Bandstand: Still Hoppin’ after 60 Years

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It was a phenomenon, a trendsetter, a way of culture for teenagers across the country, and it all came to life on a television show named American Bandstand. The concept included playing popular music geared toward teens, having them dance to it, and televising it. In 1952, this was the birth of the show emanating from WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, initially called Bandstand. Hosted by Bob Horn, it caught on immediately. After making an impact and having a few successful years, Horn was dismissed from the show due to numerous ongoing infractions with the law. On July 9, 1956, taking the reigns as show host was 26-yearold Dick Clark, who had been an announcer for WFIL radio. Later dubbed “the guy with the Dentyne smile,” Clark was not fully in tune with rock ’n’ roll music but aligned himself with the most popular disc jockeys and record promotion men, thus gaining a “pulse” on the new sounds. “Dick figured out how to bring rock ’n’ roll into the living rooms of America and made the music acceptable to a mass audience, including the parents,” said Ed Salamon, partner with Dick Clark in a series of radio networks for 15 years. The ratings of the show soared, and by Aug. 5, 1957, now known as American Bandstand, it was being seen by millions of viewers on the ABC-TV network. From coast to coast, teenagers tuned in daily, not only for the music, but also because they identified with the dancers who

Above, top: Chubby Checker’s dance craze “The Twist” premiered on Bandstand. Above, bottom: Dick Clark suggested Danny and the Juniors change their song “Do the Bop” to the more modern “At the Hop.”

became regulars, including Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi, Justine Carrelli and Bob Clayton, Bunny Gibson and Ed Kelly, and Carmen and Yvette Jimenez, plus numerous others. “I was a shy kid, and really surprised, because I wasn’t the best-looking kid, wasn’t a fashion plate—people liked me for some reason, and it took me out of my shell,” Sullivan said. Portrayed as “the kids next door,” show regulars began appearing in teen publications, such as 16 Magazine, Photoplay, and others. This affected the way viewers dressed and, of course, the dance trends they demonstrated. With newfound fame came fan clubs, which generated an incredible amount of mail, explained Dave Frees, president of the American Bandstand Fan Club since 1970.

“In the end of 1960, I had taken over a fan club for the Jimenez sisters, and mail the regulars received was amazing— some got 1,000 letters a week!” he said. Dancing on American Bandstand was the highlight; kids would line around the building of WFILTV at 46th and Market streets in Philadelphia, hoping to get in and see their favorite artists lip synching the top hits of the day. Many of the latest dance crazes would premiere on the show: “The Twist,” “Mashed Potato Time,” “Bristol Stomp,” and others recorded by Philly’s Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, and the Dovells, respectively. Bandstand also featured a legion of talent who recorded for a number of the most prominent record labels in the Quaker City, including Cameo/Parkway, Jamie/ Guyden, Chancellor, and Swan records. The song “At the Hop”—and the act who recorded it in 1957, Danny and the Juniors—can attribute their success to Dick Clark. Clark suggested that the tune, originally titled “Do the Bop,” have a slight lyric change, as the “bop” was becoming passé. American Bandstand was also a grooming ground for many regional acts in Pennsylvania. The word was: If you got your record on Bandstand, your career was on its way. Of those were the Jordan Brothers, hailing from Frackville, Pennsylvania, who performed three times on the show. Clark enjoyed their talent so much that in 1959 they appeared on his first “Caravan of Stars” nationwide tour. The group’s Frank Jordan recalled Clark’s humorous side. “Dick held up a stool once, in an effort to keep the girls from trying to get at us!” Jordan said. In late 1963, a major change came when the show moved its

base from Philly to California. Clark, a fledging entrepreneur, felt there was more on the business horizon for him and took American Bandstand to Hollywood. The move altered the show’s previous hometown charm and camaraderie, and its air schedule changed from daily to a Saturdaymorning run. “I knew once Dick left Philly, it was never going to be the same,” Sullivan said. Nevertheless, the AB logo was prominent, and ratings kept the show in place through the 1970s and ’80s. In 1989, shortly after shifting from ABC to the USA network, Dick Clark left as host, with David Hirsch assuming duties until the final episode aired Oct. 7, 1989. Over the years, many of music’s iconic names would grace American Bandstand, with the exception of only a few, namely Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and the Beatles. Even Dick Clark could not predict the advent of Beatlemania. In the summer of 1963, Bernie Binnick, head of Swan Records, asked Clark to listen to a record he was going to release, entitled “She Loves You,” by a group from England known as the Beatles. In late September 1963, Clark reluctantly featured the song on Bandstand’s “Rate a Record” segment, where it received a No. 73. But within five months, Beatlemania and the music of the British Invasion were prominently featured on American Bandstand. On April 18, 2012, at age 82, the world’s oldest teenager, Dick Clark, entered the gates of rock ’n’ roll heaven. After imprinting American Bandstand as a household word, Clark flourished in numerous capacities, including game show host for Pyramid and other programs.

As producer, he created the United Stations Radio Networks, and his Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve became a yearly tradition starting in 1972; the show continues today with host Ryan Seacrest. Shortly after Clark’s passing, the former Studio B in Philadelphia— where tapings were done during American Bandstand’s heyday—was officially opened to the public, paying homage to the TV show and featuring a wealth of memorabilia for permanent viewing at the building now known as the Enterprise Center. The show has truly lived on, with many reunions, tributes, books, and periodicals heralding its legacy. Of recent particular note is Bandstand Diaries (www. by show regular Arlene Sullivan with journalists Sharon Sultan Cutler and Ray Smith. The book is a potpourri of behind-the-scenes looks at the Bandstand days through the eyes of those who were a part of it—and who have kept its memory hoppin’ for six decades.


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Cover photos, clockwise from center: Dick Clark publicity photo, 1961. A 1962 entrance ticket to American Bandstand. “Regular dancers” Arlene Sullivan, right, with Tony Porrini on American Bandstand. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries. Dick Clark, left, interviewing Myrna Horowitz, one of Bandstand’s original dancers, on the show’s 17th anniversary in 1970. From left, Dick Clark, dancer Bob Clayton, and dancer Justine Carrelli with jukeboxes they won for the 1957 Jitterbug Contest. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries. Sullivan, right, with Frankie Avalon. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries.

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On Life and Love after 50

Tom Blake

Recent Widower Tries Dating, Finds it’s Too Soon

Often, widowers contact me with whoa! At seven months widowed, the questions about mature dating. Last full impact hasn’t even hit you yet. month, Steve, a recent widower, Allow yourself time to go through emailed. all the stages of grief. Your time will He wrote, “I just ‘stumbled’ onto come …” your Finding Love after 50 website, Another widow, Maria, said, “I’d trying to educate myself to prepare be scared off if I was asked out by a for dating and my next phase in life. I guy whose partner died seven months became a widower in January of this before.” year after a terrific 40-year marriage (together 44, married 40). Tom’s thoughts: Likely, the two “I am 66, still working, and live women that Steve dated sensed he just across the Pennsylvania border in wasn’t ready for a relationship. After New York state. My wife suffered an all, he had been with his wife since he accidental was 20 years death. She old. was an only What child and often I am now happens responsible when a new for her widower parents, begins aged 94 and dating is 93. that a nice “To get woman myself falls in love moving, I with him. A Steve at a July 2017 car show. have gone little later, on a couple of dates. The dates went he realizes it’s too soon and pulls the OK, but I have no plans to continue rug out from under her, resulting in a calling those women because I see no broken heart for her. Not good. willingness on their part to continue Socializing with new people is dating, let alone have a relationship. important, and Steve is taking steps to “My guy friends say I am wrong do that. He recently sent an update. to give up. I say, let the women ‘get He said, “I have a 1964 Pontiac motivated.’ I would like opinions from GTO. I travel to Central Pennsylvania both genders.” for work—and pleasure, since Central I asked my On Life and Love Pennsylvania is the car collector after 50 e-newsletter readers for their capital. We have Hershey in the fall, opinions and shared them with Steve. and of course the famous Carlisle The consensus among the swap meets, which run from spring responders: Steve needs to grieve and through fall.  heal before getting involved with “I was worried that the stress another woman. from my situation would rapidly age Nikol, a widow of 10 years, wrote, me, but when people tell me I look “I was in a widow and widower way younger than 66—well, I am not support group. My experience with about to argue! I’ve read that widowers new widowers was they were all in the tend to fall into poor health and age same big panic to replace their wives. rapidly after the loss of their wives, This panic usually lasted two years. and I am determined not to become He needs healing time.” part of that statistic. Stella said, “Steve, whoa, whoa, please see TOO SOON page 11

It Was 50 Years Ago Today

‘Ode to Billie Joe’ Randal Hill

In the summer of 1967, folks were asking, “What really happened to Billie Joe McAllister? What exactly did he throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge? And what about that girl up on Choctaw Ridge?” It was all part of the fun of trying to analyze Bobbie Gentry’s charttopper “Ode to Billie Joe.” Years later, Gentry explained in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits that many listeners missed the point of her song. “Everybody seems more concerned with what was thrown off the bridge than they are with the thoughtlessness of people expressed in the song,” she groused. “The real ‘message’ of the song, if there must be a message, revolves around the nonchalant way the family talks about the suicide.” Gentry was born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, in 1942. When her parents divorced, Bobbie moved in with her grandparents. She taught herself to play the piano and write some catchy little tunes. In the mid-1950s, her mother relocated to Palm Springs, California, and Gentry followed. During high school, she also mastered the guitar, bass, banjo, and vibes. After graduation in 1960, she moved to Los Angeles and took philosophy classes at UCLA before

switching to the spinning “Ode to prestigious Los Billie Joe.” Once it Angeles Conservatory hit Billboard’s singles of Music to charts, “Ode” took study guitar and just three weeks to composition. reach No. 1 and pave Now calling herself the way for three Bobbie Gentry—from Grammy Awards that the 1952 movie Ruby followed the next year. Gentry—she made a But nothing that demo (demonstration) Capitol released after record of an original that came close to song: “Mississippi Bobbie Gentry’s debut Delta.” smash. When she shopped She moved to Las “Ode to Billie Joe” it around, Capitol Vegas early in the Bobbie Gentry Records executives 1970s and headlined August 1967 were instantly taken the Strip with a revue with both Gentry’s that she created, obvious talent and stunning good produced, and starred in. looks. Still, she could never escape Capitol people chose to promote the bluesy “Mississippi Delta” as her first single; they were lukewarm about the “B” side, a haunting, Gothic Southern ballad she called “Ode to Billie Joe.” Gentry had cut “Ode” in less than an hour, accompanying herself on a finger-picked acoustic guitar. Violins, a cello, and a bass were added later. “Ode” was eventually edited from seven minutes and 11 verses to a more radio-friendly (read: shorter and simpler) tune. Capitol promoted “Mississippi Delta,” but DJs soon preferred

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the shadow of her lone megahit, which eventually was relegated to the playlists of “oldies” stations. Eventually she packed up and left Sin City behind. In 1999, “Ode to Billie Joe” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Oddly, when the Grammy people tried to send Gentry her award, nobody could find a phone number or an address for her. The award was set on a shelf where, one assumes, it still rests today. Forget Billie Joe McAllister. Now people should ask, “What really happened to Bobbie Gentry?” Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at

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Aug. 1, 1:30 p.m. Grief Support Group Phoenixville Senior Center 153 Church St., Phoenixville (610) 327-7216

Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sarah Care 425 Technology Drive, Suite 200, Malvern (610) 251-0801

Aug. 1 and 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Brandywine Hospital Conference Room 2N 201 Reeceville Road, Coatesville (610) 998-1700, ext. 226

Aug. 9, 7 p.m. Hearing Loss Support Group Christ Community Church 1190 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester (610) 444-445

Coatesville Area Senior Center – (610) 383-6900 250 Harmony St., Coatesville – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Going Fit Exercise Program Aug. 3 and 17, 11 a.m. to noon – Veterans Coffee Club Aug. 9 and 23, 1-2 p.m. – Bingo

Aug. 2, 6 p.m. Memory Loss and Dementia Support Group Sunrise Assisted Living of Paoli 324 W. Lancaster Ave., Malvern (610) 251-9994

Aug. 14 and 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon Caregiver Support Group Adult Care of Chester County 201 Sharp Lane, Exton (610) 363-8044

Aug. 8 and 22, 5-6:30 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 585-6604 Nondenominational; all are welcome.

Aug. 15, 6 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sunrise of Westtown 501 Skiles Blvd., West Chester (610) 399-4464

Aug. 8 and 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Jennersville Hospital Conference Room B 1015 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove (610) 998-1700, ext. 226

Aug. 30, 6 p.m. Living with Cancer Support Group Paoli Hospital Cancer Center 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli (484) 565-1253

Community Programs Free and open to the public Aug. 1, 11:30 a.m. West Chester University Retirees Luncheon For restaurant location, please email Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. Compassionate Friends Valley Forge Chapter Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 132 E. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia (484) 919-0820

Aug. 5 and 19, 5-10 p.m. Bingo Night Marine Corps League Detachment 430 Chestnut St., Downingtown (610) 429-8174

Library Programs Downingtown Library, 330 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-2741 Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. – Fantasy Book Club Aug. 15, 10-11 a.m. – Book Walkers Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. – Crafters Maker Space

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A Visit to Las Vegas that is Très Magnifique By Andrea Gross

Aha! There it is, the Eiffel Tower. Around the corner, the Arc de Triomphe. And right nearby, a row of quaint shops on a cobblestoned street. Voilà, this is Paris, n’est-ce pas? Actually, it’s Paris Las Vegas, a French-themed hotel and casino that’s done a remarkable job of bringing the famous landmarks of the governmental capital of France to the entertainment capital of the United States. Although at first it’s a bit The 460-foot Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, disconcerting to see Parisian an almost-exact half-scale replica of the landmarks sitting amidst the original, was built using Gustav Eiffel’s high-rise hotels and brightly lit plans for the original. casinos, it’s also très magnifique. that the famous landmarks were The architects and designers reproduced as accurately as possible. responsible for creating the Paris Las Their greatest coup was securing Vegas Hotel, which opened in 1999, the original plans that Gustav Eiffel went to great lengths to make sure

than 40 stories) into the desert sky. The major difference, aside from size, has to do with safety. Rather than joining beams with rivets as in the original, modern builders felt that welding would produce a stronger structure. Then, to ensure an authentic look, they overlaid the welding with cosmetic rivets. The concern for accuracy even extended to the lighting The Arc de Triomphe, replicated in 2/3 scale, system. In 1989, 100 years honors soldiers who fought with Napoleon. after the original tower was built, lights were added to brighten the Paris sky. Ten used to build his monument for the years later the same experts Paris Exposition in 1889. The Las were hired to install the lights in the Vegas tower is an almost-exact halfLas Vegas reproduction. scale replica, soaring 460 feet (more The Eiffel Tower is the first sign

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of Paris that visitors to Las Vegas on authenticity. Many are devoted to see when they drive up the famous French food of one sort or another Strip, but it’s far from the only one. — from crusty baguettes and delicate People who are arriving at the Paris crepes to foie gras and le filet de bœuf. Las Vegas Hotel drive around a 2/3Mon Ami Gabi is an upscale café scale replica of the Arc de Triomphe, where people can eat outside and a Parisian landmark honoring the watch folks stroll up and down the soldiers who fought with Napoleon. Strip, except that the bow-tied waiters Some parts of the hotel have don’t call it “the Strip.” They call it facades that echo renowned buildings “the Champs-Élysées.” in Paris. One wall looks like the Paris Here, diners can start with wild Opera House, and the outside of escargots or onion soup au gratin, the 34-story move on to hotel itself was chicken granddesigned to mère, and look like Paris’s finish up with 800-year-old a vanilla bean Hôtel de Ville, crème brûlée which now — if, that is, serves as Paris’ they don’t get city hall. sidetracked The by some of Parisian theme the 80-plus carries to the boutique wine inside, where offerings. The Village Buffet restaurant lets touches of But it’s the diners experience the food and France adorn Eiffel Tower atmosphere of the provinces. the casino, restaurant, lobby, and, on the 11th most of all, floor of the tower, that is the shopping the epitome promenade. of Parisian The retail elegance. area, which The prices is completely are nearly as indoors, has stratospheric “cobblestoned” as the view, streets, but no one wrought-iron seems to care. streetlamps, The Strip is often called Las Vegas’s After all, this and shops Champs-Élysées. is a restaurant fashioned to that’s often look distinctly dubbed one of the most romantic in European, with flowerboxes and the country, and what is more French balustrades. than romance? (Tip: Those who are As with the architecture, the more pragmatic than romantic can hotel’s restaurants pride themselves

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meats from Burgundy, croissants from Alsace, and beverages from Bretagne. (Tip: The buffet isn’t cheap, so go when you’re hungry.) Finally, almost hidden in a corner on the hotel’s north side, Le Cabaret offers an ooh-là-là experience during which folks make merry as they sip cocktails and listen to live music. Now what could be more French than that? For an expanded version of this story, see Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (

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This past Chanukah I gave my 21year-old son, Matt, a gift of a book. Compared to Matt’s other gifts of cool clothes and a Budweiser can candle, I feared that the book would be rated a distant third. After all, Matt could only come up with one book on his “mayberead list”: Murder in Belmont, about a hometown crime. As his book-loving dad, I was disappointed by Matt’s list. I would have preferred: “Get me 12 William Faulkners and Bill O’Reilly’s latest, Killing, Killing, and Still Killing Rasputin.” But Matt and his older brother, Craig, had read for pleasure about two books total after middle school. My millennials did read for pleasure in their elementary school days. Indeed, my family reading tradition reached its apex at about 11:30 p.m. in July 2004 when my tween boys, my wife, and I were part of a several-blocks-long queue. Everyone was waiting in line to pick up a new Harry Potter book. It was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Alcatraz or something like that. We made it into Waldenbooks about 12:20 a.m. or so, and Craig and Matt were handed their books by wizardcostumed store clerks. We were a bibliophile family, at least on that night. In my own childhood I would have loved events like the Harry Potter

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I don’t really know how my kids caught the b-ball bug. It could be through osmosis, or maybe it was just through DNA that was dominant for basketball and recessive for Quidditch. True, my wife is 6 feet and my son’s heights are 6 feet 5 inches and 6 feet 2 inches—but I swear I married for love, not basketball. My last gasp, then, to entice these millennials to read is to utilize their love of basketball. I am going to lend them my two favorite basketball books, To the Hoop by Ira Berkow and My Losing Season by Pat Conroy. These are great books because they are about personal odysseys as much as trips up and down the court. It would be wonderful if these books whet the boys’ reading appetites. Then maybe when I have narrowed my life down to reading and TV in my declining years, we will still have a meaningful father-and-son activity, just like my father and I did. Even when my dad was in his 90s, he always was ready to lend me books that he had read. In return, I could always get him a gift of a book. If this ploy does not work, I will settle for harping on Matt to finish Murder in Belmont. Bill Levine is a retired IT professional and active freelance writer. Bill aspires to be a humorist because it is easier to be pithy than funny.

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family-oriented novels. I have dug into these volumes to see if indeed our family is just normally crazy or really crazy. I would have liked to say that my millennials have benefitted from reading as I have over my lifetime. It would have been an important tradition to pass down. At least, though, I tried to set an example of a committed pleasure reader. On our cruise-ship vacations they have watched me read on just about every deck on a ship, forgoing the more enticing opportunities, like the bellyflop competition and towel-folding clinics. But pleasure reading for my millennials has mostly been done in by all the available leisure-timeabsorbing digital delights, such as unlimited texting plans and limited factual news. They did, however, somehow pick up on my love of basketball. Their skillful dedication to the hoop followed in my own clumsy footsteps; it was my one alternative pastime as an adolescent. Central Pennsylvania’s Award-Winning 50+ Publication

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Dear New, Many people new to Medicare are surprised to learn that the ID number on their Medicare card is still identical to their Social Security number. After all, we’re constantly warned not to carry our SSN around with us, because if it gets lost or stolen, the result could be identity theft. But the card itself tells beneficiaries to carry it with you when you are away from home so you can show it at the doctor’s office or hospital when you need medical care. Here’s what you should do to protect yourself. New Medicare Cards For starters, you’ll be happy to know that the government is in the process of removing SSNs from Medicare cards, but with 58 million beneficiaries, it’s a huge undertaking that will be implemented gradually. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start sending the new cards in April 2018, but

it will take until December 2019 before SSNs are removed from all cards. Under the new system, a randomly generated 11-character Medicare beneficiary identifier will replace the SSN-based health claim number on your new Medicare card, but your Medicare benefits will not change. You will receive information in 2018 letting you know about the new Medicare card, with an explanation of how to use the new card and what to do with your old one. You can start using your new Medicare card with the new number as soon as you receive it, and there should be a transition period in 2018 and 2019 when you can use either the old card or the new card. Protect Your Identity Until your new Medicare card is issued, here’s what you can do to protect your SSN on your current card. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a national consumer resource on identity theft, recommends that you carry your Medicare card only when you visit a healthcare provider for the first time, so the provider can make a copy for their files. Otherwise, make a photocopy of your card and cut it down to wallet size. Then take a black marker and black out the last four digits of your SSN, and carry that instead in case of an emergency. please see CARDS page 18

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CARDS from page 17 If your Medicare card does happen to get lost or stolen, you can replace it by calling Social Security at (800) 772-1213 or contacting your local Social Security office. You can also request a card online at myaccount. Your card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. If your Medicare card that contains your SSN gets lost or stolen,

you’ll need to watch out for Medicare fraud. You can do this by checking your quarterly Medicare summary notices for services or supplies you did not receive. You can also check your Medicare claims early online at MyMedicare. gov (you’ll need to create an account first) or by calling Medicare at (800) 633-4227. If you spot anything

suspicious or wrong, call the Inspector General’s fraud hotline at (800) 447-8477. Also, watch for other signs of identity theft. For example, if someone uses your Social Security number to obtain credit, loans, telephone accounts, or other goods and services, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission

at or (877) 4384338. This site will also give you specific steps you’ll need to take to handle this problem. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.


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50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...

50plus LIFE Chester County August 2017  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...