Relive the 1950’s with the “Thunderbolt Kid”

Category: Baby Boomer Retirement Issues

It’s a Great Read

Baby boomer nostalgia is hot these days, and there is no funnier read on the subject than Bill Bryson’s delightful book – “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”. He captures perfectly the times, culture, and the absurd miscellanea of those days – you won’t stop laughing.

My sister recently gave me the book because it reminded her of my brothers and me countlessly jumping off chairs in (pathetic) imitations of Superman. The book does a fascinating job of helping me re-live “those thrilling days of yesteryear”. All the old heroes are dusted off (with wry observations about just how weird they would seem today) – from Batman to The Lone Ranger (“not the kind of fellow you would want to share a pup tent with”) to Roy Rogers, Davey Crockett and Zorro. Cultural icons I had forgotten about once again come to life – like the worst game of all time (electric football), slinkies and silly putty, and hiding under your desk during nuclear “attacks”.

Broadway Books, Copyright 2006. Bill Bryson

Check it out! And it that whets your appetite, see this blog for frequent doses of great baby boomer nostalgia

Posted by Admin on April 30th, 2007

Greenspan to Baby Boomers – Deal Now with Financial Uncertainty

Category: Baby Boomer Retirement Issues

New York – April 27. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan made headlines again this week – this time at a conference on the coming baby boomer retirement crisis. Greenspan warned that the government is going to find it “difficult” to keep all of its financial promises in coming years. He urged baby boomers to deal now with that, and a new complication – their increased longevity.

We have to recognize that what we’re going through is unique in world history, said Dr. Greenspan. Retirement is a relatively new phenomenon. As a society we’ve dealt with it successfully in the past few decades but we’ve never had such a huge group of individuals going into the system at once and then living so long in their retirement years. (more…)

Posted by Admin on April 27th, 2007

Home Sales Figures Out – Buyers’ Market Continues

Category: Retirement Real Estate

April 25 – Yesterday the sales figures for existing homes were released – and the news continues to be bad for sellers. Sales in March were 8.4% below February’s, and 11.3% behind the March 2006 figure. Bad weather is being blamed for at least part of the slowdown, while sub-prime mortgage problems are another likely cause. These sales totals are for all types of existing homes, including condominiums. The figures were released by the National Association of Realtors. (more…)

Posted by Admin on April 25th, 2007

A New Look at Topretirements!

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

Welcome to our newly redesigned Home page. Our goals were to add a “News” element (which you will see in this space, updated several times a week with news about retirement communities), as well as to try to keep our most popular features higher up on the page for greater visibility. Please let us know how we succeeded by posting either in reply to this News blog, or in the Discussion Forum. We are always interested in hearing your comments and suggestions, because after all, this is your site!

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Posted by Admin on April 24th, 2007