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Look who turned 65 in December!

Turning 65?  You’re not alone!  Many of our favorite movie stars are, too!
Jeff BridgesDecember 4- Jeff Bridges began his acting career in 1958 as a child with his father, Lloyd Bridges, and brother, Beau, on television’s Sea Hunt. Bridges is one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (1972, age 22, Best Supporting Actor, The Last Picture Show), and one of the oldest ever to win (2010, age 60, Best Actor, Crazy Heart). Among his other best-known major motion films are: The Big Lebowski, Fearless, Iron Man, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Jagged Edge, Against All Odds, The Fisher King, Tucker, Seabiscuit, Arlington Road, Tron, Tron: Legacy and The Giver. Bridges is the son of showbiz parents, actor Lloyd Bridges and actress and writer Dorothy Bridges, and grew up in Los Angeles. After turning 18, Bridges joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve, where he served for seven years. His first major role was in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show, and he co-starred in the 1972 critically acclaimed neo-noir boxing film Fat City, directed by John Huston. He was nominated again for best supporting actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. In 1976, he starred as the protagonist Jack Prescott in the first remake of King Kong, opposite Jessica Lange. One of his better-known roles was in the 1982 science fiction cult classic Tron, in which he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer (a role he reprised in late 2010 with the sequel Tron: Legacy). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984, for playing the alien in Starman. His role in Fearless (1993) is thought by some critics to be one of his best performances. Film critic Pauline Kael wrote that he “may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived.” In 1998, he starred as what is arguably his most famous role, The Dude, in the Coen brothers’ cult-classic film The Big Lebowski. He has said that he relates to The Dude more than any of his other roles. He received Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Contender and True Grit, the latter a collaboration with the Coen brothers. Referring to his career as an actor and his passion for music, Bridges says, “I dug what an actor did, but it took me a while to feel it, to truly appreciate the craft and the preparation. Plus, I was still playing music a lot, and I guess I had a hard time choosing: was I an actor or a musician, or could I be both?” He released his debut album Be Here Soon in January 2000 and his second album, Jeff Bridges, in August 2011. In one of the longer-running marriages in Hollywood, Bridges has been with Susan Geston since 1977, and they have three daughters.

Don JohnsonDecember 15- Don Johnson is best known for his role as James “Sonny” Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice, for which he won a Golden Globe, and as the lead role in the 1990s cop series Nash Bridges. He is also a winner of the American Power Boat Association Offshore World Cup. He got his start in a high-school production of West Side Story in Wichita, Kan. His first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men’s Eyes, which led to several small film roles. From 1984 to 1989—after years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor and a string of pilots, none of which became a TV series—Johnson landed a starring role as an undercover policeman. Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography, imagery, and its glitzy take on the police drama genre. Between seasons, Johnson gained further renown through several TV miniseries, such as the 1985 TV remake of The Long, Hot Summer. In the 1996-2001 drama Nash Bridges Johnson played the title role of an inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. More recently, he appeared on the HBO series Eastbound & Down (October 2010) and reprised his role as Sonny Crockett for a Nike commercial with LeBron James. Johnson had a supporting role in the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained. He also released two albums of pop music—one in 1986 and the other in 1989. His single, “Heartbeat,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Johnson has had four wives in five marriages, including Melanie Griffith, who he remarried after they divorced. He is currently married to San Francisco socialite and Montessori nursery school teacher Kelley Phleger, and they have three children together.

Sissy SpacekDecember 25 – Sissy Spacek first came to international attention for her roles as Holly Sargis in Badlands (1973) and as Carrie White in Brian de Palma’s horror film Carrie (1976), based on Stephen King’s first published novel, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) and received Oscar nominations for her roles in Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and In the Bedroom (2001). Born in Quitman, Texas, Spacek worked for a time as photographic model before getting small roles in films. After Carrie, Spacek cemented her reputation in independent cinema with her performance in Robert Altman’s classic 3 Women (1977). At the time, Altman stated: “She’s remarkable, one of the top actresses I’ve ever worked with. Her resources are like a deep well.” Brian de Palma added: “[Spacek is] a phantom. She has this mysterious way of slipping into a part, letting it take over her. She’s got a wider range than any young actress I know.” Of her work in In the Bedroom, New York Times film critic Stephen Holden said, “Ms. Spacek’s performance is as devastating as it is unflashy. . . . It is one of Ms. Spacek’s greatest performances.” In 2012, Spacek published a memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. She is married to production designer and art director Jack Fisk, who she met in 1974 on the set of Badlands. They have two daughters.

Turning 65? You’re not alone! Look at these famous people who turned 65 in November!


Bonnie RaittNovember 8- Bonnie Raitt a blues singer-songwriter and slide-guitar player, first became known in the 1970s, when she released a series of roots-influenced albums that incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. Born to Broadway musical star John Raitt and pianist Marjorie Haydock, Raitt began playing guitar at an early age. The 1977’s Sweet Forgiveness album gave Raitt her first commercial breakthrough when it yielded a hit single in her cover version of “Runaway.” Her previous albums, including Give It Up (1972) and Takin’ My Time (1973 ), had received critical acclaim but not commercial sales. In 1989 after several more years of praise from critics but little commercial success she had a major return to form with the release of her album Nick of Time. The following two albums Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994) were also multimillion sellers generating several hit singles, including “Something to Talk About” and the ballad “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” In March 2000, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In April 2012, Raitt released her first studio album since 2005 entitled Slipstream. Since the early 1970s, Raitt has been involved in both political and environmental causes. In addition to 10 Grammy Awards, Rolling Stone magazine listed her as number 50 of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 89 of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Australian Country Music Artist Graeme Connors has said, “Bonnie Raitt does something with a lyric no one else can do; she bends it and twists it right into your heart.”

John BoehnerNovember 17-John Boehner current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was elected to represent Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District for a 12th term in November 2012, serving since 1991. The Republican, known for his conservative views and ability to negotiate both sides of the aisle, previously served as the House Minority Leader from 2007 until 2011, and House Majority Leader from 2006 until 2007. As Speaker of the House, Boehner is second in line to the presidency of the United States. Born in Reading, Ohio, Boehner was the second of twelve children. During the Vietnam War, Boehner enlisted in the U.S. Navy but was honorably discharged after eight weeks because of a bad back. He earned his B.A. in business administration from Xavier University in 1977, becoming the first person in his family to attend college. Shortly after his graduation in 1977, Boehner went to work for a small sales business and eventually became president of the firm, resigning in 1990 when he was elected to Congress. He has been reelected 10 times with no substantial opposition, and even ran unopposed in 1994 and 2012.In 1994 Boehner was one of the engineers of the Contract with America that politically helped Republicans during the 1994 congressional elections during which they won the majority in Congress for the first time in four decades. He and Senator Ted Kennedy authored the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which he said was his “proudest achievement” in two decades of public service. When Boehner became Speaker of the House in 2011, he broke into tears when talking about “economic freedom, individual liberty and personal responsibility. . . . I hold these values dear because I’ve lived them. . . . I’ve spent my whole life chasing the American Dream.”

Paul ShafferNovember 28 – Paul Shaffer a musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian and composer, has been David Letterman’s musical director, band leader and sidekick since 1982. Born and raised in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, Canada, Shaffer began his music career in 1972 when he became the musical director for the Toronto production of Godspell. From 1975 to 1980, he was a member of the house band on NBC’s popular Saturday Night Live (SNL) television program. Off the show, Shaffer occasionally teamed up with the Not Ready for Prime-Time Players, including work on Gilda Radner’s highly successful Broadway show and as the musical director for John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd whenever they recorded or performed as The Blues Brothers. Since 1982, Shaffer has served as leader of “The World’s Most Dangerous Band” for Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993) on NBC, for which he also composed the theme song, and as leader of the CBS Orchestra for the Late Show with David Letterman (1993–present) on CBS. He has served as musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986 and filled the same role for the 1996 Olympic Games closing ceremony. Shaffer has released two solo albums, 1989’s Grammy-nominated Coast to Coast, and 1993’s The World’s Most Dangerous Party, and has recorded with a wide range of artists, including Donald Fagen, Grand Funk Railroad, Diana Ross, B.B. King, Asleep at the Wheel, Cyndi Lauper, Yoko Ono, Blues Traveler, Cher, Chicago and bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs.

Gary ShandlingNovember 29 – Gary Shandling comedian, actor and writer, is best known for his work in It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Born in Chicago and raised in Tucson, Ariz., he began his career writing for sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. He made a successful stand-up performance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1981 and became a frequent guest-host on the show. His persona was an anxiety-ridden, grimacing, guarded, confused man on the verge of losing control. In 1977, Shandling was involved in an auto accident in Beverly Hills that left him in critical condition for two days but he later turned the accident into part of his comedy act. In 1986 he created It’s Garry Shandling’s Show for the pay cable channel Showtime. It was nominated for four Emmy Awards (including one for Shandling) and lasted until 1990. He won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performance in a Series, and won four CableACE awards, two for Best Comedy Series. The show also won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy in the Television Critics Association Awards.His second show, The Larry Sanders Show, which began airing on HBO in 1992, was even more successful. Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards for the show and won in 1998, for writing the series finale. The show influenced other shows such as Entourage, 30 Rock, Extras and Curb Your Enthusiasm in which guest stars play themselves in episodes of the series. In 2002, TV Guide named The Larry Sanders Show as 38th Greatest Show of All Time. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked the show the 28th Best Show of the past 25 years. It was also included on Time magazine’s 100 Greatest Shows of All Time.

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Lindsey BuckinghamOctober 3- Lindsey Buckingham, is best known as guitarist and male vocalist of the musical group Fleetwood Mac, a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. Lindsey was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987 when the pop-oriented act also featured Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks, his sometimes girlfriend. The band’s second album with Buckingham and Nicks, 1977’s Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks’ song “Dreams”) and is the fourth-highest-selling album of all time. In Fleetwood Mac’s heyday, Buckingham was known for his finger-picking guitar style and wide vocal range As a member of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2011, Buckingham was ranked 100th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2011 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Buckingham has also released six solo albums and three live albums. In May 2012, Buckingham began a solo tour of the United States and in November 2012 released a completely solo live album One Man Show via download at iTunes that was recorded from a single night in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sigourney WeaverOctober 8-Sigourney Weaver, first received attention for the lead role in the four Alien films: (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection) and later for her roles in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl and Avatar. Her 1986 Academy Award nomination for Aliens is considered a landmark in the recognition of science fiction, action and horror genres, as well as a major step in challenging traditional gender roles in cinema. Weaver progressively received fame for her numerous contributions to the science fiction film history (including minor roles in Futurrama, WALL-E, Paul and The Cabin in the Woods), earning the nickname of “The Sci-Fi Queen.” She also played the lead role as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish on USA Network’s Political Animals miniseries.Weaver has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress for Aliens and Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, and Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl. She also won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Ice Storm. Weaver earned nominations for an Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award and Tony Award. She has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress in 1988 for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first person ever to have won two acting Golden Globe Awards in the same year. After making Gorillas in the Mist, she became a supporter of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is now its honorary chairwoman. In October 2006, she drew international attention at a United Nations General Assembly policy deliberation when she outlined the widespread threat to ocean habitats posed by deep-sea trawling, an industrial method for harvesting fish.

Benjamin October 21 – Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, is the prime minister of Israel and chairman of the Likud party. Born in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the state’s establishment. In 2012, he was listed 23rd on the Forbes magazine’s list of “The World’s Most Powerful People.” In 2010 and 2012, he was ranked first on the list the “Most Influential Jews in the World” by The Jerusalem Post. After joining the Israel Defense Forces during the Six-Day War in 1967, he took part in many missions and achieved the rank of captain. After he was discharged, Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988 and became prime minister in June 1996, serving until to July 1999. After he was defeated by Ehud Barak, he joined the private sector.In 2002 Netanyahu returned to politics as foreign affairs minister (2002–2003) and finance minister (2003–2005) in Ariel Sharon’s governments but departed over disagreements regarding the Gaza disengagement plan. He retook the Likud leadership in December 2005, after Sharon left to form a new party. Following the 2009 parliamentary election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority, Netanyahu formed a coalition government. After his victory in the 2013 elections, he became the second person to be elected to the position of prime minister for a third term, after Israel’s founder David Ben-Gurion.

Bruce JennerOctober 28 – Bruce Jenner, a track and field athlete, won the gold medal in the Decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal. As a result of his win, Jenner became a national hero, named the top amateur athlete in the United States and the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1976. He was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1980. Following his Olympic victory and the related recognition, Jenner appeared on the front of Wheaties brand breakfast cereal as a “Wheaties champion.” Of several hundred athletes who have been so featured, Jenner is one of seven Wheaties spokesmen. His professional career also led to success in television. By 1981, he had starred in several made-for-TV movies and was Erik Estrada’s replacement briefly on the top-rated TV series CHiPs. In 1991, he married Kris Kardashian and can be seen as the stepfather of the Kardashian siblings on the cable television reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians since 2007. He has also been a businessman. His company, Bruce Jenner Aviation, sells aircraft supplies to executives and corporations.

Seniors need to “Be Prepared”!

Be Prepared for Medicare AEP

 

The Boy Scouts motto is dead on: “Be Prepared!” However, for many of us, procrastination is much easier because it takes less time (in fact, it takes no time). With the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) rapidly approaching (Oct 15 – Dec 7) it is going to be vitally important for you to be prepared. And since procrastinating is the path of least resistance, I am going to make this easy on you by giving you a single step that will go a long way in helping you be prepared for the upcoming AEP. I know that insurance is at the top of everyone’s “Most Interesting Topics” list, so do your best to stick with me.

The first step is Know What You Have. If you don’t know what type of Medicare Health Plan you have, you are an easy target for being taken advantage of. There are 2 major types of Medicare Health Plans:

  1. Medicare Supplement plans
  2. Medicare Advantage plans

These 2 types of plans are very different when it comes to how they work and the benefits they provide, but they are extremely misunderstood by policyholders. I often hear from policyholders, “I have a Medicare Supplement,” when in fact they have a Medicare Advantage plan. So what is the big difference between these plans?

 

Medicare Supplement Plans:

  1. Work in unison with Traditional Medicare Parts A & B: A supplement policy will pay most, if not all, of what Medicare does not pay. It acts as a secondary insurance.
  2. Do not have networks: They are not HMO or PPO plans so you are free to use any doctor or hospital that you want as long as they accept Medicare.
  3. Are funded entirely by policyholder premiums: This is important as it allows companies to keep benefits the same from year to year.
  4. Travel with you in all 50 states: Your plan works the same out of state as it does in your home state.

 

Medicare Advantage Plans:

  1. Work in replacement of Traditional Medicare Parts A & B: An advantage plan works in place of Medicare as your primary insurance and you do not have a secondary insurance. You are responsible for all deductibles, copays and coinsurance. And you don’t get out of paying your Medicare Part B premium.
  2. Are network plans: They are HMO and PPO plans so you may be restricted in the doctors and hospitals you are allowed to use.
  3. Are funded by Government subsidies and policyholder premiums: This is critical because as government subsidies are reduced, plan premiums will go up and benefits will go down, as has been the case for the past 7 years and I expect to be the case in the years ahead.
  4. May not cover you in other states (except in emergency cases): Many advantage plans only cover you in the case of an emergency if you are outside of your home state.

The biggest advantage in advantage plans has been the lower premiums. But as government subsidies have been reduced in years past, this benefit has been greatly diminished. For example, in 2007 you could get a Medicare Advantage PPO plan for a $0/month premium and your maximum annual out of pocket expense was $2,000. For 2014 that same plan has a $50/month premium and maximum annual out of pocket of $5,100 (for Shelby county plans).

As you can see, there is a big difference between these two types of plans. Know What You Have…because you may not be able to get your old plan back.

Seniormark will be sponsoring a workshop on September 11 at 5:30 pm at their office in Troy. “Solving the Medicare Puzzle” lays out the different parts of Medicare, and then will show you how the pieces fit together. This event is only for educational purposes and no plan-specific benefits or details will be shared.

DanDan Hoelscher is the founder of Seniormark, LLC, a company that has specialized in helping retirees make a successful transition from the workplace into retirement for the past 18 years.  Seniormark has offices in Sidney and Troy.  You can reach Dan by email at dan@seniormark.com or you can visit their website at www.seniormark.com.  Seniormark, LLC has no connection or affiliation with, and is not in any way sponsored by, the federal or state government, the social security administration, the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services or the department of health and human services.

 

Look who else is turning 65!

Are you turning 65 in August?  If so, you are in very good company!!

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Diana NyadAugust 22- Diana Nyad, first gained national attention in 1975 when she swam around Manhattan (28 miles). In 1979, she swam from the Bahamas to Juno Beach, Fla. (102 miles), setting a distance record for non-stop swimming without a wetsuit, which still stands today. In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming from Havana to Key West (110 miles). Nyad began her swimming career in high school. Shortly after she was introduced to marathon swimming, she set a women’s world record in her first race, a 10-mile swim in Lake Ontario in July 1970.Nyad is also a writer and has authored three books, including Other Shores (1978) about her life and distance swimming. She has also written for The New York Times, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Newsweek magazine and other publications. She hosted the public radio program “The Savvy Traveler,” was a commentator on the “business of sport” for American Public Media’s public radio program Marketplace business news and was a regular contributor to the CBS News television show Sunday Morning. She co-founded BravaBody, a company aimed at providing online exercise advice to women

Shelley LongAugust 23 –Shelley Long, is best known for her role as Diane Chambers in Cheers, the popular comedy set in a Boston neighborhood bar, which ran from 1982 to 1993, and for which she received five Emmy nominations, winning in 1983 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She also won two Golden Globe Awards for the role. Long reprised her role as Diane Chambers in four episodes of the spinoff Frasier, for which she received an additional guest star Emmy nomination. Long’s interest in acting was evident as a member of her high school speech team in Indiana, winning an award in 1967 for original oratory. After studying drama at Northwestern University, she joined The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago. In 1975, she began writing, producing and co-hosting the local NBC television program Sorting It Out, which won three Regional Emmys for Best Entertainment Show. Her first notable role came in the 1979 television movie The Cracker Factory, in which she played opposite Natalie Wood. In 1980 she appeared in her first feature film role in A Small Circle of Friends, followed by roles in both TV shows and movies, including Night Shift (1982) and Losin’ It (1983). While on Cheers, she starred in several movies, including Irreconcilable Differences (1984), for which she was nominated for a Best Leading Actress Golden Globe, The Money Pit and Hello Again. In 1990, Long returned to television for the ABC miniseries Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase. This introduced her to more dramatic roles in TV films, after which she starred in several more throughout the ‘90s. In recent years, she has guest starred in several TV shows, including Boston Legal and Modern Family, and in several TV films such as Honeymoon with Mom, Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door and Holiday Engagement.

Gene SimmonsAugust 25 – Gene Simmons, the blood-spouting member of the band Kiss, was born as Chaim Witz in Israel and later changed his name after his mother, a Hungarian immigrant and the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust, immigrated to the United States. As a young boy, he developed an interest in horror and science fiction, but the Beatles phenomenon inspired a stronger urge to become a musician, and he joined a series of bands. In 1973, with fellow musician Paul Stanley, he founded Kiss. By the end of 1975 Kiss had become one of the biggest acts in the country. Nicknamed “the demon,” Simmons took the stage clad in stylized armor and spiked platform boots, with his face elaborately painted in white and black. Bursts of flame and generous amounts of fake blood regularly featured in his performance. In the late 1970s and early 80s, Simmons branched out into other aspects of the entertainment business, including starting his own label (which was unsuccessful), producing and acting, including roles in movies (Runaway, 1984; Never Too Young To Die, 1986) and television (Miami Vice).For most of the ‘80s and ‘90s Kiss remained active, while Simmons kept himself busy in the ‘00s launching a magazine, publishing his autobiography, creating a clothing line and re-establishing his record label. In 2004, he released his second solo album. Simmons advocates for ChildFund International and has traveled to Zambia to visit several of his sponsored children, of whom he has more than 140.

Richard GereAugust 31 – Richard Gere, the son of Mayflower descendants, started his acting career in theater. His first big role in movies was in the thriller Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), followed by the leading role in the 1978 film, Days of Heaven. In 1979 Gere was one of the first big-name Hollywood actors to play a gay character, starring as a homosexual Holocaust victim in the Broadway production of Bent, for which he won a Theatre World Award. In 1980 he became a major star with the film American Gigolo, followed in 1982 by the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentleman with Debra Winger. In the 1980s, Gere had several box office failures but success returned in 1990 with Internal Affairs and Pretty Woman. After that, he starred in several successful films throughout the 1990s, including Sommersby (1993), Primal Fear (1996) and Runaway Bride (1999). In 1999, Gere was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” In 2002, he won a Golden Globe award for best actor for his role in Chicago. His more recent movies include The Hoax (2006) Amelia (2009) and Arbitrage (2012), which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination.A Buddhist, Gere is also an advocate for human rights in Tibet, actively supports Survival International, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights and lands of tribal peoples throughout the world, and campaigns for ecological causes and AIDS awareness

Happy birthday, Kramer!

From the Famous and 65 files………

 
Michael RichardsMichael Richards actor, comedian, writer and television producer, who is best known for his portrayal of Cosmo Kramer on the television sitcom Seinfeld, for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series three times, turns 65 on July 24.

Richards began his career as a stand-up comedian, first entering the national spotlight when he was featured on Billy Crystal’s first cable TV special. He went on to become a series regular on ABC’s Fridays. Prior to Seinfeld, Richards made numerous guest appearances on various television shows, including Cheers, Night Court, Miami Vice and St. Elsewhere. His film credits include So I Married an Axe Murderer, Airheads, Young Doctors in Love, Problem Child, Coneheads, UHF and Trial and Error, one of his few starring roles. After Seinfeld, Richards starred in his own sitcom, The Michael Richards Show, which lasted less than one full season.

Following Seinfeld’s conclusion, Richards also performed stand-up comedy. After inciting media furor for losing his temper and repeatedly shouting at an African-American heckler in late 2006, Richards announced his retirement from stand-up in 2007. He appeared as himself in the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2009, acting alongside his fellow cast members for the first time since Seinfeld’s finale.

Currently, Richards plays the role of Frank in the sitcom Kirstie, costarring Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman, which premiered on TV Land on December 4, 2013.

Medicare Supplement policyholders are paying too much for their coverage!

If your parents were like mine, they probably taught you to spend your money wisely. Let me use a story here to make a point. Suppose you are shopping for a new refridgerator. Your first stop is at Sears where you find the perfect Frigidaire XL2014, and at a great price, $2100. But because your parents told you to shop before you buy, you decide to check a few more places. The last stop you make is at Lowes, where you find the same Frigidaire XL2014. Same make, same model, same features…they are IDENTICAL! Only the one at Lowes costs $1500. Do you go back to Sears and buy the one for $2100? Unless you own stock in Sears, or your son is the sales rep, I hope your response is…Absolutely not! Why would you spend $600 more on the same thing. But Retirees are doing that very thing with their Medicare Supplement insurance.

 

But you may ask, “How do I know I’m getting the same benefits?” The answer is simple, our government did something right. Prior to 1992, Medicare Supplement insurance plans were not standardized. What this meant was that each insurance company’s Medicare supplement plans offered different benefits. This made it almost impossible for the Retiree to shop their coverage from company to company. Compare it to shopping for a car today. You can’t really compare cost from one dealer to another because the options are completely different. This one has leather seats, but the other one has On-Star. This one has a DVD player, but the other one has alloy wheels. It is impossible to truly compare cost because you are never comparing “apples to apples.” The same was true with Medicare Supplement insurance prior to 1992. But in 1992 the federal government stepped in and “standardized” Medicare Supplement insurance.

 

They did this because prior to 1992, unethical salespeople were taking coverage away from Retirees in order to save them money, and they weren’t disclosing the fact that they reduced their coverage. So the government stepped in and standardized the plans so this couldn’t happen anymore. They did this by offering 11 plans and giving them the letter names of A through N. In other words, it means you can compare a Plan F with one company to a Plan F with another company and know that the benefits are IDENTICAL. So you no longer have to say, “I know my supplement is expensive, but I don’t want to change it because it pays so well.” As long as you stick with the same Plan letter name, the new company is legally obligated to pay the same benefits as your old one.

 

So what does this mean for you? It means it would be a good idea to know what premium you pay compared to what others your age and in your area are paying for the same plan. This is important because you may be paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars more per year in premium and not be getting any better benefits. For example, the premiums for a Plan F for a 70 year old female range from $130/month on the low end up to $276/month on the high end. That’s a difference of $1,752 per year. And worse yet, the person paying $276/month is not getting any better benefits than the person paying $130. And don’t forget, you can change your medicare supplement policy any time of the year…you don’t have to wait for the Annual Enrollment Period at the end of the year.

 

If you would like to see how your premium compares, you can go to our website at www.seniormark.com and click on the “Supplement Rates” tab. And don’t worry, you will get instant numbers and we won’t collect your personal information. If you are not tech savvy just call us at 877-492-8803 and we will provide you with a free comparison report.

 

I bet your momma never thought shopping would be this easy!

Look who turned 65 in March — Ponch, Eddie, and Mama!


Erik Estrada March 16- Erik Estrada, is best known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 police television series CHiPs. Starting in 1977, Estrada co-starred as Frank “Ponch” Poncharello in CHiPs. In 1979, People magazine voted Estrada one of “The 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World.” After CHiPs was canceled in 1983, he made a return to series television in a 1987 three-part episode of the police drama Hunter. In the 1990s, Estrada played the role of Johnny, a Tijuana trucker, in the Televisa telenovela Dos mujeres, un camino (“Two women, one road”). Originally slated for 100 episodes, the show went to 400-plus episodes and became the biggest telenovela in Latin American history. Estrada was reportedly paid one million dollars for that role.

 

In 1994, Estrada began co-hosting the syndicated outdoor adventure show American Adventurer, which ran until 2004. In 1998, he returned as the character “Ponch” in the TNT made-for-TV movie CHiPs ’99, along with the rest of the original cast. In the 2000s, Estrada had roles in the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful and did voiceovers for the Cartoon Network show Sealab 2021, Maya and Miguel. He has done a long-running series of infomercials as a national spokesman for National Recreational Properties, selling undeveloped real estate property. In 2000, Estrada was named the international “Face” of D.A.R.E., the anti-drug-use campaign. His experience in CHiPs led him to his latest role: a reserve officer for the Muncie Police Department in Muncie, Ind.
Eddie MoneyMarch 21 Eddie Money, a rock guitarist, saxophonist and singer-songwriter, first found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Rock impresario Bill Graham said of Money, “Eddie Money has it all. . . . Not only can he sing, write and play, but he is a natural performer.” Although Money trained to be a law enforcement officer, he secured a recording contract with Columbia Records in the 1970s and charted singles such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” In the early 1980s, Money entered the MTV music video scene with his videos for “Shakin” and “Think I’m in Love.”

 

In 1986, Money returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with the album Can’t Hold Back. The album’s Ronnie Spector duet, “Take Me Home Tonight,” reached the Top 10, as did the hit “I Wanna Go Back.” Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, “Walk on Water” (1988), but his Top 40 career ended following the No. 21 placement of “I’ll Get By” in 1992. During the 1990s and 2000s, Money continued to release numerous compilation albums along with several albums featuring new material. Today, he still tours regularly, often accompanied by other successful rock acts from the 1970s and 1980s, and has also made several television appearances on sitcoms.
Nick LoweMarch 24 – Nick Lowe a pivotal figure in British pub rock, punk rock and new wave, has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums. He is best known for his songs “Cruel to Be Kind” and “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” as well as his production work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and others. Lowe also wrote “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” a hit for Costello. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano and harmonica.

 

Lowe is also known for his work as a producer, responsible for producing some of the benchmark releases of punk and new wave, including The Damned’s first single, “New Rose,” considered the first English punk single, as well as the group’s debut album, Damned Damned Damned. He also produced Elvis Costello’s first five albums from 1977 to 1981. Other clients included The Pretenders (the 1978 debut single “Stop Your Sobbing”); Graham Parker (his well-received first and third albums); Dr. Feelgood (several LPs and their biggest hit single, 1979’s “Milk and Alcohol”); Paul Carrack; John Hiatt; The Fabulous Thunderbirds and The Men They Couldn’t Hang. Lowe was married to country singer Carlene Carter, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, from 1979 to 1990, and played and recorded with Cash, while Cash recorded several of Lowe’s songs.
Vicki LawrenceMarch 26 – Vicki Lawrence is best known for her co-starring role on The Carol Burnett Show, alongside her mentor, Carol Burnett, from 1967 to 1978, and as the quick-tempered, abrasive smart-aleck Thelma Harper/Mama (the elderly supporting character first appearing on The Carol Burnett Show, followed by the main character on its spin-off television series Mama’s Family, airing from 1983 to 1990). As a singer, she recorded “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” that made No. 1 on the U.S. charts as well as in Canada. She is credited with co-authoring two books.

 

Lawrence has multiple Emmy award nominations, winning one in 1976, and multiple Golden Globe nominations, all for The Carol Burnett Show. Besides the popular series, she has made multiple appearances in other TV shows such as Laverne and Shirley, The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, Roseanne, Diagnosis Murder and, with friend and co-star Tim Conway, in Yes, Dear. In her famed Thelma Harper/Mama role, Lawrence has made numerous post-Mama’s Family guest TV show appearances, most recently in a special sketch for Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday. In addition, Lawrence regularly hosts a stage show Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show.
Ray MagliozziMarch 30 – Ray Magliozzi is one of the co-hosts of National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) weekly radio show Car Talk, where he and his brother, Tom Magliozzi, are known as “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.” In 1992, their show was honored with a Peabody Award. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ray Magliozzi taught science in Bennington, Vt., for a few years, before returning to Cambridge in 1973, when he and Tom opened a do-it-yourself repair shop. Although the shop was not profitable, the two enjoyed the experience and were invited in 1977 to be part of a panel of automotive experts on Boston’s NPR affiliate WBUR. In January 1987, host Susan Stamberg of NPR’s Weekend Edition asked the two to contribute weekly to her program. Nine months later, Car Talk premiered as an independent NPR program. In 2012, Car Talk stopped producing new episodes, though NPR continues to air reruns of the show.

 

Tom and Ray both appeared in the film Cars (2006) and in a seventh-season episode of the PBS Kids show Arthur (2002). They also starred in their own PBS animated series, Click and Clack’s As the Wrench Turns, playing fictionalized versions of themselves (2008).

Look who turned 65 in January!

Are you turning 65?  Look at these famous folks who just did this past January!

George Edward ForemanJanuary 10 –  George Edward Foreman, nicknamed “Big George,” was a professional boxer, former two-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist. After a troubled childhood, Foreman took up boxing and was a gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics. He won the World Heavyweight title with a second round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973. Foreman defended his title twice before losing to Muhammad Ali in “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974. Unable to secure another title shot, he retired in 1977 and became an ordained Christian minister. Ten years later, he announced a comeback and, in November 1994, at age 45, he regained the Heavyweight Championship by knocking out Michael Moorer. He is the oldest Heavyweight Champion in history, and second oldest in any weight class after Bernard Hopkins. In 1997, he retired at the age of 48 with a final record of 76–5, including 68 knockouts.

 

Foreman has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame and has been rated the eighth greatest heavyweight of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization. For 12 years, he was a ringside analyst for HBO’s boxing coverage, leaving in 2004. Outside of boxing, he is a successful entrepreneur and is known for his promotion of the George Foreman Grill, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide.

 

Stephen Ray January 22 – Stephen Ray “Steve” Perry , is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey during its most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and 1995 to 1998. Between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, Perry had a successful solo career, releasing two albums: Street Talk in 1984 and For the Love of Strange Medicine in 1994. On nine of Journey’s albums he provided lead vocals: Infinity (1978), Evolution (1979), Departure (1980), Dream, After Dream (1980, a Japanese movie soundtrack), Captured (1980, a live album), Escape (1981, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts), Frontiers (1983), Raised on Radio (1986), and Trial By Fire (1996). The single “Open Arms,” from Escape, was their biggest hit single, residing for six weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Throughout his time with the band, Perry had become the unmistakable voice of Journey. Since the group disbanded In 1987, Perry has contributed to other performers’ albums. In December 2010, Perry said he was contemplating his first solo project since 1994.

 

Perry’s singing has garnered acclaim from prominent musical peers and publications. Queen guitarist Brian May said, “Perry is a truly luminous singer, in my opinion—a voice in a million.” Sony record executive, American Idol judge and musician Randy Jackson described Perry’s as “the golden voice” and opined that, “Other than Robert Plant, there’s no singer in rock that even came close to Steve Perry. The power, the range, the tone—he created his own style. He mixed a little Motown, a little Everly Brothers, a little Zeppelin.”

 

David Russell StrathairnJanuary 26 – David Russell Strathairn known as a character actor, has acted in film, TV and theater. His recent roles include journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck, for which he was  nominated for an Academy Award; CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen in the 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum, a role he reprised in 2012’s The Bourne Legacy; Dr. Lee Rosen on the Syfy series Alphas from 2011 to 2012; and as Secretary of State William Henry Seward in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

 

Other notable film roles include the title character in Harrison’s Flowers (2000); the blind techie in Sneakers (1992); general manager Ira Lowenstein in A League of Their Own; Joe St. George in Dolores Claiborne (1995); Theseus, Duke of Athens, in the 1999 version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and corrupt baseball player Eddie Cicotte in Eight Men Out (1988).

 

His television work includes a range of roles: Moss, in the critically acclaimed The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd; Captain Keller, the father of Helen Keller in the 2000 remake of The Miracle Worker; and a recurring role on the hit television drama The Sopranos. In the theater, he has had more than 30 roles, including in stage plays by Harold Pinter.

Next “Solving the Medicare Puzzle” Workshop Announced!

Are you, or someone you know, ready to turn 65?  Is your mailbox overflowing with offers of insurance?  Are you starting to get confused by all the information  you are reading?  Then, plan to come to our next “Solving the Medicare Puzzle” workshop and we will try to help eliminate some of the confusion!

 

Thursday, September 12

5:30 pm

Seniormark/Troy Office

1385 Stonycreek Road

 

Please call our office at 937-492-8800 to save yourself a seat!  See you then!