The Rescued Film Project Discovers Images from an American Soldier in the 1940s

Photographer Levi Bettweiser

Photographer Levi Bettweiser

“Lucky Strike Beach,” “Start of Train Trip,” “Roll of French funeral, 1947″ — these are some of the labels found on 31 never-developed rolls of film taken over 70 years ago by an American World War II soldier. One roll was wrapped in a letter that reads: “I’ve always had a lonesome life, dreaming of success and love.”

Photographer Levi Bettweiser from The Rescued Film Project, an online archive gallery of images that were captured on never-developed film between the 1930s and late 1990s, took on the job of finding out what secrets were hidden in the historically significant discovery. Read more and see some of the photos here.

Do you have rolls of old, undeveloped film that are damaged or are otherwise unable to be processed? You can send them in for free developing!

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The Mystery of Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie GentryRemember singer/songwriter Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 Southern Gothic tale of doomed romance, “Ode to Billie Joe?” Remember the mysterious lyric that left you wondering what was thrown off the Tallahatchie Bridge? (We had our theories, of course.) Equally mysterious is Bobbie Gentry’s disappearance from the public eye for the past thirty-plus years. There’s been no scandal, no explanation, not even a clue about where she has retired.

Philadelphia journalist Tara Murtha has dug deep into the story behind Ms. Gentry’s most famous song, as well as the story of her life, with her book, Ode to Billie Joe, the latest entry in the “33 1/3” book series devoted to various pop albums of significance. She wrote it with the hope that Ms. Gentry, now 70, might decide to contact her. She’s still waiting.

 

 

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90-Year-Old Inventor/Product Designer Barbara Beskind

Barbara BeskindSilicon Valley has been criticized for being ageist, but that’s not what 90-year-old designer Barbara Beskind discovered. She is on staff at IDEO, the legendary firm that designed Apple Inc.’s first mouse, the Pilates machine and dozens of high-tech gadgets and digital interfaces. Ms. Beskind started designing at the age of eight when she came up with an idea for a hobby horse made out of tires. She became an occupational therapist and now uses that experience to design products that work for seniors. “I live among people who are retired,” she said, “in some cases very retired. I want to be someplace stimulating, with people who are passionate and creative. This is the best experience I have had in my professional life.” Read more about her here and listen to an NPR story here.

 

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Angela Lansbury’s Final Tour: “Blithe Spirit”

Angela Lansbury

 

The fabulous Angela Lansbury, 89, will retire from the road after her current tour as the charming and disarming medium, Madame Arcati, in Nöel Coward’s ghost-haunted 1941 comedy, “Blithe Spirit.” Read more here and enjoy the slide show of her performances over the years.

 

 

 

 

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Worth Repeating: Photographer Bill Rauhauser, 95, Is 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 1/15/15:

Bill Rauhauser“Not many people can say that they’ve devoted more than 60 years of their life to photography, but then again, not many people receive artist awards at the ripe old age of 95. Photographer Bill Rauhauser was just selected as the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist, as he gains recognition for his contributions to the cultural community of Detroit. Hilariously, when he was notified of the award he stated, it’s ‘an honor that really turns me on.’ Rauhauser’s iconic black-and-white photographs have been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. They are currently on view at the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago.” Read more and see some wonderful photos here and on his website.

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[Update: His book, 20th Century Photography in Detroit, is available here.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photographer Nadia Sablin’s Russian Aunties

Russia - nadia sablinBrooklyn-based photographer Nadia Sablin received the 2014 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for her series “Aunties,” an exploration of the daily lives of her father’s two unmarried sisters, who live together in their childhood home, in Alekhovshchina, Russia, five hours north of St. Petersburg. You can see her beautiful photo essay here.

 

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Experience Talks 1/24: Michael J. Gelb

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01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener.” Saturdays 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by EngAGE, Inc.

 

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EXPERIENCE TALKS 1/24 @ 8 AM PT:

MICHAEL J. GELB 

with host DR. CONNIE CORLEY

(Photo Credit: Michael Mahoney)

(Photo Credit: Michael Mahoney)

MICHAEL J. GELB is an internationally known, leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He has written 14 books, including the international bestseller, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, and played an instrumental role in the promotion of the Alexander Technique. Michael Gelb has over 30 years of experience in professional speaking, leading seminars and consulting with organizations like IBM and Nike as well as professional associations, universities and non-profits. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, on NPR, and on national television shows.

His most recent book is Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius, published by Sounds True. Learn more about Michael Gelb on his website.

 

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Museum Free Day on January 31st

At LACMA: Chris Burden, "Urban Light" (2008)

Chris Burden, “Urban Light” (2008)

Plan ahead: many SoCal museums will be free on January 31st! There are 25 participating museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the California Science Center, and the Skirball Cultural Center. Get the full scoop here.

 

 

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International Perspective: China’s Aging Population Crisis

 Senior citizens eat dinner in the unheated dining room of their government-funded retirement home in rapidly aging Juegang Township, Rudong County, in eastern China's Jiangsu province. Just a few years ago, the town had only one such facility; now it has five.     [Photo Credit: Anthony Kuhn/NPR]


Senior citizens eat dinner in the unheated dining room of their government-funded retirement home in rapidly aging Juegang Township, Rudong County, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Just a few years ago, the town had only one such facility; now it has five.
[Photo Credit: Anthony Kuhn/NPR]

From NPR:

“A decade from now, about 2025, experts predict that China’s population will peak — reaching as high as 1.4 billion — and begin to steadily decline. Some of them are predicting that a shrinking, aging population could lead to a national crisis. One way to peer into the future is to visit a county in eastern China that pioneered population controls a decade before the rest of the country — and is now feeling their impact.” See what’s happening right now in one county.

A volunteer at the Cascade Healthcare senior-living facility in the Xuhui district of Shanghai leads residents in song and movement. The Seattle-based company is one of the first to open senior-living facilities in China and already has three in that country. [Photo credit: Janet I. Tu/The Seattle Times)

A volunteer at the Cascade Healthcare senior-living facility in the Xuhui district of Shanghai leads residents in song and movement. The Seattle-based company is one of the first to open senior-living facilities in China and already has three in that country. [Photo credit: Janet I. Tu/The Seattle Times)

 

From the Seattle Times:

“Facing a rapidly aging population and inadequate infrastructure to meet the projected needs, the Chinese government a few years ago began cutting red tape and costs in an effort to get foreign companies with expertise in the field to open senior-care facilities in the country.” Learn more here about how Seattle-based companies such as Cascade Healthcare and Merrill Gardens are importing the West’s idea of senior care to China.

 

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Peace Corps Is Recruiting Boomers

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The Peace Corps has been recruiting Boomers for quite awhile (see this post from 2005 on the Peace Corp website). Currently, about 7% of the volunteers are 50 or older. Here’s a recent interview with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, who wants to boost those numbers to 15%. ~ Sound appealing?

 

 

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