The “Peanuts” Comic Strip Was Integrated Forty Years Ago

FYIFormer Burbank school teacher Harriett Glickman, now 88, wanted to do something that would make a positive impact after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968. Because she had worked with kids, and had kids of her own, Glickman was especially aware of the power of comics among the young. ‘And my feeling at the time was that I realized that black kids and white kids never saw themselves [depicted] together in the classroom,’ says Glickman.” So she wrote to the creator of “Peanuts,” Charles Schulz. Read more about how the integration of the famous strip came to pass and changed the history of comics.


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Worth Repeating: Wallace Shawn, Radical Playwright

“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 8/3/14:


From “Wallace Shawn would no doubt prefer it if you knew him as a radical playwright, the American successor to Chekhov and Ibsen, rather than as the lovable character actor of “The Princess Bride” and “Clueless,” and innumerable other movie and TV roles. But Shawn, now 70 years old, appears more or less reconciled to what he calls the comical nature of his destiny.” Read more here.

From a movie review in the New York Times about his latest feature film appearance: “As both an actor and a playwright, Wallace Shawn, at his most audacious, goes for the jugular, but in sneaky roundabout ways. In “A Master Builder,”a filmed version of Henrik Ibsen’s play “The Master Builder,” which he also freely adapted, Mr. Shawn stars as the despicable title character, Halvard Solness. As is his wont, Mr. Shawn employs insidious sleight of hand to score moral points. Halvard may not be a murderer, but he relishes crushing the hopes and dreams of everyone around him.” Read more here.


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“Major Bambi”

“Donnie Dunagan (80) FILMis a hard-nosed Marine, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served for a quarter-century. First drafted in the ’50s and subsequently promoted 13 times in 21 years — a Corps record at the time, he recalls — Dunagan found the Marines a perfect fit. That is, so long as he could keep a secret. . . He was [the voice of] Bambi.”Read more and listen here.


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Tim Carpenter and EngAGE Cited on Marketplace Morning Report

RADIOMarketplace Morning Report, a popular radio show from American Public Media, featured a segment today from Chris Farrell, Chief Economics Contributor, about creativity and older people. Tim Carpenter and the benefits of the excellent creative programs offered at apartment communities served by EngAGE were cited at about 3:45. Take a listen!




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Musical Minimalist Terry Riley Celebrates His 80th Birthday

MUSIC“Terry Riley turned 80 on June 24, and not unexpectedly, the honors for the mastermind of musical Minimalism have been hardly minimal. London, Amsterdam and Paris have been taking particular note of the milestone. New York radio station WQXR offered a 24-hour Riley marathon to celebrate the occasion. But the big birthday bash needed to be in the Bay Area, where Riley — who was born and who still lives in the Sierras — went to school and premiered his groundbreaking ‘In C’ in 1964. It is also where he formed his most significant musical associations.” (Kronos Quartet, in particular.) Read more here.


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Designing with Style for People with Disabilities

Style“Think of all the accessibility amenities you’ve gotten used to seeing since July 26, 1990, the day the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law: Wheelchair ramps leading into government buildings; support rails in restroom stalls; ATM keypads and elevator buttons in Braille. Despite these improvements, people with disabilities still struggle in many areas, including one you might not think much about: clothing.” Learn more here about what some clever designers are doing to create everything from cute canes to clothing cut to accommodate people in wheelchairs.


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Senior Centers Offer Activities and Events

SENIOR-SERVICESThe City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks operates 27 senior citizen centers throughout L.A. In addition, there are activity centers offering special events for seniors including: shuffleboard, croquet, arts and crafts, language lessons, oil painting, cards, entertainment and social dancing. Several programs service the senior citizens of Los Angeles such as the Los Angeles Federation of Senior Citizen Clubs, Senior Citizen Nutrition Program, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Here’s a list of the City of Los Angeles Senior Centers.

You can check the city government listings where you are to find a local list of centers and nearby senior activities. Here’s the list for Burbank, CA. And always remember that you can search Google for more information.


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Joe Vento, 97, Inducted into Las Vegas Hall of Fame

MUSICIt’s not only the headliners that make Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the World; the Lounge Acts have also been important to the city’s success. In 2015, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Lounge Acts was presented to Joe Vento.  Read a wonderful LA Times feature article about him from 2013 here. See his website here. And learn about the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame here.


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Worth Repeating: The Colorful and *Very* Mixed Media Work of Artist Jean Betancourt

“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 7/23/14:


Jean Betancourt: “I’m a ‘mixologist’ in the world of art. I mix ‘whatever’ because I love junk, kitsch, beads, children’s craft materials – could be anything really. Here is my motto for you, it’s spelled N-N-O, for Not Neat and Organized. My work is completely spontaneous with errors. Let there be errors! For instance, the work I am doing now, with Plexiglass, there’s a lot of marring and some scratching and maybe a stain. I’m going to circle all the ‘errors’ with paint markers.”

Read more from the artist here, and on her website.


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Garrison Keillor Announces Retirement

RADIOHe left the show once before in 1987, but it didn’t stick. This time, at 73, it seems definite:

“Keillor has announced that after next season he will no longer host ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ radio show, which features music, drama and skits from Lake Wobegon, a fictional Minnesota town where ‘all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average.’ . . . A writer and humorist often compared to Mark Twain, Keillor, with his lanky frame, red socks and bushy eyebrows, is at once folksy and erudite, a disheveled man at the middle of a secret. His show is broadcast to about 4 million listeners on nearly 700 public radio stations and other outlets. . . Keillor will be replaced in 2016 by Chris Thile, a mandolin player with the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, who has guest-hosted the show in the past.”

Read more here.


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