[lit-ideas] Re: The flu

Re: Gray panthers
Judy, what's Saga?

The Gray Panthers have been around for ages--I was a young undergrad back
when they formed in Oakland, taking the name's fighting image from the Black
Panthers. There's still a dinky little Gray Panther office in Berkeley,
though the org  itself is pretty tatty and disorganized these days. The
AARP, otoh, is a fairly slick org. They send everyone a membership card on
your 50th birthday (not something most of us appreciate), and their magazine
is full of "active senior life"--mostly stories and images of tanned,
white-haired people in Arizona with golf clubs.

Politically, they seem to speak for the people who can afford to retire as a
choice at age 50, and really don't need help with meds, health insurance,
etc. Since I don't know anyone in that category, I'd volunteer Our Great
Leader to get with the trend. Meanwhile, I intend to continue collecting a
double discount at the movies, as both a "senior" and a full-time student.
Carol






----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Judy Evans" <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 10:57 AM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: The flu


> Tuesday, November 23, 2004, 4:50:20 AM, Veronica Caley wrote:
>
> VC> There is another organization in US called the Gray Panthers.
Association
> VC> of elderly people but not nearly as powerful as AARP.  But many of us
think
> VC> of the latter organization as another insurance company.
> VC> They sell life insurance and other products.  Their advertisers are
mostly
> VC> for stuff needed by the elderly.
>
> They sound a bit like Saga, the "aging yuppies" company. They keep trying
to get me to take out a subscription to their magazine, at a very low rate
indeed; but I stick to the more plebeian/political older people mags etc..
>
> ,-- 
>  Judy Evans, Cardiff, UK
> mailto:judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>
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