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msl THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 3D NEWS AND VIEWS ABOUT SENIORS TODAY ...n. rnnrit in mm 0 D Square dancing, 7:30-9 p.m. at YMCA of Te-questa, 399 Seabrook Road, Tequesta. Beginner's lesson with professional caller Mike Doughty. Cost $4.. Call 748-4748. Duplicate bridge, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday at City of Stuart, Recreation Department, 201 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. In Investigate that nice retirement -community first Question: Three years ago my husband and I signed up on the waiting ; list for a retirement community. It is - one of those places with neat little di plexes, apartments in a nearby build-.! ing with nursing coverage round-the-' clock, and then a nursing home for when residents get really old and in-l" firm. ( Last month we were contacted by. ' the officials :'. ' """ TUC there who said Ink we are second Politics gearing up long before election structor Harold R. Mull, certified director and teacher. The format will allow novice players to compete with better players while also competing with players at their own level. Call 288-5335. ENIOR in jine for a . wr-rfci-iii unit, and do we B Special interest group will demonstrate how to set up dialers, Internet Explorer, Netscape and communications programs 7:30 p.m. at Sandpiper Plaza (a half-mile south of Port St Lucie Boulevard) on U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie. Sponsored by the Tri-County Computer-User Group Inc., an organization dedicated to the knowledge and ideas related to computers. Call 335-8871. COMING WEDNESDAY Heart disease, a lecture presented Dr. Laurence Watkins on how to take care of your heart and lengthen your life, 7 p.m. in the main lobby at Martin Memorial Health Services, 1095 N.W. St. Lucie W. Blvd. (St. Lucie West), Port St. Lucie. Free. Call 223-4993. B Gentle fitness, 8 a.m.-8:50 a.m. Wednesday and Friday at Jensen Beach, Log Cabin Senior Citizen Center, Langford Park, Jensen Beach. Includes stretching and strengthening plus 10 to 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Participants must be 55 or older. Cost $2 per class or $5 per week. Call upset about immorality in the country, according to polls. They are the most affluent oldsters in American history. And the older voter actually votes. Recently I sat in on a discussion by three experts about the "hot button issues" in the political campaign, about what characterizes voters of varying ages, and what pitches the two parties and their candidates will have to make. The crystal-ball session was before a group of young journalists at the Freedom Forum, a foundation dedicated to journalism and the First Amendment. The panelists included John Rother who is the legislative director at the AARP, the principal voice of senior citizens in the nation's capital, and two others whose business it is to give advice on political issues. Here is the picture they painted: Older voters fall in three main age segments. Those 75 and over, the World War II veterans and GI Bill beneficiaries, are socially and economically the most conservative part of the electorate. The 36-54 group, which will dominate American political life in the coming years, is socially more liberal but economically less trustful. Because the latter group worries about their parents as well as their own children, health By Harry F. Rosenthal The Associated Press All of us political junkies should be in full lather right now about the presidential race and about that Senate contest in New York. After all, Labor Day has passed and isn't that the traditional kickoff for big time political campaigns? So why aren't we getting excited? Because, with all the blather about politics, it just feels like this is an election year. The Labor Day that starts the quadrennial sprints still is a full year off. Election day is Nov. 7, 2000. Ahead is more than a year of speeches and posturing, polls, and stories about polls. The primaries remember them? aren't until early next year; the conventions are next summer. We've got a year before we shift from reading about front-runners to having actual candidates. Still, you can be sure that the professionals the advisers, pollsters and other tea-leaf readers are busy studying us, the voters and particularly the older voters. Their pulse-taking is what shapes the messages of candidates and parties and we, who are of a certain age, figure large in their calculations. And for good reason. The older voter made the biggest shift (over 1994) to Republicans in the 1996 general election. Those 65 and older are the least approving of Clinton politics and the most THE BEST YEARS care becomes a major issue, especially among women. Among seniors, Social Security normally tops the list of concerns but "if you get the impression that nobody is going to mess with Social Security, you can go on to somewhere else," said one panelist. And that's what's happening. The dominant issue taking the place of Social Security is Medicare drug coverage. Another is long-term care. Also rising to the surface are quality of life issues such as housing, transportation, available social services and the fear of crime. Issues not likely to be important: the state of the economy, jobs, foreign relations, matters of war and peace and, surprise, tax cuts. One panelist, a Republican adviser, predicted the GOP will promote safety reforms that don't cut into money for education. The Democrats, she said, will run on promises to crack down on juvenile violence. Another panelist cited issues important to people that politicians simply don't know how to handle. For instance the lack of family fare on television in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. period. Discipline in the classroom. Among voters under 45, education is the No. 1 issue. There is enormous cynicism that Social Security won't be there for them when they become eligible. ED HECHTMAN LOOKING AHEAD rvuium still want it? It'. seems like a nice lifestyle, but the "unknowns" : : about the arrangement give us "cold ": feet" How can we be sure it is right '-; for us? Mr. and Mrs. J. i: Answer: You can be more sure in . two ways. First, go visit the place and knock',' on doors. You did that when you i bought your first house, didn't you? " You visited the neighborhood to learn the temperament of the people there. Do that at the retirement community:. Without announcing yourself to the y management, visit folks as they tend their gardens and stroll the walk-ways. Ask them what they like and : . don't about the place. Also, ask those residents for names and addresses of people who quit living there. Being shy about this interviewing' . and referencing process could cost you dearly in dollars and lifestyle. ' Second, study all the legal papers', and descriptions that you'll have to .: . sign to and abide by. Take them to ah . attorney to clarify: ' What you pay to get in, the en-",-trance fee. ' B What you pay monthly, quar-terly and annually for maintenance, services, dues, etc. What you'll back get as a re- ', fund if you want out. What a widow gets if she wants . out ; . What your heirs get out of this ; "investment" when you are both ' gone. The process for selling out. -Does the operator retain sole authori-" ty to resell your asset and set the ; price and take a commission in the process. B Advanced line dancing, 1 p.m. Thursday at The Council on Aging, Senior Campus, 2501 S.W. Bay-shore Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Suggested donation is $2. Call 336-8608. B "Nutrition and Health for the Cancer Patient The Power of Functional Foods," a free community workshop presented by Christina Cantone, 3-4 p.m. Thursday in the second floor meeting rooms at Martin Memorial Cancer Center, 501 E. Osceola St, Stuart. Sponsored by Martin Memorial Cancer Center. Call 223-5945, Ext. 3711. B Monthly dance, 7 p.m. Friday at the Elks Club, Kanner Highway and U.S. 1, Stuart. The Association of Retarded Citizens of Martin County welcomes friends and guests for great music, food and fun. Suggested donation $2. Call 283-2525. B Coffee with Fort Pierce Mayor Edward G. Enns, 8 a.m. Friday at Old City Hall, Fort Pierce. Enns will announce the three winners of the Mayor's Gold Hammer Award. Call 460-2200. B Jazz concert, 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Treasure Coast Mall (Food Court), U.S. 1, Jensen Beach. A contemporary jazz concert with some of Florida's finest pro level jazz musicians. Free. For information call 223-1977. x? r s rp xt ( AL...ARE YOU IN THE J V I USED I SO.... WHAT N I FIRST... I WAS 4ZS... J r . . . . . . THEN I WAS AMSM. 5IUCK MAKKtT (TO BE... J I HAPPENED ry AND NOW... I'M MQKSHf B If you have questions, write to Kent S. Collins, The Senior Forum, co the ; Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Times Mir: ror Square, Los Angeles, Calif. 90053. Rliips TWivplpr fitrnlrpfi mit nn Viic own tn hit linmp - Free ("Goodbye to you, 111 never love anyone more"), and the John Lennon-like piano ballad, Home. Popper's voice is much sweeter than ' his anxious belting with Blues Traveler S limit 11 tmrvlir on1 Viio mnoir Jo o1o l err i ; ; t ; yy"Srr ... By Steve Morse The Boston Globe John Popper's world has been in chaos. The Blues Traveler singer, whose weight has risen to more than 400 pounds, suffered chest pains that signaled the need for heart surgery earlier this summer, forcing him to cancel a guest appearance with the Dave Matthews Band at Woodstock '99. More tough news came two weeks ago when Blues Traveler bassist Bob Sheehan was found dead in his New Orleans home. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. "Despite the fact that Bob Sheehan was respected, loved, and revered by all who knew him, or knew of his music, he was easily the most underestimated said recently, just days before Sheehan died. "You know, Blues Traveler is its own thing. The band is good at doing epic-sounding stuff, but the solo record is on a different dynamic, a little quieter. It's also a safe way to test out drum loops and keyboards, which I think are things that Blues Traveler wants to get into." (Traveler was expected to reunite later this fall to record a new album, but that's uncertain now.) Popper will carry the Blues Traveler legacy with him on his tour, during which he'll add some Traveler songs to new solo "numbers that range from the wistful His Own Ideas and organ-drenched How About Now ("Could I be in your movie somehow?" he asks), to the funky Love for member of the band," Popper wrote in a statement. "The best friend I've had in the world has just died and I don't want to talk about it." Popper's summer has been a trying one, but he is about to release his first solo album, Zygote, a gutsy survivor's record. "I just want to liveBefore I didn't really care," he sings in the song Once You Wake Up. Popper has awakened and poured himself into the album, which is due this week. The album is more song-driven and more Beatlesque, compared with the jam-oriented Blues Traveler norm. It's one of the year's better solo records. "It's a different side of me, but I think it's a side that I've always had," Popper helped by the presence of Dave Matthews Band drummer Carter . ; Beauford, who adds a lighter touch. "I wanted something more subtle than Blues Traveler," said Popper. "Blues ; . Traveler has a very heavy bottom and -': ll il . 1 A i. i t inai s wnai manes us nave sucn power. , We have a very huge sound if we want. But on my record, I wanted a more natural sound, so working with Carter Beauford helped. It was a gift from heaven to work with him." Chest pains complicated summer for Popper, whose solo debut is out this week. Use of Renoir name to sell water, cafes draws mixed reviews Jean-Emmanuel, his mother, Redstar and the gallery and levied fines of three million francs (about $500,000) against them. Meantime, the suit filed by Jean-Emmanuel in Los Angeles has been stayed. The legal battles didn't deter Jean-Emmanuel from pursuing his Renoir ventures in all sorts of venues. Renoir bottled water became a reality after he charmed William McKay, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Cool Clear Water Inc., at a cocktail party, where he was introduced as Renoir's great-grandson. "He wasn't wearing a beret, but he very well could have been," McKay recalls. Canadian Cool Clear, which also sells water with the Star Trek brand, licensed the Renoir name and will distribute it to locations ranging from convenience stores to restaurants. If it's a success, Canadian Cool Clear hopes to roll it out throughout North America. Mr. Renoir would stand to earn somewhere in the. "low seven figures," McKay says. This isn't the first time Renoir has tried to sell Renoir-branded bottled water. But funding quickly dried up for his first effort which used the slogan "Thirst Impressions." A Renoir cheese that he launched in 1979 in Canada also flopped. And his latest water efforts are raising some eyebrows, especially in art circles. "It's crazy, because we don't know anything about Renoir's water-drinking habits," says Groom, the curator. "A wine would have made more sense." Renoir says he doesn't want to connect his ancestor's name with alcoholic beverages. "Something like water is pretty neutral and pretty harmless," he says, adding, "Renoir scotch might be a little bit different." Renoir's portraits (this one of Madame Pichon, 1885) bring crowds to museum shops. under fire from the artist's friends and admirers for signing a lucrative agreement licensing the name to French auto maker Citroen. Unlike in the Picasso case, where the deal was endorsed by the late artist's estate, Jean-Emmanuel Renoir is acting on his own and has infuriated many of his relatives. Some have sued him in France over one of his sales, reproductions of some Renoir sculptures, although nobody has yet tried to stop his other commercial ventures. "When he started doing this sort of thing, my stepmother was absolutely furious," says Alain Renoir, a cousin who is one of four family members overseeing the Renoir estate. "In my case, I would prefer he would not pimp my grandfather. That's what he's doing, isn't it?" Jean-Emmanuel Renoir, who currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, insists that "art and commerce, they usually tie together." Products like the bottled water will pull people into museums to see the real thing, he argues. Certainly, French Impressionists draw big crowds to museums and to museum shops. And Renoir, with his easily recognizable figures, leads the pack in sales at the Art Institute of Chicago, says Gloria Groom, curator of a recent exhibition of Renoir portraits at that museum. When it comes to commercializing the family name, she says, "this Renoir sculptures were made by Renoir late in his career with the help of his apprentice, Richard Guino. French courts had recognized them as being co-created, and the Guino and Renoir families worked out a rights agreement stipulating that only the Guinos would have the right to reproduce the sculptures, though both families would split the profit. Word of the sculpture reproductions appeared in an art magazine that cousin Alain Renoir happened to see. Alain, a retired Berkeley English professor, immediately sent a notarized letter alerting the Guino estate and another letter to the magazine Art Business News. The Guinos, Alain and another cousin overseeing the Renoir estate, Jacques Renoir, sued Jean-Emmanual, Redstar, the gallery and Mr. Renoir's mother, who had authenticated the sculptures as replicas of the originals, in a Paris district court. In October 1996, while these proceedings were going on in Paris, Jean-Emmanuel filed his own lawsuit in federal district court in Los Angeles accusing Alain, Jacques, the Guino trust and a French artists'-rights society of "libel, interference with prospective business advantage, unfair competition" and even "copyright infringement." In April 1998, the French court upheld a forgery complaint" against By Kruti Trivedi The Wall Street Journal ' If you're going to cash in on a famous family name, it doesn't hurt to be a Renoir. : Jean-Emmanuel Renoir, in this case. The 42-year-old great-grandson of Pierre-Auguste Renoir is reproducing some of his forebear's Impressionist masterpieces and a version of the painter's signature (trade- marked) on labels of Renoir bottled water, which will be introduced this month in Las Ve-jgas and surrounding areas. The onetime farmer and sail- boat racer is also negotiating for & chain of Renoir Cafes that he ; promises will have more ambiance than Starbucks. He is try- ing to sell an $8,000 set of repli-cated Renoir ceramics and plans t to put out a line of clothing and jewelry "inspired" by the paint- er. There is even talk of Renoir biscuits. "The Renoir name is tyery advantageous," he says. The descendants of famous artists are often highly protec-Itive of their ancestors and tend I to frown on anything that ; smacks of commercialism. But ' at a time when brand-name rec-' ognition is everything, some are I succumbing to the temptation of ; marketing bonanzas and, like Jean-Emmanuel Renoir, engaging in various entrepreneurial ef-I forts where the name is the game. The Picasso family, which ' once assiduously guarded its 1 name, forcing necktie makers, pizza-parlor owners and others to stop using it recently came r1 IDEAS IDEAS IDEAS IDEAS - IDE chap seems to be one of a kind at this point." Renoir, who honed his skills as a salesman peddling everything from imported olives to fine art started trying to turn the family name into a commercial brand more than a decade ago. In the early 1980s, he hired a handwriting expert to rework several versions of the artist's signature to make it more "readable," he says, and trademarked the best version. The legal troubles with his family began a few years later, after he attempted to sell the sculpture reproductions in a Beverly Hills, Calif., gallery through Redstar Corp., a company based in the British Virgin .Islands. The original f O R I L A U D E B G A 1 I SEPT. 16-19 BROWARD COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER SHOW HOURS Ttxmdoy 5 00 FM -.00 PM Friday 12 00 PM -9 00 TM Solutdoy H0OM-0OrM Sunday 1 1 00 A.M S 00 FM. Valid on regular S6 admission only. Not valid with any olhar coupon. Limit ono coupon per ridull S6 admission. THURSDAY ONLY: Buy one )6 adult admission, get second adult admission FREE! Not valid with any coupon. feat "i I J svaai svaai sviai svaai srm

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