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March 27, 2000
Re Betsy Ross' March 21 commentary on "ageism," and the need for more legislation and court protection of older workers: There is an obvious unreasonableness in Ross' contention that older workers need government intervention to protect them. She correctly notes, "Over the next two decades, the United States is facing a severe labor shortage." The demand for workers of all ages and qualifications obviates the need for government action, save perhaps the elimination of disincentives to employees--such as loss of Social Security.
August 5, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II and Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writers
Men over the age of 75 should no longer be screened for prostate cancer because the potential harm from the test results -- both physical and psychological -- outweighs any potential benefit from treatment, a federal panel said Monday. Most oncologists already argue against treating most men in that age group for prostate cancer because they are more likely to die from some other cause than from their tumor.
July 14, 1990
I responded strongly to the article on ageism in Hollywood, because when I worked in the business I immediately missed the men and women of graying temples to show me the way. I mentioned this to Coleman Luck, producer of television's "The Equalizer," and he told me there was absolutely no mentoring in this business. "Leadership" and "long-term goals" are terms I've never heard outside of associations and blathering awards ceremonies. In the business, I have met many 45-year-old men who act like children and women who scramble for power and tell a lot of lies.
October 1, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court today opens a new term that includes a rich mix of cases -- on election law, sentencing in drug cases, executions by lethal injection, age bias in the workplace and the rights of employees who put their money into 401(k) accounts. The court will also consider -- again -- whether the detainees at Guantanamo Bay have a right to plead their innocence before a judge.
December 1, 1991
T imes staff writer Nina J. Easton's article on ageism and writers in film and television ("Hey, Babes! How Old Is Too Old for Hollywood?," Nov. 17) has produced an usually large response from readers. A sampling of their views appears here and on the facing page: Your piece about ageism in Hollywood was a classic example of the negative journalism so pervasive today. God forbid Calendar should print an inspiring article about people who peak after 40 in their careers instead of something guaranteed to encourage paranoia and despair.
September 26, 2004 | David Crary, Associated Press Writer
Greeting-card and novelty companies call them "Over the Hill" products: the 50th Birthday Coffin Gift Boxes featuring prune juice and anti-aging soap; the "Old Coot" and "Old Biddy" bobble-head dolls; the birthday cards mocking the mobility, intellect and sex drive of the no-longer-young. Many Americans chuckle at such humor. Others see it as offensive, as one more sign of pervasive ageism in America.
April 8, 2003 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Two steps forward, one step back: That's the Dance of Progress, and it's being performed right now on a number of world stages. One of them is India, a nation with an enviably generous tradition of official government support for the arts. However, that tradition took a vigorous back step recently when Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri of the Delhi High Court ruled that dancers over 45 cannot be said to give performances, merely lecture-demonstrations.
October 20, 2002 | Brian Lowry, Times Staff Writer
WATCHING the series prototype for "Everybody Loves Raymond" in 1996, long before it blossomed into television's second-most-watched comedy, I was instantly struck by this thought: "Hey, that's my mother."
Television ads depicting aging baby boomers as "greedy geezers" and news stories calling older audiences "a bad omen for advertising revenues" pose serious risks for the elderly and may even shorten lifespan, a panel of experts on aging testified Wednesday. The panelists, appearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, castigated media and marketing executives for bombarding audiences with what they said are negative images of aging in print, on television and on the big screen.
April 10, 2002 | BRIAN LOWRY
Television has a well-deserved reputation for discovering stars, whether it's Bruce Willis' "Moonlighting" before he ever died hard in a theater, Sally Field's recently grounded round-trip flight from TV to big screen, or the various movie roles allotted to the once-unknown casts, if that seems possible, of "Friends" and "ER." If recent headlines are any indication, however, television is losing the battle to keep pace with this astronomical demand for fresh talent--as evidenced, among other things, by MSNBC calling Phil Donahue out of the wilderness to host a talk show and the transformation of "Survivor" castaways into instant TV personalities.
June 23, 2001
'Billy,' Meet 'Barbie' By referring to William Friedkin as "Billy" in his article on Hollywood ageism ("Directing Against the Age Curve in Hollywood," June 19), Patrick Goldstein knocked 20 years off Friedkin's age and probably extended the veteran director's career by a decade or two, long enough for him to crank out a few more sequels to "The Exorcist." Maybe Goldstein could give a nip-and-tuck to the names of other filmmakers who may be getting long in the tooth. How about "Little Stevie" Spielberg?
November 13, 2000 | PAUL SPRENGER
Last month, 28 television writers filed a class-action lawsuit that seeks to alter ageist hiring practices in Hollywood that have deprived them of their right to pursue their profession in violation of federal and state civil rights laws. While acknowledging that older writers have "a legitimate ax to grind," Brian Lowry wrote in his Nov. 1 column ("An Age-Old Question Persists in Television") that "it's hard to see" how the suit "will bring about any real change." I respectfully disagree.
They color over the gray, fudge birthdates, drop shows prior to 1997 from their resumes and buy trendy outfits for meetings with producers. One sitcom veteran said that, before she attends a meeting, she goes to a salon to have her eyebrows plucked, her make-up applied and her hair blown out. That's nothing, she said, compared with her friends who try to vanquish wrinkles with collagen injections. Aging actors trying to win parts written for ingenues? Nope.
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