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When famous people (and even fictional characters) die, how do you respond?

When singer Whitney Houston died in February 2012, the immediate response was expressions of grief on Facebook, Twitter, and many forums. Similar results occurred with the 2012 deaths of Amy Winehouse, Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys), Dick Clark, and others.

The odd thing is, the widespread shared expressions of mourning were for people most of the mourners had never met. The common responses to celebrity deaths demonstrate important realities about how people build relationships with the media they consume.

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Highway Patrol TV show title shot

21-50 to Headquarters: The classic cop show is back on the air. Here's how to watch it.

Mention "Highway Patrol" to anyone who grew up watching TV in the 1950s or 1960s, and chances are the immediate response is "10-4". Starring academy award winner Broderick Crawford as Dan Mathews, the gruff, intense chief of a state police force, Highway Patrol was produced from 1955 to 1959, rerun endlessly in the 1960s and 1970s, and popular in 71 countries.

The classic Highway Patrol image is fedora-topped Dan Mathews leaning against a black and white patrol car, holding a radio mic, barking "21-50 to headquarters!". The invariable response is "Headquarters by" (standing by). Radio code "10-4", sirens, and guns are sure to follow. Highway Patrol is fondly remembered because it is, well, unforgettable -- different, compelling, fascinating, and a TV pioneer.

Highway Patrol is no longer just memories -- it is back on the air across the U.S.A. See the end of this article for details.

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Scenic Kanab, Utah

Location of hundreds of movies and TV shows, this small town with big scenery has earned the titles Little Hollywood and Dog Town.

Kanab, Utah is a beautiful region 6 miles north of the Arizona border. Known for dramatic red-rock bluffs, deep canyons and beautiful rivers, it's easy to see why Hollywood showed up in 1924, and hasn't left.

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NCIS mobile truck prop

Hollywood locations of NCIS, CSI, 24, The Mentalist, Star Trek, The Unit, and more... 

Hollywood movies and TV shows are almost never filmed in the real Hollywood, a neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles. Some studios used to be there, but many years ago most production companies moved to other parts of the greater "LA" area. This is why tourists who go to the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. rarely see anything interesting. But I do, because I know where to look.

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The 39 Steps - title shot of classic movie

New films feel new, old films feel old. But why? There's a scientific explanation.

It's more than black-and-white vs. color, standard screen vs. widescreen, classical music vs. rock soundtrack. There's something else that makes films of yesteryear feel very different than modern films -- something about the rhythm and texture. But what?

New research suggests that modern movies are more engrossing — we get "lost" in them more readily — because the universe’s natural rhythm is driving the mind. Really.

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Tips to make your Garage Band a success

Whether you have been in a garage band for several years or just a few days, it's a group effort, which isn't always easy. In years of playing, I've learned tips and tricks that all members of the Band should adopt to make it work and get along.

Here are some recommendations for garage band harmony:

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Young Voters For The President pin

How I spent a week immersed in politics -- and rock 'n' roll.

How did a young San Francisco radio station DJ go to Washington, sit in the President's chair in the White House Oval Office, then play rock 'n' roll piano with a dozen legendary performers?

It all happened to ME -- one October week in 1972, and especially one amazing night. Here's my Boomer Years experience.

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Julie Christie

Two movies give us revealing looks at Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

"Away From Her" stars Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis.

"The Savages" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.

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AnnMarie Garcia and Edward James Olmos

The Vital Aging Conference provided valuable resources for Boomers and Seniors, and brought a visitor to inspire us.

Actor Edward James Olmos is a vitally aging Boomer, so I enjoyed his inspiring keynote at "Vital Aging Conference: Caring for Yourself and Others" held in San Diego in 2007. The event featured information on important health concerns for older adults and family caregivers on topics, such as diabetes, nutrition, fitness, legal issues, and stress management.

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