As we all get older our annual U.S. 1 Health and Fitness Directory seems to be more relevant than ever. This year our editors found themselves dawdling over listings for cardiologists (who could that be?) to pediatricians who take walk-ins (would they handle a last-minute physical for a teenager with a summer job?) to elder care assistance (for our parents, if not for ourselves).

That elder care category, incidentally, has been the subject of some discussion. Susan Hoskins, executive director of Princeton Senior Resource Center, asked us to change the name of the category to “Senior Services” because, she says, most people don’t consider themselves elderly. “In some cultures elder is a respected honor position, but not very much in our culture, and not when we are in an aging denial mindset. When I ask our clients about the definition of elderly, the answer is often ‘10 years older than I am.’ We have clients in their ‘80s who do not consider themselves elderly.”

So how did we resolve this matter? The short answer is that we didn’t. We procrastinated, then forgot about it, and then remembered it as the directory was going to the printer. We will chalk it up to a “senior moment” — don’t you dare call it “elderly moment.”

To the Editor

Greetings from England! I am a UK-based author and journalist planning to write a book about the famous radio drama “War of the Worlds,” starring Orson Welles which did so much to frighten the people of the United States in general — and New Jersey in particular — in October, 1938.

October, 2008, marks the 70th anniversary of this famous broadcast, in which invaders from the plant Mars “landed” on a farm in the neighborhood of Grovers Mills, from where they attempted to conquer the rest of the world. Readers of this letter may recall that the CBS broadcast sounded so authentic that thousands of people across the country fled from their homes in the hope of escaping from radio’s alien terrorists.

If anyone out there has memories of this occasion, anecdotes or material they would like to share with me, I will be delighted to hear from you. I am particularly keen to hear from people whose families might have been residing in the Grovers Mill, Princeton, or Trenton districts at the time and recall how the famous broadcast affected their lives and communities.

You can either write to me at Melody House, 22 Ashford Crescent, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 3ED, England or E-mail: alan@alangallop.co.uk. My telephone number is 0044-1784-246821.

I will acknowledge all communications, print the best ones, and send signed copies of the book to everyone whose contributions get into print. Thank you all in advance.

Alan Gallop

Correction

The police and the media jumped to an incorrect conclusion regarding the cause of death of Tanja Andric on June 11. Further investigation showed that the Bristol-Myers Squibb employee died of spinal meningitis, not a beating.

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