Where the Entertainers Are Older and High Tech

9 years ago

What's an actress to do when the part of Laurie in Oklahoma! or the chance to disrobe while weightless in space have gone to a younger woman? If you are Florence Henderson or Jane Fonda, the answer is to keep shining with as bright a light as ever.

Florence HendersonFlorence Henderson first sang and acted her way into movies and TV in the 1950s. During the 70s she did a multi-season acting job as the mom on The Brady Bunch, probably her best known role. She's recorded music, appeared on Broadway, and now has a blog, her own TV show on the RLTV network, will appear in a documentary called Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age in 2010 and makes frequent guest appearances on TV talk shows and in series programs like Samantha Who. This photo shows her kicking up her heels in 2003.

It was Florence Henderson's blog that caught my eye most recently because she provides technical support and computer information to her audience of older adults through her blog and her FloH Club.

My goal for this blog is to share my own experiences with computers and my growing knowledge of technology. I am eager to pass along information I learn that might also be helpful to you. After you read my words, please feel free to add your own comments. And check back often for new entries! Over time, we will develop a collection of useful facts about computer technology that can be searched for reference. Topics might include news about The FloH Club, common technology terms, computer hardware and software, peripheral devices, the Internet, communication, entertainment, accessibility, and troubleshooting. Please don't worry if you don't recognize all of these words right now. We'll get to that! My philosophy is, "Let's learn together!"

Florence HendersonHenderson explains why she thought there was need for technical information for her audience, "I had always felt very capable in life as a performer and as a businesswoman, but when it came to technology, I suddenly felt ridiculously ignorant." She writes some free tips, such as this piece, My Faceoff with Facebook but also has a for-fee element to her technical support club. I think she's right about being a capable businesswoman.

Florence Henderson's official website is themed around The Brady Bunch; there are some great photos in her bio and scrapbook there, and her appearances calendar is kept up to date.

Jane Fonda at the Alice Tully Hall for the New York Film Festival screening of the critically-acclaimed movie, PreciousJane Fonda got her start in the movies in the early 60s. Her most recent movie was Georgia Rule from 2007. Like Florence Henderson, she's going to be part of the documentary Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age. She's won two Oscars, had a mini-career as a fitness guru, and was and still is an activist.

Fonda's gone high tech, too. She's paving the way for elders in the social media world, according to this article in Fast Company, How Jane Fonda Became the Face of the Aging Adult Social Media World. I'm not sure I agree with Fast Company's assessment of her role in bringing elders to social media, but Fonda is definitely in command of the technology. She's @janefonda on Twitter, has a blog on her site at JaneFonda, has a community for Fonda Folks on Ning, and a Facebook page.

Jane Fonda at an awards show for Warren BeattyFonda's always been politically active—which has sometimes landed her in the middle of controversy—and she continues her activism on the social networks, using them to support social causes and charities. Recently, she's tweeted about cancer, teen violence, and adolescent pregnancy prevention.

On her blog, Fonda details her public life, her work, the events she attends, the people she meets, and the causes in which she's involved. Here she is on The View talking about her role in the Broadway production of 33 Variations.

As a reality check, or as a counterspin retort to the news that famous elders are geeky, I thought a reminder of some of the social media achievements of BlogHer and BlogHers by not-so-famous elders might be a fitting close to this story. Check these out:

-- Virginia DeBolt BlogHer Technology Contributing Editor |Web Teacher|First 50 Words

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