BOSTON (AP) -- Four decades ago, Betty Friedan's ''The Feminist Mystique'' became the bible of the women's movement. Now she wants to liberate the elderly -- a group she also sees as overlooked.
''In recent years, I've had a sense of deja vu,'' Friedan, 78, said Sunday after a visit to a Boston senior citizens center. ''Just as women used to be treated as less than full people, now older people are also seen as less than full people.''
Friedan has set out to change that image in books like her recent memoir, ''Life So Far,'' and ''The Fountain of Age,'' in which she tries to debunk some of the negative stereotypes of aging.
Connick Jr. helps Habitat
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Harry Connick Jr. pounded nails to help raise money and a house for Habitat for Humanity. But he said he'd rather have done it unheralded.
''I wish there was another way to do it 'cause I'm not into all this,'' Connick said after Friday's hammer ensemble. ''I just want to get the homes built.''
Connick's donation of 1,000 tickets to his Thursday night concert, plus his appearance at a reception for people who bought those tickets for $130 or more apiece, raised about $100,000, said board president Andy Lee.
Connick and others raised a master bedroom wall as Beryl Lowery, who eventually will own the house, sang their praises.
'Baywatch' star sure can swim
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- The newest addition to ''Baywatch Hawaii'' says he wasn't a beach bum before joining the television series, but he sure can swim now.
''The first day I showed up with ear plugs and the nose plug and was almost laughed out of swimming class,'' said the 6-foot-2-inch Jason Brooks, who plays Sean Monroe, the captain of TV's elite island rescue team.
Brooks, whose father is an endocrinologist and whose mother is a Los Angeles County prosecutor, is an ex-soap opera villain from ''Days of Our Lives.'' Brooks now spends half the year shooting in Hawaii where he has become an expert in canoe surfing.
''Some days we spend 10 hours in the hot sun and the water. It's not easy to squeeze your body into five inches of available shade,'' Brooks said Sunday.
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