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Photos: Seniors have their moment

Betty White
By Scott Sandell, Los Angeles Times

Pop culture may be obsessed with youth, but that hasn’t stopped a significant number of senior citizens from rocking the Internet and other aspects of the entertainment world.

Case in point: Eighty-eight-year-old Betty White, who was the subject of a huge Facebook campaign that propelled her into a hosting gig on May 8’s “Saturday Night Live.” (And that’s not to mention the Snickers commercial, the new TV Land show, her role in “The Proposal,” etc., etc.)

But she’s not the only one experiencing a golden age. ... (Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times)
Ruth Flowers
DJ Ruth Flowers, a.k.a. Mamy Rock, tears it up on the ones and twos in Cannes in 2009. In addition to her YouTube videos, you can follow her on Twitter. (John Shearer / WireImage / Getty Images)
Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda, 89, has been fending off rumors of his demise (and making jokes about it) since the early 1980s. These days, people can keep tabs on his status at The actor, shown at his home in 1990, recently appeared in the same Snickers commercial as Betty White, and ... (Los Angeles Times)
Abe Vigoda
... and, of course, inspired the punk band of the same name. (Dan Monick)
‘Sunset Daze’
Joanne Hauncher may drive a golf cart, but she shows a saucy side in the new WeTV reality show “Sunset Daze.” Think of it as “sixtysomethings gone wild.” (Rahoul Ghose / WeTV / Associated Press)
Samuel Halpern
At 74, Samuel Halpern (middle) inadvertently became a Twitter star, thanks to his son Justin (front, in baseball cap, with his friend Brad Lamers) tweeting about his frequently profane musings on life. Now, there’s a TV show being developed with the tentative title of “Stuff My Dad Says.” (Patrick Schumacker)
William Shatner
Speaking of “Stuff My Dad Says” ... William Shatner is slated to star in the TV show. As for his myriad other ventures, what can we say? The man is unstoppable. (Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press)
Neil Young
Neil Young has spent the better part of a half-century as a rock iconoclast. With the release of his career retrospective in 2009, he came up with a way to redefine the way digital information is organized and retrieved. Take that, young whippersnappers. (Kyle Ericson / Associated Press)
Ed Asner
Sure, Ed Asner has played Lou Grant and innumerable other crusty characters, but his turn as Carl Fredricksen in 2009’s Oscar-nominated “Up” gave him new-found hipster cred. (Pixar / Disney Pictures / Bloomberg News)
‘Breakfast at Sulimay’s’
Joe Walker is among those who host the Youtube show “Breakfast at Sulimay’s,” in which seniors assess contemporary pop music. (
Stan Lee
You know all those superhero movies that are powering Hollywood (and drawing young filmgoers) these days? You can thank Marvel man Stan Lee for a bunch of them. Here, he’s accepting an award at the Spike TV Scream Awards in 2009, from " Spiderman” star Tobey Maguire(Kevin Winter, Getty Images)