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Story Pick: Meet the OGs

A single packet of sugar can make the difference between a perfect cup of coffee and one that is too sweet to fully enjoy. Same with the sentimental details that distinguish a feel-good article from a puff piece.

A story in the Los Angeles Times today achieves that perfect balance.

Meet the OGs, which is short for Original Grandparents, the nickname given to a couple of 72 years by the granddaughters who have made them an internet sensation.

The reporter tells us:

"In "PopPop's Adventure Corner," viewers look on as [Harry Cooper, 98,]discovers modern marvels like the iPod (He calls it his "music box.") In "Ask Grandma Anything," they get style advice from [93-year-old Barbara Cooper, known as] Cutie, a bold fashionista who was recently kicked out of the dining room at the couple's retirement home for wearing leggings that were, [granddaughter Kim Cooper] admits, 'too sexy.'
"Thousands of fans from around the world have tuned in to watch the couple opine on such topics such as time travel ('it's possible'), lesbians ('just do your thing') and Michael Jackson ('He was a very unhappy young man who didn't know if he was fish or fowl.')"

But the balance in the piece comes when the reporter takes us behind the camera, away from the two people we see on the internet. Sweet moments slam into harsh realities. We learn that PopPop and Cutie “still sleep in the same twin bed and kiss more often than teenagers.” We also learn the two have both had heart attacks and have outlived both a daughter and a son.

The granddaughters who put together the blog,, admit that they’re aren’t sure why it works. “Perhaps it reminds people of their own grandparents,” the reporter offers. “Perhaps it makes them trust a little more in love.”

Perhaps it is just a refreshing take on modern day culture by two great characters. Here is an excerpt from the latest blog entry, in which Cutie reviews the latest Lady Gaga video. Her reaction when asked if she found the imagery shocking:

" 'Shocked? I'm annoyed. She was a waste of my time. I'm sorry, maybe the whole world thinks she's great, and people who know talent will recognize what she has got to offer. She isn't doing anything new. It's the same thing that we have seen, only take offs.'
[Cutie, do you have some constructive criticism for Lady Gaga?] Sure. Lady Gaga, get yourself a good agent and go to school and get some talent! What? I think that's constructive criticism!' "

By Theresa Vargas  | June 14, 2010; 9:06 AM ET
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