Here's the email note I sent AARP:
In the "Watching our Wallets" portion of "The Influentials - 50 over 50" I was surprised to see that John Bogle was not included. Mr. Bogle, the founder of the Vanguard mutual fund organization, prolific writer, critic of Wall St. and the mutual fund industry, is the guy who brought us low-cost index mutual funds. These funds allow the average investor to achieve market gains (or, admittedly, losses) year after year, avoid high expenses and commissions. Academic research has shown that over the long-term, stock mutual funds based on broad market indexes such as the S&P 500 or the S&P Wilshire 5000 beat 75% of higher cost managed funds. As astute an investor as Warren Buffet has said that the majority of small investors are best served by investing in index mutual funds. Without John Bogle's foresight, concern for the average investor and integrity in pointing out abuses of the mutual fund industry, many seniors would be in far worse financial shape than they are.