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Steve Mencher

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Steve Mencher writes about culture, politics, the news and other subjects for AARP. He's also a jazz musician with the Willis Gidney Quintet. He has worked for Carnegie Hall, NPR and the Library of Congress as an audio, video and multimedia producer.

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This Week in Boomer History: Stonewall … Sotomayor … Pong

Posted on 06/22/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Sonia Sotomayor is born June 25, 1954 in Bronx, New York. In 2009, she becomes the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release “The Tracks of My Tears” on June 23, 1965; the song later resurfaces on the soundtrack of the films The Big Chill (1983) and Platoon (1986). On June 25, 1950, North Korea invades South Korea. In three years of battle, more than 36,000 American …

This Week in Boomer History: Sally Ride … Monterey Pop … Civil Rights

Posted on 06/15/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Astronaut Sally K. Ride becomes the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983. Passionately devoted to teaching science, technology, engineering and math to girls, she starts Sally Ride Science in 2001. Singer-actress Judy Garland dies at age 47 on June 22, 1969. Fred Astaire once called the star of The Wizard of Oz “the greatest entertainer who ever lived.” >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter President Richard Nixon signs a …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 06/11/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Brits are reviving an unusual hobby — stuffing mice and arranging them in human-like poses. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. Men’s faces evolved in a way that maximizes protection during fistfights. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A wool fitness mat with embedded sensors and LED lights can help you perfect yoga poses and record progress. (Learn more at Wired) >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. Bulletproof blankets have been developed to …

This Week in Boomer History: Medgar Evers … Pentagon Papers … ‘Hee Haw’

Posted on 06/8/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayOn June 9, 1969, the U.S. Senate confirms President Richard Nixon’s choice of Warren E. Burger to succeed Earl Warren as chief justice of the United States. Though generally conservative, Burger will vote in favor of school busing and abortion rights, and will write the court’s unanimous decision upholding a subpoena for the Watergate tapes. Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc immolates himself on a Saigon street on June 11, 1963, in protest against the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. After losing President …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 06/4/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. An art project regrew Vincent van Gogh’s ear. (Learn more at The Verge) 2. Learning a second language can help make you smarter. (Learn more at AARP) 3. New 3-D printed foods look good, taste good and melt in your mouth. (Learn more at Engadget) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  4. Latabe the elephant took the world’s very first “elfie,” a.k.a. an elephant selfie. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 5. Elmers are, …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Born in the U.S.A’ … Bobby Kennedy Shot … ‘Tank Man’

Posted on 06/1/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band release Born in the U.S.A. on June 4, 1984. It becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time. A narrow win in the California GOP primary on June 2, 1964, makes Barry Goldwater all but unstoppable in his quest for the presidential nomination at the July convention in San Francisco. Israel battles Egypt, Jordan and Syria in the Six-Day War, also called the Third Arab-Israeli War, beginning June …