This Week in Boomer History: Alberto Gonzales … Day the Music Died

Noteworthy events from our shared experience. On Feb. 3, 2005, Alberto Gonzales wins Senate confirmation and is sworn in as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general. He was also the first Hispanic to serve as White House counsel. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”) are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959 – “the day the music died” in Don McLean’s song “American Pie.” Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook at Harvard on Feb. 4, 2004. Ten …

Don McLean Remembers “Bad News on the Doorstep.”

When you think about it, it was a little strange that a fresh-faced kid like Don McLean made his name singing the 20th Century’s ultimate nostalgia piece, “American Pie.” Barely 26 when the record became a smash, he was an unlikely conduit for such an outpouring of yearning for the past. But McLean is an old soul, and he always has been. He grew up listening to Big Band music; he worshipped the great Blues artists; he idolized the raw-rock-and-roller …