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

Notable 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 …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun. 1. You can make your own Mars Rover with NASA’s $189 littleBits Space Kit. (Learn more at littleBits) 2. It looks like George Clooney will lose bets with Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer – he’s engaged to marry a second time. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Your dollar bill might carry bacteria linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Atari once buried as many as 750,000 ‘E.T.’ game cartridges in …

Lou Reed: He Walked on the Wild Side

At his best, Lou Reed was to rock music what Jean Genet was to literature – a chronicler of an unsavory, lubricious underworld who compelled us to see beauty and grace in the dissipated and disturbing. As leader of the Velvet Underground, the Brooklyn native, who died on Oct. 27 at age 71, helped provide the soundtrack for the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, artist Andy Warhol’s avant-garde multimedia scene in the late 1960s, performing songs on then-taboo topics ranging from drug use …