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This Week in Boomer History: Kent State … ‘Hair’ … Spam … Amtrak

Posted on 04/27/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe Soviets bring down a CIA U-2 spy plane on May 1, 1960, intensifying the Cold War. Captured in Russia, pilot Francis Gary Powers is interrogated for more than a hundred days and imprisoned for nearly two years. The first Target discount store opens in Roseville, Minn., on May 1, 1962, growing into an enterprise that generates about $3 billion of net income in 2013. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius when the musical Hair opens on Broadway …

7 Cold War Memories Boomers Don’t Want to Relive

Posted on 03/20/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayFor baby boomers who grew up in the Cold War era, the latest headlines  — about the Russian annexation of Crimea and Vladmir Putin’s America-bashing speech — bring up uncomfortable memories. Who doesn’t remember that childhood fear of being herded into a flimsy bomb shelter with incoming Russian missiles overhead? As we worry about whether another Cold War could loom ahead, here are seven things we don’t miss about the first one: 1.  Duck and cover drills at school 2. …

This Week in Boomer History: Liz & Dick … ‘Cat in the Hat’ … ‘Dock of the Bay’

Posted on 03/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Mikhail Gorbachev assumes leadership of the Soviet Union on March 11, 1985. In 1990, Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end the Cold War. In a notorious incident, neighbors in Queens, New York fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is stabbed to death in the street on March 13, 1964. Levi Strauss Co. begins selling bell-bottom jeans on March 11, 1969. The Cat in the Hat is published March 12, 1957. “It is the …

Steuart Pittman: 5 Facts About the Man Behind Fallout Shelters

Posted on 02/19/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn 1961, a Washington lawyer named Steuart Pittman was tapped by President John F. Kennedy’s administration for a singularly unpleasant job: getting Americans to prepare for a nuclear Armageddon. As assistant secretary of defense, Pittman was in charge of the nation’s civil defense program. He headed a crash effort, ordered by JFK, to build fallout shelters across the nation to protect the nation’s population against Soviet missiles and bombers. It was a scary time, given escalating tensions between the United …