This Week in Boomer History: Me Decade … Ryan’s 5K K’s … ‘Prague Spring’ Ends

Notable events from our shared experience In the Aug. 23, 1976, issue of New York magazine, writer Tom Wolfe brands the 1970s as the Me Decade. Comparing it to two earlier religious awakenings in America, he concludes: “Where the Third Great Awakening will lead – who can presume to say? One only knows that the great religious waves have a momentum all their own. Neither arguments nor policies nor acts of the legislature have been any match for them in the …

A Boomer’s Guide to D-Day

Seventy years ago – on June 6, 1944, commonly known as D-Day – World War II took a dramatic turn with the Allied invasion of Normandy. The Allied landings – overseen by General Dwight D. Eisenhower - were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault shortly after midnight, and, beginning at 6:30 a.m., an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armored divisions along a 50-mile stretch of the French coastline. Boomers were not, of course, around for that, but growing up …

This Week in Boomer History: Chubby Checker … Frisbee … ‘Sanford and Sons’

Fun facts from our shared experience: 1 - Wham-O, the hula-hoop people, manufactures its first “Pluto Platter” on Jan. 13, 1957. The company later changes the name to Frisbee. 2 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in 1984 that taping on home VCRs does not violate copyright laws. Soon, videotape changes the way we consume entertainment, although we’ll never learn to set the clock on those damned machines. 3 - Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” tops the Billboard charts on Jan. 13, 1962. Later that year, …