This Week in Boomer History: Thurgood Marshall … ‘Mary Poppins’

Notable events from our shared experience Despite the popular image, the “hotline” between Moscow and Washington wasn’t red, and it wasn’t a telephone. It was teletype machines first tested for sending direct messages on Aug. 30, 1963 – partly in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis a year earlier. The first message: “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back 1234567890.” About 250,000 people flood the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, as part of …

7 noticias de impacto esta semana

Estas son las 7 noticias más impactantes de la semana. ¿Estás de acuerdo? Si no es así­ comparte tu opinión en los comentarios: 1. El Mundial de Brasil en la recta decisiva: Después de una emocionante y muy reñida ronda de octavos de final, cuatro latinoamericanos (tres suramericanos) y cuatro europeos definen este fin de semana el paso a las semifinales del Mundial. De los duelos entre Brasil vs Colombia, Holanda vs Costa Rica, Alemania-Francia y Argentina-Bélgica saldrán los cuatro que avanzarán …

Elton John: Still a Student at 60 Years On

Elton John, whose first solo studio album in seven years comes out today, told University of Southern California students treated to a free concert of his last week, “You have to keep trying and improving. Coasting is dangerous. I can’t just play ‘Bennie and the Jets’ over and over again.” But John did play “Bennie and the Jets” during his concert at the university’s 1,250-seat Bovard Auditorium, along with other hit classics including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man.” …

Grammys for Everybody, From 15 to 50+

The Grammy telecast has become a place where musicians who might never have even met get to play together in unique combinations. This year saw Elton John singing with Ed Sheeran, and the Black Keys joining up with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in a nod to next week’s Mardi Gras festivities. Watch our 2013 Grammy Awards Showcase Given the assignment to watch the telecast Sunday, I wasn’t just on the “old people watch” (There’s Chick Corea! …

Andy Williams: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the ‘Moon River’ Crooner

If you grew up in the late 1960s, odds are that you remember watching The Andy Williams Show with your parents and marveling at how unexpectedly funky that venerable gentleman with the silky baritone sounded when he sang Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life.” But Williams, who died yesterday at his home in Branson, Mo., at age 84, was an entertainer who made a career of out of surprising and delighting successive generations with his versatility. The small-town Iowa …