This Week in Boomer History: Woodstock … Berlin … IBM PC

Notable events from our shared experience “This year’s monster movie star,” Jack Nicholson, makes the cover of Time magazine Aug. 12, 1974, two months after Chinatown opened. The IBM Personal Computer is announced Aug. 12, 1981, with a price of $1,565. According to IBM: “Two decades earlier, an IBM computer often cost as much as $9 million and required an air-conditioned quarter-acre of space and a staff of 60 people to keep it fully loaded with instructions.” >> Photos: Famous …

Barbra Streisand: A Life in the Movies

One of the great what-if stories in Hollywood history has Elvis Presley turning down the starring role opposite Barbra Streisand in A Star is Born. Well, although we never got to see an Elvis-Babs pairing (he would have been SO much cooler than Kris Kristofferson), Monday, April 22, brings the next best thing: Streisand on the same stage with the Elvis of presidents, Bill Clinton. He’ll present her with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award in honor of …

Alimentary School: Learn 6 Amazing Facts From ‘Gulp’

Why did Elvis Presley die sitting on the toilet?  Whose flatulence is worse, men’s or women’s? How many pints of saliva do we produce every day? What causes morning breath? What three foods are most likely to kill someone? Do prisoners really smuggle stuff in their rectums? Science writer Mary Roach has examined something we do everyday -eat, chew, swallow, digest, defecate – and turned it into a rollicking, informative, downright funny explanation of  everything that happens in our digestive …

Van Cliburn: 7 Things He and Elvis Had in Common

In the mid-to-late 1950s, there were two young men in their early 20s – one born in Mississippi, the other in Louisiana – who not only climbed meteorically to the top of the musical world but caused a sensation with their flamboyant hairstyles and matinee-idol looks. One of them, of course, was Elvis Presley, the hip-wiggling singer whose energetic synthesis of country and rhythm-and-blues was potent enough to wow all the teenagers watching him on grainy black-and-white TVs. The other …

Bernard Lansky: 5 Fascinating Facts About Elvis’ Clothier

Fans of Elvis Presley – and we’re thinking of the young, dashing Elvis of the mid-1950s – couldn’t help but notice how utterly cool his clothes were. For a young working-class hero from the South, the King was impeccably tailored, and rakishly so, in pink and black shirts, pegged pants and iridescent sharkskin jackets, and two-tone shoes. That’s because Presley got his threads from a hepcat who really knew 1950s male fashion: Bernard Lansky, the proprietor of Lansky Bros. on …

Joe South: The Virtuoso Songwriter’s 5 Greatest Hits

If you grew up in the early to mid-1970s, you may remember tuning your AM radio to a local Top 40 station and grooving to music that, for want of a better word, we’ll call the Memphis Sound. It was a hybrid of country’s twangy guitar  and plaintive vocals with the driving beat and existential, socially conscious lyrics of  the West Coast’s psychedelic rockers, with a little soul music mixed in, to produce a catchy sound that was a little …