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This Week in Boomer History: Earth Day … New Coke … ‘Heartbreak Hotel’

Posted on 04/20/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Polaroid Corp. introduces its SX-70 folding camera on April 25, 1972. It’s the first automatic, motorized, single-lens reflex camera that makes self-developing instant color prints. The 1964 New York World’s Fair opens April 22 with the theme “Peace Through Understanding” and provides an early Space Age look into the future. On April 24, 1980, President Jimmy Carter launches Operation Eagle Claw to free Americans held captive at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Eight servicemen die in the failed …

This Week in Boomer History: Sgt. Presley … Three Mile Island … Viagra

Posted on 03/23/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Viagra, patented in 1996, is approved to treat erectile dysfunction on March 27, 1998. Sales in 2012 are about $2 billion; competitor Cialis isn’t far behind. On March 26, 1953, Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully completed a small-scale test of a vaccine to protect against polio. Boomers soon line up to be vaccinated in school. Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958. Serving in Germany, he meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu; they marry almost eight …

Don McLean Remembers “Bad News on the Doorstep.”

Posted on 10/5/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhen you think about it, it was a little strange that a fresh-faced kid like Don McLean made his name singing the 20th Century’s ultimate nostalgia piece, “American Pie.” Barely 26 when the record became a smash, he was an unlikely conduit for such an outpouring of yearning for the past. But McLean is an old soul, and he always has been. He grew up listening to Big Band music; he worshipped the great Blues artists; he idolized the raw-rock-and-roller …

Happy 53rd Birthday to Madonna!

Posted on 08/16/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Entertainment“Cone Bra.” “Feisty.” “Innovative.” “Re-invention.” These are the words my colleagues used to describe Madonna, who today turns 53. For me, Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone – is more than the words, my colleagues used to describe her. She’s more than just the buff blonde dancing on stage with ridiculously good-looking men and women. She’s more than the world’s top selling female artist (Lady GaGa, keep trying). She’s more than what the tabloids show her to be – ballsy, bull-headed …