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This Week in Boomer History: January 13 — 19

Posted on 01/10/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsFun 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, …

Miami Dolphins Get White House Ceremony — 40 Years Later

Posted on 08/21/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMaybe this is what President Obama needs to get his way with Congress — scads of football legends lined up behind him. These players were a bit past their peak bench-pressing days — and more than 4o years past their first of back-to-back Super Bowl wins — but still in possession of the record for an undefeated season and postseason. (They remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.) So why now honor the 1972 Miami Dolphins? Related: America’s Top …

Deacon Jones: The Secretary of Defense

Posted on 06/4/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen defensive end David “Deacon” Jones, who died on June 3 at age 74 in Southern California, joined the Los Angeles Rams in 1961 as an obscure 14th-round pick out of Mississippi Valley State, it was the derring-do of quarterbacks, running backs and receivers that put fans in the seats and kept them glued to the TV set. Jones helped to change that by making defense just as exciting. At 6 foot 5 and 270 pounds, Jones was an imposing …

Superbowl Bound or Bust

Posted on 01/31/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your Life“YOLO,” mom said to me last week after announcing that she and my father were going to the Superbowl in New Orleans. I held the phone in my hand in silence. “Are you serious?” I asked her. She laughed, “Yes.” Not only could I not believe that my mother said YOLO, short for you only live once, but that she and Dad (who put off back surgery for a week) were trekking it to New Orleans, on a bus for …

Jim McMahon Discusses Dementia, the NFL and What He’d Have Done Differently

Posted on 09/27/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayFormer Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon said that given a do-over, he’d have chosen to play baseball. At just 53, McMahon has early-stage dementia, most likely caused by the myriad head injuries he suffered during his football years.

Steve Sabol: 5 Top Scenes From His Life’s Highlight Reel

Posted on 09/19/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyThe Sabols — father Ed and son Steve — did for pro football what Cecil B. DeMille did for Biblical epics. Beginning in 1962, the Sabols’ film studio, NFL Films, essentially created the modern highlight film, with its slow-motion ballet of long bombs spiraling into receivers’ hands and the tumult of muscular giants colliding at the line of scrimmage, all set to majestic orchestral music. The elder Sabol, now 94, was the visionary who turned clips of NFL action into …