This Week in Boomer History: Apple’s ’1984′ … ‘The Exorcist’ … DeLorean

Noteworthy facts from our shared experience: 1. Jan. 20, 1981 – 444 days after Iranian students overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, 52 American hostages are released. Ted Koppel’s Nightline, born as The Iran Crisis – America Held Hostage: Day XXX, seeks fresh material. 2. Back to the future! The first gull-wing DeLorean sports car rolls off the assembly line on Jan. 21, 1981. 3. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members this week in 1986, including Chuck …

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, …

A Nine-Year-Old’s Memory of JFK – and Grownup Thoughts of MLK and Bobby

Glenda Thomas was a San Francisco elementary school student in 1963. This month, she recorded her memories of November 22, 1963 and sent them to our Tumblr, JFK Memories. “As a little black girl living in San Francisco, she says, “I didn’t know the full effect this assassination had on me until later in life.”   “When Martin Luther King was killed, and then Bobby Kennedy also was assassinated, it became clear to me that the message I received from …

The Words I Wrote the Day After JFK’s Assassination

by Lloyd Stableford Note: I was a senior at the College of William and Mary, pursuing a political science major. The words that follow are the actual words I wrote on my Royal typewriter in my dorm room during the fateful hours. It is now thirty hours since the fatal shooting of the President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Here, at the College of William and Mary, all is relatively quiet. The sky is still overcast, after a …

My Time With JFK

by Dave Farmer I was a senior in high school in Joliet, Ill. when I first heard JFK had been shot. Entering my next class, I saw my classmates standing silently near a radio as the announcement was made that JFK was dead! Several female classmates began sobbing as I fought back tears myself, probably because I had spent 20-30 minutes eating and speaking with JFK during his campaign. >>Share your own memories of 11-22-1963 with us JFK appeared in …

The Speech I Gave on the 40th Anniversary

by Robert Proctor Ten years ago, Robert Proctor shared these thoughts, and he shares them with us again today: Today, Saturday, November 22nd, marks the 40th year that has passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Four decades ago I was 10,000 miles, two cultures and certainly a half-century in time removed from the horrific events in Dallas, Texas. College classes had just ended for the day at the Nepali college where I was teaching, and I had …