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

Notable 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 …

Lucci, Trebek, and Barney Make History

  For fans of daytime television, it was quite an afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History here in Washington, D.C., home to such cultural artifacts as the ruby red slippers Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz. To help launch a new permanent exhibition of American popular culture, two genuine TV icons and the co-creators of a third, a large purple dinosaur, donated items from their personal collections. All My Children star Susan Lucci donated the …