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This Week in Boomer History: ‘Pulp Fiction’ … Marilyn Monroe … ‘What’s Going On’

Posted on 05/18/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Marvin Gaye’s seminal album What’s Going On is released May 21, 1971. Influenced by letters his brother sent from Vietnam, Gaye writes the songs from the perspective of a Vietnam vet. Happy birthday, Mr. President. At Madison Square Garden in New York, Marilyn Monroe serenades President John Kennedy at a fundraiser on May 19, 1962. Monroe dies less than three months later at age 36. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter Ambassador Foy Kohler delivers a protest …

This Week in Boomer History: Orbiting Earth … VW Bug … Nixon in China

Posted on 02/16/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNoteworthy events from our shared experience On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to circle the Earth. Now 92, Glenn is the only surviving member of the Mercury 7, the founding group of U.S. pilots in space. President Richard Nixon’s surprise trip Feb. 21-28, 1972, marks the first time a U.S. president visits the People’s Republic of China. “I live like a man who’s already dead,” Malcolm X tells a reporter Feb. 18, 1965. He is assassinated …

Nora Ephron: My Tour Guide for Life’s Twists and Turns

Posted on 06/26/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThis is a guest post by Lorrie Lynch of AARP.org. On the cover of Nora Ephron’s novel Heartburn — the 1983 book that was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep — is a quote touting it as “proof positive that writing well is the best revenge.” It’s Dorothy Parker‘s line, but I’ve always associated it with Ephron because the revenge she takes in that novel, writing a character we all assumed to be her ex-husband Carl Bernstein, …