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

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

PoliticsNoteworthy 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, …