This Week in Boomer History: Thurgood Marshall … ‘Mary Poppins’

Notable events from our shared experience Despite the popular image, the “hotline” between Moscow and Washington wasn’t red, and it wasn’t a telephone. It was teletype machines first tested for sending direct messages on Aug. 30, 1963 – partly in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis a year earlier. The first message: “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back 1234567890.” About 250,000 people flood the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, as part of …

Julie Andrews to Grads: ‘Go Out and Kick Butt’

Get over yourself. That was the message delivered by Julie Andrews, 77, to the graduates of the University of Colorado, Boulder in early May. Under a cloudless sky in Boulder, Colo., on May 10, she began by finding common ground with the graduates at America’s premiere party school, claiming to have welcomed the dawn with them the night before. Then she declared kinship with the University of Colorado mascot – asserting that her own gender-bending role in the 1982 musical Victor/Victoria …