Lilly Pulitzer: 5 Facts About the Woman Who Led a Fashion Rebellion

Fashion entrepreneur Lilly Pulitzer, who died on April 7 at age 81in Miami, proved that simplicity can be stylish. In the early 1960s, she popularized the tropical print shift, a colorful version of a rudimentary design – the sleeveless sheath – that was the first dress every American girl who took home economics in high school was taught to make. What distinguished Pulitzer’s shifts was the startlingly bright hues and playful patterns of the fabric, which Pulitzer had custom-produced for …

Ed Koch: Hizzoner’s Best Bons Mots

New York has had a lot of colorful, idiosyncratic mayors, from Fiorello La Guardia to Rudy Giuliani. But Edward I. Koch, who led the city for three terms in the late 1970s and early 1980s, was perhaps the most quotable. Koch, who died on Feb. 1 at age 88 in New York, “could out-talk anybody in the authentic voice of New York,” as his hometown paper, the New York Times, put it. Here are 10 classic Koch bons mots. “Her …

2012 Endings and 2013 Beginnings –

We’ve looked back at the year’s departures to remind us about our own mortality and consider how notable personalities have shaped our lives and the wider culture. From Neil Armstrong to Whitney Houston, spend some time with old friends, while you also consider the complex and unsettling legacy of Joe Paterno, who we thought we knew, but didn’t really. It’s our first People to Remember special on the web. What will you remember of your life from the past year? …

A Forever Fan Wants Your Marilyn Memories

Fifty years ago, on August 5, in the early hours of a Sunday morning, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood home. Had she lived, she would have been 86-years-old. I have a longstanding Marilyn obsession, which makes this post tough to write. What could I reveal that hasn’t possibly already been said, written and speculated about her life?  What unique photo can I share? What evidence could I provide about the mystery surrounding her death? Perhaps you can relate to …

Women: The Warriors of the Holiday Season

Some things get better with time. The holidays to me fall into that category. We seem to linger with friends a little longer, recognize the true meaning of the season, really enjoy watching all the wonderful classic holiday movies, converse over special ornaments as we hang them on the tree, and on and on….It is only the first of December and I have already watched “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Do you remember in “It’s a …

AARP Founder Honored for Vision and Sacrifice

This is a guest post A. Barry Rand. Mr. Rand is the CEO of AARP.  Often the rights, benefits and representation we take for granted today can be traced to one person’s vision, wisdom and courage. In the case of AARP, an organization dedicated to advancing the interests and safeguarding the benefits of older Americans, that person is Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Today, Dr. Andrus is among a highly select number of visionaries being honored by the Extra Mile – …