Lyndon B. Johnson

This Week in Boomer History: Me Decade … Ryan’s 5K K’s … ‘Prague Spring’ Ends

Posted on 08/17/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience In the Aug. 23, 1976, issue of New York magazine, writer Tom Wolfe brands the 1970s as the Me Decade. Comparing it to two earlier religious awakenings in America, he concludes: “Where the Third Great Awakening will lead — who can presume to say? One only knows that the great religious waves have a momentum all their own. Neither arguments nor policies nor acts of the legislature have been any match for them in the …

This Week in Boomer History: Lenny Bruce … Gulf of Tonkin … Medicare

Posted on 07/27/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNoteworthy events from our shared experience Comedian Lenny Bruce is found dead at his Los Angeles home Aug. 3, 1966. His anything-goes social satire led to multiple obscenity prosecutions while paving the way for today’s stand-up performers. On Aug. 1, 1981, MTV begins broadcasting in the United States. Its first video? “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo., a nod …

Bryan Cranston to Reprise LBJ Role in TV Movie

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentMany know him as Walter White — the high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin of Breaking Bad — but actor Bryan Cranston will be making his way back to television as President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new HBO TV movie. All the Way, a phrase taken from Johnson’s successful 1964 campaign slogan (“All the Way With LBJ”), will be a reprisal of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name by Robert Schenkkan, in which Cranston portrayed Johnson …

This Week in Boomer History: LBJ Won’t Run … Beatles on Top … MLK Killed

Posted on 03/30/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience. RCA Victor introduces the world’s first 45 rpm record on March 31, 1949. Country music star Eddy Arnold’s “Texarkana Baby” is on the A side; his “Bouquet of Roses” is on the flip side. The 45 soon becomes the medium of choice for listening to and sharing music among teens. On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson tells the nation he won’t run for reelection. (“I shall not seek, and I will not accept …

Billie Sol Estes: King of the Texas Wheeler-Dealers

Posted on 05/16/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyWashington imbroglios — from Watergate and Iran-contra to the current criminal investigation of the IRS —have come and gone over the years. But few were as sensational, or as intriguing, as the mid-1960s scandal surrounding the infamous Texas swindler Billie Sol Estes. It was a saga replete with witnesses who died mysteriously, tales of millions paid to politicians, a defendant who accused a president of having plotted to assassinate his predecessor and, at one point, the exhumation of a pet cat …