This Week in Boomer History: Iran Hostages … Berlin Wall Falls

Notable events from our shared experience Democrat Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd president — and first boomer president — of the United States on Nov. 3, 1992. Republican George W. Bush becomes the second boomer president in an election held Nov. 7, 2000, and settled by the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 12. Young Islamic revolutionaries overrun the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, and take 63 Americans hostage; soon, three others at the Iranian Foreign Ministry …

Jerome Horwitz: 5 Surprising Facts About the Inventor of AZT

It wasn’t that long ago – 1987, to be precise – that U.S. Surgeon General Everett Koop predicted the HIV/AIDS epidemic would kill 100 million people by the year 2000. That didn’t happen. Instead, about 34 million people are living with HIV, according to AVERT, an international health organization, and a 2006 study published in the British medical journal QJM found that patients who are diagnosed as HIV-positive before developing full-blown AIDS now have an average life expectancy of 21.5 years. …

Magic Johnson: Staying Cool at 50

From Barbranda Walls “I’m going to stay cool at 50,” said basketball legend and successful entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson on receiving his official AARP membership card Thursday (he turned 50 in August). In an hour-long session, the always-engaging Johnson strolled out into the crowd, quizzing audience members about what they like best about AARP and then riffing off their answers. One woman asked for a senior discount at his businesses (he said he would take it under advisement), and another …