Margaret Thatcher

Love ‘House of Cards’ on TV? You’ll Adore the Novel

Posted on 02/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment  Starting on Valentine’s Day, Netflix airs its second season of House of Cards. Which means a lot of folks will be snuggling up with Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Congressman named Francis Underhill. Spacey isn’t playing the first political villain named Francis, however. Instead he’s playing the American incarnation of a character who first appeared 25 years ago in an English novel. This week, Sourcebooks is re-releasing House of Cards as an e-book. (The print edition arrives March 11.) …

Margaret Thatcher: 10 Surprising Facts About the Iron Lady

Posted on 04/8/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyMargaret Thatcher, who died on April 8 at age 87, served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, and she was the first woman to ever hold that office. Her gender, though, wasn’t what made her stand out. Thatcher arguably was the toughest politician who ever occupied 10 Downing Street, so intractably hard-headed that she made another famously gruff Conservative Party leader, Winston Churchill, look almost like a softy by comparison. But while Thatcher didn’t have to confront Nazi Germany, as …

My Lunch With Lady Thatcher

Posted on 04/8/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyIn the early 1990s I presented Margaret Thatcher with an award at a convention in Florida. We both wore navy-and-white polka-dot power suits. I only realized that Britain’s former prime minister and I were dressed alike moments before we were supposed to go onstage. I didn’t have time to rush back to my room in the massive Disney World hotel and change. Trying to make the best of it, I said, “Lady Thatcher, I admire you so much that I …