Mary Poppins

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

Posted on 08/24/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsNotable 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 …

The Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Dec. 20

Posted on 12/20/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThree blasts from the past and one wry look at our not-too-distant-future make this a particularly rich grownup movie weekend.    The New Stuff:   American Hustle You won’t have more fun at the movies than you’ll find here with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Louis C.K. and Jennifer Lawrence as assorted con artists and Feds conspiring to bring down crooked politicians in the 1980s Abscam scandal. “Some of this actually happened,” the title card reads, but we have …

How Many Times Has “It’s a Small World” Been Performed? Do the Math!

Posted on 03/7/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIn the last years of his life, Walt Disney had a Friday evening ritual: His studio songwriters, Robert and Richard Sherman, would slip into his office to chat awhile. Soon Walt would walk to the north window, gaze out, and say simply, “Play it.” The brothers knew what he meant. Richard would sit at Walt’s piano and begin to play “Feed the Birds,” the lovely melody they wrote for Mary Poppins. Walt would stare out the window, hands behind his …