This Week in Boomer History: Rumble in the Jungle … ‘Car Talk’

Notable events from our shared experience In a daring heist, thieves steal 24 valuable gems — including the golf ball-size sapphire Star of India — from the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Oct. 29, 1964. Authorities quickly arrest the burglars, including the colorful Jack “Murf the Surf” Murphy. Ultimately, 10 of the stones are recovered, and three, including the Star of India, are among AMNH’s most popular exhibits today. After 10 years on the air in …

Sterling? To Boomers, Athletes’ Protests Are Nothing New

Younger sports fans may have been shocked to see players from the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat wearing their warmup jerseys inside-out in silent protest against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, after a recording surfaced of a telephone call in which Sterling allegedly told his then-girlfriend not to bring African-American guests to the team’s games. Sterling subsequently was banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. To boomers, though, the demonstrations may have seemed tepid compared with the defiant …

7 Unsolved Mysteries Boomers Can’t Forget

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has become an obsession for cable TV news and spawned a slew of increasingly outlandish conspiracy theories on the Internet, including suggestions that it was hijacked by North Korean agents or accidentally destroyed by a secret military weapon test. The puzzlement has a familiar feel to baby boomers. We’ve grown up in an age full of uncertainties, ambiguities and unanswered conundrums – some serious (unexplained questions about the JFK assassination) and others not so …

This Week in Boomer History: Peace Corps … Concorde … Greatest!

Noteworthy events from our shared experience Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) becomes heavyweight champion of the world on Feb. 25, 1964, when Sonny Liston doesn’t answer the bell for the seventh round. “Incredibly, the loud-mouthed, bragging, insulting youngster had been telling the truth all along,” writes Robert Lipsyte in the New York Times. Steve Jobs is born Feb. 24, 1955. In 1976 he starts Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne, who sells his shares for $800 the same year. …

The Takeaway: ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier Dies; Seniors Cited At Occupy Chicago

Legendary boxer ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier lost his battle with liver cancer Monday night. And older adults took to the streets yesterday in Chicago in defense of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.