11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun  1. Doctors and health officials are discouraging a revival of “measles parties,” popular in the 1950s and ’60s. (Learn more at ABC News) 2. The release of water vapor causes the distinctive sound of corn popping.  (Learn more at Los Angeles Times) 3. A 1967 performance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour left Pete Townsend deaf in one ear. (Learn more at AARP) >> Register for Life@50+ Digital Experience. New AARP RealPad included! Learn More 4. …

7 Moments Boomers Will Always Remember

Seven enduring memories from our yearlong ‘Boomer History’ project: Promised a T-shirt and a dollar for showing up, 5,000 fans greet the Beatles at New York’s JFK International Airport on Feb. 7, 1964. The following year, on Aug. 15, “arena rock” is born when a concert by the Fab Four draws more than 55,000 fans to Shea Stadium in Queens, N.Y. But nothing lasts forever. Preparing to release a solo album in April 1970, Paul McCartney says that the Beatles are finished. On March 7, 1965, …

This Week in Boomer History: Men on the Moon … Chappaquiddick … Malaise

Notable events from our shared experience Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge after a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass., on July 18, 1969. Kennedy escapes the submerged car, but Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign aide to Robert Kennedy, dies. Two semiconductor pioneers and a pair of venture capitalists found chip maker NM Electronics on July 18, 1968. It soon changes its name to Intel. Gladys Knight, age 8, appears on the TV show Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour …

2012 Endings and 2013 Beginnings –

We’ve looked back at the year’s departures to remind us about our own mortality and consider how notable personalities have shaped our lives and the wider culture. From Neil Armstrong to Whitney Houston, spend some time with old friends, while you also consider the complex and unsettling legacy of Joe Paterno, who we thought we knew, but didn’t really. It’s our first People to Remember special on the web. What will you remember of your life from the past year? …

Neil Armstrong: Thanks for the Memories You Gave Us

For many boomers, the moment on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on an extraterrestrial orb is indelibly etched in our memories. Those memories flooded back a little more than 43 years later at Armstrong’s passing at age 82. On AARP’s Facebook page, nearly 1,000 people posted messages about where they were when the Apollo 11 crew made history and what Armstrong and his moonwalk meant to them. “God bless you Neil Armstrong, …

Neil Armstrong: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the First Moonwalker

If you were around on July 20, 1969, you probably spent that evening as an estimated 500 million others around the world did, eyes glued to our TV screens as we watched astronaut Neil Armstrong climb down from the Apollo 11 lunar module and take the first steps by a human on the surface of the Moon. And decades later, the words we heard Armstrong utter at that history-making moment – “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap …