Neil Armstrong

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

Posted on 07/13/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable 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 –

Posted on 12/31/2012 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

EntertainmentWe’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

Posted on 08/27/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyFor 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

Posted on 08/25/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf 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 …

The Mars Rover Is So Worth It, But Meteor Showers Are Free

Posted on 08/11/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentI love space stuff — not enough to take physics or anything, but enough to really wish I had the cash to chase solar eclipses around the world. Why? Because I was in grade school during the best years of NASA’s Apollo Program and some of my fondest memories are of our little family huddled around the TV to watch the launches and splashdowns of Apollos 14 to 17. I know the exact date Neil Armstrong walked on the moon because it happened on my sister’s sixth birthday (July 20, …