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This Week in Boomer History: Sally Ride … Monterey Pop … Civil Rights

Posted on 06/15/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Astronaut Sally K. Ride becomes the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983. Passionately devoted to teaching science, technology, engineering and math to girls, she starts Sally Ride Science in 2001. Singer-actress Judy Garland dies at age 47 on June 22, 1969. Fred Astaire once called the star of The Wizard of Oz “the greatest entertainer who ever lived.” >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter President Richard Nixon signs a …

This Week in Boomer History: LBJ Won’t Run … Beatles on Top … MLK Killed

Posted on 03/30/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience. RCA Victor introduces the world’s first 45 rpm record on March 31, 1949. Country music star Eddy Arnold’s “Texarkana Baby” is on the A side; his “Bouquet of Roses” is on the flip side. The 45 soon becomes the medium of choice for listening to and sharing music among teens. On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson tells the nation he won’t run for reelection. (“I shall not seek, and I will not accept …

7 Unsolved Mysteries Boomers Can’t Forget

Posted on 03/28/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe 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 …

Joe McGinniss: The Journalist As ‘Psychological Detective’

Posted on 03/11/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacySome writers are myth-makers. Joe McGinniss, who died on March 10 at age 71 in Worchester, Mass., was the opposite. Whether McGinniss was writing about the repackaging of Richard Nixon in The Selling of the President 1968 or Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the 1983 book Fatal Vision, McGinness liked to get up close and personal with a subject, gradually peel away a carefully crafted public persona like the leaves of an artichoke. In doing so, he usually became part of the story …

This Week in Boomer History: Orbiting Earth … VW Bug … Nixon in China

Posted on 02/16/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNoteworthy events from our shared experience On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to circle the Earth. Now 92, Glenn is the only surviving member of the Mercury 7, the founding group of U.S. pilots in space. President Richard Nixon’s surprise trip Feb. 21-28, 1972, marks the first time a U.S. president visits the People’s Republic of China. “I live like a man who’s already dead,” Malcolm X tells a reporter Feb. 18, 1965. He is assassinated …

This Week in Boomer History: January 20 — 26

Posted on 01/19/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNoteworthy facts from our shared experience: 1. Jan. 20, 1981 — 444 days after Iranian students overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, 52 American hostages are released. Ted Koppel’s Nightline, born as The Iran Crisis — America Held Hostage: Day XXX, seeks fresh material. 2. Back to the future! The first gull-wing DeLorean sports car rolls off the assembly line on Jan. 21, 1981. 3. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members this week in 1986, including Chuck …