Olympics

Louis Zamperini: Olympic Runner, POW Was Twice a Hero

Posted on 07/3/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyIn 1936, at age 19, Louis Zamperini was one of the best middle-distance runners in the world. He was good enough to be on the U.S. team in the Berlin Olympics, where he finished eighth in the 5,000 meters and stood close enough to Adolf Hitler’s box at the stadium to get a good look at the Nazi dictator. “I was pretty naïve about world politics, and I thought he looked funny, like something out of a Laurel and Hardy …

This Week in Boomer History: John and Yoko … AZT … Who Shot J.R.?

Posted on 03/16/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is released March 19, 1962. The album contains only two original Dylan tunes. In response to Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter announces on March 21, 1980, a U.S. boycott of that summer’s Olympics in Moscow. On March 19, 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approves the antiretroviral drug AZT to treat AIDS. It’s the first drug to slow the development of the disease and opens the way to new therapies. Who shot …

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 …

‘Pink Eye’ Sidelines Bob Costas at Olympics

Posted on 02/11/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor the first time since 1998, NBC’s Bob Costas won’t be hosting the network’s prime-time Olympics show, thanks to an eye infection most of us recognize from childhood. Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, has sidelined Costas — not surprising if you’ve been watching him for the past few days. Each night, his eyes have looked increasingly red and swollen. On Tuesday he woke up with both eyes crusty and swollen shut, the New York Times reported, and he told the network he …

Émile Allais: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Father of Modern Skiing

Posted on 10/23/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThere was a time, in the late 1930s, when Émile Allais was a the best all-around skiier on the planet. In the 1937 world championships, he won gold medals in the downhill, slalom and combined, becoming the first athlete to win both downhill and slalom races in the international event. He was not only talented but also so bold and fearless that, after taking a bad fall and being knocked unconscious in an event in 1936, he returned the next day …

Sports and Feminism in an Artful Mix from Nike

Posted on 08/15/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe message? Never listen to those who say “you can’t” and never give up. Nike recently released a quick shot of inspiration that creatively and movingly illustrates the opportunities open to new generations of women and the strength of previous generations that continue to simply not give up. With just one statement from former gold medal winning Olympian, Joan Benoit Samuelson, the message hits home: “I’m 55 years old and I run close to 70 miles a week.” If London …