Ronald Reagan

Jim Brady: A Bullet Couldn’t Stop Him

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyOn March 30, 1981, then-White House press secretary Jim Brady asked one of his aides to accompany President Ronald Reagan for a speech at the Washington Hilton. At the last moment, however, Brady himself went with Reagan. It was a choice that would forever alter the life of the witty, self-deprecating man whose burly build led to the nickname “Bear.” On the way out of the hotel, Reagan was attacked by a mentally ill assassin, John Hinckley, who got off …

This Week in Boomer History: Miranda Warning … Live Aid … NYC Blackout

Posted on 07/6/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Gloria Steinem delivers an “Address to the Women of America,” considered by many one of the century’s great speeches, on July 10, 1971. In it, she says: “Sex and race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles …

This Week in Boomer History: G.I. Joe … People Magazine … Rodney King

Posted on 03/2/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Speeding on March 3, 1991, leads to a high-speed Los Angeles police chase for Rodney King and ends with a severe beating that is videotaped. When three of the officers are acquitted of charges a year later, riots break out in South Los Angeles. Mia Farrow appears as The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan on the cover of People Magazine’s premier issue, dated March 4, 1974. Other notables in the issue: Marina Oswald, Gloria Vanderbilt …

A Lost Fourth of July Classic: ‘This Is the Army’

Posted on 07/1/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe Fourth of July usually brings TV reruns of Yankee Doodle Dandy, with James Cagney hoofing up a storm as uberpatriot-composer George M. Cohan. It’s a great film directed by Michael Curtiz, but may I direct your attention to another red white and blue epic, directed by Curtiz the following year, 1943. It’s one of the great forgotten blockbuster movies. This is the Army is little more than a musical revue; one production number after another with a cast that includes …

Happy 100th Birthday President Reagan!

Posted on 02/7/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringYesterday would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. I have a soft spot for the former actor since he was the first president of my memory. Although I was born when President Carter was in office, my only knowledge of him was of my brother, Tom, telling me he had a peanut farm.