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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/19/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The mission of India’s Mangalyaan spacecraft to Mars cost a lot less than the blockbuster movie Gravity. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. Babette March, the first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model in 1964, is now a 72-year-old artist and innkeeper in Halfway, Ore.  (Learn more at AARP) 3. Facebook offers 50 ways to describe your gender. (Learn more at Future Tense) 4. DNA testing might solve mysteries of Mona Lisa’s smile. (Learn more at Mail Online) 5. …

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: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue … Nightly Newscast … Peanuts RIP

Posted on 02/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience On Feb. 10, 1989, Ron Brown becomes the first African American to head a major U.S. political party. Later named U.S. secretary of commerce — also the first African American to hold that post — Brown dies in a 1996 plane crash in Croatia. What’s the opposite of a love letter? On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a “fatwa” encouraging Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy in his novel The …

This Week in Boomer History: February 3 — 9

Posted on 02/2/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNoteworthy events from our shared experience. On Feb. 3, 2005, Alberto Gonzales wins Senate confirmation and is sworn in as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general. He was also the first Hispanic to serve as White House counsel. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”) are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959 — “the day the music died” in Don McLean’s song “American Pie.” Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook at Harvard on Feb. 4, 2004. Ten …

Clarence Mitchell: Secret Weapon for Civil Rights

Posted on 01/31/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayRead about the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which marks its golden jubilee this July, and you’ll learn about the high-profile personalities in Congress and the White House who battled during this stretch of our country’s faltering march toward fair treatment for all citizens. But you’re less likely to hear about key players behind the scenes, even during Black History Month. Meet Clarence Mitchell. Heading the NAACP office in Washington in the heart of the civil rights era, Mitchell …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 01/29/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Francis is the first pope on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. (Learn more at Rolling Stone) 2. The Grand Canyon could be 6 million years old … and 70 million years old. (Learn more at NPR) 3. Men are more forgetful than women. (Learn more at Medical News Today) 4. Your cellphone carries 10 times more germs than your toilet. (Learn more at AARP) 5. Cyber criminals are using malicious “RAM scraper” software to steal information about you and …