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7 Cold War Memories Boomers Don’t Want to Relive

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayFor baby boomers who grew up in the Cold War era, the latest headlines  — about the Russian annexation of Crimea and Vladmir Putin’s America-bashing speech — bring up uncomfortable memories. Who doesn’t remember that childhood fear of being herded into a flimsy bomb shelter with incoming Russian missiles overhead? As we worry about whether another Cold War could loom ahead, here are seven things we don’t miss about the first one: 1.  Duck and cover drills at school 2. …

EE.UU. “corrige la historia” honrando a veteranos de guerra hispanos

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolEl presidente Barack Obama entregó, en la Casa Blanca, la Medalla de Honor a un grupo de 24 veteranos de guerra, varios de ellos hispanos, a quienes no se les había otorgado esa distinción por motivo de discriminación pese a haber mostrado un valor inimaginable. Más que elogiar al presidente o a los condecorados, hay que aplaudir el acto en sí, que representa un acto de justicia y reconocimiento tras una larga historia de discriminación racial y religiosa en las …

24 Veterans Get Long-Overdue Medals of Honor

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeMelvin Morris vividly remembers the day in September 1969 when he became a war hero in the eyes of others. Morris was a young Green Beret staff sergeant in South Vietnam. After his master sergeant was killed in a jungle ambush in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Morris, serving as the commander of a Special Forces strike force, went back into the line of fire three times to recover the body and a map case — and was wounded three …

This Week in Boomer History: Liz & Dick … ‘Cat in the Hat’ … ‘Dock of the Bay’

Posted on 03/9/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Mikhail Gorbachev assumes leadership of the Soviet Union on March 11, 1985. In 1990, Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end the Cold War. In a notorious incident, neighbors in Queens, New York fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is stabbed to death in the street on March 13, 1964. Levi Strauss Co. begins selling bell-bottom jeans on March 11, 1969. The Cat in the Hat is published March 12, 1957. “It is the …

This Week in Boomer History: Jan. 27 — Feb. 2

Posted on 01/26/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNoteworthy events from our shared experience: John Roberts is born Jan. 27, 1955. Fifty years later, he’s sworn in as chief justice of the United States, becoming the first boomer to hold that position and the third youngest ever, after John Jay (43) and John Marshall (45). On Feb. 1, 1964, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” becomes the first Beatles single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. “She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)” knocks it out …

Why So Few Veterans in Congress?

Posted on 11/8/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhy are there so few veterans in Congress these days? The end of the military draft 40 years ago and the gradual retirement and passing away of the World War II generation have contributed to a record low of 17 veterans in the 100-member U.S. Senate. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter. In the House of Representatives the total of 85 veterans — out of 435 members — is also the lowest since World War II. The high point …