This Week in Boomer History: ‘Joy of Sex’ … Disney World

Notable events from our shared experience Cheekily taking its title from The Joy of Cooking, The Joy of Sex is published Oct. 1, 1972. Although the first edition is sexist by today’s standards and concentrates almost exclusively on heterosexual activities, it popularizes the idea that whatever gives both partners sexual pleasure is OK. The Soviet Union’s launch of the beach ball-sized Sputnik I on Oct. 4, 1957, ushers in the Space Age. Just a month later, Sputnik II launches the …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ … Warren Report

Notable events from our shared experience With a hand from James Bond creator Ian Fleming, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. premieres Sept. 22, 1964. Robert Vaughn stars as secret agent Napoleon Solo; David McCallum is Russian spy Illya Kuryakin. More TV premieres this week: The Munsters and Daniel Boone (1964), and Friends (1994). William Rehnquist is sworn in as chief justice of the United States on Sept. 26, 1986. He will preside over the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton in 1999 …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Goldfinger’ … Camp David

Noteworthy events from our shared experience Comedian Bill Cosby launches The Cosby Show on NBC Sept. 20, 1984. “Behind the scenes,” writes commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Cosby hired the Harvard psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint to make sure that the show never trafficked in stereotypes and that it depicted blacks in a dignified light.” Other TV premieres this week: Peyton Place, Flipper,The Addams Family and Bewitched — all began in 1964. >> Do You Remember These Boomer TV Shows? In the tennis “Battle of …

This Week in Boomer History: Attica … Oprah … ‘Imagine’

Notable events from our shared experience Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb’s record for most career hits with his 4,192nd on Sept. 11, 1985. In 1989, Rose, then manager of the Cincinnati Reds, is banned for life from baseball for betting on games — specifically his own team’s. Photographed by Andy Warhol for the cover, John Lennon releases his second solo album, Imagine, on Sept. 9. 1971. Former bandmate George Harrison plays guitar on four tracks. The cut “How Do You Sleep?” is seen …

This Week in Boomer History: Little Rock 9 … ‘Flying Nun’ … Princess Diana

Notable events from our shared experience Ordered by Gov. Orval Faubus to defy a federal court, armed troops of the Arkansas National Guard bar nine African American students from attending Central High School in Little Rock on Sept. 4, 1957. Three weeks later troops from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division help escort the students into school. (Pictured at left, Melba Patillo Beals in 2007 at a ceremony dedicating a visitor center at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic …

This Week in Boomer History: Thurgood Marshall … ‘Mary Poppins’

Notable events from our shared experience Despite the popular image, the “hotline” between Moscow and Washington wasn’t red, and it wasn’t a telephone. It was teletype machines first tested for sending direct messages on Aug. 30, 1963 – partly in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis a year earlier. The first message: “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back 1234567890.” About 250,000 people flood the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, as part of …