Since I was young, March 26th has really just been another day in the year for me.
But on my last birthday I arrived at what most people consider a significant aging milestone.
I turned 65.
With the exception that I would now be eligible to use the Medicare card the U.S. government had sent me earlier in the month, 65 didn’t seem any different than 60, when I started a 4-year stint as a DC-based educational consultant. Or than 64 when I decided to devote myself to freelance writing. Or than 59 (when I retired from my instructional career in education after 30 years) for that matter.
Actually, I’ve always enjoyed aging.
I wouldn’t want to be a child or a teenager or a college student or a young journalist or an advanced middle-aged teacher again. While it was true that I lost a few things (such as hair) as I moved up in age, I felt I had always gained much more than I had lost (and I’m not talking here just about weight).
In fact, I joked that while Shakespeare assigned seven ages to man, I only recognized two – the first 17 years when I didn’t have my driver’s license and the past 48 when I did. My wife of 44 years, Judy, would concur with that assessment, but she continually points out that acting like a perpetual 18-year-old isn’t my strongest character trait.
Apparently, despite’s Judy’s misgivings, when it comes to aging I’m lucky. New studies and reports are indicating that many men are having a particularly tough time with aging, especially from age 50 to 80.
What once-banned, now ubiquitous female summer poolside and seaside attire is celebrating a 71st birthday this month?
If you answered the bikini, you really are a dedicated follower of fashion.
The modern bikini debuted in France in July of 1946. It was the creative idea of Louis Reard, a French automotive and mechanical engineer. He was also running his mother’s lingerie business in Paris at the time.
Stephen King is one of the most ubiquitous names in cinema, and for good reason. The prolific author of more than 200 short stories and more than 50 novels always has a new tale to adapt for a movie or TV show — sometimes multiple ones at the same time. This summer is no different, with two new movies (The Dark Tower, which came out Aug. 4, and a remake of It, scheduled for Sept. 8) and a TV show (Mr. Mercedes, AT&T Audience Network, released Aug. 9) to go along with a new book (Sleeping Beauties, cowritten with son Owen, out Sept. 26). To celebrate King's latest media moment, we're looking back at some showstopping scenes from films adapted from his work. Beware of spoilers — and potential nightmares — ahead. To keep reading this article, click here.
The fashions on our favorite TV shows most often reflected the trends of the day, when these shows were either filmed or set to take place. In that way, it's a stretch to say that any TV show truly invented a fashion trend, but what we are willing to say is that they had a heck of an impact on just how widely certain looks became adopted.
Can you imagine a world that popularly dons colorful suspenders without Mork's rainbows? How many girls wanted a blue beret before Mary Richards tossed hers up to the sky?
Here we take a look back at some of the biggest fashion trends behind which TV stars were a driving force. These shows span from Davy Crockett's coonskin cap in the 1950s to Carrie Bradshaw's designer shows in the early 2000s.
See if we cover your favorite fashions that totally blew up after appearing on TV.
After nearly 40 years of riding across millions of American TV and movie screens, the cowboy actor William Boyd, best known for his role as Hopalong Cassidy, dies on this day in 1972 at the age of 77.
Boyd’s greatest achievement was to be the first cowboy actor to make the transition from movies to television. Following World War II, Americans began to buy television sets in large numbers for the first time, and soon I Love Lucyand The Honeymooners were standard evening fare for millions of families. But despite their proven popularity in movie theaters, westerns were slow to come to the small screen. Many network TV producers scorned westerns as lowbrow “horse operas” unfit for their middle- and upper-class audiences.
Some classic films are celebrating a 40th anniversary this year. You will find none of them on this list.
Of course, the biggest of them all is Star Wars, the blockbuster that redefined pop culture. That sci-fi spectacular dominated the summer months, as people lined up outside theaters to watch Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star.
It marked a seismic shift, as Hollywood looked to outer space, sci-fi and fantasy for ideas. George Lucas' landmark film overshadows other genre flicks that hit cineplexes in 1977. Horror fans will also fondly recall classics like Suspiria, The Hills Have Eyes and perhaps even Martin.
Of course, we forget that Smokey and the Bandit, which came out two days after Star Wars, actually pulled in more money that first weekend. The year also delivered timeless films like Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Saturday Night Fever. A pretty wonderful year for flicks, no? Even James Bond delivered with The Spy Who Loved Me, the best of the Roger Moore era.
Let's dig a little deeper into box office of 1977. These popcorn-munchers delivered thrills for us on summer vacation. Did you see any of these back in the day?
Hawaii, Miami Beach, Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, Disneyland… and Northeastern Pennsylvania. These were the hottest American vacation spots of the 20th century. When families loaded up their wood-paneled station wagons or when newlyweds picked a Honeymoon locale, these were the most dreamed about destinations. For the most part, they still are. Except for Northeastern Pennsylvania. To keep reading this article, click here.
On September 5, 1957, New York Times writer Gilbert Millstein gives a rave review to “On the Road,” the second novel (hardly anyone had read the first) by a 35-year-old Columbia dropout named Jack Kerouac. “Jack went to bed obscure,” Kerouac’s girlfriend told a reporter, “and woke up famous.”
“On the Road” is an autobiographical novel about a series of cross-country automobile trips that Kerouac made between 1947 and 1950, both by himself and with his friend Neal Cassady. Cassady–Dean Moriarty in the book–was a colorful character, a charming and good-looking hustler, occasional car thief (or not-so-occasional: he claimed to have stolen more than 500 cars while growing up on the streets of Denver), and aspiring writer who accompanied Kerouac on most of his journeys. (Cassady usually drove; after a childhood car accident, Kerouac hated to be behind the wheel.) In fact, Kerouac was inspired by Cassady’s straightforward, vernacular writing style–the poet Frank O’Hara described it as “I do this, I do that”–and he adapted it to his own epic narrative: To tell the story of his journey, he just wrote down what happened.
Certain episodes of The Twilight Zone are referenced over and over again, like "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" or "Eye of the Beholder." It's deserved, of course, as these episodes featured some of the finest writing, acting, and cinematography, and went on to inspire filmmakers long after the episodes first aired, as early as 1959.
Those aren't the episodes we want to focus on today. We want to talk about the episodes that slipped by and are almost forgotten by viewers they surely shook when they debuted. This includes some of the early episodes from Season 4, which started stronger than most critics are likely to recall.
Here, we go through some of The Twilight Zone episodes that seem to have ghosted pop culture, disappearing before our very eyes into the far recesses of our collective memories. See if you remember these chilling and emotional episodes that aren't often discussed.
Do you have a fine set of china that you received as a wedding gift? How about some silverware that still has to be polished? Many Baby Boomers keep these things, despite only using them a few times throughout their lives. The thing about Millennials, though, is that they're not interested in holding on to these things, no matter how long they've been in the family. At least, according to a new report by The Washington Post.
Even some Gen-Xers are beginning to feel burdened with the idea of taking on their parents' stuff. Sometimes, Boomers decide to unload their collections when they move to another house, but other times, it's the responsibility of their children to comb through their things when they die.
They streamed into San Francisco by rail, car and thumb, packed into VW vans and on foot, ready for whatever was about to happen. They came cradling their youthful idealism; some even wore flowers in their hair, as a popular song that summer suggested.
Many of the 75,000 newcomers arrived without enough money, a place to sleep or food to eat, certain only of their destination: the 25 square blocks of the city's run-down Haight-Ashburydistrict. Once there, they took drugs, made love, made music, raided thrift shops and Salvation Army counters, and together hived into being a subculture that changed the world we live in. To keep reading this blog, click here.