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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

On This Date: The 1st Televised Presidential News Conference (1961)

Talk about a timely anniversary given today's news.

On this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave the first live televised news conference by a sitting president. 

What Was Different About Kennedy's News Conference Compared to Earlier Presidents?

This was the first time a presidential news conference was not only broadcast over radio but televised to the American people live. 

President Kennedy read a prepared statement and followed up by answering questions posed by reporters. This was a big change from previous press conferences because only a few major newspapers printed the complete transcripts. 

By televising the press conference, citizens could hear the entire statement, along with the questions posed by and answers made to the press.

What Was Kennedy's Role in Using the Media of Television?

The 35th president of the United States understood the role of television even before he won the election. In fact, many observers feel that Kennedy's persona during the debates, which were televised, helped him win. 

Richard Nixon, Kennedy's opponent, appeared nervous and pale, in large part due to a recent illness. Kennedy, by contrast, was tan and energetic with a witty and youthful appearance. Viewers overwhelmingly said Kennedy was the winner. However, those who listened to the debate over the radio, instead of watching it, credited Nixon with the win.

Not quite the same as presidential news conferences today. Where are the "alternative facts."

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Roe v. Wade Decision Makes Abortion Legal

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that women had the right to seek and obtain abortions in the Roe v. Wade case. This decision has remained one of the most protested and contentious decisions produced by the Supreme Court. Try answering these trivia questions about the case that changed the reproductive-rights landscape.
What Was the Main Support for the Court's Affirmation of the Right to Obtain an Abortion?

While the Supreme Court did discuss personhood (or lack thereof) of a fetus and other issues that were directly related to the abortion procedure and pregnancy, the ultimate decision was based on the woman's right to privacy, which was protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. Basically, this was a decision that was no one's business except for the woman in question and her doctor. Therefore, states couldn't tell women whether or not they were allowed to get abortions because that was pretty much the same as sticking their noses into private business.

Roe v. Wade Was a Culmination of What?

Roe didn't come out of nowhere. Abortion had been restricted or outlawed in most states for decades, but movements to make abortion legal gained steam in the 1950s. And in the 1960s, individual states began loosening their laws. Some even made abortion legal well before Roe, including Hawaii, Washington state, Alaska, and New York. Roe and Doe themselves were the cases that happened to spread the legal abortion movement nationwide. Interestingly enough, abortion was legal in the United States before the 1820s, when individual states started adding laws to make it illegal.
What Did Roe v. Wade Not Do?Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton made abortion access legal in all 50 states, but these cases did not make abortion access easy. Several states have enacted restrictions on access that were not considered violations of rights because they didn't prevent women from eventually obtaining abortions, such as waiting periods, even though restrictions such as these could have effects that made it harder to obtain abortions, such as forcing women to spend more time and money on a long-distance trip in areas where there weren't many abortion providers. States have tried to enact other restrictions that were later overturned because the restrictions either violated the rights affirmed by Roe and Doe, or because they placed an undue burden on women.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Can Our Car-Centric Suburbs and Towns Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

Greg Glischinski and his wife, Sheri, have lived in their two-story brick and wood Colonial-style house for more than three decades. The retirees, both in their 60s, want to stay where they are for the rest of their lives.

But their house has no bedroom or full bathroom on the first floor. It is on a cul-de-sac, and public transportation options are limited. As they grow older, the Glischinskis may need in-home assistance with tasks like bathing, dressing and preparing meals — an expensive proposition.
“It’s a huge problem for boomers,” said Greg Glischinski, 66. “Quite frankly, I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Turns out the kids who listened to rock ’n’ roll on their transistor radios and watched spellbound as men walked on the moon — the first American generation raised in the suburbs — want to grow old there.
In fact, the American suburbs, built for returning GIs and their burgeoning families, are already aging. In 1950, only 7.4 percent of suburban residents were 65 and older. By 2014, it was 14.5 percent. It will rise dramatically in the coming decades, with the graying of 75.4 million baby boomers mostly living in suburbia.
But car-centric suburban neighborhoods with multilevel homes and scarce sidewalks are a poor match for people who can’t climb stairs or drive a car.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

President Donald Trump: The Embodiment of the Me Generation Part of the Baby Boomers?

The man who will put his hand on the Lincoln Bible on today is unlike any president in living memory. 

But he does not defy understanding. 

In fact, Donald Trump is a product of his generation, a profoundly narcissistic president who should be regarded as the baby boomer-in-chief.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What You Should Know About Inauguration Day

Early in the afternoon on Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States after taking the oath of office on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington. 

Keeping with tradition, Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be sworn in first — followed by the president-elect — by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts Jr. 

The schedule of events surrounding what will be the country’s 58th inauguration ceremony actually begins a day earlier with a wreath-laying ceremony on Jan. 19 at Arlington National Cemetery in nearby Virginia.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Muhammad Ali's 10 Greatest Cultural Moments

Ferocious, hilarious and a verbal dynamo, Muhammad Ali is one of the precious few people who can lay claim to being the 20th century's greatest athlete. 

If his dominance in the ring were all we used to measure his importance, the champ would still be major. 

But once you factor in his political engagement, his principled refusal to support the Vietnam War and his movie-star charisma, you see why Ali didn't just tower over his sport but also the cultural landscape at large.

The man born Cassius Clay didn't confine himself just to boxing, though. In the more than 50 years he was a celebrity, Ali flirted with plenty of creative endeavors, everything from music to movies, high art (he was the subject of a Warhol portrait) to comic books. 

So we're looking back at his 10 defining pop-culture moments — boxing was what made him a legend, but these intriguing digressions spoke to his magnetic personality and showman's wit.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Jubliee: A Better Way to Say 'I'm Retired'?

The next time a stranger asks, “What do you do?” I plan to answer, “My job is jubilee.”

Since this term is new, an “elevator speech” might be necessary. Here’s my first draft: “Jubilee is an assignment I have accepted. It means I have named my purpose in life, and now I am free to practice it.”

A little testimonial might help tell the story.

I found this word jubilee when I watched novelist Isabel Allende’s TED Talk on living passionately at any age.

Allende’s zest for living at age 71, in the video, is contagious. Her crush on movie star Antonio Banderas, and her passionate defense of passion, will make you want to go take tango lessons.

But the biggest jolt to me as I watched her talk was her assertion that Latin Americans have no such word for the concept of “retirement.” I didn’t know this. Instead, they use the word jubilaciĆ³n for the post-career stage of life.

JubilaciĆ³n means jubilation in English. The root word is jubilee. If you substitute jubilation for retirement, you can call your work in the elder stages “jubilee.” From there, it is easy to get to the alliterative phrase “my job is jubilee.”

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Head Out on the Highway

Linda Sweely had been toiling in dining services at Pennsylvania College of Technology for 15 years when she realized that waiting for retirement to live her dream of traveling the U.S. was waiting too long. 

She’d seen colleagues slowly give up dreams as health issues robbed them of mobility, or financial issues took away their freedom. 

So, in 2003, the 53-year-old and her partner, Linda Baldassari, 58, began plotting their escape. With the help of a financial advisor, they figured out how to achieve a life on the move that combined fulltime RVing with the ability to keep working. 

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Friday, January 13, 2017

How to Handle Your Boomerang Kids

Overheard at the gym: "I'm selling my house. It's the only way I can get my son to move out and make sure the others don't try to move back." Apparently a boomer was downsizing sooner than planned because his 20-something son had become a squatter of sorts. The house was up for sale, and the couple was moving to a one-bedroom condo.
Many other parents share the crowded-nest problem. A 2015 survey found that almost 40 percent of young Americans are living with parents, siblings or other relatives, the highest percentage in 75 years.
Some parents expect and welcome the post-college sojourn for up to a year while the new grad finds a job and saves money to move out. The problems occur when a young adult refuses to leave or returns home with no game plan.
What can a parent do in these situations?
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Broadway Joe Namath Delivers A Super Win

On January 12, 1969, in the most celebrated performance of his prolific career, quarterback Joe Namath leads the New York Jets to a stunning 16-7 victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, held in Miami, Florida. 

Apart from ensuring the legacy of Broadway Joe, a future Hall of Famer, the victory gave legitimacy to the AFL and assured the competitive viability of the AFL-NFL rivalry.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Look Back at 6 Classic TV Shows Turning 60 This Year

The year 1957 was a major year in human history. 
We launched our first satellite. Rock & roll blew up, as Buddy Holly and Little Richard made their debut albums. The Helvetica font was made. Plus, the world was introduced to Beaver Cleaver.
Some influential television series are celebrating a major milestone in the upcoming year. Let's take a look.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Look at the Impact of Historical Events by Generation

Shared experiences define what it means to be an American. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were such a unifying event for modern Americans. Nothing else has come close to being as important or as memorable, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center in association with A+E Networks’ HISTORY.

Roughly three-quarters (76%) of the public include the Sept. 11 terror attacks as one of the 10 events during their lifetime with the greatest impact on the country, according to a national online survey of 2,025 adults.

The perceived historic importance of the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, span virtually every traditional demographic divide. Majorities of men and women, Millennials and Baby Boomers, Americans with college degrees and those without a high school diploma rate 9/11 as one of the 10 most historically significant events to occur during their lifetime.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

A Look at Some Things Turning 50 This Year

In 1967, the Clinton Corn Processing Company in Iowa began shipping its exclusive formula for high fructose corn syrup. Perhaps no food introduction from that year was more important. Yet that's hardly the most exciting 50th birthday to celebrate.
No worries, there are many beloved brands and iconic snacks hitting the big five-decade mark in 2017. We here at MeTV love remembering the sugary cereals, candy, fast food and toys of our youth. Thankfully, a lot of it is still around today for when we want to nostalgically indulge.
Let's take a look at some major snacks and playthings turning 50 years old in the upcoming year.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dave Barry Reviews a Strange, Dark 2016

In the future, Americans — assuming there are any left — will look back at 2016 and remark: “What the HELL?”
They will have a point. Over the past few decades, we here at the Year in Review have reviewed some pretty disturbing years. For example, there was 2000, when the outcome of a presidential election was decided by a tiny group of deeply confused Florida residents who had apparently attempted to vote by chewing on their ballots.
Then there was 2003, when a person named “Paris Hilton” suddenly became a major international superstar, despite possessing a level of discernible talent so low as to make the Kardashians look like the Jackson 5.
There was 2006, when the vice president of the United States — who claimed he was attempting to bring down a suspected quail — shot a 78-year-old man in the face, only to be exonerated after an investigation revealed that the victim was an attorney.
And — perhaps most inexplicable of all — there was 2007, when millions of people voluntarily installed Windows Vista.
Yes, we’ve seen some weird years. But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years. If years were movies, 2016 would be “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” If years were relatives, 2016 would be the uncle who shows up at your Thanksgiving dinner wearing his underpants on the outside.
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