Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers

Thursday, July 20, 2017

OTD in 1969: Man Reaches The Moon


At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.
The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy’s bold proposal.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How Hunter Thompson Became A Gonzo Writing Legend


In January 1970, Hunter S. Thompson wrote Jann S. Wenner a letter praising Rolling Stone's definitive coverage of the disastrous Altamont festival. "[Print's] a hell of a good medium by any standard, from Hemingway to the Airplane," Thompson wrote. "Don't fuck it up with pompous bullshit; the demise of RS would leave a nasty hole." 

A bond was formed, and over the next 30 years, Thompson would do much to redefine journalism in the pages of the magazine. He lived and wrote on the edge in a style that would come to be called Gonzo journalism. That term captured his lifestyle, but it didn't really do justice to Thompson's command of language, his fearless reporting or his fearsome intellect.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tune In Tuesday - Why Did TV's Wonder Woman Leave Hollywood?


With the new Wonder Woman movie reviving interest in DC's Amazing Amazon, fans can't help but point to Lynda Carter's work on the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series and draw a direct comparison. For her part, in a recent interview with People, Carter says she supports the film and urges fans to watch. She's also confirmed that she's had talks about taking on a role in the movie's sequel, a project that's newly announced but with no release date as of yet.

The thrill of seeing Carter on the big screen alongside new Wonder Woman Gal Gadot has many viewers excited by the rumor, but back in 1984, Carter says she'd had enough of movie studios.
She told People.com that she left Los Angeles that year to pursue a life with more substance — and soon thereafter, motherhood — in Washington, D.C., where she moved after becoming newly married to lawyer Robert Altman.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Boomers Were Time Magazine's 'Man of the Year' in 1967


When Time magazine named Trump “Person of the Year” for 2016, many pointed out that the honor had been bestowed on Hitler in 1938. But in 1966, fifty years ago, the magazine named people under age twenty-five—baby boomers—“Man of Year” and offered a lengthy cover story in their January 6, 1967 issue called “The Inheritors.”
Explaining their choice, the editors said, “No single earthly figure bestrode the year as did the restless, questing young,” a group that “dominates current history.” Comparing boomers to the prior, “Silent Generation,” the editors write, “Today the young are anything but silent,” make “many statements, and appear more deeply committed to the fundamental Western ethos—decency, tolerance, brotherhood—than almost any generation since the age of chivalry.” 
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

2 of This Summer's Hottest Movie Hits Have Great Boomer Soundtracks


OK, let’s settle this: Whose mom had the better musical taste?
“Baby Driver” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are both music-driven films from what normally aren’t music-driven genres, the former a crime movie full of car chases and the latter a superhero flick.
Both move to the beat of killer soundtracks full of ’70s rock and pop, ’60s soul and R&B and guilty pleasures from across the years. And both start with music that meant a lot to the dear departed mothers of the two main characters, Ansel Elgort’s Miles (aka “Baby”) in “Baby Driver” and Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill in “Guardians.”
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