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Monday, July 31, 2017

Boomers' Affairs Booming

You might expect today's young people to be the ones with sex on their minds, but a new study reveals that when it comes to extramarital liaisons, boomers are much more daring.
Since 2004, Americans age 55 and older have been reporting rates of extramarital sex that are significantly above those of younger Americans, according to Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, who analyzed data from the General Social Survey, an ongoing study that has been tracking Americans’ attitudes and behavior since 1972. 
He found that in 2016, 20 percent of respondents 55+ acknowledged they have strayed from their marriage vows, compared with 14 percent of those under 55.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

OTD 1978 - "Animal House' Released


On this day in 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House, a movie spoof about 1960s college fraternities starring John Belushi, opens in U.S. theaters. Produced with an estimated budget of $3 million, Animal House became a huge, multi-million-dollar box-office hit, spawned a slew of cinematic imitations and became part of pop-culture history with such memorable lines as “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

”Set at the fictional Faber College (the University of Oregon served as a stand-in during filming), Animal House centered around the disreputable Delta House fraternity, whose members enjoyed beer-soaked toga parties and crude pranks such as putting a horse in the dean’s office. 

Animal House was the first big hit for director John Landis, who went on to helm The Blues Brothers (1980), Trading Places (1983) and Coming to America (1988)The film’s cast included a then-unknown Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Mystic River), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Tom Hulce (Amadeus), all of whom were then just beginning their movie careers.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

OTD 1974 - President Nixon Finally Faces Impeachment

On this day in 1974, the House of Representatives charges President Richard M. Nixon with the first of three articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice after he refused to release White House tape recordings that contained crucial information regarding the Watergate scandal.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bill Graham and the Rock Revolution


Having a rock music exhibition in a Holocaust museum does not seem like the most natural fit.
But "Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution," newly opened at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, is not your standard museum rock show.
Graham, the flamboyant concert promoter who arose with the seminal music scene in San Francisco in the late 1960s, was basically the Zelig of what we now think of as classic rock. From the Grateful Dead to the Who to the Rolling Stones, you can pretty much bet that Graham worked closely with them, and that a guitar from them, or a letter to Graham, or a live CD they recorded at one of Graham's venues, is in this show.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mad Men and Changing Women: A TV Look at Life in the Boomer Years


Mad Men was always a show about men who didn’t — or couldn’t — change
No matter how many times the men of Sterling Cooper (Draper Pryce) tried, the series always sent them back to the self-destructive routines they knew best. Those patterns could be anything from the liquor they kept in their desk drawers to the women they slept with to the larger worldviews that kept them anchored to their own pasts — and, more often than not, ensured they sank.
Looking back at the pilot of Mad Men — which premiered on AMC 10 years ago this Wednesday — isn’t quite like looking back at the pilot of most shows, which tend to be almost hilariously different from whatever came later, when the series figured out what it actually wanted to be. Mad Men always knew who world-weary Don Draper was, who petulant prepster Pete Campbell wanted to emulate, who cavalier heir Roger Sterling was thrilled to be. Sure, the writers and actors finessed their depictions along the way, but nothing about where each of those characters ended up by the series finale would have surprised anyone who met them in the first episode.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Economy Is Still All About Baby Boomers

Hey advertisers! Take a break from fixating on Millennials and check this out: Baby Boomers and their elders are making up an outsize share of consumer spending.
The trend has significant implications not only for the biggest brands that are missing out on a lucrative audience but for an economy that continues to trudge along at a modest pace. It’s helping fuel a shift in household spending from retail goods to services, spurring more job growth but weaker worker output. And it’s contributing to the woes of retailers, such as Macy’s and Sears, that are closing hundreds of stores. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales unexpectedly fell in June.
“The 50-plus and 60-plus population is clearly playing a large role in consumer spending and older consumers are going to become more significant as these trends intensify,” says Wayne Best, chief economist of Visa.
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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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