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Mad Men Gets It So Right

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I was scared of Mad Men for a long time. Even as it racked up Emmys and accolades, I wouldn't watch. I'd lived through Happy Days and other treacly tributes to the '50s and '60s that didn't ring anything like true. They'd glossed over or just plain avoided the ugly stuff I'd lived through as a black girl growing up in that very white world.

Mother's Day and Pubic Hair Memories

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Pubic hair runs deep in my family... and probably long. Our history is bushy with secrets and revelations. In the 50s, my mother didn't hide her pubic...

9 Songs From Childhood We Can't Get Out Of Our Heads

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty

Whether it was a catchy jingle advertising your soft drink of choice (Feeling 7-Up anyone?) or the theme song to your favorite TV show, there are some...

CD Review: Good Boy by Nate Paladino

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

The EP is nostalgic, rife with powerful melodies, and provides the perfect vehicle for Paladino's sometimes snarky, sometimes growling voice. Listeners who long for the embryonic days of rock n' roll -- the 1950s and 1960s -- won't be disappointed.

Musings From THE MODERNAGER™ Blog

Robin Bobbé | Posted 04.06.2015 | Fifty
Robin Bobbé

I was shyer than Laura in "The Glass Menagerie" and in the insecurity department, I gave Woody Allen a run for his money.

What I Found Inside My Grandmother's Shoebox

Jessica Katz | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

There are hundreds of pictures of her. She's always dressed in crop-tops with high-rise flowy skirts. I look at the men who surrounded her and the way they gazed at her and I can just tell they loved her. It's strange to think that these men knew her better than I do.

Boomer Season's Greetings and Fond Memories!

David Kanegis | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

As we all enjoy the holiday season, let's keep in mind what's most important in life. While I can't speak for other Baby Boomers, it's my guess that for the vast majority of us, family and friends are what count most.

I Spent A Week As A '50s Housewife, And Here's What My Pretty Little Head Learned

Bustle | Posted 02.20.2015 | Women
Bustle

I'm 32, unmarried, childless, living in sin with my boyfriend and am obsessed with my career, fart jokes and podcasts about murder. I'm also a bad cook, mouthy and disorganized. In the actual '50s, I probably would have been burned at the stake, or at the very least, prescribed some very fun pills.

The Dark Ages of Queerdom

Katie Gilmartin | Posted 02.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Gilmartin

For my graduate research I interviewed "Bernie" and other lesbians about their lives in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Their stories have haunted me since. These stories, and the experiences of gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people told to me by friends and friends of friends, are woven throughout my first novel, Blackmail, My Love.

Franz Kline: The Forgotten Abstract Expressionist?

Matthew Israel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Many people remember Kline because his large-scale zoomed-in gestures resonate at both four feet and hundreds of feet away. This has led to the view that his works are just big black-on-white gestures, akin to big details of a de Kooning.

The Hinge Generation: A Profile of Pre-Boomer College Educated Women

Carolyn Elliott | Posted 12.03.2014 | Fifty
Carolyn Elliott

The picture that emerges is of a well-informed group, with strong opinions and defined commitments to national issues, who are active primarily in local communities through volunteer work and financial support of organizations.

10 Surefire Signs You Were Born In The 1950s

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Jessica Dysart | Posted 07.17.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com You're definitely a boomer if you remember these favorite TV shows, iconic toys and political turning points. Read...

These Incredible Photos Of Brazil's Past Will Help You Understand Its Future

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 07.06.2014 | World

There's no better time to take a look back at Brazil's past than during these four weeks of absolute soccer craze. Life.com delved into its archiv...

This Is What Your Flight Looked Like In The Fifties

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel

Air travel has come a long way since the 1950s, this we know. We're deep into our bizarre affection for SkyMall, personal TV screens and in-flight WiF...

Memory Postcard: "The Day I Met Martin Luther King Jr... and Was Disappointed"

Matthew Ross Smith | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Matthew Ross Smith

Glimpses into the lives of ordinary Americans. THE THIEVES AMONG US Montgomery, Alabama (1956) I started at the grocery when I was twelve, sweep...

Yagana Shah

These Vintage Ads Prove We Had No Idea What The Future Would Actually Look Like

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty

If you thought "The Jetsons" was far-fetched, think again. While you may laugh at the idea of every household having a robot, flying cars, and superco...

A Mother's Day Memory: From "The Icky Era of Aspic"

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 07.09.2014 | Taste
Lindsay Pyfer

It was slimy. And, worst of all, it wasn't sweet. Then there was the texture, which has aptly been described as "like eating congealed blood."

I Brake for Floor Plans

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.05.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Like a lot of people -- and you know who you are -- I brake for estate sales. I park the car and go into the house, partly to shop but mostly to check out the floor plan. Same goes for open houses. A "for sale" sign in front of a house and I hit the brakes.

Yagana Shah

11 Vintage Slang Terms That Need To Make A Comeback

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty

Sometimes we think the modern use of language has become something of a joke. With texting that limits us to 140 characters, using emojis and Snapchat...

Paul Clayton

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Paul Clayton (l) and Bill Clifton, Bill Clifton & Paul Clayton: The First Recordings via Bear Family Records Paul Clayton Worthington was born on M...

The Future of the Dog

Boria Sax | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Boria Sax

What does the future hold for dogs in the West? Perhaps, if the integration into human society continues, we could come to regard them as almost fully "human," with the rights and responsibilities that entails.

WATCH: Before Betty White Became A 'Golden Girl'...

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style

We immediately burst into laughter at the very thought of Betty White's gullible character Rose Nylund. (She had the kookiest way of making a point.) ...

Did Someone Say 'Classic'? Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Could Not Be Published Today

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Peter Mandel

You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.

An Audio-Visual Explanation of Why the GOP is Stuck in the 1950s

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.01.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

We know the Republicans would like to forget how St. Eisenhower's prosperity was due in part to high corporate tax rates and massive spending on infrastructure. So what was it?

Been There, Done That

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I was only married a short while when I realized something was wrong with me. It happened when I heard myself mumbling obscenities as I pushed the vacuum, powered entirely by resentment.