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How School Has Changed Since I Was A Little Girl

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I learned a lot about modern parenthood when I watched my brother's kids for a week while he and his wife went on vacation. I stayed at their house, cooked the meals, and got their kids to and from school -- the same my brothers and I went to.

The True Story Behind the New ABC Series, The Astronaut Wives Club

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Julianna Haubner | Off the Shelf It's an age-old saying that behind every great man is a great woman. In the last few years, a number of fantastic...

Here's What Would Happen If 1950s Fashion Models Were Still Around Today

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 08.12.2015 | Style
Lindsay Ferrier

Times have changed since the 1950s -- and that's definitely a good thing. If fashion models of the 1950s could time travel to 2015, I have a feeling things would quickly get out of hand. Take a look...

How the Astronaut Wives Club Got It So Darn Right

Meredith Spidel | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Meredith Spidel

Of course they weren't perfect, but they got so much so darn right--in a time when it mattered so darn much.

Your Own 'Do It Yourself' Psychoanalysis Kit

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.20.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Everyone needs a break from Prilosec and Paxil these days. So here are a few of the funniest, most misguided, sexist, dangerous and just plain stupid mid-century PSAs to perk us all up.

The Milestone Moments In Every Boomer's Life

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.03.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

As a whole, baby boomers came of age during the early 1950s through the late 1970s. Let's take a glance at boomers' lives through a kaleidoscope of defining social moments.

Conversation With Author Robert Rosen

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Robert Rosen's newest book Bobby in Naziland: A Portrait of the Author As a Young Jew explores the author's childhood growing up in 1950's and 1960's postwar Jewish Brooklyn under the shadow of the Holocaust.

Why Pat Boone Believes He Helped Black Artists by Covering Their Songs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Pat Boone was among the many white artists of the 1950s and '60s who built their careers recording songs originally performed by black Rhythm & Blues artists. Tonight, he responds to criticisms that he and other white singers profited much more than the African American musicians whose songs they covered.

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."