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Government that Reacts to the People

Byron Williams | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

Does democracy work best when government reacts to the people or the inverse? Unless one is a despot, I suspect an overwhelming majority, at least ...

Going to a 40th High School Reunion?

Ken Toltz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Fifty
Ken Toltz

So this summer I'm helping plan my 40th (!) high school reunion. That seems like an awfully big number, us George Washington Patriots would never have imagined reaching -- let alone celebrating -- back in 1975.

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.

Illinois Rewind: This Little Girl Sees the Way Forward for the State's Children

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A series of reports by the Daily Herald and WBEZ finds indisputable evidence of something we've suspected for decades: "Kids who come from poverty plainly do not perform as well as those who are born to better circumstance." Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek calls on Illinoisans to care for all children in their communities and remembers her own community-aided upbringing.

What Was Better? The 1960s Or 1970s?

Perry Block | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Perry Block

When you think about it, the 1970s weren't as bad as those of us who tend to prefer the 1960s often like to say. There was unquestionably some good entertainment and some good times, even if we didn't like the clothes we were wearing.

Why 1970s Summers Were Way Better

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

Grab your rainbow flip-flops and join me for a run through the sprinkler in the front yard, won't you?

'Mad Men' and Memories We Didn't Know We Have

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

The trick of "Mad Men" is that we all watch it and see what's being done so utterly wrong by the characters. We judge them for the choices they make with the wisdom of 45 years of history and change that they could never have predicted.

Past to Present: Changing New York

Toni Haber | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

With landmarks being redeveloped for new use, such as the partial conversion of the Verizon Building at 140 West Street, and industrial neighborhoods repositioning themselves as fashion and "foodie" destinations, the landscape of the city is noticeably changing.

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...

Legendary No Wave Performer Lydia Lunch Returns to New York with So Real It Hurts at the Howl! Happening Gallery, May 8 to June 5

Christopher Lee Nutter | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Christopher Lee Nutter

Since 1977 Lydia Lunch has been offending sensibilities with her relentless and unfiltered challenges to sex, gender, politics, religion, war, technology, consumerism, the arts, the media .... you name it, no institution has been spared.

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...

Mad Men: "The Forecast" Is Mixed

William Bradley | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper takes stock of the future, his own, his agency's, his family's, maybe even a bit of thought about the world.

My First R-Rated Movie

Alex Simon | Posted 05.24.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

After careful deliberation, my friend and I thought we'd discovered an opening: at around 3 PM every Saturday and Sunday, the two shaggy-haired ushers would disappear from the lobby for 15-20 minutes.

Notes on Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Sacred Bones Records here in Brooklyn is one of my favorite record labels to emerge in recent years. One of their latest releases is Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple.

New Internet Radio Station Modeled on Heyday of FM Radio

Daryl Rowland | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Daryl Rowland

In the birthplace of Rock and Roll, a radio station has signed on the air with an unusual format that aims to take radio forward and backward at the same time.

The Entering College Class of 1970: Students' Views on the Role of the Federal Government

Kevin Eagan | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Kevin Eagan

In recognition of our 50th year administering the Freshman Survey at UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program, we are highlighting key findings from each of the first 49 years of data collection on incoming freshman college students.

John Cantwell's Triumphant Tribute to 70s Cinema in Fade To Connie

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.13.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

John Cantwell, the wittiest, raunchiest visionary of Los Angeles' underground theater scene, returns to Silver Lake's The Cavern Club with Fade To Con...

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

A Christmas Letter From This Burnt-Out Mom To Her Single Mother Of 6

Susan Fishman | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Susan Fishman

Maybe the joy of the season and the love for your kids filled your heart to the point that you've now forgotten the juggling and the exhaustion and the overall monumental holiday undertaking. But I want you to know that I haven't.

Being Called A Creeker Was Not a Good Thing In My Neighborhood

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 02.02.2015 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

Growing up in the '70s, the ultimate insult in my neighborhood was not somebody saying "your momma." No, the ultimate insult in my neighborhood was if...

Firsts

Fredrica Duke | Posted 02.01.2015 | Style
Fredrica Duke

Everyone had pimples. I didn't. Everyone had her period. I didn't. I never realized the two were hormonally related. Then, one day at 15, there it was, my "monthly friend." Aunt Flo.

Mad About the '60s ... 50th Anniversary of Coup Classic Seven Days In May

William Bradley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Today we think of the 1970s as the heyday of the conspiracy thriller, but the reality is that the conspiracy genre flourished a decade earlier, before most of the disillusionment. And it did so in large part at the encouragement of none other than the President of the United States.

Remembering My Big, Fat, 1970s Thanksgiving

Lori Ferraro | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

It was a different time then -- no handheld devices, telephones brought to the table, no viral turkey videos and no uploading photos of pumpkin pie. Not that there's anything wrong with that last one, I thoroughly enjoy looking at pictures of pie.

Letter From Lego To Parents In The '70s Makes An Important Point About Gender

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents

Over the weekend, Daniel Fry posted a letter that LEGO included in boxes of its toy building bricks in the 1970s to Reddit. Addressed to parents, the ...

American Radicals Past and Present

Glyn Vincent | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Glyn Vincent

It took Linda Coleman 15 years to write her memoir Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary, a soul searching and gripping account of her involvement as a young woman with a violent left wing underground group in the 1970s.