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The Sixties

Why the Mad Men Ending Was Perfect

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Robert S. McElvaine

The series brilliantly carried viewers on a tour through the tumultuous changes in American society from the late 1950s to the beginning of the 1970s. It did so through the lens of the advertising industry, with the social, cultural and political upheavals of the era as a backdrop.

The Big Surprise About Turning 64

Nancy Sommers | Posted 06.20.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Sommers

Life is mysterious in these ways; one day we are impossibly young, imagining a future for ourselves full of exclamation points; the next day, we are in our 60s, having observed that life is more filled with question marks.

C'est La Vie

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.15.2015 | Comedy
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Sonny and...

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.03.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Yo Ho Ho!

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.02.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Guys, The '60s Are Back

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Style

While women in the 1960s were wearing mini skirts, fringe and itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikinis, the fellas were making a few far out fa...

Paul and Ringo Are Good Role Models for Aging Boomers

Candy Leonard | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

The Beatles were always changing and evolving, which is why growing up with them was such a rich experience. They were always doing something new. As George Martin said recently, "They would always want to look beyond the horizon, not just at it."

Boomers at 50: The Decade of Discombobulation

Jeb Harrison | Posted 04.13.2015 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

What makes the fifties be so damn grievously discombobulating? Here are just a few possible discombobulating factors:

New Book Offers Deep Dive Into '65

Candy Leonard | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Candy Leonard

When the Beatles came on the scene in 1964, they scattered seeds of change -- musical and otherwise -- onto very fertile ground. By the following year, those seeds were blossoming and became part of the renaissance called "the sixties."

7 Ways The Beatles Changed Boomer Childhoods Overnight

Candy Leonard | Posted 03.28.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Screaming teenage girls got a lot of attention in 1964 and they're the ones immortalized in the black and white footage, but the largest number of first-generation Beatle fans were actually boys and girls between five and 10 years old -- boomers born in the mid-to-late 1950s.

Boomers' First 'Must Have' Christmas Gift: Beatles '65

Candy Leonard | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Beatles '65 was the grand finale of our first Beatle year. Next year's grand finale would be the paradigm-shifting Rubber Soul. EMI and Capitol continued the practice of putting out new music in time for holiday gift giving to this very day.

6 Reasons a Beatles-Like Phenomenon Can't Happen Again

Candy Leonard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Candy Leonard

Looking back on this 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, music fans and cultural observers of all ages often ask, "Can anything like the Beatles happen again?" The question itself is somewhat rhetorical and acknowledges the singularity of the Beatles phenomenon.

Beat Points

Jill Robinson | Posted 11.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

In L.A., the deadly threat now is drought. I do not see much evidence that we have heard this is an emergency. We should be on alert. Would I were twenty years younger and I would run for governor of California.

What Does it All Mean?

Francis Levy | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

"What Does It All Mean?" is actually a sharp turn from "What Me Worry?" and it's indicative of the peculiar direction of the '60s sensibility which danced between the desire for transcendence and a darker nihilism occasioned by the specter of the Vietnam War.

The Fury in Ferguson and Our Forgotten Lessons From History

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

Despite the crystal-clear conclusions drawn by the Kerner Commission about why the '60s had seen so much urban unrest, and what would happen if we ignored the lessons of the these rebellions, we are right back where we were 50 years ago.

Marcia

Marcia Liss | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
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Diary of a Beatlemaniac: 50 Years Later

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 09.14.2014 | Fifty
Mary Crescenzo

The following contains love sick drool along with reflection on the Beatlemania phenomenon being celebrated this year. It contains transcriptions written with poor spelling, fair grammar, and terrible punctuation, written first-hand by a teenager {me} in a Beatle diary.

Larry Storch: Still a Stand-Up Guy

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 08.25.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

Something wonderful is happening tomorrow (or Thursday the 26th, if tomorrow isn't Thursday where you are). Larry Storch is performing comedy in New York.

Get Me: Guitarist Joe Beck Leaves a Shining Legacy

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

If Joe Beck somehow had the desire, the dream to leave one last recorded legacy of what this music really meant to him, then surely the brilliantly recorded Get Me is a wonderfully realized dream.

Take the Time to Know Your Students, Even If You're Famous

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

When you teach, isn't it better to assume less and try to enjoy more? Otherwise, you're turning the classroom into an echo chamber.

The Beatles on Sullivan: You Say You Want a Revolution?

Michael Winship | Posted 04.10.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was less than three months after the Kennedy assassination, bringing across the Atlantic a whiff of much needed fresh air, a reacquaintance with joy we all had been craving since November 22, 1963.

Why I Shall Become an American

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Sometime toward the end of this year, I shall become an American citizen. A few of my European friends look confused when they realize that I go around the world expounding the importance of liberty -- and yet choose to live in the U.S.

Children Are Changing the World!

Vicky Tiel | Posted 03.10.2014 | Style
Vicky Tiel

They were born with Google, computers and have used them since they were five and never knew a world without instant knowledge of anything and everything and they are unstoppable. They don't want to be like their ME ME parents.

John Locke Goss: The Third Metric and the Wisdom of the Hippies

John Locke Goss | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
John Locke Goss

Some might say we gave up and dropped out, but it was more than that. We chose, rather, to try to change the world by example rather than by protest or force, so off we went to test our theories and beliefs.

What The 1960s Got Right About Health, Happiness And Well-Being

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.22.2013 | Healthy Living

When we think about the 60s, we might conjure up a decade when chain-smoking and two-martini lunches were still in vogue. Or, on the other end of the ...