While at LifeAT50+ in Boston Mary Ann and I stood in front of a green screen for a photo and then was handed this photo. It was kink of interesting, but what is “THE BOOMER LIST”.
Several of our friends were asking about THE BOOMER LIST also so I contacted Jen Reeves with AARP and received a press release about THE BOOMER LIST which explains everything.
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 2014 marks an important shift in American culture, as the last of the baby boom generation will turn age 50 by the year’s end. To mark this momentous occasion, AARP today announced it is partnering with renowned American documentary filmmaker and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders to present The Boomer List, a comprehensive look at 19 iconic boomers—one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964. The Boomer List will come to life later this year as an American Masters documentary film on PBS, a companion book, and an exhibit at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum, a museum that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and is one of the city’s top attractions.
OK so it’s a documentary movie, thus the movie poster overlay on our photo above. What a great way to advertise a movie – give people a movie poster with them in it, to share with the world like I am doing here. Wow, very cleaver. Good move AARP!
The Boomer List documentary will highlight notable figures including music legend Billy Joel and novelist Amy Tan, author of “The Joy Luck Club,” and will debut in fall 2014 on PBS’s award-winning American Masters series. Viewers will gain insight into the Boomer generation through intimate interviews and portraits by Greenfield-Sanders that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created. Film subjects will illuminate the important movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years. Topics will include the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women’s rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military and technology.
Well this could be interesting, but celebrities are not the only ones who lived through what we lived through. I guess they couldn’t interview each one of us Boomers could they. That would take a long time.
Additionally, the 19 large-scale boomer portraits will be part of a nine-month exhibition at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., highlighting newsworthy people from the baby boom generation. “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders” opens Sept. 26, 2014, and will be on display through June 2015. Throughout the exhibit’s run, the Newseum will host a series of special programs and events that explore how boomers changed the world and the legacy they leave for future generations.
I wonder it their portraits will also have the movie poster overlay?
The Boomer List is the latest initiative announced as part of AARP’s yearlong program, Boomers@50+, which is sponsored by Consumer Cellular and celebrates this influential generation. This multi-platform initiative provides opportunities to reflect on how boomers have changed the world and to ask the question, “What’s next?” AARP will highlight The Boomer List as a central element of the celebration. To find out more about the baby boom generation and the events that shaped boomers’ lives, visit www.aarp.org/boomers.
On February 9, 1964 my wife Mary Ann washed her hair late Sunday PM so that she wouldn’t have to go to church. The reason? To stay home and watch The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show along with 73 million other people. She took these photos that she still has. There are like 30 photos and the cost to process was $1.03. The photos held up well. Enjoy!
Today I was blessed to be able to share a story with a young lady about one of my Christmas trees from years ago. There have been trees in my many years. I remember one as a child that will always stand out in my mind.
My Daddy went out into the country and dug up a very small tree. He brought it home. He then filled an old tin coffee can with soil and planted the tree in it. My mother put an old white sheet around the bottom for the skirt which covered the can. Then we popped popcorn in a skillet. Yes, I did say skillet not a bag or popcorn maker. With cake coloring it is amazing how you can change the color of popcorn. After the popcorn cooled, my mother made strings of it by using a sewing needle and tread. We wrapped that around the tree. I make a paper angel and attached it to the top. We painted a few pine cones that we had found and hung them on the tree with safety pins. Since my Daddy was very afraid of fires, he attached one string of lights only which we could turn on just briefly.
As we received Christmas cards we attached them to the tree. This was a special tree. As a child, I was very proud of it. My sisters sent presents from the big city of St. Louis for me. They lay underneath and of course I had to shake them a time or two before Christmas morning. Do you know, I can not even remember anything about gifts that year but I will always remember the tree.
When Christmas was over my Daddy some how planted that tree in the front yard of our little rented house. He had a green thumb and loved to keep a beautiful yard. It was always mowed, had flowers, and a couple of wonderful shade trees. Each year that little Christmas tree grew bigger and bigger. He would trim it and keep it in beautiful shape.
When I was pregnant with my first child, he took a picture of me and my mother standing in front of that magnificent tree. I still have the old black and white picture. It is dear to my heart. That has been many years ago. It is a memory not of a gift but of one small something of good that I can remember my father doing for me on Christmas.
This holiday some may have beautiful large trees, lots of lights, fancy ornaments. and many gifts. Some trees may be real and smell of pine. Other trees may be artificial. Others may have no tree at all. Know matter if there is a tree or not, just remember that Christmas is about the love that we carry in our hearts. Like my Daddy who kept the little tree alive, my wish for you is that you keep the LOVE alive in your heart so that you can cherish that memory. May you always cherish the Memory and hold it near to your Heart!
Some folks received flowers and candy today. Others enjoyed a romantic dinner or a movie. For Valentine’s Day, I had a flash back to the past. Yes, a flash back! Now we are talking a long way back.
There was a hand made Valentine”s holder pinned to the wall. It was stuffed with Valentines. As a matter of fact, it had more in it than all the other holders on the wall. Slowly, I removed the holder from the wall. I laid it gently on the table. Then I reached for the largest valentine in the folder. The envelope was bright red. The words, I love you were printed in bold on the front next to my name. With my small hands shaking, I slowly took the card out of the envelope, as others watched in anticipation.
I opened the card. It was signed, “Love, Johnnie.” My heart beat fast as I read the words. I looked up and it happened right there. Yes it did! Johnnie puckered up and laid the big one on my lips. It was wet and messy. The others started to giggle. Yep, that was my first kiss. The memory is as strong as if it just happened yesterday. It was kinder garden class. The giggles echoed from my friends. Johnnie’s two front teeth were missing and there he was with a dumb GRIN on his face. What a visual! I didn’t know whether to crawl under the class room table or cry.
Now I can look back and laugh about the silliness of being a child. There has been a few years since that episode happened. Many kisses have passed these baby boomer lips. That kiss was special, even though it did not feel like it at the time,because it was the FIRST. Now I am waiting for my last kiss. If his teeth are missing so be it. I say, “No matter what age you are pucker up and enjoy the moment!” These baby boomer lips are not ready to retire. 🙂
In all sincerity, I hope each of you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Do you remember your first kiss?