News & Trends Boomer Edition: 5/7/15

By: Susan Berman Hammer

10 Iconic Boomer Movies Selected by Filmmaker Oliver Stone and AARP Readers

Recently, AARP The Magazine took a look at the top 10 iconic movies that resonated with the 76 million members of the Boomer generation (1946-1964). Well-known filmmaker Oliver Stone selected his list of 10, and AARP readers provided theirs. 

All agreed on their top film selection - The Graduate (1967)! But, they disagreed about the others.

The top three picks on Stone’s list include:

1.      The Graduate (1967)

“One of the first movies to address young people as an entity unto themselves — a new form of species, dislocated, alienated,” said Stone.

2.      Easy Rider (1969)

“Freedom, motorcycles, long hair and a general contempt for the Southern rednecks who were fighting in Vietnam.”

3.      A Clockwork Orange (1971)

“It respected youth, as divorced from the state. And because we were in an anti-authoritarian age, we embraced it. Many of us, anyway.”

Can you guess the other seven films that Stone selected? Do you agree with his list or the "Reader's Choice" list from AARP readers?

Or, chime in with your own picks. List your top 10 and how you rank them in the comments below.

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12 Celebrities, Age 50 or Older, Celebrate Milestone Birthdays in May

Yikes! Twelve celebrities, age 50 or older, celebrate milestone birthdays this month.

Brooke Shields, the Suddenly Susan Star, turns 50 on May 31. Recently appearing on the Today show, Shields said: “I’m going to be hitting that big, beautiful birthday. I'm so excited.”

Three other 50 and older female celebrities who celebrate milestone birthdays in May are:

1.      Debra Winger, The Terms of Endearment actress who recently starred as Rebecca in Lifetime’s Biblical miniseries, The Red Tent, turns 60 on May 16.

2.      Rosanne Cash, a three-time 2015 Grammy winner, turns 60 on May 24. When asked how she felt about her milestone birthday, Cash quotes Ray Charles: “You’re a better singer at 50 than you are at 30, because your whole life shows up in your voice.”

3.      Linda Evangelista, the supermodel, turns 50 on May 10. Evangelista recently said: “While I am happy to get older, I still want to look good. I don’t want to look younger, just good.”

The remaining eight male celebrities in this illustrious group include (listed from oldest to “youngest”):

1.      Yogi Berra, 90 (May 12)

2.      Bob Seger, 70 (May 6) 

3.      Pete Townshend, 70 (May 19)

4.      John Fogerty, 70 (May 28)

5.      Bill Paxton, 60 (May 17)         

6.      Todd Bridges, 50 (May 17)

7.      John C. Reilly, 50 (May 24)

8.      Trent Reznor, 50 (May 17)  

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Must-See Boomer Generation Exhibit at Newseum in DC

If you live in the Washington, DC area or have planned a trip there between now and the Fourth of July, make sure you visit a very special exhibit featuring 19 notable Boomers. Their lives define their influential generation and the legacy it will leave behind.

The exhibit, “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” is on display at the Newseum through July 5, 2015. It complements the Greenfield-Sanders PBS documentary about the 19 Boomers which aired last fall.

“Most everything about how we live today is a product of this influential generation,” said Greenfield-Sanders. "The Boomer generation truly changed the world," said Cathy Trost, Senior Vice President of exhibits and programs at the Newseum.

The 19 featured boomers (one born each year of the baby boom) include:

1.      1946: Tim O’Brien, Vietnam vet/author

2.      1947: Deepak Chopra, M.D., New Age guru

3.      1948: Samuel L. Jackson, actor

4.      1949: Billy Joel, singer-songwriter

5.      1950: Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer

6.      1951: Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer

7.      1952: Amy Tan, author

8.      1953: Eve Ensler, playwright

9.      1954: Julieanna Richardson, founder, The HistoryMakers

10.   1955: Maria Shriver, journalist

11.   1956: Kim Cattrall, actor

12.   1957: Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM

13.   1958: Ellen Ochoa, director, Johnson Space Center

14.   1959: Ronnie Lott, athlete

15.   1960: Erin Brockovich, environmentalist

16.   1961: Peter Staley, AIDS activist

17.   1962: Rosie O’Donnell, entertainer

18.   1963: David LaChapelle, artist, and

19.   1964: John Leguizamo, actor

The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W, between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, and one block from the National Mall.  It opens daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but closes on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

When you purchase an admission ticket, it entitles you to free admission the next day. Ticket prices range from $13.95 (for children, ages 7-18) to $22.95 for adults. Seniors, 65 and older, pay $18.95. Discounts are also given to military, college students and AAA members. 

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