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Friday, November 24, 2006

100 Most Influential Americans: where are all the boomers?

Who are the ­most influential figures in American history? The Atlantic recently asked ten eminent historians. The result was The Atlantic’s Top 100—and some insight into the nature of influence and the contingency of history. Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Benjamin Spock than Richard Nixon? Elvis Presley than Lewis and Clark? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Let the debates begin.

"The Top 100: The Most Influential Figures in American History"
Atlantic Monthly

Cheer up boomers. I'm sure Rob Reiner made the short list...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Advice to boomer Congress: "do no harm"

Reclaim those principles of justice, fundamental to this nation, that have been compromised. Revisit the Military Commissions Act to restore the writ of habeas corpus and defendants' rights to examine evidence against them and challenge the use of coerced testimony. Restrict the use of military courts as an end run around the judicial branch and the protections built into it. Establish oversight over the detention of "enemy combatants" to end torture, abuse and the systematic flouting of due process, honor the Geneva Conventions, and cease the use of secret and offshore prisons to escape scrutiny. Put in place the safeguards that are essential to protect citizens whenever they are under surveillance by their government.

"The Message?"
Virginia Daily News

Great job guys! Maybe the next boomer Congress can finish the job of gutting the Bill of Rights.

Boomers still flocking to Peace Corps

The oldest of the Baby Boomers were in their teens when John F. Kennedy made his famous call to action: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Forty-five years later, Baby Boomers are heeding that call in growing numbers by joining Kennedy's greatest legacy -- the Peace Corps, which embodies the concept of service the late president embraced in his inaugural address.

Baby Boomers Serve Both Country and World in the Peace Corps
Anchorage Daily News

Any endeavor that entails shipping boomers out of the country earns my undying gratitude.

Boomer consumers: credulous, trendy, and eager to spend

As additional research studies like the nascent Project Apollo by Arbitron and VNU's Media Measurement and Information Group measure the impact of audience response to advertising and its relationship to buying habits, the value of reaching the baby boomer audience will be further demonstrated.

For any boats still in the harbor, it's time to pull up anchor and go to where the fish are plentiful and hungry. In the world of media, the prime spot is Boomer Lake.

"The Lure of the Boomer"
Broadcast Newsroom