In 1966, when the Kinks sang “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” I know they didn’t have me in mind. I’ve been many things, but I’ve never even remotely resembled a fashionista. … Continue reading Just Say No to the Ties That Bind
Mention the names of lovers Tony and Maria or the song titles “Somewhere” or “I Like to Be in America” to just about any Baby Boomer and they’ll immediately know … Continue reading I Like to Be in America: ‘West Side Story’ Still Relevant After All These Years
Some of you gathered here tonight know me, but for those who don’t, I lived in the Bridgeton area for 59 years. For 20 of those years, I was an … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Yet Another Student Taken Far Too Soon
Like most Baby Boomers born in the 1940s and early 1950s, I can vividly recall those 13 harrowing days in October of 1962 that came to be called the Cuban … Continue reading When Duck and Cover Drills Just Didn’t Cover It
Here at Booming Encore we put great emphasis on informing our readers and viewers. How great, you ask? Well, we think you are so important that we will even eat crickets, … Continue reading What’s All This Buzz About Eating Insects?
1968 was a turbulent year. There were the tragic assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, anti-war demonstrators in the streets, students taking over college campuses and government … Continue reading Otis Redding: Gone for 50 Years, But Still Gathering Respect
For us Baby Boomers, the first great young adult book released in our lifetime was Madeline L’Engle’s classic A Wrinkle in Time, a timeless story of an unlikely young heroine … Continue reading The Return of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’