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THE SIXTIES: A LOOK AT JERRY RUBIN AND ‘THE GRADUATE’

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The Sixties

It’s The Sixties on Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining me at my table is author Beverly Gray whose new book is SEDUCED BY MRS. ROBINSON, HOW THE GRADUATE BECAME THE TOUCHTONE OF A GENERATION and author Pat Thomas, his book DID IT: FROM YIPPIE TO YUPPIE, JERRY RUBIN, AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY.

Those of you of a certain age are not going to believe this: On December 22nd the film ‘The Graduate’ will celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary! Director Mike Nichol’s film was the most unexpected cinematic blockbuster of the sixties, the film contributing a wealth of iconic images to American popular culture. Mrs. Robinson, for instance played by the sultry and amused Anne Bancroft — the original “cougar,” the image of her titillation of glimpsing a hapless young man through her shapely arched leg. The young man, Benjamin Braddock,  portrayed by that mensch of a newly-discovered actor, the very young Dustin Hoffman. And the word ‘plastics” — the mere mention of “plastics”—all indelibly etched over the past half-century as part of our vernacular. And once seen, who can forget the wedding scene that punctuates the spicy 1967 Mike Nichols comedy? When ‘The Graduate’ was newly-released, it spoke to a generation of young people who questioned their place in a rapidly changing world. With that in mind author Beverly Gray puts, with gusto, ‘The Graduate’ into historical context, offering new insights and newly-revealed factoids.

The SixtiesTo those whom we call “Baby Boomers” the name Jerry Rubin is the personification of their generation. In DID IT! JERRY RUBIN: AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY, author Pat Thomas brings us an oral and visual history of the infamous and ubiquitous Rubin in the first ever biography of the co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, NewAge/Self Help proponent, and social-networking pioneer. Rubin, the flamboyant 1960’s radical who once preached distrust of “anyone over 30,”  carved himself a niche in the history of American radicalism with his energetic and sometimes comic gestures. In the Sixties he was a revolutionary, in the 70s he became part of the “me” decade got into self-help and health food, in the 80s he became an entrepreneur becoming part of popular culture. After being hit by a car, he died at 56 in 1994, one of the father’s of radicalism, unlike his former comrade Abbie Hoffman, branded a sell-out.

The Sixties, Jerry Rubin, ‘The Graduate,’ it’s a trip on Talkish: The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

ASTRONAUT SCOTT PARAZYNSKI NY TIMES JEFFREY KLUGER APOLLO 8

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A rare conversation with astronaut Scott Parazynski and the story of one of NASA’s most daring missions, the Flight of Apollo 8 are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

astronautIn his compelling new memoir, THE SKY BELOW: A TRUE STORY OF SUMMITS, SPACE, AND SPEED astronaut and adventurer Scott Parazynski takes us on a rocketship paced, adrenalin-filled adventure from the dizzying heights of Mount Everest where the wind whips climbers to their death, to the solitude and expanse of outer space where he was tethered to the International Space Station by an improvised leash to make emergency repairs. While his father worked as a Boeing engineer developing the Saturn V rocket, as a young boy Parazynski traveled the earth with his parents and was educated worldwide before returning stateside to earn his medical degree before training at NASA. In THE SKY BELOW Parazynski gives readers a front row seat to his seventeen year career at NASA: his training, leading the first ever US-Russian space-walk and taking us inside the “family escort” role astronauts solemnly perform for each other when disaster strikes Columbia. The climax of his space career comes with a mission that many regard as one of the most dangerous and challenging ever performed.

astronautThe story of Apollo 8 begins in August 1968. NASA was losing the space race with Russia, with earliest estimates of going to the moon still more than two years in the future, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade was sure to be broken. The United States was deep into the Cold War and in the middle of a year of violence abroad and at home: Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Democratic convention in Chicago descending into violence. Then, in the midst of all of that turmoil NASA scrapped their meticulous mission schedules and asked astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders to orbit the moon, and they would do it in just four months despite the substantial risks, the Apollo 8 mission, equal parts fearless and reckless, ingenious and impulsive – told in APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON written by science editor and senior writer for Time Jeffrey Kluger, also the co-author of the bestselling book APOLLO 13, on which the beloved film is based.

Astronaut, aviation history, NASA, Apollo 8, the Cold War, The Right Stuff all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

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