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Hedberg: Beatles Changed My World

The Rev. Huber was a nice guy — about my parents' age, but was fervent for the Lord. A mild-mannered minister most of the time, once in the pulpit he could catch fire, and this Sunday — Feb. 9, 1964 — that's what was happening. I looked up from my Nancy Drew novel to watch the Rev. Huber, red in the face, waving his arms and shouting something in German — then lapsing into English - about an invasion. That was scary. We'd done Cold War drills in school. Were the Soviets on the way, I wondered? I caught something about some insects and then a final word in English: "Don't let your young people watch this," he exclaimed. My parents were subdued on the way home, and when I asked them what the sermon was about, they said something about some British rock 'n' roll band on the "Ed Sullivan Show" that night/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you find yourself warning your children about certain kinds of music?

G.I. Joe Turns 50

G.I. Joe is turning 50. The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well. Since Hasbro brought it to the world's attention at the annual toy fair in New York City in early 1964, G.I. Joe has undergone many changes, some the result of shifts in public sentiment for military-themed toys, others dictated by the marketplace. Still, whether it's the original "movable fighting man" decked out in the uniforms of the four branches of the U.S. military, or today's scaled-down products, G.I. Joe remains a popular brand/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Did you play with GI Joe soldiers?

Stones At 50 Still Rolling Along

Mick Jagger, center, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, left, and Charlie Watts, right, of The Rolling Stones perform at the O2 arena in east London, Sunday. (AP photo)

The Supreme Court used to be called Nine Old Men. That's nothing compared to the ageless Rolling Stones. The justices on average are the kid brothers and sisters of the forever young rock n' rollers. The average age for the four living members of The Rolling Stones is about two years older than the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have an average age of 68 years and 297 days, while the Supreme Court justices' average is 66 years and 364 days. That makes the rock band one year and 10 months older than the members of the highest court of the United States. The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a five-date tour in New York, New Jersey and London, where the first show kicked off Sunday night/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Is there a better Rolling Stones' song that "Satisfaction"?

50 Years Since Glenn Orbited Earth

John Glenn plans to mark the 50th anniversary of his historic spaceflight with a series of events at Ohio State University, including a special dinner and a live chat with crew members aboard the International Space Station. The former astronaut and senator from Ohio became the first American to orbit Earth on Feb. 20, 1962. The trip helped the United States catch up to the Soviet Union's accomplishments in space, and Glenn says he thinks it was a turning point for America's national psyche. The 90-year-old is now the namesake of a public affairs school at Ohio State/Associated Press. (AP/NASA file photo: In this Feb. 20, 1962 file photo, astronaut John Glenn climbs into the Friendship 7 space capsule atop an Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla.)

Question: Do you remember what you were doing when you heard an American had orbited the Earth?

50th Anniversary: Kesey’s ‘Cuckoo Nest’

This April 7, 2000, file photo shows author Ken Kesey poses with his arm around the "Newt the Nut Catcher" hood ornament on his second bus called "Furthur" at his farm near Pleasant Hill, Ore. It was 50 years ago Wednesday that Ken Kesey’s wildly acclaimed novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” burst onto the published page. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)

Question: How old were you when you read "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"? What kind of impact did the book have on you?

High Noon: Ken Doll 50 Years Old

The Ken doll celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Around 2,700 exhibitors from 60 countries present their latest toy products until next Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Question: What kind of dolls did you have when you were growing up?