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  • 71 million Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964.
  • Boomers are between the ages of 55 and 73.
  • They account for about 25% of the US population.
  • More than half of Baby Boomers have buried their parents.
  • Some of their grandparents were born in the 1800s.
  • Most Baby Boomers were straight, or at least pretended to be.
  • College was optional.  Trades were in.
  • Protesting was okay. Whining wasn’t.
  • Boomers hardly ever thought of themselves as victims, even if they were.
  • Almost everyone had two parents that they lived with.
  • Boomers’ parents thought they were nuts. So do their grandchildren.
  • Baby Boomers screwed up at lot and fixed a lot. The jury is still out on which and what.

Part museum. Part amusement park.

With a little luck, Boomer Flashback will add some perspective on the Baby Boomer Generation by remembering what shaped it. Those who are older and younger have their own stories to tell. Everyone should listen. If we understand that every generation did, does, and will do what it thinks is best, we’ll all see that, in the end, we’re really far more alike than we are different.

Baby Boomers earned what we have. We showed up early and left late. We took risks. And while we like to think we lived in simpler times, nothing could be further from the truth.

Martin Luther King Jr March on Washington 1963
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr — March on Washington 1963

Baby Boomers launched some of the most significant cultural changes in American history. Collectively, we were advocates, evangelists, and protesters. Baby Boomers fought through race relations of our own will and were sent to Vietnam against our will. We were, at once, hippies, housewives, bread earners, and industrialists. We were Kennedy, King, and Castro, straight, gay, hawks, doves, farmers and flower children.

In 1946, our parents saw the first meeting of the United Nations. Baby Boomers are Woodstock, Watergate and Waffle House. We are Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We are the riots of ’68. We were SNL’s first episode in 1975

We took our trips with the Peace Corps and acid, meditation and medication. We were introspects and explorers. We asked why and why not.

Baby Boomers: Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Vietnam, Nixon, Fizzies, Crying Indian, McDonald’s, Elvis

Baby Boomers were hype, hemp, hypocrisy, Hell’s Angels, humanitarians, and hopeful.

MAD was Mutually Assured Destruction and the magazine we loved. Our parents were convinced they were one in the same.

Baby Boomers made music that lasts. The generations that followed us are fans of our music, a phenomenon unique to the sounds and lyrics of the spectrum that includes The Carpenters to the Doors, Sinatra to Black Sabbath and everything in between.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (another boomer innovation) to understand that we were simple and complicated, united, divided, black, white and neon.

For many Baby Boomers, we live in a world that we barely recognize. So, we decided to make Baby Boomer memories easier to reach.

So this is for the jokers, smokers, the midnight tokers, the preachers and the creatures at the drive-in features.

Jump in. Enjoy. It’s nearly as good as watching submarine races.

Peace!