First here is a list of what a boomer on this site at least, is not.
A boomer is not a boomerang, Prairie Chicken, football team or any of the other uses of the name I have seen.
When this site refers to the term Boomer it is in relation to Baby Boomer OK, so here is the official bit.
Stated very simply, the demographers, sociologist with the media define baby boomers as those born between (and including) 1946 and 1964.
(There’s no law or constitutional amendment so stating; and other boundaries tend to be suggested. However this is the time frame commonly used.)
In 2012, that will make us between 48 and 66 years of age.
There are about 75 million boomers within the U.S.; we currently represent about 29% of the U.S. population.
In Canada, we are known as “Boomies”; there are actually 6 million of us there.
In The UK, our baby boomer generation is known as”the bulge.”
The definition is used (nobody knows who coined the phrase) to define the “boom” in births after World war II.
The 1960s stands out as the decade that defined the boomers.
The music, events, along with the social changes developed a permanent impression on us. Those born within “peak” boomer years, 1952-1957, were in our adolescence in the sixties. There were plenty of changes in the sixties, and what age you were during that decade greatly affected how you turned out.
1961 was a great deal different from 1969! Those born towards the early end of the period were within our early 20s by 1970. The deaths of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King; the Vietnam war and related protests; as well as the Watergate scandal could well have made deep impressions on us. At the other end, those born after 1959 have no direct recollection of the assassination of President Kennedy.
The fact is most weren’t yet paying attention to rock music by the time the Beatles split up. Buddy Holly, the Shirelles, Peter & Gordon, Leslie Gore, Dion, Nat Cole, Herman’s Hermits, the Mamas & Papas, Frankie Avalon, the Platters, the Drifters, the Everly Brothers, the Four Tops, as well as other great music artists and bands from the 50s and 60s typically are not part of the foundation of their music tastes.
They were more prone to use illegal drugs…. often to a great and disturbing excess. Additionally they were never confronted with the military draft. So any endeavor to lump us all together will most likely not work.
There is much that ties us together, but additionally much that separates us. Many of us are devoted to marriage and still happily married to our college sweethearts, while lots of of us have been married and divorced… more than once. We’re the generation that pushed the divorce rate up to 50%… making it seem “normal” thereby acceptable.
Many of us started working for a company, worked our way all the way up the ladder, so are now experiencing and enjoying the fruits of our labors. We shall retire in a few years, and live a life of leisure, or embark on another career.
But many of us are entrepreneurs, and have never worked for a big company.
Which brings us to the last bit. A lot of us plan not to ever retire.
And so it is to those who fit this category to never retire I dedicate this site to. Hopefully there will be found amongst these pages not only fond memories of an era now gone but also hope for new and exciting beginnings………….
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