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Wade Hampton 05-07-2021 12:19 AM

Are you a Baby Boomer?
 
Given the shared cultural references given by many people on this forum, it seems as though a substantial proportion of us fit the description of “baby boomers”: our fathers were the age to have fought in WWII or Korea, we were born in the second half of the 1940’s, the 1950’s or early 60’s, and we’re mostly old enough to remember when the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show.

Does this description match you?

Just curious....


Wade Hampton “Yes, I Qualify” Miller

Brucebubs 05-07-2021 12:35 AM

My 18 year old father-to-be was in the Royal Australian Air Force for the occupation of Japan in 1945.
Married in 1952.
I was born in 1956.
I remember Beatlemania.

Wade Hampton 05-07-2021 12:54 AM

You’re a Boomer.

When I was a kid every house on my block except one had kids living there, and all of the fathers had been in WWII with the exception of one dad who’d been in Korea.

The nice thing about having that many kids in the neighborhood was that you could always find someone to play with.


whm

dermeister1331 05-07-2021 12:54 AM

Are you a Baby Boomer?
 
I’m in my 30s, but with Silent Generation parents—One of whom is recently no longer with us. So, no I’m not a boomer, but I feel I have a lot in common with them as far as moral upbringing and musical tastes. Certainly not on social matters though haha

I will add for context that my parents were raised by parents who were part of the Lost Generation.

Big-E 05-07-2021 01:34 AM

I was born in '55, the year after "rationing" ended in the UK so sweets/candy were starting to become available again-great for us kids but not so good for teeth! Following family tradition, my dad enlisted for the Navy in WW2 but ended up being sent down the coal mines as a surveyor (much to his regret). As a teenager, I often wonder what our school teachers, many of who had served their country, thought about their rebellious pupils! Yes, I remember the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan show, it was on the news:)

1neeto 05-07-2021 02:26 AM

Gen X child of boomers here. I identify a lot with the boomer generation because of how I was raised.

With that said...ok boomers have your thread. [emoji1787]

Silurian 05-07-2021 03:32 AM

Born in '67 so that makes me early Generation X.

raysachs 05-07-2021 03:49 AM

I am, but I’m a ‘59 model and I contend that the experience of early Boomers and late Boomers was so different they shouldn’t be considered the same generation. I have a brother who’s an early (‘47) Boomer and a sister (‘45) who missed it altogether bt about 4 months. My brother and sister came up in the innocent ‘50s, were driving when the Beatles hit, were old enough to be fully traumatized by the Kennedy assassination, were old enough to either serve (or not) during Vietnam, and are basically the generation the fraught all of the cultural and political battles of “the ‘60s”.

Whereas I remember the Kennedy assassination and the Beatles, but I was a very little kid and neither changed my life at the time. Vietnam ended well before I was draft age, and by the time I was “of age”, the Summer of Love, the sexual revolution, the civil rights movement (the first one, anyway), the early women’s movement, environmental movement, and gay rights movement had all happened or were well underway, MLK / RFK / Wallace had all been shot and assassination attempts were a way of life. everyone took smoking weed and having sex in high school almost for granted. I was 10 years old when Woodstock and Altamont happened, and 11 when Joplin, Hendrix, and Morrison died and the Beatles broke up - that stuff was OVER before I even got started. I’m very close to my older siblings, but they were almost more like a second set of parents to me than siblings, at least until we were all kind of middle aged. We grew up and came of age in COMPLETELY different worlds!

Without getting into their politics at all, suffice it to say that our two previous US presidents were both technically “Boomers” but were probably the two most diametrically opposite people that we’ve ever seen in that office - one was a very early Boomer, one a very late Boomer. I’m not sure where the break point would be, but the lived experience of people born in the late 40’s and earlly 50’s couldn’t be much more different from those born in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I dealt with demographics as a huge part of my career and I’ve thought about this stuff both personally and professionally a LOT.

-Ray

rokdog49 05-07-2021 04:42 AM

Yes I am.
The effect the “boomer” generation has had on the world is profound...both good and bad.

Mbroady 05-07-2021 05:06 AM

Born in 63, so I was on the tail end of the boomers ...boom boom boom

rsay777 05-07-2021 05:12 AM

Yes and I remember making my own custom skateboard with 2x4's and the wheels of an all metal skate. Then, finding a steep sidewalk to test it on. I never broke any bones but I did use plenty of first aid supplies.

Jim Owen 05-07-2021 05:23 AM

Hi Wade,

Yep. Went to school in a crowd. The old buildings weren’t big enough to hold us. Getting from class to class was a crush when I was in high school in Raleigh.

JonWer 05-07-2021 05:48 AM

My first musical instrument was a red and white plastic flutophone, issued to all elementary students about 3rd grade.

Rode bike to school, peanut butter sandwich for lunch with Twinkie for special occasions, had to complete homework before playing with neighborhood kids, always outside (including winter). Dinner at 5pm sharp, back outside until 9 pm, when sirens for curfew went off.

Adults were Mr. or Mrs, never first names, got my *** paddled most weeks, soap in mouth if we swore. Made money mowing lawns, shoveling snow, paper route. Saved to buy Levi’s, Adidas or Converse and banana bike. Never expected to be given anything.

So, yeah, I am a boomer!

Daniel Grenier 05-07-2021 06:06 AM

Yeah, I fit that and my father did WWII from start to finish as a heavy equipment mechanic in the Canadian Army Corps of Engineers. And, of course, I remember The Beatles on Ed Sullivan simply because it was/is the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place.

fitness1 05-07-2021 06:26 AM

On the tail end, born in July '62.....but raised by people born before 1900 (maternal Grandparents lived with us and took care of me when Mom and Dad were at work)

I'm thankful I was instilled with my Grandparents values - although it makes it harder to "exist" in our current state of affairs.:(

reeve21 05-07-2021 07:04 AM

I guess 1958 makes me a late boomer, so I voted yes. I was still a kid when the 60's revolution was happening, but I was pretty well informed and aware of it, maybe more than my folks were :) They were trying to house, feed and clothe me and 3 younger brothers and didn't have a lot of time for anything else.

I feel fortunate to have been born when I was. Almost everyone in my immediate family came of military age "between wars," so that terrible suffering did not touch us directly. My mom had an uncle not much older than her who was on Iwo Jima, but it was not something he talked about.

The only problem with being a boomer is that there are just too many of us!

jpd 05-07-2021 07:35 AM

Oh yeah
 
Boomer all the way. :guitar:

sayheyjeff 05-07-2021 07:38 AM

Born in ‘51. My Dad had to see Bob Feller pitch against the Senators. Mom agreed to go even tho she was more than plenty pregnant. They got seats in the upper deck at Griffith Stadium. They went straight to the hospital after the game. I was born a few hours later. Was going to Nats games a few years later with The Knothole Club. Remember seeing The Beatles and The Stones on Ed Sullivan. My uncle took me and my cousins to see the Beatles play at DC Stadium.

Jeff

Bob Womack 05-07-2021 07:42 AM

The year 1957 was a great one for many things: Chevrolets, Gibson Les Paul guitars (2 humbucker config), electric watches, Frisbees, the Cavern Club (Liverpool), and ME (I was born that year). I spent my childhood playing in the woods outside Knoxville, Tennessee, and hiking and camping in the Great Smoky Mountains and along the East Tennessee rivers and lakes.

Bob

Highroller 05-07-2021 07:47 AM

Handy little guide here if you're unsure ...

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...meline.svg.png

Chronologically I'm definitely a boomer, but my life experience seems to have more in common with that of a Gen X'er.

I'd agree with raysach's comments above: early and "late era" boomers had two different experiences. A lot of the stuff associated with boomers we late era ones experienced either at a very young age, or second hand thru our older siblings.

For example, we knew about Haight-Ashbury and Woodstock, but couldn't go to either. Hey, we were only ten! LoL !

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LeDave 05-07-2021 07:56 AM

I am a millenial.

perttime 05-07-2021 08:05 AM

My country hasn't been at war since 1945, and my parents were about 9 years old at that time.

Gee Man 05-07-2021 08:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Silurian (Post 6710206)
Born in '67 so that makes me early Generation X.

Also in the early Gen X group, meh.

westview 05-07-2021 08:43 AM

Yea, I'm one too.

Black and White TV.
Metal Skates (w/key).
Slip and Slide.
Tube radios.
Bicycle paper route.
Saw A Hard Days Night in the theatre, Oscar Meyer and the weenie mobile, etc.

Caddy 05-07-2021 08:47 AM

Born in 1947, the beginning of the boomers. My grandfather fought in the trenches in France in WW I, my dad landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, fought in the Battle Of The Bulge and spent 5 months as a POW in a German prison camp. Weighed 78 pounds when the Russians finally liberated the prison camp. I was in Viet Nam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and one of my sons was in the Army in Desert Storm. Somehow we had no one the right age for Korea. BTW, my mother is still alive and well at 97 years old.

Methos1979 05-07-2021 09:51 AM

Nope - Jones generation.

1neeto 05-07-2021 09:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by raysachs (Post 6710211)
I am, but I’m a ‘59 model and I contend that the experience of early Boomers and late Boomers was so different they shouldn’t be considered the same generation. I have a brother who’s an early (‘47) Boomer and a sister (‘45) who missed it altogether bt about 4 months. My brother and sister came up in the innocent ‘50s, were driving when the Beatles hit, were old enough to be fully traumatized by the Kennedy assassination, were old enough to either serve (or not) during Vietnam, and are basically the generation the fraught all of the cultural and political battles of “the ‘60s”.

Whereas I remember the Kennedy assassination and the Beatles, but I was a very little kid and neither changed my life at the time. Vietnam ended well before I was draft age, and by the time I was “of age”, the Summer of Love, the sexual revolution, the civil rights movement (the first one, anyway), the early women’s movement, environmental movement, and gay rights movement had all happened or were well underway, MLK / RFK / Wallace had all been shot and assassination attempts were a way of life. everyone took smoking weed and having sex in high school almost for granted. I was 10 years old when Woodstock and Altamont happened, and 11 when Joplin, Hendrix, and Morrison died and the Beatles broke up - that stuff was OVER before I even got started. I’m very close to my older siblings, but they were almost more like a second set of parents to me than siblings, at least until we were all kind of middle aged. We grew up and came of age in COMPLETELY different worlds!

Without getting into their politics at all, suffice it to say that our two previous US presidents were both technically “Boomers” but were probably the two most diametrically opposite people that we’ve ever seen in that office - one was a very early Boomer, one a very late Boomer. I’m not sure where the break point would be, but the lived experience of people born in the late 40’s and earlly 50’s couldn’t be much more different from those born in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I dealt with demographics as a huge part of my career and I’ve thought about this stuff both personally and professionally a LOT.

-Ray


There’s the same discrepancy with millennials and X’s that were born between 1978 and 1984. That’s the transition from X to Y, and many of them doesn’t exactly identify with either or generations, so they call themselves “xennials”. The 80’s is a huge decade for gen X, but that group was too young to remember much of the 80’s.

reeve21 05-07-2021 10:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Methos1979 (Post 6710469)
Nope - Jones generation.

I had to look that one up, turns out I is one!

6stringpickin 05-07-2021 10:29 AM

Yep a 55 model and spent a lot of time drinking from all my neighbors garden hoses during the summers. Staying out until after dark playing kick the can with a neighborhood full of kids. At 12 years old started making spending money bucking bales and other chores for the local ranchers. Rode my Schwin 2 speed out to the fields on the highway and my parents didn’t worry (or at least let on if they did).

Pretty great time growing up

reeve21 05-07-2021 11:51 AM

I'm enjoying the recollections, here are some of mine.

Building tree forts and log forts in the woods and then having outside sleep overs (co-ed) of 10 or 15 kids. Putting M80's (a type of firecracker, fairly dangerous, not a Baggs pick up!) into copperhead dens--made quite a mess. Breaking into the golf cart barn and riding all over the course at night, getting them all back in one piece, except for that one time when I didn't see the brook..... Starting fires and trying to put them out before they got out of hand (only happened once!). This stuff was all before high school.....I was considered a "goody two shoes" by the tough kids in the neighborhood, some of this stuff I was more of an observer, but I was there! :D


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