1946 – 1964

1946 – 1964, the Baby Boomer generation – this includes me.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –

Baby boomers are people born during the demographic post–World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the term “baby boomer” is also used in a cultural context.

Article titled ‘Baby Boom Generation’ from u-s-history.com –

The term “Baby Boom” is used to identify a massive increase in births following World War II. Baby boomers are those people born worldwide between 1946 and 1964, the time frame most commonly used to define them. The first baby boomers reached the standard retirement age of 65 in 2011. There are about 76 million boomers in the U.S., representing about 29 percent of the population. In Canada, they are known as “Boomies;” six million reside there. In Britain, the boomer generation is known as “the bulge.”

This article is full of great information about what started the Baby Boomer generation in the forties, the changes of this generation in the fifties, the experiences and transformations of this generation in the sixties, the dreams of this generation in the seventies, the social movement effect of this generation in the eighties, the movement to mainstream of this generation in the nineties and finally now into the future; who we the ‘Baby Boomers’ are today. The article concludes with this paragraph:

As boomers head for retirement, it is well to remember that most Americans who fit within the Baby Boomer designation have lived responsible lives: working, paying taxes, rearing their children. They just happen to be the ones who surfed on the crest of runaway change.

I was born in 1960, so I missed out on some of the ‘runaway change’ for the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation. Some changes I remember are watching the first channel on TV that just showed movies; I think it was called ‘Channel 100’ – now you can watch movies everywhere, anytime on just about any device. I remember the first cellular phone; it was nicknamed ‘The Brick’ because it was square and weighed almost 2 lbs. and they were for the rich – now everyone has a cell phone and they are light weight and fit in your pocket. I remember the first personal computer; they were big, bulky and slow – now just about everyone has one, or a tablet or a smartphone and they work much faster than ever imagined. And I cannot forget the music; this media always defines a generation and makes us who we are and though some of the music today is good I still like the oldies, they make me want to dance in the streets!

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