My G-g-g-generation

60s family gathered around the television set

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation!

They say a successful website has to have a color theme. At least that’s what I recently read somewhere. But while deciding on what color a theme about baby boomers should be… when trying to decide what my “target audience” looks like, it became clear to me that  baby boomers can’t be pigeonholed that easily. We’re the generation that experienced the transition from black and white to living color. Literally. Figuratively. Politically. So I created a collage with a rainbow tie-dyed background and added just a few of the icons that represent the millions of americans born between 1946 and 1964.

Me personally? I was born in 1952. I was about 10 when the Beatles hit the American airways and 11 when they
first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and completely screwed up my life in the most fantastic of ways. Once those floodgates were opened, they were immediately followed by an onslaught of bands from the UK; The Rolling Stones, The Who, Hermans Hermits and others who wreaked havoc on my impressionable young psyche.

townshend-smash-guitarThe Good Stuff

The pages throughout this site are littered with stories, anecdotes and guest posts… mostly about growing up in the 60’s and 70’s. The music. the movies, the television and kitsch that we baby boomers look back on with fondness, nostalgia, some embarrassment and some regret, but mostly the good things. There are numerous sites for boomers who want to learn about how to save for retirement, deal with end of life decisions, basically, how to get ready to die. Well, this site ain’t that. As in the immortal words of Don Henley: “I will not go quietly. I will not lie down”.

So you see – THIS site is for the LIVING. Or perhaps I should say, “RE- LIVING.”  As the announcer on The Lone Ranger used to say, Let’s “…relive those thrilling days of yesteryear”. Or as Paul McCartney sang, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away…”

Milennials Welcome. And Generations X,Y and Z

Ultimately, this site’s not just stuff for Baby Boomers. I don’t presume to believe that our generation is the so-called “Greatest Generation” Oh, wait, the “Greatest Generation are actually the parents of the Baby Boomers. Yeah, actually, they were pretty great. They’re the ones that walked 5 miles back and forth to school in a hurricane, and when they were bad, their papa took ’em out behind the woodshed and spanked them with a hickory switch. We Boomers had much, much better. We were picked up by a big yellow school bus and when we were bad, we got paddled by Mom. 

The subsequent generations that came along after us think that we are responsible for screwing up the entire planet for them before they were old enough to have a say in its care and feeding. I personally believe that’s due to a class thing, not a generational thing. What I do think we had was a cultural revolution that manifested itself in the music and arts of our time. The current generations were born into a digital age where connectivity and production is key, hence, the most amazing tools are available for creating visual and aural content that is unsurpassed. However, the Baby Boomers bore witness to a Renaissance in creativity and cultural upheaval, that resulted in originality in music and art not seen since the actual Renaissance Period. Therefore, everyone is invited to explore these pages and see what the Baby Boom era brought to the table.  The sixties, much like the  20-teens, were a very turbulent and divisive time as well as a cause for celebration. Keep in mind, the focus is more on the causes for celebration. You can find bad news anywhere else on the net. Consider this a baby boomer oasis.

Thanks,
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4 Comments

  1. Sheila

    Man! I’m so excited to see this site. This subject sings to me. I LOVE the front page header – we lived through so much great history. As we age, isn’t it wonderful how we see things so differently, yet the same? I love the comment you quoted from Don Henley: “I will not go quietly. I will not lie down”. Yeah…if I lie down, it’s too darn hard to get back up! Those are my words. 🙂

    I plan to stop by often. Thanks again for a great site for “us folks”. Groovy, man, groovy.

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  2. admin

    Thank you Sheila. I think you’re going to like what’s coming. I have a colorful history of my own to share, and I can’t wait to let it all unfold here. Looking forward to reading lots of stories from others, too! Stop back ANYTIME!

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  3. Carol Ellstein

    What a colorful site, Hal! Evocative content, too. We have a lot to share … My history is perhaps more conventional than yours, and my site might turn out to be, too, but I can certainly relate to your mindset. Having graduated from high school in 1969, I can lay claim to being a child of the ’60s. My best friend and I screamed on the phone in unison during THE Ed Sullivan show, while another friend won a contest and MET THE BEATLES (she went on to become a Nashville Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer and prolific back-up singer before morphing into a cantorial soloist). The Who played in my high school’s gym while I was a student (memory dims as to whether it was 1967 or ’68). Ahh..Those Were The Days! I’ll be back….
    Carol

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    1. admin

      Wow. You graduated the year before I did. I’m class of ’70. The Who played in your High School??!!! How cool is THAT? They never played my high school gym, but funny you should mention them, as I was just working on my next blog about live concerts in the 60s. I saw the Who four times whille Keith Moon was still alive. At one of the concerts, I was standing so close to the stage (NO ONE sat during a Who concert in the 60s) – I kept getting hit in the face with Keith’s sweat. You could see the beads of his sweat sailing through the air in the spotlight. It would probably disgust me today, but back then, I felt quite privledged!
      Please stop by anytime to read my posts or contribute comments. I look forward to The launch of your Groovy Grayhairs site and will visit you whenever you’re ready!

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