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The Last Baby Boomer

Updated on October 11, 2019

© Deborah Turner

Some people are Generation Z’s (2001 – present). Some people are Millennials (1980 – 2000). Some people may even be Gen X’rs (1965 -1979). I myself am proud to say that I am a Baby Boomer … even if I am one of the last Baby Boomers. Baby Boomers were born between the years 1946 – 1964. We grew up and even grew old bearing witness to perhaps the most incredible time span in history.

Baby Boomers were raised by the “Silent Generation,” our parents were born between the 1920’s through 1945. I prefer to call them “The Greatest Generation” a term given by Tom Brokaw. Our parents grew up during difficult economic times, were hard working, loyal to their employers, most of them working for the same employer until retirement. They witnessed the Great Depression, fought for our country in WWII, and did not have access to technology.

Baby Boomers were lucky enough to live in a booming economy; during a time when moving to the suburbs was a sign of success. We watched shows on TV like I Love Lucy, Bonanza, Laugh In, Star Trek, Andy Griffith, Bewitched, and even Romper Room. Sunday nights were reserved for family dinners and The Wonderful World of Disney. Our TV sets had 3 channels and we actually had to get up to turn the dial.

Boomers turned the music industry upside down, reaching their teen years anywhere from the 1950’s through the early 1980’s. We watched everything on TV from one man walking on the moon, to another man's moonwalk across the stage for the first time. We saw Elvis, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Woodstock first hand. We created the “Summer of Love,” Motown, and even Disco … yes Disco.

Our generation was the first to live with the threat of nuclear war. We ducked and covered under our desks during civil defense drills, and pledged allegiance to the flag at school every morning. We were able to watch new technology pop up every day. Many things we could never have imagined during the days when we got up to turn that TV channel. I remember the first hand held calculator, and micro wave oven. There was no turning back, and the road ahead was unimaginable.

My generation had front row seats to see everything from John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, the civil rights movement, and Rosa Parks, to Vietnam, equal rights for woman, and sadly even 9 – 11. We huddled as a family around the TV set watching everything from the birth of “Little Ricky” on the I Love Lucy show, to the funeral of Robert F. Kennedy.

So here I sit sandwiched somewhere in between the Greatest Generation of all, and the new Millennials. Honestly I really could not think of a better place to be.

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      Deborah Turner 

      9 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      Dear Annaw,

      Thank you for the read and the comment. Yes it is amazing what we have been a witness to in our little slice of life. I do remember the drills, and having to get under our desks at school. Do they really think that would have helped? LOL Thanks for the vote, and I hope to see you soon.

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      annaw 

      9 years ago from North Texas

      Good evening, Thank you so much for the follow. I love this hub; so many memories good and bad. I too as if you can not tell, a baby-boomer born in '56. Remember the "fallout shelters"? I voted this up and awesome. Thank you

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      Deborah Turner 

      9 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      @ CloudExplorer (I love the name) Thank you so very much! You inspire confidence in me with such a wonderful comment. I am grateful for the vote, the share & the pin! Thanks for taking the time. I am kind of new at this so every share, vote & pin helps! I hope to add more hubs soon, and I hope that you enjoy them just as much.

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      Mike Pugh 

      9 years ago from New York City

      Nicely written @TheLastBabyBoomer, I am also from your generation, and have experienced of that you've put down here. Especially the rise of the internet from its initial inception, video games, and the computers evolution.

      Thanks for creating such a cool hub about our most brief historical info, its definitely been a joyous, and adventurous ride thus far, just awaiting to see what's next, but I'm also trying my hardest to be part of what's to come next as well.

      Voted up and getting shared as well as pinned. Awesome hub!

    • TheLastBabyBoomer profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Turner 

      9 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      Thank you, I know what you mean. Time has a way of flying by so quickly.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      I, too, enjoyed this trip down memory lane. The baby boomers are slowly passing on, but soon our children and grandchildren will be reminicing about "the good ole days". Thanks for the memmories.

    • TheLastBabyBoomer profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Turner 

      9 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      Thank you very much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Those days we had drills, these days we have doomsday preppers. Where is this world headed? I think that we are the luckiest generation.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      As a fellow baby boomer who's glad to be part of the boomer generation, I enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

      Ducking and taking cover under our desks always struck me as the craziest thing even as a child cause you knew you'd be cooked no matter what you did if a nuclear bomb was actually dropped on us. I guess the grown-ups thought we weren't smart enough to figure that out. (smile).

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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