Baby Boomers?

The concept of Generations has always struck me as sort of a fuzzy construction.  It serves a purpose, of course, and people usually know what you’re talking about if you mention “Baby Boomers” or “The Greatest Generation”.   But take a look at the list below and tell me, if you didn’t see the birthdays, which generation would you identify the following people with?

      Timothy Leary                      October 22, 1920   

  Jack Kerouac                        March 12, 1922

     Chuck  Berry                         October 18, 1926

     James Dean                          February 8, 1931

    Elvis Presley                         January 8, 1935

    John Lennon                        October 9, 1940

 Bob Dylan                             May 24, 1941

   Jerry Garcia                          August 1, 1942

      Annette Funicello                October 22, 1942

          Jimi Hendrix                        November 27, 1942

          Michael Nesmith                 December 30, 1942

 Pete Townshend                  May 19, 1945

       Henry Winkler                     October 30, 1945

Jack Kerouac and Timothy Leary are members of the “Greatest Generation”, sometimes called the  WWII Generation, and the rest of them aren’t technically baby boomers at all, but members of what is sometime called the “Silent Generation” of in some cases, the “Beat Generation”.     Even Pete Townshend, author of “My Generation” missed the “Official” baby boomer first year cutoff of 1946.

When the 50’s “beatniks” evolved into “hippies” in the late 60’s, only the very youngest of them would have been baby boomers.   I’d wager the people who were truly hippies were pretty much split down the middle between boomers and beat generation members.

I’ve often said that the 70’s were really the 60’s for most people.   The whole “freak” thing almost became the norm.   Seemingly everyone listened to FM radio, the Dead were almost mainstream and pot use was open and notorious.    Ears almost completely disappeared as visible appendages.  Guys who were straight as arrows in high school in the 60’s were now ending most sentences with “man”, owned at least one Indian print bedspread (usually used as a ceiling decoration) and several black light posters.



Author: fauxsuper

Guitarist since 1964, motorized vehicle enthusist all my life, Married with two step children. Born and rasied in Lebanon, Ore.

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