Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Your incessant concern over your significance as a group
Interesting outlook, Brad. I admit that I, myself, am a boomer but I've never thought about the significance of that one way or another. It has, however, been an important group,just by where it falls into history. When you look at life in 1950 and life today, everything that has occurred has occurred in the "boomer" generation...tv, the birth of rock&roll, computers, moon landings, the greatest technological advances in history, artificial hearts, the list goes on and on. Boomers were the army in Viet Nam. Does all of this make boomers extra-special? No, it just makes them the people that were born at the time the country was entering it's most productive age.
There was one Wall Street type who wrote a book called "Following the Boomers" (I think)in which he became rich by simply investing in areas depending on the age of the boomers. He followed them all the way from school to getting jobs, to having babies in their twenties, to buying houses in their thirties, to vacation and travel, to investing and saving for their retirement in their late 40's and fifties.....he had it all mapped out and bought stocks in companies that were involved with whatever the boomers would be doing at that particular time in their lives. It was pretty interesting and ingenious.
Anyone who would beat their chest over their boomer status is off the wall....but ignoring the importance of their influence on the country in all aspects of society and technology would be equally foolish.