Santa Monica, California, USA
Balladeer: "The cutoff is actually 1946. The "boom" was supposed to have occurred when hundreds of thousands of soldiers returned home at the end of the war to satisfy the intimate demands of their long-awaiting significant others. That was in 1945. Nine more months or so takes you into 1946."
Not even technically true, since soldiers did not return from overseas until 1946, and not all went the rabbit route immediately.
and:..."plus the fact that we introduced Leave It to Beaver, Ozzie and Harriett, Dobie Gillis, television, Elvis, the Beatles and the hula hoop." Again, off the mark. Start with Elvis: He was born in 1935, and first recorded in 1953. By your definitions, boomers would have been six years old at the time.
Ozzie and Harriet first aired in 1952, Beaver in 1957, etc. These funny, family oriented shows were are WRITTEN, which gets forgotten, by people born in the 20's and '30's. They were fantasies which fed into the fantasies of the Parent's of the boomers. They didn't shape the boomer ethos as much as give maturing boomer's something to rebel against. Rebels without a Cause, so to speak, which was actually written in 1955 when boomers per above would have been 9, and directed by a guy, Nicholas Ray, whose sensibilities were pure 1940's.
The principles and operating examples of "television" were parented by Zworkin in 1928. CBS had a patent for and broadcast in early color in 1950. No boomers involved.
Alas, John Lennon and Ringo Starr were born in 1940, McCartney in 1942, George Harrison in 1943,thus beating the boom.
Sunshine: re the wiki-quote pushing baby boomers into being born in the 60's, it just a reflection of the silliness occasionally found in the wiki.
My gosh, I could go on about these misconceptions, and offer something half way analytical, but I just noticed I'm typing in the box and stand to lose this note altogether.
[This message has been edited by oceanvu2 (06-23-2008 04:39 PM).]