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Aging May Be Shock to Boomer Generation

June 30, 1995

Re "Marking Time," June 5: I would imagine most baby boomers, like Elizabeth Kaye, are prone to experience the phenomenon of aging as a sudden, shocking catastrophe instead of a gradual metamorphosis. It was the baby boomers, really, who contributed the idea of glorifying youth to our culture.

But, in order to worship youth, one must ignore such trivialities as mortality and wisdom.

ARNO KEKS

Los Angeles

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Elizabeth Kaye is obviously a profound thinker. At 35 she realized she was getting older and at some point will die.

Cosmic.

DESIREE ZAMORANO

Pasadena

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Regarding Elizabeth Kaye's book "Mid-Life: Notes From the Halfway Mark," her assumption that today's fortysomething generation is in a state of denial about aging and obsessed with youth is right on.

What she doesn't mention is how this self-indulgence has affected our children.

While we're busy trying to look like our kids, who do our kids look to when trying to formulate their vision of the future? When Mom and Dad are obsessing about their lost youth, you can be sure little Suzi and Johnny are not taking in encouraging messages about what lies ahead for them.

KELLY McCARTHY

Los Angeles

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