July 14, 1998
Re "Generation Hexed" (July 2): I enjoyed the description of the "X Generation" as parodied in Ted Rall's cartoons. I thought that any Generation X person who majored in computer science or engineering had it made and could start at $40,000 a year. Apparently most of the children of the baby boomers don't have it that easy, being saddled with student loan debt and temporary office jobs that pay no benefits. The baby boomers may gloat, but in a few years their children will be ill-prepared to try to finance the retirements of their parents, and it won't be pretty for either generation.
February 13, 2014 |
Last year's stock-market surge boosted 401(k) accounts, but millions of Americans are still likely to run short of money in retirement, according to a pair of studies released Thursday. The average 401(k) balance reached a new record of $89,300 in the fourth quarter, up 15.5% from a year earlier, according to mutual-fund giant Fidelity Investments. More than three-quarters of the gain came from rising stock prices. The rising market helped the average 401(k) balance nearly double from a bear-market trough of $46,200 in March 2009, according to Fidelity.
March 19, 1985 |
Those ubiquitous baby boomers--the war babies, the Spock babies, the TV generation, the love generation, the Me generation and, now, the Yuppies--are on the verge of yet another transformation. Daniel Yankelovich, an authority on social change, says that generation soon will let its idealism become a driving factor, replacing goals oriented more toward financial success.
April 4, 1993
The makers of moderately priced cosmetics have finally cottoned to something their upscale counterparts have known for some time now: Women are getting older, wiser and more selective.
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February 1, 2013 |
For the first time since California became a state in 1850, Latinos will surpass whites as the largest ethnic group by 2014, according to demographic numbers released Thursday. The state Department of Finance estimates that by the middle of this year, whites and Latinos will each represent about 39% of California population, with Latinos reaching a plurality soon after that. Officials expect that by 2060, Latinos will make up 48% of the state's population, compared with 30% for whites.
October 23, 2000 |
The baby boomer generation lost one of its heroes last week: Rick Jason is gone. Better known as Lt. Hanley on the long-running 1960s World War II series, "Combat!," he died of a self-inflicted gunshot at the age of 74. As they often say in Hollywood war films, "we lost us a good man." Jason was not only a wonderful human being, a devoted husband and a fine actor, he was one of our best storytellers, with links to the golden age of Hollywood.
June 8, 2010 |
Fox's musical comedy hit "Glee" has revolutionized TV in many ways (including the fact that TV critics can now write the term "musical comedy hit," and who thought that would ever happen?). But watching the recent "Safety Dance" episode, it all came together: Here is a show celebrating popular music and there isn't even a whiff of boomage. Those of us who had the misfortune to be born in the first half of the 1960s are truly a lost generation. Not quite boomers, not quite Gen X, we came of age as the Carter White House succumbed to the Reagan years, when women rediscovered shoulder pads and men wore penny loafers with no socks, when everyone found the conceits of "Bosom Buddies" and "Three's Company" racy and hilarious.
July 9, 2012 |
It says "memoir" on the jacket of this book, and this time, it's true. Anna Quindlen has been the diarist of baby boomers, and women boomers especially, since she began writing at the age of 18 for the New York Times, where her columns won a Pulitzer Prize and whence she launched a second career as author and novelist. Quindlen helps to tidy up the word "memoir" from the grime it acquired at the hands of "memoirists" like James Frey and Margaret Seltzer, the word winding up in that fantasist's dictionary where the definition of "memoir" is "stuff I just make up. " "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" is certainly her own: She turned 60 on Sunday.
August 10, 2012 |
Murder or mercy killing? One story that dominated headlines this week raised that question in a particularly dramatic fashion: An Ohio man is accused of shooting to death his ailing wife of 45 years, possibly as part of a "death pact" promise to prevent her from suffering. In the coming years, many other Americans will be wrestling with similar questions about how, and when, to end their own lives or the life of a loved one. "This is going to become one of the great social challenges of the next 20 years," predicted Arthur Caplan, one of the nation's foremost bioethicists and director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center.