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.
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.
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.
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.
October 10, 2013 |
It's been 30 years since the release of "The Big Chill," the ensemble drama about baby boomers pining for their lost youth while sprawled out on the floor of a vacation house and playing a lot of Motown music. If this reference eludes you, it's safe to say that you can consider yourself still young. If you remember this movie at all - especially if you remember the hype around its status as a cultural touchstone - I'm afraid you're tilting ever so slightly (or falling at a 90-degree angle)
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.
May 17, 2013 |
The retirement crisis is deepening, with recent generations of Americans less financially prepared for their golden years than their parents or grandparents, according to a new study. The study by the Pew Charitable Trusts suggests that people who retire over the next quarter-century could suffer declining standards of living compared with earlier generations, a rare and troubling phenomenon in modern-day history. The retirement math is most vexing for Generation X, those people born between 1966 to 1975, and for so-called late boomers, who were born after 1956, according to the study by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
February 5, 2013 |
Sometimes, headlines alone can tell a story. Start with this one from The Times: “Baby boomers may live longer, but their elders were healthier.” And while you're pondering that, check this one out: “Sperm count low among couch potatoes, study finds.” And finally, there's this, well, punch-line headline : “Gov. Christie eats doughnut with Letterman; talks Sandy storm aid.” Yes, boys and girls and boomers, we have met the enemy, and he is us. Of course, I'm not talking about you , specifically.