November 19, 2000 |
A surprisingly candid new Army study concludes that captains are leaving the service in droves mainly because of a generation gap between baby boomer generals and younger junior officers. The Army has grown alarmed in recent months because so many captains are leaving that it fears it might have trouble filling leadership positions within a few years. In 1989, just as the Cold War was ending, 6.7% of Army captains left voluntarily. In 1999, that number climbed to 10.6%.
December 1, 1995 |
Have you ever played the White Elephant game? Here's how it goes: The day after Christmas, gather that coffee mug warmer you got from your grandma, the turquoise sweater your mom sent you and those country music CDs from your Uncle Joe, wrap them all up again, and get together with a few friends. Roll a pair of dice to see who gets what.
August 15, 1994 |
Twenty-five years after Woodstock, the festival's most evocative image remains a young couple photographed while huddled tenderly in a blanket. The emerging symbol of Woodstock '94 is a starker one: the Mud People. Eager to assert their individuality in an ocean of anonymous concert-goers, about 200 fans early in the weekend began frolicking in cold, gooey mud.
June 14, 2013 |
"Being a writer and a Texan," Larry McMurtry wrote in the late 1960s, "is an amusing fate. " What he was addressing was the shift, in the years after World War II, "from the land to the cities" and what he saw as "the dying of … the rural, pastoral way of life. " How was one to write about a place where the old myths (the cowboy, the ranch, the open plain) lingered, even as they were superseded by the new? The solution, McMurtry decided, was to zero in on this new Texas, to write about, and from, the cities, to leave the past in its place.
April 20, 1998 |
Numerous pundits have explored the contributions and shortcomings of baby boomers and even Gen-Xers. But the real movers and shakers of tomorrow, according to author Don Tapscott, are members of the Net Generation.
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May 19, 2000 |
Working with older clients is certainly nothing new to computer expert Jacob Zacuto. He was, after all, a mere 10th-grader when he launched his own Internet network consulting company. But nothing prepared Zacuto for what he found when he signed on to help create a Web site for doctors and hospitals. The brain behind this dot-com is 85 years old.
April 28, 1993 |
Their names are Oblivious Child, Agnostic w/o a Cause, Will Work for Pay, and Spent the 60s on a Slip and Slide. Their favorite topics include "Home Sweet Shoebox," "The Revolting Yuppie Excess I Witnessed Today" and that perennial favorite, "Wage Slave, Slacker, or What?" For nearly a year now, they've been ragging on baby boomers and commiserating over their own putative impoverishment. They come from all over the country. Most of them have never met.
September 20, 2013
Re "The skinny on the Inform Act: It's likely to misinform," Column, Sept. 18 Michael Hiltzik reveals yet another attempt to undermine Social Security and Medicare, this time by driving a wedge between generations. Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff claims that all elderly Americans are stealing from younger generations to pay for their benefits, and he wants a law enacted to mandate that the federal government account for this generational burden. Hiltzik uses Kotlikoff's own figures to show that an average retired couple in 2011 actually paid more in Social Security payroll taxes than they will collect in benefits.
August 30, 2013
Re "For students, fossil fuels become an issue of conscience," Aug. 26 Congratulations to the students of San Francisco State University who persuaded the trustees of their college to divest from fossil fuel companies. However, this article has an egregious omission: the carbon bubble. This bubble will likely pop and fossil fuel stocks will crash in the next decade or so if we are to preserve the planet for future generations. According to the climate change activist group 350.org, the planet cannot handle more than 565 gigatons of carbon emissions before 2050.