The Boomer Lifestyle
The Over-50 Resource
The Boomer Lifestyle: Past, Present, Future
by Lynn G. Coleman
Who is a “baby boomer” exactly, and what are the milestones that define our generation? Although
our lifestyles are diverse, we have shared some common experiences. Here’s is a look at the way we
were, the way we are, and the way we will be.
The Way We Were
Boomers are decidedly different from other generations. Actually we started off
pretty ordinary, as children of parents who were giddy with just having saved the
world for democracy. (For a glimpse into the world we inhabited in the 1950s and
1960s, read The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir, by Bill Bryson.
It’s nostalgic, hilarious and creepy all at the same time.)
Then all hell broke loose.
No matter what you may think of the events that shaped us, no one can say it’s been dull. In the half-
century of baby boomers’ existence, we have witnessed the evolution of television and computers,
the devastation of war, and the exhilaration of rock and roll. It’s almost impossible to list everything
that’s happened in our lives so far, but here are some highlights.
While these were stupendous, world-changing events, many of us have even fonder memories of the
'60s and '70s — specifically sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
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