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A Silver Tsunami

By All of Us Here at Boomers and Books

A recent study from the University of North Carolina concerns one of the biggest demographic shifts happening in the U.S. right now.  Based on the 2010 Census, the first Baby Boomer born in America turned 65 on January 1.  And that’s just the beginning.  Over the next five years, about 8,000 Americans — the Baby Boomer generation — will turn 65 every day, a group that will add up to 79 million people.  Call it a Silver Tsunami.  Or call it GenBB.  Namely Us.

We grew up on TV; TV grew up with us.  We went from Father Knows Best to All In the Family.  From The Ed Sullivan Show to Laugh-In.  From The Mickey Mouse Club to  M*A*S*H.  The movies gave us new heroes and heroines:  Bonnie and ClydeMcCabe & Mrs. MillerShaft and Super FlyBullitt and Bond.  James Bond.

Music changed dramatically as sound moved from big bands to rock bands.  There they were:  The Beatles, Elvis, and the Rolling Stones.  The Dead, The Doors, and Dylan.  Simon & Garfunkel.  Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, and Jimi Hendrix.  The Beach Boys.  Motown and Woodstock.

Books and magazines both shaped us and reflected who we were.  MS and MAD, Playboy and Rolling Stone.  Sex and the Single Girl, Candy, and Catch-22The Spy Who Came In From the Cold and Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline BabyA Movable Feast and Travels With Charley.

We remember:  Hula Hoops and elephant jokes, minis and maxis, Joe Namath and Rudolph Nureyev, Barbie and Twiggy.  The French Chef.  Feminists and fallout shelters, Chappaquiddick and the Chicago Seven, Sputnik and sit-ins.  Patty Hearst and Malcolm X.  The Astronauts, the Twist, and The Whole Earth Catalog.  Jack and Jackie.  Lucy and Desi.  John and Yoko.

In fact, all of us probably have a personal story to share about these people, events, and things.  Remember where you were when JFK was shot?  What your favorite book was, the one that had the most impact on your life?  Or what your reaction was when the Beatles broke up?  Were you watching when man landed on the moon?

But we live in the present.  We blog and tweet, know our iPhones from our iPads, our DVRs from our Kindles.  And no matter how we read them, in what format or type size, we are a generation of story readers and story tellers.  That’s what we want to showcase in this blog. Your stories and our stories.  We’ll cover the old and the new with love, with respect — and even a soupçon of snark when called for.  We invite you to join us.