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The Baby Boomer Homepage is your source for trends, research, comment and discussion of the generation from 1946 - 1964. Includes bulletin boards, chat, Sixties and Seventies music, culture, health and coverage of issues for Boomers  
The Baby Boomer Generation is a source for trends, research, comment and discussion of and by people born from 1946 - 1964. Covering issues on the Boomer Generation including original content for Boomers, bulletin boards, user comments, Sixties and Seventies music, Baby Boomer culture, health and coverage of issues for "Aging Hipsters."
December 2005
December 31, 2005

The Mother of All Road Trips

Lately I've had boomer-esque dreams of a Dharma Bums/On the Road retirement, including parking an Airstream trailer on the cliffs overlooking California somewhere, traveling the country making impulsive stops, and generally reverting to the hippie ideal. Well, I just read a Sports illustrated column about a guy who's taking retirement road trips to a new extreme.

In a column by the always entertaining Rick Reilly, he describes the retirement of one Dave Moffitt, who basically lives in his car going from one sporting event to another...and another...and another. And has been doing so for over six years. Notice a stranger at your kid's high school football game? That might be Mr. Moffitt. He's hit just about every pro sports stadium and many college and high school ones as well...for almost any sport you can think of---although he may have missed a water polo match or two. So, as you dream of your perfect retirement, think of Dave Moffitt, who, sans house, sans wife, sans much of anything, is living his retirement dream.

For those of you don't get the hard copy of the magazine, the column is available by subscription.



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December 20, 2005

Viet Nam, Iraq, & Baby Boomers

I meant to post this quite awhile ago, but it doesn't seem to have lost any relevance in the meantime.

This is an in interesting Australian take on the war in Iraq, the baby boomer positions on that war and on a searing article by Frank Rich in the NY Times. Referring to comparisons to Viet Nam, Michael Gawenda, the columnist in The Sydney Morning Herald believes we cannot draw parallels to Viet Nam, a comparison which some believe is valid even as it enrages the Bush administration.

Frank Rich's original article is available only for a fee on the Times, but his most recent article continues the debate.



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December 15, 2005

Boomer Humor (Hey--that rhymes)

(We're always happy to have a contribution from Frank Mullen, our gently satirical and hardly ever curmudgenly guest humorist.)

Stay the Course, Boo Boo
by Frank Mullen III

Take a tip from me, Mr. President: convincing the electorate to be patient requires firm resolve.

Glenwood Junior High School Auditorium, January 5, 1962.

Mr. Rosen: Quiet down, please. It's time for opening statements from the two candidates for Chairman of the Dance Committee for the Spring Term. First, the incumbent, Frank Mullen.

Frank Mullen: Fellow students, I know that some of you are concerned that attendance at the 'Dress Like Your Favorite Cartoon Character' sock hops hasn't been growing as fast as we hoped. Well, things are turning around. We have to be patient.

Mr. Rosen: Now, the opposing candidate, committee member Jack Talbot.

Jack Talbot: The Cartoon Dances are a ridiculous idea that is not working. I told Frank we could get The Silvertone Cats to play for free, but he wouldn't listen. He insisted that kids would rather spend Friday afternoons dressed up like Olive Oyl and Wimpy, doing the Watusi to Maria D'Amato's record collection. Frank doesn't realize we're not in Miss Eisenmann's first-grade play group anymore. I think we deserve dances that don't require you to dress up like Yosemite Sam.

Keep reading "Boomer Humor (Hey--that rhymes)"

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December 10, 2005

Boomers Can Speak Up on Technology

We received this request from a doctoral student at University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus. Let's make sure we're not deprived of technology when we're doddering around an old folks' home and, not incidentally, show the young 'uns we're major participators/early adopters/daringly ahead of the curve when it comes to technology.

Greetings!

I am a graduate student in the Information Systems department of the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I am conducting a study on
determining the near future technology needs of the baby boomer generation
and the practical implications of a change in technology understanding in
the next generation of senior citizens.

As part of this study, I am eliciting participation in a university approved
online survey. I would very much appreciate if you could help by taking the
study yourself or forwarding this message to any others you think would be
interested.

The first population I am targeting is baby boomers age 41-59, but all users
are invited to participate as I have some flexibility on age and other
demographic issues.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is
available here



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December 8, 2005

50 Best Places to Work if You're an Aging Boomer

Since we're all planning to work until we drop, an AARP study of "Best Employers of People Over 50" should be of interest to some.

According to an interview with Deborah Russell, the director of economic security for AARP, on the CBS Early Show

" 80 percent of baby boomers are planning to work past traditional retirement age. The primary reason appears to be because they haven't saved enough to retire comfortably."

"Luckily, there is a concern that when the baby boomers retire, there will be a shortage in the workforce. Therefore, more companies are recognizing the value of having experienced older workers and want to retain and recruit them."

You can
search for some of these plum jobs
here.



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