Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Talkin' 'Bout My G-G-Generation

I'm either a Trailing Edge Boomer or a Baby Boomer cohort #2 depending on your source.

From the U.S. Census Bureau (via Digby):
Classics (born from 1900 to 1920)

Baby Bust (I) (born from 1921 to 1945)
--Early cohort (born from 1921 to 1933)
--Late cohort (born from 1934 to 1945)

Baby Boomers (born from 1946 to 1964)
--Leading Edge Boomers (born from 1946 to 1957)
--Trailing Edge Boomers (born from 1958 to 1964)

Baby Bust (II) (born from 1965 to 1976)

Echo Boomers (born from 1977 to 1994)
--Leading Edge (born from 1977 to 1990)
--Trailing Edge (born from 1991 to 1994)

From Wikipedia:
Depression cohort (born from 1912 to 1921)
**Memorable events: The Great Depression, high levels of unemployment, poverty, lack of creature comforts, financial uncertainty
**Key characteristics: strive for financial security, risk averse, waste-not-want-not attitude, strive for comfort

Pre World War II cohort (born from 1922 to 1927)
**Memorable events: men leaving to go to war and many not returning, the personal experience of the war, women working in factories, focus on defeating a common enemy
**Key characteristics: the nobility of sacrifice for the common good, patriotism, team player

World War II cohort (born from 1928 to 1945)
**Memorable events: sustained economic growth, social tranquility, The Cold War, McCarthyism
**Key characteristics: conformity, conservatism, traditional family values

Baby Boomer cohort #1 (born from 1946 to 1954)
**Memorable events: assassinations of JFK, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, political unrest, walk on the moon, Vietnam War, anti-war protests, social experimentation, sexual freedom, civil rights movement, environmental movement, women's movement, protests and riots, experimentation with various intoxicating recreational substances
**Key characteristics: experimental, individualism, free spirited, social cause oriented

Baby Boomer cohort #2 (born from 1955 to 1964)
**Memorable events: Watergate, Nixon resigns, the cold war, the oil embargo, raging inflation, gasoline shortages
**Key characteristics: less optimistic, distrust of government, general cynicism

Generation X cohort (born from 1965 to 1979)
**Memorable events: Challenger explosion, Iran-Contra, social malaise, Reaganomics, AIDS, safe sex, single parent families
**Key characteristics: quest for emotional security, independent, informality, entrepreneurial

Generation Y cohort also called N Generation (born from 1980 to 2001)
**Memorable events: rise of the internet, September 11 attacks, cultural diversity, 2 wars in Iraq
**Key characteristics: quest for physical security and safety, patriotism, heightened fears, acceptance of change, technically savvy, environmental issues
My youngest sister was born 40 years ago tonight right here in Springfield while it stormed outside. My grandmother, who died just two years later, watched me and my other two sisters while my parents were at the hospital. Happy 40th Sarah! We are less then eight years apart but apparently of different generations. Who am I to argue?

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