Do Baby Boomers Have More Empathy Than Their Kids?

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 in Me Generation,Midlife by Terry Hamburg

New research reports that young adults today have less “empathy” than ever before. Well, at least since 1979 when the Interpersonal Reactivity Index was established and administered to college students. The results: since 1980, college students’ self-reported empathy has declined. Perhaps it was predictable. After all, baby boomers were notorious as “Me Generation” of selfish,Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Battle of the Sexes

  “Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.” ~George Carlin Baby boomers brought up in the 1950s were taught that men and women are very different creatures. Those assumptions would be challenged in theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on July 10th, 2014 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Crime,Me Generation,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I was one natty, cool dude, dude. I rose like a meteorite in the auto industry by developing models baby boomers craved. First was the wildly popular Pontiac GTO. Next came the Firebird, soon outselling the Camero. And then the Grand Prix, the most successful new car in 1969 that blew luxury competition outRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on October 4th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Me Generation,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I was one natty, cool dude, dude. I rose like a meteorite in the auto industry by developing models baby boomers craved. First was the wildly popular Pontiac GTO. Next came the Firebird, soon outselling the Camero. And then the Grand Prix, the most successful new car in 1969 that blew luxury competition outRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Word Game

Posted on May 6th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Me Generation,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

   Yuppie, Yumpie, Yippie. This can get confusing. Question: Was Jerry Rubin, the notorious baby boomer hippie-radical of the late 1960s who later became a stockbroker, a yippie or a yuppie? Answer: Both. On New Years Day 1968, Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, author of Steal This Book (who probably relinquished the royalties by hisRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Winter of Discontent: “The Big Chill”

Posted on March 14th, 2012 in 1980s,Hippie,Me Generation,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Reagan is President. The word “hippie” is used with past tense verbs. Yuppies and the “Me-Generation” are rearing their greedy heads. It’s the 1980s. Where have all the flowers gone? OMG! Baby boomers are facing a thirty-something crisis. It’s a new pop culture movie genre. Not a “coming-of-age” story, but a “coming-to-terms” story. “In aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Salvation

Posted on December 12th, 2011 in 1970s,Collectibles,Me Generation by Terry Hamburg

The 1970s was the Great Treasure Hunt, spearheaded by enterprising baby boomers. Antiques and collectibles were suddenly hot and available, spilling out of attics. Young boomers were both buyers and sellers. The San Francisco Salvation Army store sat in the middle of old neighborhoods brimming with merchandise and ignorance. By the late 1970s, the smallRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 25th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Me Generation,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I was the poster boy for baby boomer rebellion. I dropped out of Berkeley in 1964 and led the first big demonstrations against the Viet-Nam war. I also co-founded the Yippies—the Youth International Party. Yippie Flag: Marijuana Leaf over Socialist Red Star I was a honcho in New Left politics, one of the infamous “ChicagoRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Break-Ups

Posted on July 13th, 2011 in Counterculture/New Age,Me Generation,Midlife,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

♫ I beg of you, don’t say goodbye Can’t we give our love another try Come on baby, let’s start a new ‘Cause breaking up is hard to do Baby boomers are divorcing at greater rates than their parents – and kids. A Pew Research Center study found that boomers are less willing (66% toRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Bad Boys

Posted on May 24th, 2011 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Crime,Me Generation,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

They never sought to be baby boomer celebrities, just filthy rich. One was busted for insider trading – that means behind-the-scenes, as in stealth. When caught, he ratted out another high roller who was quietly and illegally manipulating billions in “junk bonds.” The pair became overnight pop culture poster boys for 1980s corporate crime. “GreedRead the Rest…

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