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The “Dazed and Confused” Generation | The New Yorker

People my age are described as baby boomers, but our experiences call for a different label altogether.

By Bruce Handy, March 2, 2023

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It has long been fashionable to hate baby boomers, “America’s noisiest if no longer largest living generation,” as the Times critic Alexandra Jacobs wrote recently. But I remain on the fence.

I believe that you can appreciate the late David Crosby’s music, for instance, while not endorsing buckskin jackets, walrus mustaches, and lyrics that address women as “milady.”

What I most resent about baby boomers is that, technically, I am one. The baby boom is most often defined as encompassing everyone born from 1946 to 1964, but those nineteen years make for an awfully wide and experientially diverse cohort. I was born in 1958, three years past the generational midpoint of 1955. I graduated from high school in 1976, which means I came of age in a very different world from the earliest boomers, most of whom graduated in 1964.

When the first boomers were toddlers, TV was a novelty. We, the late boomers, were weaned on “Captain Kangaroo” and “Romper Room.” They were old enough to freak out over the Sputnik; we were young enough to grow bored by moon landings. The soundtrack of their senior year in high school was the early Beatles and Motown; ours was “Frampton Comes Alive!” Rather than Freedom Summer, peace marches, and Woodstock, we second-half baby boomers enjoyed an adolescence of inflation, gas lines, and Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech. We grew up to the background noise of the previous decade, when being young was allegedly more thrilling in every way: the music, the drugs, the clothes, the sense of discovery and the possibility of change, the sense that being young mattered.

Source: The “Dazed and Confused” Generation | The New Yorker

How Different American Generations Spend Money, Visualized | Digg

Here’s how Americans’ yearly budgets change when broken down by generation.

By Adwait · 2 days ago · 24.4k reads

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Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Preethi Lodha mapped out how each generation of Americans spend their money, on average.

Key Takeaways

Last year the average American spent around $60,000. The average member of Gen Z spent the least ($41,636) and the average Gen X-er spent the most ($83,357).

All the generations have one thing in common: they’ve all spent more than 30 percent of their annual spend on housing, whereas no generation has spent more than six percent of its annual spend on entertainment.

Source: https://digg.com/money/link/how-american-generations-spend-money-visualized-2rrDpS6vpM

12 ways to make your retirement better for the planet – MarketWatch

From where you live to how you spend, small things can make a difference.

By Steve Vernon and Harry Moody, July 1, 2022, Updated July 2, 2022

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Today’s preretirees and retirees face several financial challenges in addition to concerns about the world we leave our children and grandchildren, as described in the first part of this series.

To face these challenges, we’ll need to make many small, medium, and large steps in our lives that will improve our finances while helping to improve our communities and future generations as well.

With this spirit in mind, let’s look at a dozen win-win strategies and tips for saving money during our retirement years while helping to leave a better planet for our grandchildren at the same time.

Read: Climate change is a retirement issue — how to turn worry into action

Editor’s Note: Read more, see link below for original item…

Source: 12 ways to make your retirement better for the planet – MarketWatch

The Villages is a retirement ‘paradise’ — so why is that a problem? – MarketWatch

More older adults realize that intergenerational connections are not just valuable for them but for their communities and country.

By Paul Irving, Last Updated: Sept. 25, 2021 at 8:17 a.m. ET, First Published: Sept. 21, 2021 at 4:58 a.m. ET

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

Residents watch presidential election returns at an Election Night party organized by a group called Villagers for Trump.
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The Villages, a master-planned retirement community in central Florida, is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S., we learned from the 2020 Census.

In a demographically changing and urbanizing America, this predominantly white, politically conservative stronghold bucked the trend as retirees lured by warm winters and pastel-hued homes surrounded by golf carts and pickleball courts, flocked in.

We are all free to choose how and where we want to live, of course, and new housing solutions for the rapidly growing population of older Americans are needed.

But, to be honest, if communities like the Villages represent the future of aging, please count me, and many of us, out.

Source: The Villages is a retirement ‘paradise’ — so why is that a problem? – MarketWatch

Star Trek: What Kirk’s Dying Words In Generations Mean (& Why They’re Perfect) | screenrant

By John Orquiola, Published 4 hours ago

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Captain James T. Kirk famously died in Star Trek Generations but William Shatner personally conceived the perfect last words spoken by the Starfleet icon. Shatner starred as Kirk, the Captain of the USS Enterprise, for three seasons of The Original Series in the 1960s before headlining six Star Trek movies from 1979-1991.

Star Trek Generations was Shatner’s final canonical appearance as Kirk, and the legendary actor hasn’t reprised the role of the good Captain since 1994, although he remains indelibly linked to Captain Kirk. Kirk’s death was part of Star Trek Generations from its inception.

In the early 1990s, Paramount saw Star Trek: The Next Generation as the future for the movie franchise and the studio began planning for the show – headlined by Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard – to end with season 7 so that it could make the leap to the big screen. However, Paramount also worried about the TNG movie’s box office chances and wanted a crossover film with TOS’ cast to make it an ‘event’ for Trekkers.

Ultimately, only Shatner, James Doohan, and Walter Koenig signed on for the first of what became four TNG movies Shatner’s participation was crucial because the death of Captain Kirk was planned as the movie’s big climactic moment in order to pass the torch to Picard.

Source: Star Trek: What Kirk’s Dying Words In Generations Mean (& Why They’re Perfect)