You Know You’re a Baby Boomer If…
How did the Baby Boomer generation get its name? If you don’t already know, the history behind the generational moniker is much simpler than you might think. When World War II soldiers returned home to their families between 1945 (the end of the war in the Pacific) and 1947 (the end of the war in Europe), the world experienced a “baby boom” – a massive increase in children, born between the years 1946 and 1964. In 1950 alone, the United States population increased by approximately 2,357,000.
While the generation is technically defined by birth year, there are a few other ways to tell if you are a Baby Boomer. You know you’re a Boomer if…
– You know what an “air raid drill” is. Odds are, you’re probably conditioned to dive under a desk when an alarm sounds.
– You always dreamed of being on American Bandstand with Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker or Bill Haley & His Comets.
– You remember exactly where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
– Friday nights with your hubby were for going to drive-in movies, not for staying in the house and watching Netflix.
– You wrote slightly embarrassing fan mail to The Beatles after their first U.S. television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
– Those old jeans from your teenage years happen to be back in style again.
– You can still sing the Mary Poppins soundtrack front to back, and you probably had the record on vinyl.
– You might have heard these advertising slogans on your transistor radio: “I’d walk a mile for a Camel,” “Things go better with a Coke” or “M&M’s melt in your mouth, not in your hand.”
– You read “On the Road,” “Cat’s Cradle,” “Catcher in the Rye,” and/or “In Cold Blood.”
– You are and always will be bullish on Johnny Carson being the best Tonight Show host in history, and no present or future host will ever live up to his legacy.