AIDS, Twirlers, Toys, Wonder: Generation Stuff I Found While Looking Around

Generation Stuff

three generations twirlersThree generations of college twirlers were featured in a Tulsa World article last week. I love twirling and hated to see it disappear from so many bands and football fields.

Lost Syrian Children

Unicef is focusing on a lost generation of Syrian children. They’re seeking a $1 billion in donations to help their efforts. The hashtag is #ChildrenofSyria. Since the last time I posted about this, things have gotten much better.

Four Generations of Tortured Parents

This video game timeline spans 1967 to 2009. Can’t believe Chuck E. Cheese has been around since 1977. That equals four generations of tortured parents. (Click to enlarge)

Video Game infographic50 Years, 50 Toys

I love this infographic highlighting the most popular toy every year from 1963 to 2012. How many did you have? (Click to enlarge)

50 toys 50 years infographic

Midlife Blog

When you’re in the middle of your midlife it’s not half as miserable as it sounded when you were in your 20s — except the part where you realize the term is an indication that half your life is over. Anyway, this is a nice blog I just discovered. The opening paragraph of this post on the sandwich generation is really terrific.

midlife boulevard

I was born on the cusp of the baby boom. What that has meant to my life is that I have been in the middle of every trend for the past 50 years. Schools were built to accommodate my generation. I’ve been a backpacker across Europe, a YUPPY, a DINK, a New Ager, married, older parent, soccer mom, Girl Scout leader, divorced, single mom, and online dater. I’ve been upsized, downsized, done yoga, fad diets and the no-diet diet, become a foodie and lover of good wine, done self-help and life coaching and now blogging. Every time I have discovered something new, it’s the next day’s headline of the country’s latest trend.

AIDS_Generation_book_cover_insert_courtesy_Oxford_University_PressNew AIDS Book

I’ve written a lot about the impact of AIDS on Generation X. Now comes a new memoir full of stories of survival and resilience. Since the mid 1990s, I’ve had four friends die from AIDS, which isn’t nearly as many as some. I think there are a lot of memoirs still yet to be told. Click The AIDS Generation to read more.

Generation Z White Paper

Magid Generational Strategy is offering a free white paper on Generation Z. They’re calling the generation of kids born after 1997 the Pluralist Generation.

NPR Leveraging Twitter Generation

Mashable has a brief article on how National Public Radio is leveraging the Twitter Generation. The median age of the NPR Twitter follower is 35, which is 15 years younger than the media age of the average radio listener.


The Wonder Years The Greatest Generation

It seems like the songs I like the best are viewed by critics as the worst fillers on albums. Like the song Madelyn by  The Wonder Years, the “flag bearers of new pop punk.” I really don’t care for this band’s sound too much. They’re very screamy to me, but I like some of the lyrics on this album, especially the song Cul-De-Sac. It paints a picture of two childhood friends, boys walking home from school together, growing up and growing apart. I love the lines about snow angels and gut laughs. The answering machine and tape hiss. Cold suburban concrete and careless urban sprawl.

There’s a lot of great stuff on this album even if listening to it gives me a total  headache. By the way, The Wonder Years are playing in Oklahoma City in March.


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  1. says

    Generation X is so fluidly defined. I love that you are highlighting the fact that the last portion of the baby boom has more in common with GenX than with the Older Boomers with whom they are grouped. I wrote tons about the Late Boomers, on a now defunct site, group, and newsletter, from 2000 to 2005. So glad I found your site. I love the word play with the title of your site!

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