National Geographic’s Generation X special brought a lot of new traffic to my blog via Google search. Also, a recent BuzzFeed article gave me a nice shout-out. Unfortunately, at precisely the same time, I lacked the will and inspiration to write anything at all. I didn’t even post Easter pictures, which I’ve done every year since I started blogging. But, today, I’ve climbed back up on the horse long enough to share some links to some recent news stories about Generation X. The Nat Geo special sparked a lot of Gen X conversations in media. It’s nice to see this uptick in publicity for Xers.
The first link I want to share is to an excerpt of a new book by journalist David Kushner. It’s a memoir called Alligator Candy and it’s about the October 1973 murder of his 11-year-old brother Jon. The title comes from Snappy Gator Gum, candy from the 1970s that featured an alligator head filled with candy. David, who was four at the time, asked his brother to buy him the toy as he pedaled off through the woods to a 7-11 that tragic day more than 40 years ago.
Rolling Stones has published an excerpt from the book. It’s a gripping read for any Gen-Xer still haunted by stories of missing and murdered kids from the 70s and 80s.
“It was the early seventies. The Age of Aquarius had given way to the “Free to Be You and Me” generation. We were unbuckled and unrestrained, free from seatbelts or helmets or meticulously-organized play dates. Our parents let us climb over the seats of our smoke-filled station wagon, puffing on candy cigarettes and, on road-trips, sleeping in the way back. When we had a stretch of hours to play, they let us put the free in free time, wandering off to learn and explore and find adventures. They weren’t being negligent or careless. From today’s perspective, they were at worst naïve. They shared our innocence. They hadn’t learned to be afraid.”
The book is also featured in a CNN story, From Latchkey Kid To Helicopter Parents. By the way, the CNN writer borrowed ideas and content from this blog without attribution. In case you didn’t know happens to bloggers ALL THE TIME and it really gets old.
Have some respect for lowly bloggers, people!
Anyway, much gratitude, love and light to David Kushner for writing this book for us all to read. And, although it’s been many years may young Jon, forever 11, rest in peace. Born September 13, 1962, he was a first-wave Gen-Xer. What might have been…
More Gen X Conversations
Gen X References My Kids Don’t Get (Scarry Mommy)
STUDY: Gen X, America’s Most Influential Generation (Yahoo)
The Liberal Millennial Revolution (The Atlantic)
Housing Bust Lingers for Generation X (Wall Street Journal)
— WSJ News Graphics (@WSJGraphics) April 10, 2016
— NAR Research (@NAR_Research) April 9, 2016
Some funny tweets to humor you.
— Tien Tzuo (@tientzuo) April 10, 2016
As a Gen Xer watching the Boomer vs Gen Y thing pic.twitter.com/Esj5KTMgbL
— Allison Reynolds (@allisonr) April 6, 2016
Have you been part of any Gen X conversations since the National Geographic special?