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Baby Boomers and the Loss of Traditional Values (pt. 2)

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Elderly Problems: Baby Boomers Loss of Values

Elderly Problems: Baby Boomers Loss of Values

Elderly Problems by Boomeryearbook.com

The End of American Values and Way of Life

The American way of life as it has been known for centuries is in jeopardy. As a result of the actions of baby boomers and the continuation of the ideas that they have espoused in echo boomers (the children of baby boomers), American traditional values are in danger of becoming an historical afterthought. With the need for definitive social change, baby boomers took the helm of transformation; resulting in reform. But their actions also have had unexpected consequences that are only now being realized. The erosion of traditional values; specifically the demise of the traditional family structure, signals the end of the continuation of the American idea and way of life.

The traditional family structure – the so-called nuclear family – has been an American staple for generations. The nuclear family consists of a mother, father and children. The number of children is insignificant, as the number could be one or ten, or any number in between. The main requirement is that the family unit be able to sustain itself. This has been the traditional structure that constituted American households since the formation of the nation itself. While the roles of the various members have shifted over time, generally as a result of economic pressures, the fundamental structure remained consistent until contemporary times.

In the generations prior to that of the baby boomers, America was primarily an agrarian society. As such, it was common for every member to be involved in providing for the family. Fathers, mothers, and children all contributed to some degree in the maintenance of the family. One could argue that it was an economic and survival imperative for the family unit to be structured and function in this manner. It is instructive to note that whether this argument is accurate or not, the results were successful as America developed into a progressive society.

The industrial age began to change the economic dynamics as the nation shifted away for an agrarian society. With industry and better wages, there was another shift in the gender roles within the family structure. Mothers/wives, no longer needed to provide their labor for the maintenance of the family, and therefore shifted to a domestic role. The Father/husband became the primary provider for the family. The father/husband went to work, the mother/wife stayed home to care for the children. This was the life that was introduced to baby boomers. This is the life that would pass on the values and norms of the previous generations to the baby boomer generation.

Baby Boomer Children

Baby Boomer Children

Baby boomers grew up in this environment and found it wanting. Indeed, they would come to believe that many of the social injustices that the nation was facing were a direct result of this perceived constraining mindset. Women were saddled, they believed, to a situation that allowed for the continuation of male dominance and a minimization of a woman’s ability. Baby boomers, as time progressed, would actively set out to completely redefine family and its role within society. They were very successful.

A quick look at the empirical data is both insightful and alarming. In 1950, baby boomers were born into very stable homes. At this time, only about 6% of children lived in homes without a father. Baby boomers thus had the benefit of both parents, and subsequently well rounded upbringings. By 2004, the number of children in fatherless homes had mushroomed into as high as 35%! Over one third of today’s Americans are born into single parent homes. These are the children of baby boomers and their children’s children.

The situation for baby boomers and echo boomers is reaching critical proportions. The data is alarming concerning the affects of children being raised outside of a family structure. It is ironic that baby boomers have subjected their children to a lower social standard than that which they themselves had experienced. While boomers and their children have done remarkably well financially, educationally and medically – this house of cards was built on a foundation unable to sustain continued progress.

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Baby Boomers Connecting Online

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Boomers Connecting Online

Boomers Connecting Online

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First and foremost, let me take a wild guess about the things you were possibly doing before you sat down in front of your computer to read this article:

Getting wet and wild bathing the dog.
Trying to jog around the neighborhood but stopped halfway to rest your aching feet (and soon decided to just go home and browse the web).

Justifying to your youngest daughter why you missed another one of your grandchild’s recital (while knowing the real reason is you totally forgot about it).

Taking off your golf shoes.

Searching for Adventure Travels and fantasizing about your next exotic flight.

Taste-testing first class wines at a new wine house in town; wondering how life would’ve turned out if you’re high school sweetheart were still by your side.

If any of the above seems like your choice of activity, then you probably were born between 1946-1964 - a certified baby boomer.

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As young adults, baby boomers were quite busy revolutionizing the world and focusing on both individual as well as societal freedoms. Many sacrificed the luxury of “quality private time.” Although some of us boogied our way through the 70’s, most boomers ended up to be hard working, slightly obsessive compulsive professionals, politicians, and successful businesspeople. But now, for better or worse, our corporate days are nearly over. Now we can enjoy the things we dreamed of when we were still struggling with the tumultuous journey. And since time now permits, the moment for recollection and reconnection is at hand. Ever wondered what happened to your classmate who burned his draft card on campus? Curious to know how the classmate you used to have a crush on turned out? Want to know whether your buddy has finally created his own rock-n-roll band?

Now there’s an easy way to find out.

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The Sport of Ballroom Dancing

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Psychological Articles: The Sport of Ballroom Dance

Psychological Articles: The Sport of Ballroom Dance

By Boomeryearbook.com

The baby boomer generation has been looked up to as a generation that never shied away from trying out new things and finding new ways to have fun. Ballroom dancing is no exception. It has been universally recognized that ballroom dancing is great recreation, fantastic exercise, and a terrific way to develop self-confidence and hone social skills. Keeping all this in mind Boomer Yearbook did some research for the benefit of the baby boomer generation and put together this psychological article on the history of ballroom dancing as well as some of the most common rules. We hope you Enjoy!

Ballroom dancing was first introduced in the 18th century and its origins can be traced back to England where ballroom dancing was performed by the elite and upper strata of society, in social gatherings and at balls. During the late 19th century it became trendy among the working and middle class who held ballroom dances in public dance halls. Like other dance forms, while ballroom dances have recognizable steps, they are also vehicles of expressing feelings, thoughts and emotions.

History of Ballroom Dancing

Historically ballroom dancing referred to any form of formal social dancing performed as a way of recreation. However in modern times, as the baby boomer generation may well be aware, ballroom dancing, with the advent of dance as a sport, has become narrower in scope.

Interestingly for the baby boomer generation, psychological articles have revealed that the oldest forms of ballroom dancing probably had their roots in camp fire rituals, spiritual ceremonies and fertility rites.

The modern closed couple position of the Viennese Waltz was first invented in the 1700s, (and spread to England in the 1800’s), at the same time as which the Polka and Tango gained popularity and evolved in other parts of Europe.

Ballroom dancing hit America in the early 1900s, incorporating variations such as the Foxtrot, Swing and Quickstep, shortly followed by Cuban, Caribbean and Latin influences of Rumba, Samba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha.

Modern Ballroom Dancing

Today ballroom dancing has transformed from a social activity to a competitive sport. The modern ballroom dances have been categorized and standardized. This dance style now follows internationally agreed upon terms, techniques, rhythms and tempos.

There are five different steps which are danced in ballroom dancing events. They are diverse in origin but are all danced by a couple i.e. a man and a woman in a ‘Closed Hold.’

The Ballroom Dance Hold

Conventionally the man takes the lead and the lady follows. There are 5 contact points which are to be maintained throughout the dance.
• The man’s left hand hold lady’s right hand.
• The lady’s left hand rests on top of the right arm of the male partner with Tango being an exception and the lady’s left hand resting behind the male partner’s arm.
• The man’s right hand is positioned on the lady’s left shoulder.
• The lady’s left elbow is placed at the man’s right elbow.
• The chest of both partners touch on the right side.

1. Modern Waltz:
A sedate version of Viennese Waltz that has characteristic turns and dips. It’s danced with couples face to face, with arms on each other’s shoulders and hips.

2. Tango:
It’s a light spirited Flamenco originally from Spain. Its emphasis is on leg movements, proud torso and sharp leg movements that have a staccato action.

3. Viennese Waltz:
A dance performed to music with 3 beats to the bar. Today it’s danced to a tempo of 180 beats per minute.

4. Slow Foxtrot:
A more romantic Foxtrot performed to a 4/4 rhythm of about 120 beats/minute tempo.

Dances have been an integral part of human civilization; and the baby boomer generation have reveled in Ballroom Dancing as a form of recreation and socialization. Psychological articles tell us that Ballroom dancing develops self esteem and an overall positive attitude. Ballroom dancing can teach us the important trick of keeping our feet grounded while holding our heads high. And isn’t that what we baby boomers do best?

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Barbie Turning Fifty

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Barbie: bimbo or savvy baby boomer woman?

Barbie: bimbo or savvy baby boomer woman?

An Update to “Playtime in Yesteryear”: By Boomer Yearbook.com

http://boomeryearbook.com/blog/2008/11/08/playtime-in-yesteryear

It appears that Barbie is indeed part of the not so small group of baby boomer women. In fact, many baby boomer women have probably owned a few Barbie dolls and in the unlikely event that they haven’t, they have probably given some to children or grandchildren. We are all familiar with that beautiful stereotypical doll that sure looks good for turning fifty! Yes, Barbie was born and created in 1959 by a woman named Ruth Handler for the Mattel Company that was owned by her husband and his partner. Barbie was named after their daughter and when the Ken doll was introduced he was named after their son.

It must have been amazing to them to see their children’s names and their creations become such a world wide phenomenon. The iconic doll became the baby boomers women symbol of female beauty. However, Barbie also began to be widely criticized for her stereotypical, unrealistic portrayal of the perfect woman. Yet, the unending criticism did not interfere with Barbie’s popularity. She also became a symbol of what a woman could accomplish; from the acquisition of enormous wealth complete with fancy cars and clothes among other accessories, to fabulous careers that had been traditionally male oriented. As the 60’s saying goes, “She’s come a long way, baby.”

Barbie Doll Collection

Barbie Doll Collection

However, Barbie didn’t always have access to such esteemed careers. In her early teen and adult days, the Barbie doll was regarded as a stereotypical dumb blonde; a materialistic, shallow airhead worrying only about her looks and social status. Therefore, in an attempt to counteract the gender stereotyping that many believed the Barbie doll presented, Mattel Inc. created different careers for Barbie as well as International Barbie dolls designed to represent varying cultures.

Ah, it is hard to believe that the pop culture star has made it to the golden age of fifty. And what a tumultuous journey it has been! It seems that even when one stereotype about Barbie is addressed, another one emerges. Nonetheless, whatever new criticisms or stereotypes about Barbie appear in the future, we at Boomer Yearbook think Barbie is sure to remain a static symbol of Western culture for baby boomer women, echo boomer women, generation x, y and beyond.

What do you think? Will Barbie continue to evolve or will she forever be saddled with her bimbo image?

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Ellen DeGeneres Makes Boomer Women Proud

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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By Boomeryearbook.com

Good news for the boomer women; Ellen DeGeneres is the new face of Cover Girl. Rumors had started to circle way before the successful comedian announced officially in September on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she’d be “the new face of Cover Girl.” She’s already started shooting commercials for them and says that the experience is a “very cool thing.”

The talented Ellen has won eleven Emmy awards throughout her career as a stand up comedian and talk show host. She hosted the 79th Academy Awards and of course, who can forget her as Dory in the cute Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. She has indeed come a long way from winning the title of the funniest person in America in an HBO sponsored event in 1980. Her success story gives courage to the boomer women reminding us of who we are and how far we have come.

She started working with Cover Girl Cosmetics in September and her advertisements started running in January of this year. The reason why Ellen working in a beauty campaign is surprising is not because she’s not good looking, it’s just that she has very unconventional looks; and is a proud openly gay, untraditional woman. Ellen has been dating girlfriend Portia De Rossi since 2004. The couple married in 2008 when the ban on same-sex marriage in California was overturned. The woman is anything but conformist. She doesn’t dress girly and she doesn’t wear a lot of girly makeup. But her advertisements for Cover Girl are amazing and Ellen looks glam. Way to go for the boomer women!

Cover Girl has signed a contract with Ellen under which this proud boomer women will be marketing the new Cover Girl Simply Ageless foundation. The timing for the deal couldn’t be better because Ellen, while far from old, turned 51 in January of this year as did many of the boomer women. She represents the segment of women in society who want to still have fun and look good even though their age in numbers might try to indicate otherwise. Cover Girl’s pick for their new line shows the changing attitude of our country. Who ever thought that a woman who is a comedian by profession and isn’t sexually straight would ever be chosen to represent makeup for a fashionable hot brand? Call me narrow-minded, but we sure never thought something like this would happen. It has though, and we’re all the better for it. Ellen has immense appeal, as shown by the smashing success she’s had with the American Express ads and the wide viewing of her show.

Ellen will, of course, be showing clips from her photo shoots with Cover Girl on her show. The move to put someone as diverse as Ellen on the face of a campaign is a clever stroke of genius on the part of Cover Girl. It’ll send the competition scrambling to find something or someone different. But there’s no one like Ellen and she is as original as it gets. Ellen has that open “every person” easiness to her while still being different from the crowd. Cover Girl will also be able to capture the market for the boomer women thanks to this smart move.

We at Boomer Yearbook say kudos to Cover Girl for choosing Ellen.

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Comic Books Of The Baby Boomers Generation

Monday, February 16th, 2009

The Baby Boomers Generation Comic Books

The Baby Boomers Generation Comic Books

By Boomeryearbook.com

During the 1960’s I, along with most of my friends, became a huge fan of comic books. My love-affair began when one day while watching “Superman” my favorite TV show, I saw a tag saying that “Superman” was actually a comic character. I just had to have one.
Watching echo boomers and grandkids pouring over the pages of a comic book brought the memories of my childhood flooding back to me. I thought it would be nice to share my recollections with fellow boomers and see what you have to say about the comic-books experience.
Some great comics from the early times of the baby boomers are summarized here:

1. Blue Beetle Bo. 5: This was created when the co-creator of Spiderman and Doctor Strange, Steve Ditko, left Marvel comics and went to join Charlton Comics for lack of a better option. The baby boomers will remember this comic as it came as a welcome addition to the comic-world at a time when there was a serious dearth of quality comic books, mediocrity being the best they could offer.

2. Star spangled War Stories No. 141: Commercial comic books saw its first most popular series with the beginning of Enemy Ace written by Robert Kanigher with illustrations by Joe Kubert. It was set in World War 1 and revolved around a German fighter who suffered from a conscience.

3. The Spectre No. 1: This was the only issue in the short life-span of 1o issues that was illustrated by the genius Murphy Anderson himself. It was produced by DC comics.

4. Showcase 85: The baby boomers will remember this comic as a masterpiece in drawing. Illustrations were given by Joe Kubert who was also the writer of the comic series. Firehair is a child who is raised by Native Americans and while growing up finds himself spurned by other White settlers.

5. Metamorpho No. 1: Ramona Fradon showed her extraordinary artistic talent in this series of comic books. She only worked on 4 issues as she took leave to raise her daughter and the later issues could at best be described as mediocre imitations of her style. The baby boomers women can proudly say she still is one of the best comic book and comic strip artist’s around with works published in Superman, Fantastic Four and Batman, just to name a few.

6. Captain Action No. 4: It only lasted 4 issues but what incredible issues these were. These were based on a toy figure as well as another one of the most popular of DC comics, Hot Wheels.

7. Lois Lane No. 71: In January of 1968, came Lois Lane trying every moronic way to trap Superman into wedlock. From jealousy to trying on potions to turn her into superwoman or a monster; Lois tries them all. The baby boomers loved them for the sheer silliness and the light-hearted story line created by Kurt Shaffenberger.

8. Superman Annual No. 1: Now this one must have been one hell of a seller with a crisp, modern front page design. I doubt any of us was able to resist it. It has stories about the secret of Lex Luthor’s baldness and tales about the Kryptonite visions of the giant ape.

9. Showcase No. 56 and 75: Showcase is the best example of comics in the 1960s. These include The Creeper and The Hawk and the Dove in addition to others.

10. Bat Lash NO. 4: Written by Sergio Aragones and co-written by Denny O’Neill this issue is brilliant. Humor galore, the characters seem true and are drawn with perfection by Nick Cardy.

11. Peanuts: Now there was no bashing for the bad guys here, no super-human feats. The characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, were all so easy to relate to and so much fun. We baby boomers really took a liking to these comics.

12. Sad Sack: This was another of those comics spun around the world wars, in this case the second one. Created by George Baker, it was a sort of a personal insight into the war as he was a former army sergeant. He also illustrated almost all the comics in the series.

13. Batman and Robin: Now this one everyone liked. So no surprise for seeing it here on my list. Their secret identities secretly made me wish for one too. The colorful variety of villains added to the fun. And from the popularity of today’s movies, we all recognize the timelessness of the Joker, Penguin, Cat Woman, and Poison Ivy.

14. Classics: These were novels that were adapted as comics. You could find anything from Oliver Twist and Lord Jim to The Time Machine and Frankenstein. I can safely say that my interest in reading classic literature came from these comics.

15. And of course Archie, Reggie, Betty and Veronica. These comic books were so beloved and special they deserve their own article.

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Baby Boomers Sharing The Past With This Generation

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Baby Boomer Grandparents:How to Share the Past

Baby Boomer Grandparents:How to Share the Past

By Boomeryearbook.com

As grandparents, we want to leave a lasting legacy for our grandchildren to always remember us by. A great way for them to truly understand our lives are to share with them stories from our past. This can be a challenging task, because it is not easy to catch the attention of teenagers today with stories of the “good old days”. So how can the baby boomers generation make it fun and interesting without abandoning the true principles we are trying to get across? Here are some great strategies to help us do just that.

Starting Off

The hardest part is usually starting off the conversation right. Once you’ve wrecked the introduction, it can all go downhill from there. It is probably a good idea to start off the conversation over lunch or some kind of fun bonding activity. When they’re caught off-guard, they are more likely to come up with some excuse as to why they can’t talk now. A lot, also, depends on the kind of relationship that is already established between you and your grandchildren. Having a good relationship will make it even easier for you to share pretty much anything with them.

Make It Relevant

It is important for the baby boomers generation to make whatever story you are trying to tell relevant to their lives today. Many times grandkids think that everything going on now is oh so new, and they do not understand that you went through many of the same struggles they go through now as teenagers. So tell them about the baby boomers days when you were young, how you met your partner, struggles you may have went through at home as a child and as a young adult. Always make sure there is a point to the story so that they will know where you are going with it and try not to be too long winded. This is a good way to pass down guidance and advice without “telling them what to do” - something that most teenagers and even younger grandkids hate.

Are You Listening?

In order to set a good example, the baby boomer grandparent must also be a good listener when your grandchildren come and talk to you. Whether it is to seek advice or to just share what’s going on in their lives. Do not be quick to interject or try and lecture, but be calm and help them to reflect on the situation. This may also be a good time to share something from your past that relates to the topic at hand and that can serve as encouragement to them. It is a privilege for the baby boomers generation to be able to have positive and meaningful interactions with our grandchildren, so make the most of it. Allow them to have a glimpse into your past as you learn more about their present and future.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all of us Baby Boomers

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

By Boomeryearbook.com

As the day nears there are many who are pro and against Valentine’s Day. But, I just say this to everybody, there’s nothing wrong with a day of extra special lovin’! I’m a woman whose statistics classify as part of the baby boomer generation. I’m hmm, a mature woman of a certain age. Yet, while age has a number, a state of mind is ephemeral. You are truly as young or as old as you feel. Obviously, your state of mind has positive correlations to age, you hopefully become more mature and more composed. But, that doesn’t mean you become dull. All you baby boomer women out there, have no shame in looking forward to Valentine’s Day!

In the past few years the baby boomer generation has possibly been sending more V Day cards to their grandchildren and relatives, and not their loved ones. Maybe they’re single, or maybe they’ve just been married so long they just don’t bother. Many single individuals of the baby boomer generation complain that most everyone their age is already in a committed relationship. Well, that is simply not true. You’d be surprised how many “single” people you can find that ‘are of your time’. Some people grumble about networking sites or V Day parties for singles above 50 … they call it unfair classification. Look, if you’re single and above 50, you’re single and above 50 … what’s wrong with that!

This weekend please forget all your anti V Day principles and inhibitions (well not ALL!) and do something special for a loved one. For the baby boomer generation I have good news. There are so many websites and other information outlets about gift ideas and romance.

What do you buy a fellow baby boomer for V Day?

I think gift baskets are a great idea. Buy stuff that will remind you of the 60s and 70s. Remember those tie dyed shirts and slinkies? Remember “Leave it to Beaver” and silly putty? Remember Tootsie Rolls and peace necklaces? You get the idea. Find things relative to the baby boomer generation. Dig in your stuff and pull out things from the past. Wipe off that dust and sit down with a loved one and reminisce. Baby boomer women; this can be with your loved one or your best girlfriend.

Another thing that most everybody, young and old, from or not from the baby boomer generation, likes is gift certificates. I go crazy for spa gift certificates. There’s nothing like a great day at the spa. While that may seem too exotic for you, give it a try, it’s so relaxing. If spas aren’t your thing then that is just fine. All women out there who don’t know what to buy their baby boomer men: offer to have all of their music updated to CDs or to MP3 format. Trust me, they’ll never do it themselves and it makes for a great, if not very romantic, gesture.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all Baby Boomers. Cheers to us!

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Favorite boomers flicks: new and old

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Natalie Wood in West Side Story

Natalie Wood in West Side Story

By Boomeryearbook.com

I love going to the movies, I love watching movies at home, I love my DVD collection … I just can’t get enough of movies! There’s nothing like curling up with a good book, but by the same token there’s nothing like a good movie and some popcorn. I grew up watching movies, and like most baby boomers, I remember it being an all day affair as it was never just one flick but always two. The boomer generation wasn’t all about rock and roll or hippies, we managed to fit in a few movies too! We were theater goers, but with increasing technology, many of the baby boomer generation are perfectly content to watch DVDs at home.

Here’s a list and a line or two about some great movies from our time: the boomer generations time. And some movies that are recent releases.

Shirley Valentine: This movie was actually based on a play. An unhappy wife was going through a mid life crisis when a holiday in Greece changed and refreshed her in more ways than one. I loved it.

West Side Story: The film released in 1961 and it wasn’t just another spin off of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; we remembered it. The songs were amazing, and while watching the movie might not be as great as seeing the play, I’d definitely count it as an all time favorite of the boomer generation. Wasn’t Natalie Wood just breathtaking?!

Dr Zhivago is another favorite of the boomer generation. (So far all the movies listed were either books or plays before being adapted to the big screen … hmm interesting) Anyway, this epic romance/war movie starred a gorgeous Omar Sharif in the lead role and an equally gorgeous Julie Christie. The film was released in 1965.

GREASE (Yes, originally a play). Do I need to explain this movie? Everybody, not only the boomer generation loved this movie. Olivia Newton John and John Travolta set the screen on fire.

The boomer generation has adapted rather well to today’s life. Really, it takes a great effort on our part to tolerate and digest some of the stuff our children and grandchildren watch and some stuff that is ostensible stimulating adult cinema.

However, we were fortunate as this past year turned out quite a few good movies. “Slumdog Millionaire” has been making waves ever since it was released. I think the movie is ageless and particularly relevant for those of the boomer generation in the sense that we grew up in a prosperous time and yet, so many years of ‘development’ later there are still those who don’t have what we had decades ago. While I thought the actors were impeccably played, I found the movie “Revolutionary Road” (another movie adapted from a novel), set in the post war, pre-Abortion era, a little slow and being one of millions of baby boomer women, I personally couldn’t relate to the world “prior” to the right to choose.

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FASHION: From the baby boomer generation to now

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Pres. Obama Inauguration Day

Pres. Obama Inauguration Day

By Boomeryearbook.com

Do you want to know what John F. Kennedy wore to his inauguration? I’m bringing this up because of two things. Well, firstly, we all know what the Obamas wore on inauguration day and the balls following that so I thought I’d briefly discuss presidential fashions of yesteryear. Secondly, my grandchildren and children often ask me “Well, what’d you wear, you know, back in the day?”
(JFL wore a formal suit, coattails, vests and all, minus top hat.)

JFK Inauguration

JFK Inauguration

Fashion for the baby boomer generation always changed. And I don’t just mean that fashion has changed now that we’re older, fashions changed continuously while the baby boomers were growing up. Many boomers, both the first stage boomers and the second stage boomers, will recall that hats (tall top hats, frilly brimmed hats etc) started to slowly disappear. It’s true though that clothing was a lot more formal for adults. Suits were a must for professionals and women’s pant suits were just beginning to gain in popularity towards the end of the 60s. Many of the baby boomer generation won’t remember their mothers wearing pants the way women wear pants today. However, that doesn’t mean that the baby boomer women were “traditionally clad” domestic creatures doing housework in pearls and dresses.

In the 60’s we wore saddle shoes but by the late 60’s they were “out”. Tie dyed shirts became popular in the 60s too. Really tight straight legged pants became popular for boys in the mid sixties. But in the early seventies, bell bottoms became ‘the’ thing for both baby boomer men and women.

The Beatles were huge fashion setters for the baby boomer generation; and they didn’t follow trends, they set the trends. In the early days, The Beatles wore ‘mop-top’ hair, but in later years, The Beatles’ hair was much longer. The baby boomer generation parents were appalled at the long hair of their “hippie”, baby boomers generation children, but as in many things, the sheer number of the baby boomers generation allowed them to “march to the tune of their own drummer.”

The baby boomer generation was hip and always up to date with the latest trends, no matter how ‘wacky’ or unconventional they appeared to previous fashions. The problem these days, for both aging baby boomer men and aging baby boomer women, is to find clothes that are comfortable, modern, wearable and flattering. Fashion isn’t ageless, no matter what the pundits say. But, by the same token, the baby boomer generation just needs to keep in mind that they should think about shape more than age. Separates are a great way to get the kind of look you want. Fashion over 50 doesn’t mean you wear drab dull, unfitted shapeless stuff … baby boomer women out there, please take heed and chuck that beaten handbag and buy something colorful, along with a non-stretch waist pair of jeans. Aging boomer men, chuck the common misconceptions and dress the way you feel is flattering to you, concentrating on cut and fit rather than if your clothes are up-to-date or out-of-date.

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