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The Baby Boomer's Guide to the Galaxy: 1968



newyorkgoombaNewyorkgoomba on 02/09/2008

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TheBabyBoomersGuidetotheGalaxy1968 Photo Before Generation X or Generation Y, and all the other recent demographic constructs, stood the Baby Boomers. While the 1946-1964 era marks the most commonly accepted timeline for our group, some observers argue that two distinct cultural generations exist within that period with the actual "Baby Boomers" coming from the period 1942-1953. I was born in 1947, smack dab in the middle of that first wave, adopted through Catholic Charities in New York City, raised by 1st generation Italian and Greek parents, and spending my formative years in the City that Never Sleeps. This series will be a guide to my galaxy, focusing on key years within that six decade period known as my life. Welcome.

The questions will be annotated with personal recollections but will be drawn from historical events, personalities and cultural references that should be familiar to fellow boomers or students of history or, for that matter, veteran Sploofusers.

1968: I turned 21 that tumultuous year, my junior year in college. By then I was a 60s radical, my hair was growing long and I had become an anti-war activist having spent 6 weeks as a college journalist in South Vietnam the previous year.

Quiz photo is a poster from an anti-war documentary by my friend Emile De Antonio (1919-1989), the Michael Moore of his day. The film opened in 1968, greeted by threats, protests and vandalism at several theaters. It was nominated for an Academy Award.

See also, "My Life as a JD & Welcome to it!", "The Baby Boomer's Guide to the Galaxy: 1969", "The Baby Boomer's Guide to the Galaxy: 50s TV".
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