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I simply must respond to Thomas E. Stuart’s letter bashing every baby boomer like we are all the same, did the same, think the same, look the same. From one lonely baby boomer to Mr. Stuart: We aren’t, we didn’t, and we don’t.
I am from a family of eight children, Midwestern, Catholic, hard-working father and mother. My oldest brother (of the earlier Vietnam age) was career military (USAF). My next brothers were both Vietnam vets — just before the cutoff age of baby boomer. The rest of the eight — three girls and two boys are boomers. Of those, only one was old enough to be even considered the right age for the “dawning of the age of Aquarius.” The rest were in high school and elementary school during the late sixties and early seventies.
If you’ll recall, most of the revolting going on was done by college age students and those older. Since the only way most of us went to college was by GI Bill or starting at junior college first, there was no opportunity to be among the elite throng at the more prestigious schools where most of this took place. So, please one and all, stop painting “Baby Boomers” with a broad brush. Most were like my brothers and sisters — too young to be part of the problem and watching with horror the street revolts of the 1968 convention.
By the way, those in charge of the revolution during those days were much older than the boomers. Go look up Jane Fonda, John Kerry, Abbie Hoffman, the Chicago Seven, Dan Rather and any of the other big names from that era. You’ll find that they are from the generation between “the greatest” and “the boomers.” Perhaps they were mad when their fathers went to war and left them to grow up without them.p>There was a cultural explosion going on during the '60s and '70s — you certainly can blame the boomers if you want, but there was much more going on than a large generation coming of age. Red diaper babies, communist sympathizers — these were not inventions of a generation, but things the adults in charge at the time didn’t want to deal with. br> — Deborah Durkee br> Marietta, Georgia /p> p> I just read Thomas E. Stuart’s letter in Reader Mail. Whew! That was humdinger! After my side recovered from laughing so hard, I had to wonder: would it be too much to ask that you consider offering Mr. Stuart a position on your staff? br> — R. S. Trotter br> Arlington, Virginia /p>
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