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Millennial 1977 - 1992 6 2.76%
Generation X 1965 -1976 32 14.75%
Younger Boomer 1955 -1964 102 47.00%
Older Boomer 1946 -1954 68 31.34%
Silent 1937 -1945 8 3.69%
GI Generation (before) 1937 1 0.46%
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:16 AM   #21
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Hey, what happens when your parents move to Florida and don't have basements?

Maybe that's why they move to Florida and buy those small condos. No room for the kids to move back in.
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This is the first poll I've seen which defines millennials as being born in the 70's. I've always thought of myself as a young Xer.
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Born in 1963, I am technically a "younger boomer" but I feel more like a Gen-Ex. This is because how I originally heard the definition of a "boomer" back in the 1980s. A "boomer" referred to the post-war baby boom which began after WWII ended. The soldiers came back from the Europe and Asia and got married and had lots of kids. But my dad was not old enough to have served in WWII, so I never considered myself a "boomer" whose dad was a WWII veteran. This makes me a Gen-Exer, like my younger brother who was born in 1968.
+1. Another '63er here. Being called a boomer drives me crazy. I can identify closer to the late 60s set than the late 50s set. Too much happened in our experience that we were left out of (Vietnam War -- we just missed the draft, and I'm NOT complaining, for example).
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I agree completely.

In fact, as a 1948 baby I think it's nuts to include anyone in the post WWII baby boom generation except those born from 1945-1950, and that's stretching it. As I understood it, the idea behind labeling any of us as part of the post WWII baby boom was that soldiers came home from the war and immediately started the families they had delayed while off fighting. I can't imagine that it would take longer than 5 years for most couples to conceive.

I don't think our experiences as the leading edge of a population explosion had much (if anything at all) in common with the experiences of those born in the 1950's and 1960's. They were born when the birth rate had been higher for quite some time and in many ways the world was already prepared for more kids, while that was not always the case for us. Hangers on!!
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'Silent' here......(there's a misnomer if I ever heard one).......now I feel old, looking at the poll results.
I believe it is called that because it threw it up very few political leaders, and no US presidents. A generation was skipped between Reagan and Clinton I think.
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I believe it is called that because it threw it up very few political leaders, and no US presidents. A generation was skipped between Reagan and Clinton I think.
And Joe Biden was born the same year as me.
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Born in Dec 64. I always felt too young to be a Boomer and too old to be an X-er. I guess that makes me the middle child?
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Born in 1963, I am technically a "younger boomer" but I feel more like a Gen-Ex. This is because how I originally heard the definition of a "boomer" back in the 1980s. A "boomer" referred to the post-war baby boom which began after WWII ended. The soldiers came back from the Europe and Asia and got married and had lots of kids. But my dad was not old enough to have served in WWII, so I never considered myself a "boomer" whose dad was a WWII veteran. This makes me a Gen-Exer, like my younger brother who was born in 1968.
I am an early Gen-X er but feel that I relate more to the boomers.

I think there was a significant change in the culture of the US that started in the early 1980s. Perhaps this is why I don't identify so much with the rest of the Gen-Xers as my formative years were in the late 60's-70's.

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+1. Another '63er here. Being called a boomer drives me crazy. I can identify closer to the late 60s set than the late 50s set. Too much happened in our experience that we were left out of (Vietnam War -- we just missed the draft, and I'm NOT complaining, for example).
Yup. To me, the boomers are the ones who protested the Vietnam War, were part of the civil rights movement, were old enough to be shaken by the deaths of JFK, RFK, and MLK, and remember a man on the moon for the first time. Those all happened in the 1960s. Except for barely remembering the man on the moon, I have no real knowledge of most of the others except for the tail end of the Vietnam War into the early 1970s (and I was hardly old enough to ever get drafted, that ended in 1973 when I was 10).

My more formative years were in the 1970s which included the women's movement, Watergate, the energy crisis, stagflation, our Bicentennial, and the Iran hostage crisis. We older Gen-Exers grew up with those things.
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I was born in 1962. As evidence that this was at the end of the boom, my class was the first in the history of my high school that didn't need to share a locker, and my grade school and middle school both closed within a couple years after I left them.

Like others have commented, I was aware of most of what was happening in the late 60s and early 70s, but was just a kid and wasn't really a part of any of those things that seem to define the boomer generation.

On the other hand, Kurt Cobain is the defining symbol of Gen X, and I identify even less than him that I do with flower power, vietnam, etc.

So I feel like I am really in no-mans land when it comes to fitting in to a generation.
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On the other hand, Kurt Cobain is the defining symbol of Gen X, and I identify even less than him that I do with flower power, vietnam, etc.
But we have Wham! and Madonna.
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The Mad Men TV series covers adults who came of age in the 1950's. The series hero Don Draper fought in the Korean War and then went on to be an advertising man on Madison Avenue. That's not my generation (born 1948) but it was interesting to see how the world might have looked to those who were confronted by the discordance of the Vietnam War era, the higher divorce rate, and the 1960's racial tensions when in their 30's or early 40's.
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But we have Wham! and Madonna.
As cheesy a decade as it was, I loved the 80's, especially the music.

Who can forget Kajagoogoo with "Too Shy"
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As a child I remember 1949 A Christmas Story and being consumed with lust and longing until I finally did get my Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

There were a few other events in my 71 years 1943-2014 I vaguely noticed in passing.

heh heh heh - Yes I too almost put my eye out!
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"A Christmas Story" ... yeah... I lived it too... BB gun and especially the flat tire on our 38 Oldsmobile. War years, and no tire tubes available... All of our tires had anywhere from 2 to 5 or more patches, and I did help with the jack. The furnace was coal, except we could only afford "coke", and my dad would also mumble and groan about having to clean out the grates when we had a "clinker".

Gordon Annon had a Red Ryder Gun, but we couldn't afford that, so I had a generic Daisy. He also had a Roy Rogers cowboy hat, and I had to make do with the old fashioned Hopalong Cassidy "roundtop" hat.

BTW... as to the "Generation" thingy... I had to poke around to find a chart where I could be a GI, and not "silent"...
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The furnace was coal, except we could only afford "coke", and my dad would also mumble and groan about having to clean out the grates when we had a "clinker".
I could Google it, but it would be more interesting reading about it from somebody who knows it firsthand...

What's a "clinker" ?
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I could Google it, but it would be more interesting reading about it from somebody who knows it firsthand...

What's a "clinker" ?
In short, it is a useless lump of something, like slag, rock or dirt, instead of coal that burns. It either comes in the load or forms up from little bits that aggregate from contaminated lumps. It can foul up the works.
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As a child I remember 1949 A Christmas Story and being consumed with lust and longing until I finally did get my Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

There were a few other events in my 71 years 1943-2014 I vaguely noticed in passing.

heh heh heh - Yes I too almost put my eye out!

My Mom was always afraid that I would surely "put someone's eye out" so I could never have a BB gun. Santa did bring me a 25# bow and a dozen steel tipped arrows however when I was in the 6th grade or so. I did not dare question Santa's wisdom as I preferred the bow to the gun anyway.
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As a child I remember 1949 A Christmas Story and being consumed with lust and longing until I finally did get my Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.



heh heh heh - Yes I too almost put my eye out!
I got a Daisy BB gun when I was about 12.

The next day, we went down to the basement and I asked my brother to shoot me...I wanted to see if it hurt. He shot me right in the chest from about 10 feet away; I only had a pajama shirt....oh yeah!!! it hurt alright! What an idiot I was!! Lucky he didn't aim for my face.

And of course, there was the "don't tell mom" aspect as well.
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