Don’t Look Back. Something Might Be Gaining On You. – Leroy “Satchel” Paige

For as long as I can remember, the Baby Boom generation (those born beginning in years 1946 through 1964,  which includes me) has been the largest generation in American history.  I once heard the effect of the huge Baby Boomer generation on life in the U.S. compared to that of a pig going through a python.

But the supremacy of the Baby Boom generation in sheer numbers may be about to change.

Baby Boomer population peaked at 78.8 million in 1999.  By 2016, that number had slipped to 74.1 million.  The Census Bureau projects that millennial’s (those born from 1981 through 1996) will peak in 2036 at 76.2 million.  That seems like a long time from now.  BUT . . . if predictions hold true,  the number of Millenial’s will reach 73 million and  the number of Baby Boomers will drop to 72 million by the end of next year, according to Richard Fry of Pew Research.

The end of an era.

I can attest to the number of Baby Boomers dropping.  In June a friend of mine born in 1950 died.   Last week a friend born in 1958 passed away.  I always try to attend funerals based on the advice of Yogi Berra, who observed “If you don’t go to your friend’s funerals they won’t go to yours.”

After the shock wore off, I was left with fond memories of both friends who passed away this summer.  And that’s despite the fact that the son of one of my friends started his Dad’s eulogy with  “My dad . . .  Was he a stubborn S.O.B, or what?!”

There’s worse things to be remembered for.

Like the unfortunate guy in the cemetery I visited in Kansas City yesterday.  His grave is located way in the corner of an old cemetery near 121st and State Line on the Missouri side.  Where he lies was once the small town of New Santa Fe, a stones throw from the western border of the United States when New Santa Fe was incorporated in 1852.

His small marker says, simply, “THE HORSE THIEF”.

I’m not sure how he died, but it is probably a safe assumption that it wasn’t from natural causes.

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At Least He Got A Marker

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me, an early member of the Baby Boom generation.  We Boomers were born after our dads got back from World War II.  My dad was too young to serve in WWII, but he wasn’t too young chip in a couple of babies to the Baby Boom generation in the years following the war.

I was born in the forties, a kid in the fifties, graduated high school in the sixties, and juggled college & the military in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  In 1972, I graduated from college, received an honorable discharge after 6 years in the military, got married, and started a career.  Still got the same wife.  Retired in 2012 from the same company that hired me in 1972.

I’ve kept a journal since January 1, 1972.  I’ve found that the days may go slow but the years go fast.

I can sum up everything I have learned about life in three words:  It Goes On – Robert Frost

It was my 7th grade Home Room teacher, Mrs. Simmons, that introduced me to Robert Frost.

Not Literally.  Although she could have if she had had the pull.  He was still alive when I was in the 7th grade.  In fact, Robert Frost spoke at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961.  I was halfway through 7th grade.  The esteemed Mr. Frost was nearing 87 at the time.  His performance was not flawless.  As he began to read a poem, he struggled with the small typewritten print.

“I’ll just have to get through it the best I can!” he said graciously to laughter from the audience and newly-inaugurated President Kennedy.

Fifty-seven years later I have a greater appreciation for large print myself.  Thank God for iPads where I can pick my own font size when I read!

I don’t know if it was after JFK’s inauguration or some other occasion that Mr. Frost uttered what has become my favorite quote of his.   That was when he said he could sum up everything he had learned about life in three words – “It goes on!”

Thanks for joining me in this, my first post on my new blog.  I appreciate your patience as I bumble along and try to learn how to make the tools available with this blog work as intended.

As Mr. Frost said, “I’ll just have to get through this the best I can”.  

I hope you will join me.

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends