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Baby Boomer History

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    by Karl Schuster on January 8th, 2018No Comments

    In many ways, 1957 was a transformative year in American history. Major cultural shifts, fueled by unprecedented post-war economic prosperity led to a fundamental redefinition of what it was to be an American. For most, there was a very real sense of optimism and exuberance reflected in everything from large car tailfins to a new, youth-led music movement known as rock and roll. For others, a sense of hope for a better future began to take root with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 along with the courage displayed by the Little Rock Nine in challenging then-prevalent school segregation.

    by Karl Schuster on November 13th, 2017No Comments

    For most of the 20th century, phonograph records, particularly vinyl LPs and 45s, were unquestionably the most loved and popular format for one’s favorite albums and songs. At one point, nearly every household had at least a modest collection of LPs and singles along with a turntable and, just maybe, a set of decent headphones. Then, of course, there were the enthusiasts who arranged their whole living room around their quadraphonic hi-fi and would endlessly fiddle with knobs and adjustments.
    Many think of technological advancements as a one-way street, forever onward and upward. To be sure, once clever new bits of tech like answering machines and boxes of neatly arranged punch cards have likely been relegated to the scrapheap of history for good. There are, however, some bits of technology that hold on long past the expiration dates set by experts in the field and, in some cases, even the manufacturers of the products themselves. Whether it’s nostalgia of the users, the timelessness of their designs, or some people simply rediscovering technology of days past, some technology is frankly too good to simply fade away. What follows are bits of tech you’ll undoubtedly remember from your youth that have experienced surprising second acts in their long lives.

    by Mayra Rocha on January 20th, 2017No Comments

    Have you ever wondered what presidents did once they retired from the White House? Do they join a pickleball league, perfect their golf or tennis swing, or do they stay involved in politics? While most presidents transitioned into a quiet and relatively normal retirement where they spent their free time writing memoirs, others remained active in the spotlight or in politics throughout their Golden Years. Check out what these presidents did in retirement below.

    by Mayra Rocha on December 14th, 20163 Comments

    Baby Boomers represent over a quarter of the U.S. population and it’s no surprise that builders dived into this market to meet the growing demand of retirees who want to remain active and social throughout their Golden Years. Development of 55+ communities began in the early 1960s that generated a new era of housing. And with about 80 million Americans reaching the age of 65 by 2050, it’s safe to say that active adult communities are here to stay and will continue to play a major role in the housing market.
    Large, gated retirement communities sprawled across acres of rural landscape was the common blueprint for a majority of active adult developers. The first 55+ community ever built in the country was Sun City Arizona by Del Webb in 1960 that set the standard of what retirement communities should look like. They were designed as self-contained subdivisions and resembled vacation-style resorts or lavish country clubs that were typically built around clubhouses, golf courses, and tennis courts. These large developments were also typically isolated in rural areas that were far from daily conveniences and attractions, which required residents to drive everywhere. But with the ever-changing needs of today’s active adults and with more retirees living longer and independently, could this traditional retirement community model change from a rural or suburban setting and move into urban cities?

    by Riley Ubben on October 13th, 2016No Comments

    When people talk about the 70s, they often talk about youth culture — disco and the hangover of the 60s — but the decade also saw retirement redefined as an institution. Medical advancements and the creation of Medicare meant that people were living longer, and a period of economic prosperity following World War II allowed many to retire at a younger age, though some did not have a choice.

    by Elliot Crumpley on September 2nd, 2016No Comments

    Many Baby Boomers remember watching ‘I Love Lucy’ on black and white television with screens smaller than computer screens of today. Spanning the years of 1946 to 1964 as we have aged, so too has the way we watch TV and the programs we watch. With the advent of HBO, Netflix and channels beyond ABC, CBS, and NBC, Hollywood has whetted our appetites over several decades for TV watching. Following are five modern TV shows about Baby Boomers that fit the times.

    by Elliot Crumpley on August 19th, 2016No Comments

    Baby Boomers lived through some of the most exhilarating, uncertain, and defining moments in our country’s history. From the passing of the Civil Rights Act to the moon landing to Beatlemania, Baby Boomers have seen it all.

    by Mayra Rocha on August 12th, 20162 Comments

    While Millennials have multi-day festivals and events like Coachella and Lollapalooza, Baby Boomers also have great concerts that they can check out to see their fellow Boomer musicians. Find out which of these Baby Boomers are still rockin’ and rollin’ on tour in 2016.

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