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The American Baby Boomer generation is made up of approximately seventy-six million individuals born between 1946 -1964.  The first wave of Boomers turned sixty, 60 years young in 2006.  Baby Boomers created the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s culture.  The Baby Boomers Tribute page is dedicated to all of the Boomers, Baby Boomers.  Check out Tom Brokaw report Boomers! History's Wealthiest and Most Influential Generation and Audience Insights, Communicating to Boomers

Baby Boomers had their own brand of music.  The Boomers music was wonderfully versatile and remains popular to this day.  Baby Boomers, just as other cultures before them, also had their own style of dress; poodle skirts, poofy petticoats, peddle pushers, chiffon scarves, shifts, tents, mini skirts, halters, go-go boots, penny loafers, bobby socks, saddle shoes, converse sneakers, clogs, stacks, bell bottoms, hot pants, etc. 

Baby Boomers had their own dances; The Twist, The Jerk, The Watusi, The Cha-Cha, The Slow Drag, The Bump, The Electric Slide, The Two Step, The Tighten Up, The Pony, The Swingout, The Swim, The Mash Potatoes, The Locomotion, The Hully Gully, The Hustle, The Bugaloo, Funky Chicken, The Fly, Boney Maroney, Hitchhiker, etc. 

The author, Deborah Young a savvy and sophisticated Baby Boomer, has written poems to honor Baby Boomers; Boomers, Baby Boomers and The Baby Boomers Creed

Boomers, Baby Boomers, post your pearls of wisdom  and take the Young and the Restless Baby Boomers Poll at truevisualpoet.blogspot.com/2010/08/boomers-baby-boomers-have-your-say.html  

Lonnie Lee Young, Track Star

South Natchez -Adams High School

 

Lonnie Lee Young

August 11, 1953 - December 24, 2009

 

Lonnie Lee Young; Sho' 'Nuf, We'll Miss You Visual Poem Image

Bust on Stand

 

...Lonnie Lee Young, a baby boomer, extraordinaire

 

 

Leo the Lion, you truly hurtled thru life with an air of flare 

 

 

No matter what, all of the records will say 

 

 

The obvious signs prove, you certainly did, pass this way

 

 

Top, thin-clad, track star; fuh, sho' 'nuf; we'll miss, you 

 

 

Your unique humor and opinions were honest and true

 

 

Your master mechanic skills hailed you as one of the best

 

 

And, your cheetah like sprintin' placed you, above the rest

 

 

You were a genuine human being

 

 

Full of charity, empathy and authenticity

 

 

Hence, Mr. Lonnie Lee Young

 

 

Your existence was notable, I do, decree

 

 

Check it out, a bust on a stand

 

 

Forever, pays tribute to your 56 years, with, dignity

 

 

 

Excerpt from "Lonnie Lee Young; Sho' 'Nuf, We'll Miss You"

 

 

Copyright by Deborah Young

 

 

Visual Poetry Image

The Baby Boomers Creed Visual Poem - Spinning Top On Table

 

 

 

 

 

...We are baby boomers, we are 

 

 

We are the generation most creative and diverse, by far 

 

 

Brand new paths, we have set, all ablaze 

 

 

And, we have transformed each and every, life phase 

 

 

In elementary school we learned

 

 

From Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff 

 

 

We entertained ourselves, we played rough

 

 

And sometimes fell on our duff 

 

 

Hide-n-seek, ring around the roses

 

 

Red light, green light, sling shots and blind man's bluff 

 

 

And, toy makers provided us with a whole lotta, stuff 

 

 

The slinky, yo-yos, hula-hoops, spinnin'- spinning tops

 

 

Marbles and jacks were way off, the cuff...

 

 

An excerpt from The Baby Boomers Creed

 

 

Copyright by Deborah Young

 

A poem honoring Baby Boomers contributions to society

 

Deborah Young dedicates The Baby Boomers Creed visual poetry to Natchez Eight Baby Boomer Siblings, the numerous influential, fabulous, famous and unique Boomers, Baby Boomers, including:

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Tony Dungy, Bill Gates, Dr. James H. Young, Jr., Bruce Springsteen, Susan L. Taylor, Vivian Beatrice Bright, David Letterman, Phylicia Rashad, Diane Keaton

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President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush, Former President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, Stevie Wonder, George Clooney, Bernie Mac, Al Roker, Dr. Devell Ray Young, Prince    

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Bernice Tolbert, T D Jakes, Denzel Washington, Theron Eagleton, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Mae Jemison, Angela Bassett, Lonnie Lee Young, Debbie Allen, Clarence Robson, Jr, Larry Profice

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Sugar Ray Leonard, Robert Townsend, Tom Cruise, Emeril Lagasse, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Glenda Faye Young, Madonna, General William E. "Kip" Ward, Curtis Riggs, Dr. Florence Wooten    

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Al Green the Soul Singer (Albert Greene), Pam Grier, Jimmy Buffett, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Lovie Smith, Dolly Parton, Wynton Marsalis, George Foreman, Dr. Patricia Weger, Judge Greg Mathis

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Ben Vereen, Jay Leno, Samuel L. Jackson, Loretta Jefferies Young, Martin Luther King III, Alease Latham Young, Dr. Grace Jennings, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Damon Wayans

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Condoleezza Rice, Natalie Cole, Kirbyjon Caldwell, Terry Francona, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Cher, Naomi Judd, George Strait, Liza Minnelli

 

   

The secret of staying young

is to find an age you really like and stick with it.

Plaque by Schulz 1958 United Feature Syndicate, Inc

 

Baby Boomers Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sam Cooke, James Brown, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Chubby Checker, Elvis Presley, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

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Earth Angel, Blueberry Hill, The Twist, Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha, For Your Precious Love

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The Temptin' Temptations; Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, David Ruffin

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You Send Me, Don't Look Back, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Chain Gang, Mr. Blue, You Can't Hurry Love

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Bobby Rydell, Supremes, Beach Boys, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Dion

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Twistin' The Night Away, Beyond The Sea, My Guy, Teen Angel, Tears Of A Clown, Tom Dooley

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Drifters, Four Seasons, Aretha Franklin, Ricky Nelson, Four Tops, Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight & The Pips

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I Want A Love I Can See, Since I Lost My Baby, Cupid, Blue Velvet, I Wish It Would Rain

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My Girl, Try A Little Tenderness, Green Onions, Mack The Knife, Cowboys To Girls

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Lavender Blue, Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You, I Wanna Walk You Home,  Hang On Sloopy

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I Got The Feeling, Moon River, Somewhere My Love, Mr. Big Stuff, Soul Man, Chapel Of Love, Born Free, etc. 

 

The Mickey Mouse Club Mug - 1955

The Mickey Mouse Club Mousekeeters made their first television appearance on July 17, 1955.  The Mickey Mouse Club television series began October 3, 1955. 

In addition to The Mickey Mouse Club, Baby Boomers enjoyed a variety of television shows and movies.

 

Baby Boomers Television Shows And Movies

 

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Queen For A Day, The Nat King Cole Show, The Bowery Boys, Combat, Rat Patrol, Hogan's Heroes,  Ironside, Secret Agent, Mr. Ed, The Loretta Young Show

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 Blacula, Cooley High, I Spy, Dragnet, Amos n' Andy,  Beulah, Room 222, The Jeffersons, The Shaggy Dog, Bye, Bye Birdie, Bat Masterson, Cheyenne

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 Candid Camera, Imitation of Life, The Red Skeleton Show, Ben Casey, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Pink Panther

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The Lone Ranger, The Little Rascals, 77 Sunset Strip, Route 66, Superman,  Zorro, The Roy Rogers Show, Maverick, The Barefoot Contessa

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A Raisin In The Sun, Shaft's Big Score, The Flip Wilson Show, Tick, Tick, Tick, The Learning Tree, The Mod Squad, Ocean's Eleven, Star Trek

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 Lady Sings The Blues,  Mahogany, Soul To Soul, Sanford and Son, Family Affair, Gilligan's Island,  Dennis The Menace, Daktari, An Affair to Remember

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Many Happy Returns, Peyton Place, A Summer Place, The Rogues,  Move Over Darling, Hart to Hart, My Three Sons, Shaft, The King and I

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Julia, Cool Breeze, Split, Roots,  Good Times, What's Happening, Bewitched,  Dr. Kildare,  The Andy Griffith Show, Hawaii Five-O

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Where The Boys Are, Hazel, My Mother The Car, Car 54, Where Are You,  The Cisco Kid, F Troop, Wagon Train, Laugh-In

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Have Gun Will Travel, Sugar Foot, It's About Time, Batman,  My Favorite Martian, The Nutty Professor, Flubber, Herbie, Tammy and the Bachelor

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Captain Kangaroo, Buckskin Bill, Howdy Doody, The Ed Sullivan Show, The F. B. I., The Truth About Spring, The Parent Trap

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 Shirley Temple's Story Book, I Love Lucy, Super Fly, Lassie, Rebel Without A Cause, The Danny Thomas Show, Dark Shadows

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Life of Riley, The Real McCoys, Ma and Pa Kettle, Ozzie and Harriet, Wanted Dead or Alive, That Girl, All That Heaven Allows

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Daniel Boone, Father Knows Best, Gidget, The Carol Burnett Show, The Donna Reed Show, Flipper, Get Smart, The Munsters, The Addams Family

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Patty Duke Show, It Takes A Thief, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Angels In The Outfield, The Lady Killers, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin

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Alfred Hitchcock, Perry Mason, Davy Crockett, Bonanza, The Man From U. N. C. L. E.,  The Honeymooners, I Dream Of Jeannie

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The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, Rawhide, The Miracle Worker, Bronco, Gentle Ben, The Wonderful World of Disney, Soul Train

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Beach Blanket Bingo, Columbo, Lost In Space, Valley of the Dolls, Branded, The Time Machine, Westward the Women, That Funny Feeling, Pillow Talk, Tammy and the Doctor

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American Bandstand, Gunsmoke, Anastasia, Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Sound of Music, Palm Springs Weekend, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

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Texas John Slaughter, Love Me Tender, Mister Roberts, Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing, Tammy Tell Me True, etc.

 

Baby Boomers Had Many Unique Toys And Games

 

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Pop Guns, Sling Shots, Radio Flyer Wagon, Hula Hoops

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Jacks, Croquet, Hopscotch, GI Joe, Betsy McCall Paper Dolls, Red Light/Green Light

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Little Sally Walker, Ring Around The Roses, Hide-And-Seek, Dodge Ball

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Slinky, Barbie, Stilts, Marbles, Yo-Yos, Clackers, Spinning Tops

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Silly Putty, Play-Doh, Etch-A-Sketch, Jump Rope, Twister  

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Scrabble, Mr. Potato Head, Frisbee, Easy Bake Oven, etc.

 

Baby Boomers 45 rpm Records and Musical Hit List

 

John F. Kennedy For President Pin

Picture of 1960 Atlanta Boycott Sit- In

1971 Charles Evers For Mississippi Governor Pin

1976 Jimmy Carter Presidential Bumper Sticker

 

Baby Boomers were actively involved in many aspects of society.  They participated in boycotts, demonstrations for racial equality, the Vietnam war, etc.  They were quick to work with political campaigns and had no problem wearing pins to display support for their candidates. 

 

 

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