A friend shared this article with me. I missed being part of this group by a year. I thought you might like reading it, and it would be a part of my 31-day challenge to learn about me.
I loved this generation. They were truly the greatest generation. We owe them a great deal.
This special group was born between 1930 &1946 = 16 years.
In 2021, the age range is between 75 & 91.
Are you, or do you know, someone “still here?”
Interesting Facts For You
You are the smallest group of children born since the early 1900’s.
You are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can
remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which
rattled the structure of our daily lives for years.
You are the last to remember ration books for everything from gas to
sugar to shoes to stoves.
You saved tin foil and poured fried meat fat into tin cans.
You saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available.
You can remember milk being delivered to your house early in the
morning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch.
You are the last to see the gold stars in the front windows of
grieving neighbors whose sons died in the War.
You saw the ‘boys’ home from the war, build their little houses.
You are the last generation who spent childhood without television;
instead, you “imagined” what you heard on the radio.
With no TV until the 1950’s, you spent your childhood “playing
outside.” There was no Little League.
There was no city playground for kids.
The lack of television in your early years meant that you had little
real understanding of what the world was like.
On Saturday mornings and afternoons, the movies gave you newsreels
sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.
Telephones were one to a house, often shared (party lines), and hung
on the wall in the kitchen (no cares about privacy).
Computers were called calculators; they were hand cranked.
Typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage and
changing the ribbon.
INTERNET’ and ‘GOOGLE’ were words which did not exist.
Newspapers and magazines were written for adults and the news was
broadcast on your radio in the evening.
As you grew up, the country was exploding with growth.
The Government gave returning Veterans the means to get an education
and spurred colleges to grow.
Loans fanned a housing boom.
Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans opened many
factories for work.
New highways would bring jobs and mobility.
The Veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.
The radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands.
Your parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression
and the war, and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities
they had never imagined.
You weren’t neglected, but you weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus.
They were glad you played by yourselves until the street lights came on.
They were busy discovering the post war world.
You entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world
where you were welcomed, enjoyed yourselves and felt secure in your
future although the depression poverty was deeply remembered.
Polio was still a crippler.
You came of age in the 50’s and 60’s.
You are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were
no threats to our homeland.
The second world war was over and the cold war, terrorism, global
warming, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with unease.
Only your generation can remember both a time of great war, and a time
when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty.
You grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was
You are “The Last Ones.”
More than 99 % of you are either retired or deceased, and you feel
privileged to have “lived in the best of times!”
I chose not to change a word of this article. I do not know who wrote it, but the friend who shared it with me permitted me to share it with you. I hope you enjoyed learning about the greatest generation.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.