what generation do you hail from?

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  1. jefhatfield Retired

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    as far as i know, there's the:

    world war II generation who fought in the war
    and those who came after who were too young to go to war
    and the kids born shortly after the war from 1946-1964, aka the baby boomers
    generation x
    generation y or y2k
    ...and what's after that?:p
     
  2. Alte22a macrumors 6502

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    generation X?

    1974... is that right? the kids that grew up with MTV.
     
  3. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    when does one qualify to be generation y or y2k?

    my guess are those who were born after 1980 and graduated from high school around the year 2000, and came into adulthood, went to the prom, dated, etc during the turn of the millenium

    ...but then again, that could be generation z or whatever the kids call themselves these days who are under 21

    i admit i am way out of touch with pop culture since in my day, kennedy got shot, the vietnam war escalated and then subsided, watergate happened, and the last major event before i was an adult was the iranian hostage crisis..and all this happened before many macrumors members were born

    i think there is a regular poster here who remembers eisenhower and the space program, but i won't name names :p

    with 20,000 members here, there has to be at least one lurker who remembers dewey defeats truman...and if you remember that, please come forward...these kids here on macrumors don't bite:D

    ps - in the 1948 election, the press believed new york politician john dewey was definitely going to beat an unpopular sitting president, harry s. truman...so they printed the newspaper with the headline of the likely event, "dewey defeats truman"...truman won, but barely

    political watchers and the press used the relatively expensive technology called the telephone to do a survey not knowing that the working class and poor could not participate because they couldn't afford to own a phone and participate in the survey...the survey was skewed towards the upper middle class and rich who have traditionally been republicans

    imagine today if the pollsters interviewed only mercedes owners in america and asked who would they vote for in the 2004 election...bush would take all 50 states easily...but do that same poll in the poor inner cities and the democrat would win

    in california, in the 2000 election, the bush people got their bumper stickers out first so it really looked like bush would easily win california as one of my friends pointed out...i didn't see any gore stickers then because they did not make them yet...so i thought gore may lose california:p
     
  4. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Thank you Jef for your kindness.

    I was born in 1948, before the Truman election. I'm a baby boomer.

    Watched President Dwight Eisenhower give his speech live on TV on the last night of his presidency. My father used a Polaroid Camera to take a picture of him. I remember seeing the space flight of Allen Shephard. Our history teacher had a TV in her room, so got to see it live. I watched the 1st landing on the Moon in July 20, 1969, live on TV.
     
  5. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    ike won the presidency because he was a top ranking flag officer...certainly it helped

    it helped u.s. grant and george washington

    colin powell could have won in 92 and 96 and even 2000, no doubt about it

    what do you think about 4 star general wesley clark entering the ring? first at west point like macarthur, supreme commander of europe like eisenhower, and a rhodes scholar like clinton...clark seems to have it all but i am sure the press will find something in his past that will haunt him

    in the old days, eisenhower came across cleanly, only years later it was found he had a mistress who was an army captain in world war II and one of his aides...either the press didn't know or they felt that was not related to the job he was running for

    i am afraid the press will try to crucify general clark since they love to see someone fall from very high places...ie) nixon and clinton of watergate and monica-gate fame
     
  6. TEG macrumors 604

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    Check out the Wikipedia Page on when before Posting:
    http://www.wikipedia.org/

    Anyway I fall under the Generation Y, now known as Millennials of Childern of the Millennium. Something that won't be reused like Generation X!!

    TEG
     
  7. vollspacken macrumors 65816

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    I'm from the notorious "Generation Beer"

    ;)

    vSpacken
     
  8. CMillerERAU macrumors regular

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    Being born Jan. 1st 1983 I guess I'm in the middle between X and Y generations. I can identify a lot with X'ers just as well as Y'ers. Go fig.
     
  9. Schiffi macrumors 6502a

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    Born in 1985, you all can figure it out cuz I can't.
     
  10. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    i'm a gen-y. i think the cutoff is about 1980, since i'm gen-y (1982) and my partner is gen-x (1976). 23 or maybe 24 would qualify.

    pnw
     
  11. TEG macrumors 604

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    According to the Wikipedia, these are the most recient Generations (Following standard Legnth 18) With my Interpretation of years, a little more realistic than Wikipedia's.

    G.I. Generation 1908-1925
    Silent Generation 1926-1944
    Baby Boomers 1945-1963
    Generation X 1964-1982
    Generation Y (Millenials, etc) 1983-2001
    Unknown Generation 2002-2020

    This should clear up any confusion

    TEG
     
  12. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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    That makes me a Gen-Y being born in 1984. Although, it still amazes me that the current generation of kids in middle school grew up never watching teenage mutant ninja turtles (not the crappy revival), thundercats, GI Joe, Voltron, and Transformers, shows that every kid, boy or girl watched almost religiously when we were little.
     
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    dude! i remember TMNT! they were awesome!.
    me? i was born in 1989. too lazy to figure is out.
     
  14. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    1989...wow...

    I was born in 1977...so I'm Generation X...

    who remembers those terrible Pepsi commercials with "Generation Next?" :eek:
     
  15. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020

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    i remember those pepsi commercials. i've seen them somewhere. they are horrible.
     
  16. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Ted Kennedy got shot?

    Just kidding. Little reference to "When Harry Met Sally", a movie which I, as a Generation X-er, actually saw in its original release at the movie theater ;)
     
  17. Stelliform macrumors 68000

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    Gen X here, born in 1976.

    My wife hates the term Gen X, but I like it.

    What generations go between the boomers and the Xers?
     
  18. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    that seems to make sense

    but i think 1964 is still baby boomer

    and my father , born in 1927, was at the tail end of world war II, but the last major "full" year of world war II soldiers came from 1926 since world war II didn't make it to the end of 1945
     
  19. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I agree that Ike won because of his prominence in WW II. His fame came from being a 5 Star General, which is the highest rank possible. Also being Supreme Allied Commander, the planner of D-Day, and our eventual victory in Europe. I really believe that he was faithful to Mamie. He or his aide didn't really speak on the matter.

    I agree that Colin Powell could also win the presidency for the same reason.

    I don't think that the media will turn on Clark any time soon. The Clinton's fully back him. He is in full agreement with the media. The current beliefs fo the Democrat Party puts fear in me for the future of America. :(

    The Democrat Party of JFK was more along the line of my beliefs!
     
  20. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    I was born in 1964 and have always though I was a baby-boomer, but I've met a lot of people my age who think they are Gen X, so I suppose I'm a Baby-X or a Generation Boomer.

    Perhaps those of us on the "cusp" have special powers and are poised to take over the world....

    Perhaps not.

    The only generation that ever counted was "My Generation":

    Why don't you all f... f... fade away.:D
     
  21. tazo macrumors 68040

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    what ever being born late 80s [87] would make me....
     
  22. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    hey, wdlove, i am a democrat but a conservative democrat in line with your beliefs

    i think there are some elements of the ultra liberals in the democratic party who are too socialist and short term thinking in their nature

    i believe in a stong social security and socialized medicine, but am not sure about typical left wing pork projects like school buiding and road building which is more interested in greasing the palms of rich special interests, and i am not all that sure about affirmative action all the time, and some liberals are out to get christians for some reason

    i think clinton and gore are much better off being somewhat more fiscally responsible than a jesse jackson or howard dean would be...in the spending mode of tip o'neil's tax and spend democrats of the 70s and 80s

    i think a wesley clark can offer some of the conservative aspects of foreign policy and some of the liberal aspects of social acceptance and build a strong middle of the road america....like clinton and reagan did...that's why both got two terms in office

    clinton got a lot of gop votes and reagan got a lot of democratic votes...it's because they straddles the practical, non idealistic middle of rolling up your sleeves, working with the other party, and geting things done for all americans, right and left wing...for the good of a nation
     
  23. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    if you know that band, youre a boomer, dude

    do you remember pete townsend with hair...dark hair? then you are a boomer

    do you remember when keith moon died? then you are a boomer

    do you remember what the who did to that big concrete monolith on one of their albums? then you are a boomer:p

    which reminds me, i have got to piss...but sitting down...i have that leaky plumbing thing that plagues people in our generation...hey, did you see that latest jack nicholson movie where he has to sit when he urinates? too funny!!!
     
  24. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    I'm a boomer then, no doubt about it.

    John Entwistle RIP.
     
  25. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    shocking, isn't it

    and now there are only two beatles left

    but somehow, the most intact band, as far as being alive, is the rolling stones...isn't that a kick?:p
     

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