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Baby Boomers



Baby Boomers were named because of the significant increase in post war birth rates. Stats were taken from the US Census and also

  • The GI Generation population total was 76,094,000 in 1901, at the start of the generation and ended at 114,109,000 in 1924 for a percentage change of 36.53.

    Percentage of Population Growth of Baby Boomers

    Percentage of Population Growth

  • Traditionalists’ population in 1925 was 115,829,000 and ended at 139,928,166 in 1945 for a percentage change of 24.1.
  • Boomers’ population started at 141,388,566 in 1946 and ended at 191,888,791 in 1964 for a percentage change of 50.5.

Hippie – Peace

Due to the programs that President Roosevelt had established by way of the New Deal, the job market began to open up. Baby Boomers were able to enter the job market. As money began to flow more freely, Boomers, who had spent their formative years scrimping and living extremely frugally, wanted to get out and experience life. Enter Civil Rights, women’s movements, street drugs, sit-ins, flower children, hippies, etc.


The challenge that this has caused is that the majority of Baby Boomers will not be able to retire and “enjoy their heyday” because they never saved enough money. This will not only cause an issue for Boomers, but also is beginning to cause problems for the younger generations, who have begun to enter the job market. For the first time in history, five generations are in the workforce simultaneously. Some Boomers are finding it possible to retire, which causing another problem: current expectations are that Social Security will go bankrupt by 2039 and the government will be faced with budgetary issues.


  • Major Influencers: Korean & Vietnam Wars, TV, protests, human rights, psychedelic drugs, Beginning of “Space Race”:, Extensive Space Exploration
  • Motivators: Salary
  • Values: Money, career, keeping up with the Joneses, Freedom, to be Me
  • Financial: Buy now, pay later
  • Characteristics: Idealistic, Hippies, psychedelic drugs, competitive, questioning, did not lock their doors when they went away from home or even at night as they slept
  • Communication: Likes being asked for input
  • School and Learning Styles: Birthright, Classrooms, Took Notes, Homework approx.: 1-2 hours
  • Communication Devices: Electric typewriter, Touch tone phones, One-on-one, 1st fax machine, main frame computer, 1st photo copier
  • Types of Entertainment:  Radio, Drive In Movies, Go-Karts, Dances, Music, Introduction to Television, Drugs, coffee shops
  • Inventions: Space observatory, cable TV, video game, bar code, carbonless paper, radar gun, nuclear sub, weather satellite, GPS, glucose meter, BASIC software, 8-track cartridge. Harry Truman was the first president to be seen on television


World War I – 1914 – 1918 (4 years) (GI Generation)

World War II – 1941 – 1945 (4 years) (Traditionalists)

Korean War – 1950 – 1953 (3 years) (Baby Boomers)

Vietnam War – 1956 – 1975 (19 years) (Baby Boomers)


Prices: Cost of living in 1951

I began comparing prices with my Mother’s generation (Traditionalist) and continued tracking the same 7 items across all generations. With Baby Boomers, I was able to also pull information from my Grandmother’s “Day Book”. I copied several pages of her Day Book and inserted them into this section.

Baby Boomer Prices













I still remember my Mother taking me to downtown Syracuse and having lunch at Woolworth’s.


Below is my Grandmother’s Day Book page from 9/9/1953 thru 9/15/1953.  These entries are examples of items she bought (not in the table above). They really had to watch their “pennies” in those early years.

Grandma’s Day Book: 9/9/1953 

Grandma’s Day Book Page


Grandma’s Day Book: 6/12/1953

Grandma’s Day Book 6’15’1953


Grandma’s Day Book: 9/10-15/1953 

Grandma’s Day Book 9’10 to 9’15’1953

Grandma’s Day Book: 6/20-22/1953

Grandma’s Day Book 6’22’1953


Comparison of Prices Between 1953 and 2013

How to Communicate with Baby Boomers

  • This group likes rewards and recognition
  • Expect that they will need time to get used to an upcoming change
  • Provide well-defined goals, state objectives and desired results, what is expected of them, and clearly described steps
  • Keep them involved in all stages of changes and decisions, keep teamwork at the very forefront of all tasks; baby boomers are team oriented
  • Keep thing positive and optimistic
  • Explain how their contributions are important to the overall success
  • In face-to-face communication, ask for their input based on their experience
  • Provide lots of pep talks

Notable Events:

  • 1946: Because many men had been rejected from entering the military due to diet-related issues, President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Program Act to make it a law that nutritionally balanced lunches would be served to school children.
  • 19461964: This generation experienced the beginning of the technology era from the very first television, the beginning of computers (starting with main frames that needed an entire room for the computer to work, to Personal Computers, to Laptops, iPads, etc.), GPS, iPhones, iPads, etc.
  • 1946: Department stores begin selling Tupperware® in 1946 (US Census).
  • 1947: The United States has conducted intelligence activities even since George Washington was in office; however, with the event of World War II, President Roosevelt established the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Its three driving tasks were to gather info about foreign governments and companies, analyze information that it received, and to carry out overseeing tactical operations as mandated by the President of the United States.
  • 1947: The beginning of the end for trading stamps happened when Lloyd J. King’s supermarket that he launched in 1947 (King Soopers), began offering S&H Green Stamps. That caused local competition that already offered S&H Green Stamps offer double stamps and then triple stamps and finally quadruple stamps on certain days of the week, which caused S&H Green Stamps to deflate in value. As a result, companies that were offering the trading stamps signed a joint statement that all merchants were prohibited from giving more than one stamp for every 10¢ spent.
  • 1947: Charles Yeager becomes the first man to break the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, flying the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft. (US Census).
  • 1947: Doomsday Clock was created to symbolize countdown to a potential nuclear war. It was created after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The minute hand, which was initially set at 7 minutes before midnight, which is moved depending on the global potential catastrophe at hand. For example, in 1949 after Russia conducted a nuclear test. The minute hand is currently (as of 2014) at 5 minutes to midnight due to the number of potential catastrophes such as nuclear war or other weapons of mass destruction, climate change, etc.

    NASCAR Races

  • 1948: NASCAR® holds its first modified stock car race in Daytona Beach, FL, in 1948 (US Census).
  • 1949: George Orwell publishes Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1949 (US Census).
  • 1950 – 1953: Korean War: Facts of the Korean War from Asian History and
  • 1950s and 1960s Coupon promotions grew immensely, which made it necessary to process the coupons. However, companies found it necessary to use manufacturers’ coupons to get customers to buy name brands over generic brands.
  • 1950s: In the early 1950s Kellogg’s added two new advertising techniques that helped them to continue being successful: reaching out to the postwar baby boom and as more families acquired televisions, to use advertising campaigns to reach youngsters. To appeal to the new younger market, cereal manufacturers introduced pre-sweetened cereals. To be sure to capture the attention of kids, they even included the word “sugar” in the title of their cereals such as: Sugar Frosted Flakes, Sugar Smacks, and Sugar Corn Pops. They continued to target children with their marketing techniques and to that end, invented Tony the Tiger in 1953.  Tony was named by a contest, which also helped to capture the interest of young kids. Click here to hear one of the first ads on television.
  • 1951: RCA broadcasts the first color television program on June 25, 1951 (US Census).

    Spiral Structure of DNA

  • 1953: Francis Crick and James Watson discover the spiral structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) on February 28, 1953, and report the findings in Nature on April 25, 1953 (US Census).
  • 1953: Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips introduced radio listeners to Elvis Presley on July 8, 1953, when he played “That’s All Right” on his “Red, Hot, and Blue show” (US Census).
  • 1954: Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea receives a 1953 Pulitzer Prize. In 1954, the author is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (US Census).
  • 1954: The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine, launches on January 21, 1954 (US Census).
  • 1955: On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refuses to vacate her seat aboard a Montgomery, AL, bus (US Census).
  • 1955: Quaker launched one of the first prize promotions. Because other cereals had talking tigers, Quaker had to find a way to sell their cereals. This promo was one of the greatest promotions; however, it also ended up being a bust for Quaker. They sponsored the television show titled: Sgt. Preston of the Yukon to their promotion that they called: “The Klondike Big Inch”. They inserted a land deed for one inch of land in Dawson in the Canadian Yukon in every box of Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat! Dawson was the area where Sergeant Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his trusty dog: Yukon King. The boxes of cereal flew off supermarket shelves! However, as great as this promo was, it ended up being a huge flop for Quaker because the land was never registered and the Canadian government repossessed the property for non-payment of taxes, so the deeds held no value at all.
  • 1957: Nielsen Coupon Clearing House was launched and devoted totally to process coupon reimbursement because manufacturers’ coupons were used by so many households.  Nielsen later changed its name to Manufacturers Coupon Control Center, or MC3).
  • 1957: Fred Gipson publishes the novel, Old Yeller in 1956 and receives a Newbury Honor in 1957 (US Census).
  • 1957: CBS debuts Leave It to Beaver on October 4, 1957 (US Census).

    Flag of Brazil

  • 1958: Brazil wins its first Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, beating Sweden 5-2, on June 29, 1958 (US Census).
  • 1958: Richard Tompkins founded the Green Shield Trading Stamp Company after acquiring the name “Green Shield” from a luggage manufacturer, and began offering their trading stamps in the United Kingdom and Ireland filling stations, Tesco supermarkets (a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retail store).
  • 1959: General Mills sponsored the Rocky and His Friends television show on which a variety of ads for General Mills were run.
  • 1959: Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states, respectively, in 1959 (US Census).
  • 1959: Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone begins airing October 2, 1959 (US Census).
  • 1960: The S&H Green Stamp Company began offering S&H Pink Stamps in England following the Green Shield Trading Stamp Company and remain competitive.
  • 1960s: at least half of all US households regularly clipped coupons, and


    some household began to receive coupons through the mail.  The power of customers caused even retailers who had been opposed previously to use trading stamps to use them in order to remain competitive.

  • 1960s: the S&H Green Stamps grew so popular that the company printed more stamps than the US Post Office! In fact, they printed more of their rewards catalogs than any other publication in the USA. Customers collected trading stamps at grocery stores and gas stations and pasted their stamps into collector’s books. When their books were filled, they could take the books to the trading stamp redemption center and exchange the filled collector’s books for a variety of merchandise. In fact, this was one way that families could get large items such as television sets and other furniture!
  • 1960s: Discount stores such as Shopper’s Fair, Target, Zayr’s (also known as Shopper’s City), Big K (which became Kmart), and GEM (acronym for Government Employees Market), and Treasure City became key and they competed directly with trading stamps by offering low price items without stamps.
  • 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis: On October 16, 1962, a U-2 Spy plane flew overCuba and spotted missile sites with missiles that were aimed at the United


    States that were capable of carrying a nuclear payload that could kill up to 80 million people. Therefore, the USA formed a naval blockade surrounding Cuba to prevent Russia from delivering more missiles to Cuba to be used to bomb the United States. On October 22nd, military forces went to DEFCON3 (acronym for Defense Readiness Condition), which is when the military remains at alert so they can mobilize within  15 minutes.


    On October 24th, our military forces went to DEFCON2, (also known as Fast

    Pace), which means that we are one step closer to a nuclear war and the US Armed Forces must remain at a ready state so they can ship out in six hours or less.

  • 1963: England’s Tesco was an avid S&H Pink Stamps (cousin of S&H Green Stamps in the USA) customer and also Green Shield Stamps until the Silver Jubilee weekend in 1977.  During that weekend, Tesco created a strategy called Operation Checkout, they completely overhauled the store; and got rid of window displays, created a new logo, and got rid of all trading stamps that they had used for the previous 14 years.
  • 1965: Supermarkets discovered that claiming lower prices in advertising campaigns brought in bigger profits than utilizing trading stamps and therefore; many supermarkets gathered together and unilaterally began phasing out trading stamps, both their own individual trading stamps (such as Plaid stamps, Top Value stamps, King Korn stamps, Blue Chip stamps, etc.) as well as S&H Green Stamps and began a series of loyalty programs.
  • 1965: Gatorade was invented when the assistant coach at the University of Florida asked researchers in their science department to develop a beverage that could be given to the football team to keep players hydrated during hot weather or extreme workouts.  The next football season, due to the dramatic increase in performance in the football team, the beverage was shared with other sports teams at University of Florida.
  • 1956 – 1975: Vietnam War was from November 1, 1955 and ended on April 30, 1975. There are many, many websites that talk about the Vietnam War. Therefore, rather than listing many of them, I chose to provide the links for and History 1900s links to get you started.

Science & Technology

  • 1946: First compact cassette, which replaced the tapes that were previously available from reel-to-reels.
  • 1947: The transistor was one of the most important electronics creations of this era that led to integrated circuits and microprocessors and was the basis of all modern day electronics.  This was faster than the other types of storage that was in use such as the hard disk, floppy disk, and CD-ROMs.
  • 1947 to 1991: The Cold War began at the conclusion of World War II.

NOTE: it was called the “Cold War” because there was no large scale fighting

during this time. Although tension between the USSR and the United States were always tethered; however, that changed when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957 that was capable of carrying a nuclear payload on ballistic missiles that could reach the United States. This started what became known as the Space Race (which ended on November 19, 1969 when the United States performed the 1st lunar landing, thereby successfully meeting President John F. Kennedy’s challenge of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade). That caused the United States to refocus from launching an Earth orbiting satellite. About three months later, the United States launched Explorer 1 (January 31, 1958) and the tide changed. This satellite carried a small scientific payload that eventually discovered the magnetic radiation belts around the Earth, named after principal investigator James Van Allen. The Explorer program continued as a successful ongoing series of lightweight, scientifically useful spacecraft.  The Cold War ended in 1991 with the superpowers agreeing to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons; however, other countries were not in the agreement such as Iran, Afghanistan, Korea, or China.

  • 1948: The instant camera was first introduced by Polaroid and it developed the

    Polaroid Instant Camera

    picture inside the camera immediately after the picture was taken.

  • 1948: Charles (“Chuck”) Yeager, a test pilot, broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947 for the first time. His mission was to fly a Bell X-1 experimental rocket on behalf of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the US Army Air Forces, and the US Air Force.
    • Note: exactly 65 years later, to the minute, Chuck Yeager (he was 89 years old) reenacted his historic flight on October 15, 2012. Additionally, he flew over the Mojave Desert over the exact same location that he first broke the sound barrier.
    • Additional Note: on the same day, Austrian Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier as a skydiver, jumping from a balloon at the edge of space to make the 23-mile journey.
  • 1948: Bar codes, which later became known as Universal Product Code (UPC),

    Bar Code Example

    evolved from “punch cards” that shop owners put by each of the products in their store.  Customers would bring the punch card to the store clerk, who calculated the customer’s invoice amount and inserted the punch card into a “punch card reader”.  Clerks in the back would put the appropriate products onto a conveyor belt that brought the item to the front of the store and the clerk gave it to the customer.  Shop owners then used the info from the punch cards for inventory control.  [Bar codes] have moved on and are now Radio Frequency ID cards (RFID)].

    Vinyl Record

  • 1948 – 1949: Shellac record were replaced by vinyl records. Prior to World War II, records were made of shellac resin. During World War II, shellac had to be used for a variety of military equipment so, the material used to make records switched to vinyl.  The new medium to be used was vinyl. Additionally, the playing speed and size of records changed.  Up until this time, the speed was 78 revolutions per minute (RPM) which could only play for five minutes or less per side. The new size record was 33 1/3 RPM was 12 inches in diameter and played for 22 minutes on each side, became referred to as Long Play (LP) records.  Initially, LPs were primarily appropriate for classical music due to the extended playing time. However, as pop music became more popular, multiple short songs were added to LPs. Up until LPs, individual songs were sold on 78s.
  • 1949: Random Access Storage (RAM), a storage unit for operating systems, application programs, and data that is currently in use, so it can be accessed quickly while the computer is in use.  RAM is much faster to read from and write to than the other kinds of storage in a computer, the hard disk, floppy disk, and CD-ROM. However, the data in RAM stays there only as long as your computer is running.
  • 1950 – 1953: The Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953).
  • 1951: Direct Distance Dial: Post World War II, it was obvious that telephone service was  going to grow exponentially. Research was done and the result was a series of steps phased in with the end result of direct dialing that we use today. Up until that time, telephone calls were connected by connecting to a switchboard operator who connected a call to another person by connecting telegraph networks. Each telegraph grid could hand up to 10,000 unique 4-digit numbers followed by another 10,000 5-digit numbers. In preparation for each person to be able to dial a telephone number directly, each exchange was named (to make it easier for people to remember the exchange) and the first two letters of the exchange would be used with the 4 digits and 5 digits. Locations that included more telephone subscribers had multiple exchanges to increase the

    Rotary Dial Telephone

    capacity.  Rotary dial telephones were issued with the numbers being associated with 3 letters: 1=no letters, 2=ABC, 3=DEF, 4=GHI, 5=JKL, 6=MNO, 7=PRS (no Q), 8=TUV, 9=WXY, 0 was used for the Operator. Examples of exchange names were: 22 = ACademy, BAldwin, CApital, CAstle, 23 = ADams, BElmont, BEverly, CEdar, CEnter, CEntral, 36 = EMerson, EMpire, ENdicott, FOrest, FOxcroft, 38 = DUdley, DUnkirk, DUpont, EVergreen, FUlton, and 65 = OLdfield, OLive, OLiver, OLympia, OLympic.  Therefore, a telephone number would look something like: EM-1234 (until the 10,000 unique numbers were used) or EM8-5000.  Area codes were eventually added to the telegraph network exchanges and unique numbers 302-EM8-1234 until finally, telephone numbers were switched to all numbers: 302-368-1234.

  • 1952 Dec. 4–7, London, England: Great Smog of 1952: high-pressure system settled over London, trapping pollution near the ground. Initial stats showed that approximately 4,000 people died in “Great Smog,” mostly from respiratory and cardiac distress. However, recent research shows that more than 12,000 people died.
  • 1952: Polio Vaccine: Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious and extremely infectious disease that causes crippling of the nervous system and can cause paralysis.  Polio is spread by poor sanitation which permitted the virus to pass from the host of the infected person to an oral cavity of another person.  Although children were the most affected disease that, adults also were infected.  President Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio in 1921 and died in 1945 of a stroke.  Hundreds of thousands of people contracted polio and of those who contracted it, one-half percent led to irreversible paralysis with 5-10% of those dying when their lungs became immobilized.  In 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk, a medical researcher, discovered the vaccine for polio!  The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working diligently to completely eradicate polio.  Reported cases decreased from an estimated 350,000 cases to 223 reported in 2012 and currently, polio remains a concern in only three countries.

    Transistor Radio

  • 1954: First transistor radio was invented.
  • 1956: Television remote controls: Although various types of remote controls were already in existence such as Germans used remote controlled boats during World War I and in the late 1940s, remote controls were available to open and close garage doors.  However, the first television remote control was created by using ultrasonic technology that utilized high frequency sound waves.  Technology increased and remote control units for television used infrared light to control the pulses of light emanating from television sets.
  • 1957: Nuclear Arms Race was a type of competition for supremacy of nuclear military weapons between what was later dubbed as the two superpowers: United States and the Soviet Union. After Russian launched Sputnik and detonated of an atomic bomb, the United States expedited its research and testing and developed the hydrogen bomb, which was more than 1,000 times as powerful as the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. In 1954, according to, US Secretary of State announced a policy, known as “Massive Retaliation” would be followed in response to any attack by the Soviets would be met with a massive nuclear response.
  • 1957: Shippingport Atomic Power Station was the world’s first commercial full scale atomic electric power plant and used exclusively for peacetime uses was located on the Ohio River in Shippingport, Pennsylvania.

Space Exploration

Space Exploration

  • 1955 – 1975: The Space Race began in during the Baby Boomer generation and ended in Generation X generation (1955 to 1975). The term “Space Age” began to be used with the launching of Sputnik 1. Some documents state that the “space race” began as an informal competition of space exploration between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) because of the belief that the ‘winner’ would hold the upper hand (no pun intended) of military supremacy, beginning on 8/21/1957 when the USSR sent the first intercontinental ballistic missile into space: R-7 Semyorka.  The “space race” ended in 1975.
  • 1958: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower with the anticipated goal of causing the various players in space exploration to work amicably with each other.

NOTE: I read that interest in space exploration was inspired by two great fiction authors (Jules Verne and H. G. Wells) and their smash hits (From the Earth to the Moon (1958) and War of the Worlds).


  • 1953: Zenit: Anticipated launch date was 7/2/1957: Intercontinental ballistic missile was almost completed until detection that the module must be significantly larger in order to include thermonuclear warhead
  • 1957: R-7 Semyorka: First intercontinental ballistic missile
  • 1957: Sputnik 1: First satellite to orbit Earth (complete surprise for USA) burned on reentry
  • 1957: Sputnik 2: First animal (dog) to enter orbit
  • 1958: Sputnik 3: A variety of tools, research equipment and instruments
  • 1959: Luna 1: First lunar flyby
  • 1959: Luna 2: First impact into the moon
  • 1960: Sputnik 5: First animals and plants to be returned alive from space.
  • 1961: Vostok 1: First pilot controlled spaceflight
  • 1961: Venera 1: First spaceship to fly by Venus


Flag of USA

5/25/1961: President John Kennedy charged NASA to land an astronaut on the moon before 1970 due to the increasing American concern due to a widening lead by USSR space program

  • 1961 USA: Ranger 1: Unmanned spacecraft that only completed part of its mission. Failed to leave orbit
  • 1962 USA: Ranger 3: Robotic spacecraft missed lunar impact due to malfunctions
  • 1962 USA: Friendship 7: Third manned orbital spaceflight: John Glenn made 3 orbits.
  • 1962 UK: Ariel 1: Third country to launch a satellite. Constructed in USA by NASA. Destroyed by accident
  • 1962 USSR: Vostok 3 & 4: First launch of two piloted spacecraft simultaneously. First ship-to-ship radio contact
  • 1962 USSR Sputnik 19, Venera 2MV: Attempted to land on Venus; failed to escape Earth’s orbit
  • 1962 USA: Mariner 2: First to receive communications from spacecraft near Venus and conduct temperature measurements (last contact: 1/3/1963)
  • 1962 Canada: Alouette 1: First artificial satellite to study the ionosphere, constructed by a non-superpower.
  • 1962 USA: Ranger 5: Ran out of power and ceased operation and missed the moon
  • 1962 USA: Mariner 2: First USA Venus flyby
  • 1963 USSR: Luna 4: Mission to land on the moon failed when it missed the moon
  • 1963 USA: Six Project Mercury astronauts logged 34 Earth orbits and 51 hours in space
  • 1963 USSR: Vostok 6: First woman in space
  • 1963 USA Syncom 2: First satellite to permanently remain in same area of the sky by synchronizing rotation w/ Earth’s orbit
  • 1963 USA: Mariner 10: Mission: to observe the surface, atmosphere, and physical features of Mercury & Venus
  • 1963 USA: NAVSAT (NAVigational system of SATellites) First navigation satellite system to provide global coverage. As of April 2013, only USA and Russia have global operational systems. China expects to have one 2020
  • 1964 USA: Ranger 7: First completely successful flight of the program: transmitted close lunar images back to Earth
  • 1964 USA: Syncom 3: First geostationary satellite (rotates in sync w/the Earth so it appears to be stationary. These are used by communications and weather satellites
  • 1964 USSR Voskhod 1: USSR’s response to USA’s Gemini and Apollo projects. First 3-man crew (however due to their urgency, there was no room for both men and space suits

    Astronaut Placing USA flag on the moon

  • 1964 USA: Mariner 4: First spacecraft to fly by Mars on 7/14/1965
  • 7/20/1969: Neil Armstrong successfully met President Kennedy’s challenge when he became the first human to step foot on the moon and he said: That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.


Musical Notes



Al Hirt

Al Martino

Ames Brothers

Andrews Sisters

Andy Williams


Annette Funicello

Artie Shaw

B.B. King

Barbara Streisand

Beach Boys



Bill Haley & the Comets

Bing Crosby

Bo Diddley

Bobbie Darin

Bobbie Rydell

Bobby Darin

Bobby Vee

Bobby Vinton

Brenda Lee

Buddy Holly

Burl Ives



Chubby Checker

Chuck Berry

Connie Francis


Conway Twitty

ount Basie


Danny Kaye

Dave Clark Five

Dean Martin

Debbie Reynolds

Dinah Shore

Dinah Washington


Dionne Warwick

Dixie Cups

Doris Day



Duke Ellington

Dusty Springfield

Eddie Fisher

Ella Fitzgerald

Elvis Presley

Everly Brothers

Eydie Gorme


Fats Domino

Fess Parker



Four Seasons

Four Tops

Frank Sinatra

Frankie Avalon

Frankie Laine

Gene Autry

Gene Pitney

Gerry and the Pacemakers

Glenn Miller

Hank Williams

Harry Belafonte

Harry James

Henry Mancinni

Herb Alpert

Herman’s Hermits



Honky Tonk

Isley Brothers

Jackie Gleason

James Brown

James Darren

Jan & Dean

Jay & the Americans

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lewis

Jim Reeves

Jimmie Dean

Jimmie Rodgers

Johnny Cash

Johnny Horton

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mercer

Johnny Rivers


Kingston Trio


Leslie Gore

Little Eva

Little Richard

Lorne Greene

Louis Armstrong

Manfred Mann


Martha & The Vandells

Marty Robbins


Mary Wells

McGuire Sisters

Miss America Pageant

Mitch Miller

Nat King Cole

Neil Sedaka

Pat Boone

Patsy Cline

Patti Page

Paul & Paula

Paul Anka

Peggy Lee

Percy Faith

Percy Faith

Perry Como

Peter & Gordon

Peter, Paul & Mary

Petula Clark


Ray Charles

Ray Charles Singers

Red Skelton

Rhythm and Blues

Richard Anthony

Ricky Nelson

Righteous Brothers

Ritchie Valens

Roger Williams

Rolling Stones


Roy Orbison

Sam Cooke

Sammy Davis, Jr.




Singing Nun

Skeeter Davis

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Steve Lawrence

Stevie Wonder



Tennessee Ernie Ford

Teresa Brewer

Tommy Roe

Tony Bennett


Trini Lopez


Vic Damone





Television Types and Popular Shows

As Television sets became more affordable, television programs began to target children and kids shows became popular

77 Sunset Strip

Abbott and Costello

Adam 12

Addams Family

Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet

Adventures of Superman

Alfred Hitchcock Show

American Bandstand

Andy Griffith Show

Annie Oakley

Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts


Bat Masterson

Ben Casey

Beverly Hillbillies




Bozo the Clown

Candid Camera

Captain Kangaroo

Car 54 Where Are You?

Carol Burnett


Cisco Kid

Colgate Comedy Hour


Dark Shadows

Davy Crockett

Death Valley Days

Dennis the Menace

Dick Van Dyke Show

Donna Reed Show

Dr. Casey

Dr. Kildare


Ed Sullivan Show

F Troop

Face the Nation

Felix the Cat



General Hospital

Gentle Ben

George Burns & Gracie Allen

Gilligan’s Island

Gomer Pyle

Green Acres

Guiding Light



Hallmark Hall of Fame

Have Gun will Travel

Hawaiian Eye


Howdy Doody

Huckleberry Hound

I’ve Got a Secret

Jack Benny Show

Jack Paar


Joey Bishop

John Forsythe

Judy Garland Show

Kraft Television Series


Leave it to Beaver

Life of Riley

Lone Ranger

Loony Toons


Lucille Ball

Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Marcus Welby

McHale’s Navy

Mickey Mouse Club

Mickey Mouse Playhouse

Mickey Rooney Show

Mighty Mouse

Mike Douglas Show

Milton Berle Show

Miss America Pageant


Mr. Ed

Mr. Magoo


Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

My Three Sons

Original Amateur Hour

Patty Duke Show

Perry Como Show

Perry Mason

Petticoat Junction

Philco Playhouse

Phyllis Diller Show

Price is Right

Queen for a Day

Quick Draw McGraw


Real McCoys

Red Skelton Show (Pledge of Allegiance)


Rin Tin Tin

Rocky & Bullwinkle

Roy Rogers

Saturday Night at the Movies

Sea Hunt

Secret Agent

Secret Storm

Silver Theater

Sing Along with Mitch

Sky King

Surfside 6


Tennessee Ernie Ford Show

Texaco Star Theater

The Millionaire

Three Stooges

Toast of the Town

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Twilight Zone

Under Dog


Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Wagon Train

Walt Disney Presents

Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1961–1969)

Walter Cronkite

Wanted: Dead or Alive

What’s My Line?

Wide World of Sports

Wild Bill Hickock

Wonderful World of Disney

Woody Woodpecker Show

Yogi Bear Show

You Bet Your Life (Groucho Marx)


Games and entertainment


Betsy McCall Doll

Board Games


Chutes & Ladders


Mouse in the Maze


Rack-O card


Sergeant Preston


Casper the Ghost in the Box (Music Box)

Chatty Cathy

Chemistry Set

Chewing gum wrapper chains


Dennis the Menace Doll

Dick Tracy Siren Squad Car

Doctor and Nurse Kits

Erector Set


Fake Vomit

Farm Yard Set


Hangman (done with paper and pencil)

Howdy Doody’s TV Game

Iron shaving sketches

Little Golden books

Magic 8 Ball

Metal Soldiers

Mighty Mouse

Model Airplanes

Mr. Potato Head

Paint by Numbers


Play Doh (Originally invented in the 1930’s as a wallpaper cleaner)

Pickup Sticks

Portable Electric Phonograph

Silly Putty



Wind Up Plastic Speedboat (bathtub toy)


Family Activities

Drive-In Movies, popped popcorn to cut costs

Made batches of popcorn and had “movie nights” at drive in theaters

Picked fruits and veggies at pick-your-own farms

Picnics everywhere: in the park, back yard, local parks

Played croquet and Jarts

We always seemed to be able to incorporate laughing and having fun into tasks and chores that we did

Outdoor Games


Air Rockets

Backyard picnics


Blind Man’s Bluff

Built snow forts

Button, button, who’s got the button?

Chased fireflies

Cloud watching; and cloud shapes we saw

Created skits in our back yards


Croquet and Jarts

Day camp


Flew homemade kites

Fox & the goose


Hide n Seek


Hula hoops

Jump rope, Chinese jump rope, Cross over


King of the Mountain

Leap Frog

Lemonade Stands

London Bridge

Mother May I?

Picked fruits & veggies at pick your own farms

Played in piles of raked leaves

Played on swing sets

Pogo sticks

Popped popcorn and went to drive in movies

Raked the lawn and took turns jumping into the leaves

Red Light Green Light

Red Rover

Rode bikes

Roller skating (metal skates clamped to shoes

Run around in the yard

School playground


Simon Says

Skipped rope (single and double) (using the clothes line)

Skits, we created skits in our back yards

Snow Forts and Snowball Fights

Stargazing at night, found Big and Little Dipper and other constellations



Tag Football

Tether ball

Tic Tac Toe



Water balloons

Whiffle Ball


Slang Terms of Baby Boomers

Every generation has its own favorite terms and slang.  Below are some.  Please let us know if you have other terms or slang that your generation used so we can grow our list.

Acid – LSD (acronym for the chemical name of the psychedelic drug)

Bananas – someone who is acting weird

Blast – to have a great time

Boob tube – television (because of the cathode ray tube or picture tube)

Book – Leave the scene

Bookin’ – Going really fast

Boss – Really great

Bread – Money

Brown Nose – to get on someone’s good side with the sole intention of getting ahead at work

Bummed Out – Disheartened or dejected

Burn Rubber – Leave so quickly you leave some of the tire on the tar

Can You Dig It – do you understand?

Catch some Z’s – Go to sleep

Chauvinist – feminist movement term for someone’s behavior

Chick – girl or woman

Chinese Fire Drill – People in a car at a traffic light all get out, run around the car and get back in

Cool – anything fashionable that was really very good and a term meaning awesome

Cop out – back out or take the easy way out

Cowabunga – term used by surfers to mean an excellent wave and quickly spread

Dibs – Meaning ownership as in ‘I’ve got dibs on the ice cream’

Dig – Do you understand?

Don’t Flip Your Wig – Stay calm

Don’t Have A Cow – Stay calm

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff – Don’t let it bother you

Dork – socially inept person

Drag – Race for a short distance or someone who is no fun

Dude – term used to address another person

Fab – Fantastic

Far Out – approving statement, anything extraordinary or awesome

Flip The Bird – a visible way to ‘cuss someone out’

Flower Child – a Hippie

Freaked out – exclamation used by hippies to mean something great

Funky – stylish

Fuzz – Police

Going Steady – Dating only one person

Groovy – anything that was fun or exciting

Groupies – were people who followed rock stars and partied with them

Hang 10 – surfer term to move to the front of the surfboard and hang all of your toes off the front

Hang Loose – Take it easy

Hickey – the mark an enthusiastic lover left, usually on the neck

Hip – Very Cool

Hippie – people who wore wild colors & beads, had long hair, and wore bell bottom & Nehru collars.

Hunk – What girls call a good looking guy

Jive – Black American jazz musicians

Joint – term used for the finished product when marijuana was rolled into a cigarette

Make Out – Kissing

Moo Juice – milk

Nerd – description of those who were extremely studious

Nimrod – someone who was inept

Nitty-Gritty – inside information

Old Lady or Old Man – Term used for mother or father or boyfriend or girlfriend

On the Rag – In a really bad mood

Outta sight – exclamation of something great

Outta Sight – something that was amazing or over the top remarkably

Paparazzi – Freelance photographers

Passion Pit – Drive-in Movie

Pedal Pushers – pants known today as capris

Peel Out – Burn or leave rubber with your car

Pig Out – Overeat

Pot – marijuana

Preppy – someone who dressed conservatively

Psychedelic – mind-altering drugs

Rap – Black street culture term for talking

Rave – admiration

Real McCoy – Genuine or the real thing

Score – to win

Shades – Sunglasses

Sharp – Good looking

Shrink – psychiatrist

Sit on it – exclamation of insult to someone

Skinny dipping – swimming in the nude

Slow on the Uptake – someone who is slow to “get” a joke punch line or catches on slowly

Smokey/10-4, good buddy – citizens’ band radio (CB) term to flag others behind you of a speed trap

Spaced-out – got a buzz from smoking pot/marijuana

Split – to leave

Square – Somebody not cool

Stacked – A girl with a big bust

Stoke – add fuel to the coal fire

Stoned – drank too much alcohol

Stood Up – A no-show for a date

Stuck Up – Conceited

Submarine Races – Parking next to a body of water to make out

Ten-Four – do you copy?

Threads – clothes

Toss Your Cookies – to vomit or throw up

What’s your Twenty? – Where are you?

Zits – Pimples



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