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indianabob

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Children of The greatest generation
« on: December 17, 2018, 07:41:45 PM »

Through the centuries we have had several of these "special" generations born out of hardship and pain and faith in a better day to come.
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Also known as THE SILENT GENERATION
 -The children who grew up during this time worked very hard and kept quiet. It was commonly understood that children should be seen and not heard.
 
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It was the best of times .....Some Tough Times
 
CHILDREN OF "THE GREATEST GENERATION"

 
People born between 1930 and 1945 belong to a very special age group. They belong to the smallest generation of children born since the early 1900s. They belong to the generation and the period in human history of the greatest and the most rapid explosion of human knowledge and change & progress in technology. The greatest number of human inventions and innovations occurred and are the products of people who were born and raised during the so-called “greatest generation”. And since the 1950s up to the present, the world has been enjoying and reaping the benefits of the ingenuity and the work of men and women of the greatest generation.

 

 
They are the last generation of children to climb out of the Great Depression, and who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of daily life in the world for years.
 
They are the last generation of children to see the “gold stars” on the front windows of neighborhood houses where a family member [brother, father &/or son] was killed in the war.
 
They are the last generation of children to remember ration books for gasoline, shoes, stoves, sugar, etc.
 
They are the last generation of children to grow up with NO television.
 
They are the last generation of children who were spared the graphic images and pictures of cruelty and ugliness in the world because there was NO television.

 
They are the last generation of children who only created mental images in the mind [imagined] what they heard on the radio or read in the newspapers.

 
They are the last generation of children whose main entertainment was going to Saturday afternoon movies which consisted of short newsreels sandwiched between cartoons and westerns.

 
They are the last generation of children who saw many cars up on blocks because tires were not available.

 
They are the last generation of children who remember milk being delivered to and placed in a milk box on the porch of neighborhood houses.

 
They are the last generation of children to have only one telephone per house which hung on the wall and was connected to one telephone line for the entire neighborhood and was shared by everyone [party lines], and a live telephone operator had to “dial the number” of the person that one wanted to contact.

 
They are the last generation of children when a computer was a hand-cranked “adding machine”, and a keyboard was called “typewriter” which had a “carriage” which had to be manually pushed to the left to start a new line of a text, a “roller” to feed paper and/or to roll the paper up or down, and a “ribbon” reel which had to also be manually changed when it got torn from overuse.

 
They are the last generation of children to whom the word(s): Internet and Google did not exist, and the word gay meant “happy” --- NOT a homosexual male.

 
They are the last generation of children when the news was originally broadcast on radio in the evening only.

 
They are the first generation of children to see the arrival of atomic age, the jet age, and the space age.

 
They are the first generation of children to hear of/witness the start of:
"Red China "
the "Cold War";
the "Iron Curtain";
the spread of Communism/Socialism.

 
People born between 1930 and 1945 became:
the new adolescents & teenagers of the early and mid-1950s;
the new young adults & parents of the late-1950s through the 1970s.

 
They are the generation to begin saving tin foil and pouring used or left-over fat/oil into tin cans.

 
They are the generation who, in spite of the Great Depression and the wars, threw themselves into exploring opportunities, creating &/or discovering the advantages of the:
credit card and installment payment plan;
factories and assembly, manufacturing & processing plants which created jobs;
freeways and highways which improved mobility and created more jobs;
radio/TV network which expanded from 1 television channel and 3 radio stations to hundreds -- if not thousands – of channels & stations.

 
The last generation to experience an interlude with no threats to homeland USA .
 
The last & only generation to experience and live through life in between:
times of abundance, bright promise, prosperity & security; --and--
times of war & strife.

 
They are the only generation "to see the boys come home" (dead or alive) from almost all of the world's major wars of:
the 20th century -- e.g., World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War; --and--
the 21st century -- e.g., the Kuwait War, the Afghanistan-Iraq War (the War on Terrorism).
 
Majority of those born during the greatest generation are now either fully retired or deceased.
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Re: Children of The greatest generation
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2018, 03:56:20 PM »

Really great post Bob!

Even though I was born in 1950, I do have memories of milk being delivered, saving tin foil and oil, people working hard and being happy. No TV in my house until, well I don't actually remember, but until I was at least 8 or 9.

I have no memory of "The Great Depression", but do remember the potential threat of an atomic attack, by the then Soviet Union. People were building bomb shelters at their homes in preparation, while young children, such as myself, were preparing by getting under our desk at school. I've always lived with the threat of war.

I know some think the moral decay of our society is because of an increase in population, but I see the invention of the television as having a huge impact.
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Re: Children of The greatest generation
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2018, 04:29:31 PM »

I remember the the day JFK was killed, I was 9 or 10 and everyone was in a panic.
Mothers were crying and kids clung to them.Everyone coming out of their houses
talking and crying. They spoke of war coming. The catholic schools brought little Tv’s into
our classrooms . We were confused and scared because we had not a clue what all the fuss
was about. Other than school, I had a great childhood. All outdoor activities, I still love being outside and we still buy the glass bottled milk , here in the Valley.
My young adult years were in the seventies. They sucked.😂😂 the disco  💃 years, but our crowd was to cool for disco.,hahahah.😂
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Re: Children of The greatest generation
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2018, 08:54:03 PM »

Great stories ladies,
Maybe we should make a video for youtube to share with the New generation who will never read most of this in a school book. They hand out iPad computers to the kids now and then teacher can grade their tests with an App that looks like a teacher. (smile)

Thanks for your comments, Indianabob
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Re: Children of The greatest generation
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2019, 12:37:55 PM »

I liked that indianabob. I was born in 1942. :)
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