145

A Stroll Down Memory Lane: ‘The Boomers’ by Frances Pulle

“We didn’t know war–that would come later–we knew prosperity.  We knew split-levels ‘n’ ranches built on abandoned potato farms in Long Island…We knew Schwinn bikes, hoola hoops, comic books, Howdy Doody, Annette, Toni Home Perms, paper routes, drive-ins, Nancy Drew, scout camp, Bert The Turtle.  We kids played outside (’till those street lamps came on) supervised remotely by an unseen neighborhood watch,” said Frances Pulle.

 

Report by Paula Antolini
February 18, 2016 9:25AM EDT

 

howdydoodybuffalobobportrait

OPINION

A Stroll Down Memory Lane: ‘The Boomers’ by Frances Pulle

Carl D. Peterson’s “Children of the 30s–The Last Ones” prompted me to ponder my own generation.  We were the “Boomers”–so named, so proclaimed because we were so many.  More so when “War Babies” are added to our cohort.

We didn’t know war–that would come later–we knew prosperity.  We knew split-levels ‘n’ ranches built on abandoned potato farms in Long Island…We knew Schwinn bikes, hoola hoops, comic books, Howdy Doody, Annette, Toni Home Perms, paper routes, drive-ins, Nancy Drew, scout camp, Bert The Turtle.  We kids played outside (’till those street lamps came on) supervised remotely by an unseen neighborhood watch.  We dined at whosever house we landed, sampling that family’s ethnic cuisine.  I can’t recall anyone being allergic to chocolate milk, peanut butter sandwiches or Cheerios.  Crazy talk like that would have been labeled subversive given the current political climate.  Maybe two kids were overweight if that.

We kinda knew where our parents came from though they rarely discussed the old country” and only to each other.  And, not in English. Grandparents back then favored black–head to toe–seemingly shopping the same Goth establishment. They did not play with us grandkids.  Every family on our block enjoyed at least one scary ancient relative as a permanent house guest.

Boomers dressed for church, learned the Baltimore Catechism, prayed for an end to polio, wore saddle shoes, attended junior high, carried briefcases, babysat, did their homework.  Little League was “boys only”. Girls hated “gym” and avoided sports–except cheerleading–the socially acceptable path up the food chain.

In high school boomers bullied, were bullied, academically tracked, gender-assigned either home ec/shop, did not (with the exception of “guidance”) receive counseling, went steady.  We watched American Bandstand, listened to Cousin Brucie, read “1984”. We knew no minorities, single mothers or homosexuals.  “Gay” meant happy.  It was also a girl’s name.

On the homefront  families shopped for clothing three times a year– September, Christmas, Easter–and paid cash.  What else was there? Malls and credit cards were decades away.  Eating out was confined to Mother’s Day or when something broke in the kitchen.  Black and White was not a cookie but the T.V. most likely to inhabit most living rooms. Parents were not our pals and were too busy working and saving for “our college” which we were destined for like it or not.

“Our” college was vastly different.  There was no open enrollment, support centers, safe zones, second chances.  Being informed you were not “college material” was not considered hate speech.

We eventually knew war.  The Vietnam War.  Our war.  We knew demonstrations, the draft, sit-ins, teach-ins, November 22nd, the Berlin Wall, Woodstock, Kent State. We thought we knew it all.  We knew death. We fought for peace, Uncle Sam, civil rights, gender equality, humane treatment of animals.  We organized the first Earth Day, May 1970.  While we’re not the greatest generation we’ll settle for the “coolest”.

Prolonged adolescence/ delayed adulthood was not for us.  We boomers
couldn’t wait to grow up and leave home.  We felt different from our parents,
alienated even. College had radically changed us and seriously challenged our
values.  We would not have a rapprochement with our parents until we birthed our own ungrateful offspring.

We’re probably the last generation to have it so good.  The storied American
Dream.  We owe our good fortune to the boom times in which we were raised
and to praise adverse moms and dads who were the tiger parents of their day.
Parents who recognized no limits for themselves and certainly none for their
children.  In short, we were perfectly positioned to prosper as no other generation was–before, since, to come.

The very “Last Ones” to quote Mr. Peterson.

Frances Pulle
Bethel

 

*****

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the individuals mentioned and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Bethel Advocate.

145 thoughts on “A Stroll Down Memory Lane: ‘The Boomers’ by Frances Pulle”

  1. I just want to say I’m very new to blogs and certainly liked this page. Almost certainly I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely come with good well written articles. Many thanks for revealing your blog.

  2. Excellent blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused ..
    Any ideas? Appreciate it!

  3. A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I think that you ought to write more on this topic, it might not be a
    taboo matter but typically people don’t discuss such topics.

    To the next! Best wishes!!

  4. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.

    I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back in the future.
    I want to encourage one to continue your great work, have a nice
    afternoon!

  5. This design is steller! You definitely know how to keep a reader
    amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great
    job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

  6. I just couldn’t depart your site prior to suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the
    usual information a person supply in your guests?
    Is going to be back continuously to investigate cross-check new posts

  7. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you may be a
    great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back in the foreseeable future.

    I want to encourage you to continue your great work,
    have a nice evening!

  8. We stumbled over here from a different page and thought I should check things out.

    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to
    checking out your web page yet again.

  9. Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored at work so I decided to check out your
    blog on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and
    can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, very good site!

  10. Wonderful work! That is the type of info that are supposed to be
    shared around the web. Disgrace on Google for not positioning this publish upper!

    Come on over and talk over with my web site . Thank
    you =)

  11. Wow, this articlepostpiece of writingparagraph is nicepleasantgoodfastidious, my sisteryounger sister is analyzing suchthesethese kinds of things, sothustherefore I am going to tellinformlet knowconvey her.

  12. Whats Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively useful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & aid other customers like its aided me. Great job.

  13. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  14. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such magnificent info being shared freely out there.

  15. I¡¦ll right away seize your rss as I can not find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please permit me realize in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

  16. Good site! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  17. Good site! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  18. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful information specially the last part 🙂 I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this certain information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  19. Very good written story. It will be supportive to everyone who usess it, as well as me. Keep up the good work – i will definitely read more posts.

  20. Thanks for another informative web site. The place else may I am getting that kind of info written in such a perfect way? I’ve a venture that I am simply now operating on, and I’ve been at the look out for such information.

  21. you are in reality a just right webmaster. The web site loading speed is amazing. It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a wonderful task on this subject!

  22. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  23. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  24. Hello! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile
    friendly? My website looks weird when browsing from my iphone 4.
    I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to correct this problem.
    If you have any recommendations, please share. Thank you!

  25. I do accept as true with all the ideas you have offered in your post. They’re really convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for beginners. Could you please prolong them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  26. I’ve been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thank you, I will try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

  27. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again as exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this hike.

  28. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  29. I must express my affection for your kindness giving support to folks that absolutely need help with this important area. Your real dedication to getting the message up and down appeared to be remarkably useful and has specifically allowed somebody just like me to arrive at their desired goals. Your own invaluable publication means a whole lot to me and substantially more to my mates. Best wishes; from all of us.

  30. Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam feedback?
    If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything
    you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any support is very much appreciated.

  31. I have been browsing online more than 2 hours today, yet I
    never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you
    did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever
    before.

  32. I am really loving the theme/design of your blog.

    Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems?
    A small number of my blog audience have complained about my site not working correctly in Explorer
    but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any ideas to help fix this issue?

  33. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  34. Thank you for another informative blog. Where else could I get that kind of information written in such an ideal method? I’ve a undertaking that I am simply now operating on, and I’ve been on the glance out for such info.

  35. Magnificent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  36. Great work! That is the kind of information that are meant to be shared around the net. Shame on the seek engines for not positioning this publish upper! Come on over and visit my web site . Thanks =)

  37. A person essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to make this particular submit incredible. Fantastic process!

  38. What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are no longer really a lot more neatly-appreciated than you may be now. You’re so intelligent. You recognize thus significantly when it comes to this topic, made me in my opinion consider it from a lot of varied angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be interested unless it¡¦s something to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. All the time care for it up!

  39. I think this is among the most important info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some general things, The site style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  40. Wonderful paintings! This is the type of information that are supposed to be shared around the internet. Disgrace on Google for not positioning this post upper! Come on over and discuss with my web site . Thank you =)

  41. I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my problem. You are incredible! Thanks!

  42. I have been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts in this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this site. Reading this information So i am happy to convey that I’ve an incredibly excellent uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed. I most definitely will make certain to do not omit this web site and provides it a look on a continuing basis.

  43. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is so cool. I am impressed by the details that you¡¦ve on this website. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and simply couldn’t come across. What a great site.

  44. I think other website proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and fantastic user genial style and design, as well as the content. You’re an expert in this topic!

  45. Hi folks there, just turned aware of your blogging site through Bing and yahoo, and discovered that it is quite beneficial. I will truly appreciate if you maintain this.

  46. Normally I don’t learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite nice article.

  47. magnificent submit, very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  48. Thank you for all your labor on this website. My mum take interest in conducting investigations and it’s really easy to see why. A number of us hear all regarding the compelling form you produce both useful and interesting tips by means of the website and as well as recommend contribution from other ones on that point and our favorite simple princess is actually learning so much. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the new year. Your conducting a terrific job.

  49. hi!,I like your writing so much! percentage we be in contact more approximately your post on AOL? I need a specialist in this area to resolve my problem. May be that is you! Having a look ahead to see you.

  50. I¡¦ve been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this website. Studying this info So i¡¦m satisfied to express that I have an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I so much no doubt will make certain to do not omit this website and give it a glance regularly.

  51. Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue together with your site in web explorer, may check this¡K IE nonetheless is the market chief and a good portion of folks will omit your fantastic writing due to this problem.

  52. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Magnificent. I am also an expert in this topic therefore I can understand your hard work.

  53. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be actually something that I feel I might never understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely vast for me. I am taking a look forward for your next put up, I¡¦ll try to get the hold of it!

  54. naturally like your website however you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to tell the reality nevertheless I will surely come again again.

  55. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one today..

  56. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  57. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.

  58. whoah this weblog is great i really like studying your posts. Keep up the good paintings! You know, many individuals are searching round for this information, you could help them greatly.

  59. I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I’m hoping the same high-grade site post from you in the upcoming also. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own blog now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.

  60. We’re a gaggle of volunteers and starting
    a new scheme in our community. Your website provided us with
    useful information to work on. You have performed an impressive task and our entire
    community will probably be thankful to you.

  61. you’re in point of fact a good webmaster. The site loading speed is amazing. It kind of feels that you’re doing any unique trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a excellent job in this matter!

  62. I simply could not depart your website before suggesting that I really loved the usual information an individual supply to your guests? Is gonna be back incessantly to investigate cross-check new posts

  63. Wow, awesome weblog structure! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging glance easy. The whole glance of your web site is wonderful, let alone the content material!

  64. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such excellent information being shared freely out there.

  65. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I’m quite certain I will learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  66. I am no longer certain where you’re getting your information, however great topic. I must spend some time finding out more or working out more. Thank you for excellent info I used to be looking for this info for my mission.

  67. I have to show some appreciation to this writer just for bailing me out of this matter. Right after researching throughout the world-wide-web and meeting principles which were not pleasant, I believed my entire life was gone. Existing devoid of the solutions to the issues you have resolved by way of the posting is a critical case, and the kind which might have negatively affected my entire career if I hadn’t noticed your blog. Your main skills and kindness in handling a lot of stuff was very helpful. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I had not discovered such a point like this. It’s possible to at this point look ahead to my future. Thanks very much for the skilled and result oriented help. I won’t be reluctant to recommend your web page to anyone who should receive recommendations about this topic.

  68. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my website so i came to “return the favor”.I’m attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  69. Just desire to say your article is as astonishing. The
    clearness in your post is simply excellent and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject.
    Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS
    feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a
    million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  70. I have not checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  71. As I site possessor I believe the content matter here is rattling excellent , appreciate it for your hard work. You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.

  72. Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored to tears at work so I
    decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch
    break. I love the info you present here and can’t wait to
    take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, superb site!

  73. Have you ever thought about creating an ebook or guest authoring
    on other websites? I have a blog based upon on the same topics you discuss and would really
    like to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers
    would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me
    an email.

  74. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s really informative. I am gonna watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  75. You really make it seem really easy with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really something which I believe I might never understand. It kind of feels too complex and very extensive for me. I am taking a look forward for your subsequent publish, I¡¦ll attempt to get the grasp of it!

  76. It¡¦s in point of fact a nice and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you simply shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  77. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some interesting things or tips. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read even more things about it!

  78. Whats Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It positively useful and it has helped me out loads. I am hoping to give a contribution & help different users like its helped me. Great job.

  79. What i don’t realize is if truth be told how you’re no longer really much more smartly-appreciated than you may be now. You’re so intelligent. You know therefore significantly when it comes to this topic, produced me in my view consider it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men are not involved unless it is one thing to do with Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs nice. Always handle it up!

  80. Wow, incredible blog structure! How lengthy have you been running a blog for? you make running a blog glance easy. The overall glance of your web site is fantastic, as well as the content!

  81. Just wish to say your article is as amazing. The clearness in your post is just nice
    and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with
    your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to
    keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up
    the enjoyable work.

  82. I am not certain the place you are getting your information, however good topic. I needs to spend some time studying more or understanding more. Thank you for great info I used to be searching for this information for my mission.

  83. I keep listening to the news talk about receiving free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the finest site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i get some?

  84. I simply wished to thank you very much once more. I am not sure the things I would’ve worked on in the absence of the entire suggestions provided by you on my area of interest. This was a real terrifying issue in my opinion, nevertheless finding out the specialized way you handled that made me to cry over contentment. I am grateful for the help and in addition sincerely hope you recognize what a great job you’re putting in instructing most people using a blog. Probably you’ve never encountered any of us.

  85. My brother recommended I might like this website. He was entirely right. This post actually made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  86. Whats Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It positively useful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & aid other users like its helped me. Great job.

  87. Thank you for every other excellent post. The place else may anyone get that kind of info in such an ideal way of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m on the look for such information.

  88. Needed to compose you one very small remark in order to thank you again just for the striking secrets you have contributed above. It is simply pretty generous of you to allow extensively what exactly numerous people could have sold for an e book in making some money for their own end, even more so seeing that you might have done it in the event you decided. Those inspiring ideas also served like a good way to recognize that some people have the same fervor much like my very own to learn much more around this condition. I’m sure there are some more pleasurable situations ahead for many who find out your site.

  89. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you
    relied on the video to make your point. You definitely
    know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence
    on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  90. I really wanted to construct a brief message to express gratitude to you for some of the fantastic solutions you are posting on this website. My rather long internet search has now been compensated with incredibly good tips to go over with my two friends. I ‘d admit that most of us readers are very blessed to live in a magnificent community with so many perfect professionals with very helpful plans. I feel extremely grateful to have discovered your entire webpages and look forward to many more pleasurable moments reading here. Thanks a lot once more for a lot of things.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.