If anyone who happens to be in their sixties or over and believes they have led a dull life, think again: for you are a baby boomer! Being born between 1950 to 1955 means that your toys didn't need batteries because you were content with Tonka trucks, Play dough, Mr. Potato Head, Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys.

We were also daredevils, we rode our bikes and roller skated down streets without any helmets or kneepads! We were also brave enough to get a drink of water out of a garden hose. We were satisfied to watch a 14" TV that was black & white and only got three channels.

In 1960 John F. Kennedy was our new president and he promised to bring us out of Vietnam. A year later a young man named Roger Maris set a new homerun record. As teenagers we listened to our favorite music on a radio and bought our favorite ones on 45's to play on our record player. And though we were told not to, it seemed like everyone was smoking! Then before he could keep his promise to the country, our young president was assassinated in 1963.

By 1970 we had become hard workers, we had to be because rent was $130 a month, a used car was $600 and gas was 34 cents a gallon! In this decade Word Processors were introduced, as well as video games,
the Rubik's Cube and the Walkman. The most important thing that happened in that decade was that after 14 years we got out of Vietnam.

In the last four decades we have been introduced to cordless phones, LCD Screens, answering machines, pagers, remote controls, cell phones, pre approved credit cards, ATM's, HDTV's, CD's, VCR's, a barrage of "reality" TV shows and the Internet. Today the average rent is $1,200 a month, a used car is around $6,000 and gas is $3.00 a gallon. For those of you who made it out of Vietnam (and I thank you for your service) or haven't succumbed to cancer because of smoking, you are survivors! Also, Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone.

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