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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Free love but not free from STD's

A growing number of baby boomers are contracting sexually transmitted diseases, also known as STD's, at faster rates than even younger people. Experts say it's becoming a scary reality for many.

"Health: Sex Education For Baby Boomers"
CBS 3 (Philadelphia)

Canadian boomer: we shafted our kids

It's like the boomer party of "respectable" adults were the first at the buffet tables. Our parents suggested that we leave some for those who come after, but most of us piled all the food we could on high. We were sick, after all, of listening to the same old song and dance of that generation. We gorged and drank and had a great time, and casually tossed unhealthy snacks to the kids waiting patiently for their turn.

Now, as they are finally being waved in by their overworked and party-friendly parents, they're discovering the buffet has been emptied, and the catering company has even left town, cheque in hand.

"Party's Over --- And The Kids Don't Have Their Share"
The Gazette (Canada)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The stale, the shameless, and the greedy: creaky boomer rock stars to tour

In the next few months, a handful of past acts of legend, minus some hair and appetite for late nights, will take to the stage for a globe-trotting, nostalgia-tinged encore following a slew of band reunions.

The Police, The Who, Sly and the Family Stone, Iggy Pop, and the Stooges and what remains of The Doors are all heading once more for the road.

"Too Old To Rock? Aging Stars Back On The Road"
Yahoo News

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The last man (grand)standing: boomers want "last word"

The baby boom generation that has changed everything it touched is doing the same for death.

Today's aging boomers have obit news groups, obit websites, obit blogs and forums, even obit-writing classes so they can pen their own send-offs. There are obit books, obit writers' conferences.

And coming soon: the launch of Obit magazine, a publication that's dead serious about writing about the dearly departed.

"Baby Boomers Are Trying To Get The Last Word"
Star Tribune (Minnesota)

Boomers: your time is running out

You weren't the first teenagers, but you grabbed hold of the concept like you were. You spent the '60s changing the world, but apparently weren't all that effective. Your antiwar protests took six years to end Vietnam, and it was a boomer president who sent us to Iraq. You rejected consumerism and the status quo, then spent the 1980s making yourselves rich.

Now you're getting old, and it's tragic. This has never happened to anyone before in the history of humanity. That must be why my Newsweek magazine now has a regular installment called "The Boomer Files," which last week took up 10 pages on the way boomers are staying fit in their dotage.

"Time For Boomers To Get Out of The Way"
Scripps News