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Things Gen Xers Don’t Remember

Things Gen Xers Don’t Remember.

Fascinating list from GenXSandwich of the difference between Boomers / Gen X and Gen Y. What would you add? What rings true for you? For me, War was Iraq 1 – I remember putting it down on my wall calendar “WAR!” because it seemed so big and scary. And then of course, it was over so quickly and didn’t really affect the homefront, as it were. But Iraq 2 and Afghanistan may not have been fought on US soil, but certainly have had major effects here – on the soldiers, on the economy, on politics. And that is how this stuff affects museums.

Culture Comparison- 3 Generations
Categoy Gen X Missed or Was Too Young to Remember:pre 1970Era of Baby Boomers Gen X Saw Growing Up: born: 1965-1976 Gen Y Have Seen So Far Growing Up: born: 1977-1994?
Economy GI Bill,Booming Economy, Suburbia Gas Shortages, Savings & Loan Crisis, Dot Com Boom, Dot Com Bust, Real Estate Bust
War Korea and Viet Nam Afghanistan I Iraq and Afghanistan II
Disaster JFK’s asassination Oklahoma City Bombing 9/11
Musicians The Beatles / Elvis Madonna / Michael Jackson Backstreet Boys / Britney Spears
Game Changer Civil Rights Acts AIDS Columbine HS Massacre
World Event Cuban Missle Crisis Berlin Wall Falling Rwanda and Bosnian Genocides
Toys Board Games Legos, GI Joe, Barbie Console Video Games, GameBoy
Sports Hero Muhammad Ali Walter Payton Michael Jordon
Drug Acid (Turn In, Tune On, Drop Out) Speed and Coke (Living 24 Hours a Day) Ecstasy and Meth (Take a Chill Pill)
Group Party Woodstock We Are The World and Farm Aid Million Man March
Technology Man on the Moon The PC and Cell Phones World Wide Web, eBay, Yahoo!
Politics Nixon / Watergate Reagan / Iran Contra Clinton and Lewinsky
Mass Communication Black and White TV MTV / Cable CDs and MP3s
Late Night Johnny Carson David Letterman Conan O’Brien
The Fourth Turning’s Generation Type* Prophet (known for vision, values, religion) Nomad (known for liberty, survival, honor) Hero (known for community, affluence, technology)

7 responses to “Things Gen Xers Don’t Remember

  1. 65-76
    The Bicentennial Celebration – which for some reason always brings the British Elton John’s ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ to mind LOL
    War: Grenada! lol
    Music: punk rock, proto-goth
    Toys: Atari 2600 (WOOHOO)
    Late Night: SNL, Fridays, Friday Night Videos, USA Night Flight

  2. Board games were always popular in my house. We practically fought to the death over Candyland.

  3. It’s polite to cite when you cut/paste off other’s blogs. I created this table, and glad you liked it, but please give credit. Thanks. – GenXSandwich

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