December 20, 1987 |
Twenty years ago, the catch phrase in politics was "generation gap," that yawning chasm of ideals and behavior that divided Woodstock from Wall Street, youth from the Establishment. Today, politicians and pollsters have their eyes on a different phenomenon - a sort of generation glut, a single group of voters whose power and influence may soon, they predict, outweigh any other factor in the electorate. It's called the baby boom. And with its oldest members poised on the brink of middle age - and, presumably, a new level of political involvement - a brand-new phrase has entered the political lexicon: "generational politics.
March 5, 2006 |
The oldest baby boomers are colliding with age 60 - a fact that has not escaped America's builders of active-adult housing. Those who have been in the business of designing homes for this group of 78 million also have noticed this: The boomers' shopping list is changing. One way is that more and more of them are choosing to get active in the cities. "For Philadelphia and other cities, this has been a great thing," said Susan Brecht of Brecht Associates, author of the book Analyzing Seniors' Housing Markets.
September 30, 1996 |
The Bob Dole presidential campaign is not going to win over sizable numbers of baby boomers, their voting-age children and other younger Americans by claiming President Clinton is soft on drugs. Those are the Americans, actually now the majority of voting-age Americans, where "soft on drugs" originated and where drugs have been seen, even tolerated, as a part of the landscape. They are also the people among whom Dole is most likely to be suspect as unknowing and intolerant of younger Americans, too old for the times.
February 9, 1986 |
This is the year of the adult boom. If the folks in the vanguard of America's baby boom have spent the last five years getting midriff bulge, this year, they're showing the first wrinkles. As of Jan. 1, the boom began to turn 40. The U.S. Census Bureau places the beginning of the baby boom in 1946, the postwar year that American mothers - buoyed, some say, by war's end, a technological revolution, a striding economy and general optimism - bore 3.4 million children, about 600,000 more than the year before.
May 16, 1996 |
The baby boomers and baby busters - Americans born after 1945 and through 1976 - are seriously less serious about the performing arts than their parents. They attend fewer concerts of classical music, fewer operas, fewer musicals, and fewer plays. On the other hand, they go to art museums more than the older generations, and they attend ballet and jazz performances about as often. They also watch more art programming on television, listen to the radio more, and buy more CDs. These are some of the findings in a report by the National Endowment for the Arts.
February 21, 2008 |
A word about Barack Obama's age. This, as much as race and gender, is what has me captivated by this campaign. Barack Obama is 46 - just eight months older than I am. I was first struck during Obama's victory speech in Iowa, and ever since, more than anything else about him, by the simple but unprecedented fact that this guy running for president is my age. He's not a boomer, he's not a Gen Xer. Technically, we are considered boomers -...
January 2, 1986 |
Happy New Year, baby boomers. And, happy birthday, too, a big one, for all 78 million of you: postwar babies; the Pepsi, Now, Woodstock and Me generations and Yuppies. They're turning 40. The first of them were born on Jan. 1, 1946 - starting with Kathleen Casey, the daughter of a Navy machinist's mate born one second after midnight in Philadelphia. The next, it is recorded, was Mark Bejcek in Chicago, the son of a soldier. On the New Year's Day Kathleen Casey was born, the Census Bureau was estimating that the population of the United States in the year 2000 would be 163 million.
May 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Baby boomers preparing for retirement are driving a surge in small-business sales, as they find more and more buyers confident enough in the improving economy to expand their own businesses through acquisitions. In the first three months of this year, the number of sales that closed jumped 56 percent from the same time in 2012, according to BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small businesses. Retirement was the No. 1 contributor to business sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, according to a survey by Pepperdine University and two trade groups, the International Business Brokers Association and M&A Source.
January 29, 2006 |
You've got to hand it to those aging baby boomers. If it weren't for them, the high-rise condo boom in the nation's cities would be dust in the wind. Or so says Jerry Starkey, president and CEO of WCI Communities in Florida. Since 1993, WCI has built 88 high-rise condominium buildings both in and out of Florida - 17 million square feet, today worth $15 billion to $20 billion in boom-adjusted numbers, Starkey told a recent session at the International Builders Show here. "The boomer is the significant driver, both in primary- and second-home markets," Starkey said.
November 25, 2010 |
Uneasiness is keeping some aging baby boomers in their current homes, even though that's not what they had in mind. As Realtor Allan Domb, who sells condos in Center City, sees it, "The decline in prices in the suburbs appears to be keeping a lot of aging boomers . . . from selling and moving to something befitting their changed lifestyle. " That, and "general uncertainty over the economy and personal finances, and a desire to see house/condo prices bottom before making a move," said Philadelphia economist Kevin Gillen, vice president at Econsult Corp.