March 29, 1998
From the White House to a boardroom near you, baby boomers are defining our politics (Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich), our economy (Bill Gates and Michael Jordan) and our entertainment (James Cameron and Oprah Winfrey). But why let them have all the fun? What of their foibles, those skeletons in the closet, those embarrassing moments that are edited from the annual retelling of Woodstock or Summer of Love stories? If you were born before 1945 or after 1964, this is your chance.
October 25, 1998 |
Sen. John Glenn is scheduled to revisit space on Thursday. Many are wondering whether, at 77, he can carry his weight on the Discovery mission. In truth, Glenn will be carrying the hopes of his generation, a generation that defined this century. Glenn, the original American orbiter, has been assigned to serve as payload specialist on the mission. Its major objective is the deployment of the SPARTAN science spacecraft to document solar activity affecting Earth's environment.
June 20, 1986
I think it was poor policy to publish an article such as "Do the elderly have it too good?" (Inquirer Magazine, June 8). In my opinion, the central premise is petty - but it could fuel controversy that could ultimately become a serious generation war. And with all the problems that exist in America today, we certainly don't need another one. I know there's a "safety" clause - "rich retired people get breaks they simply don't deserve" - but "rich"...
August 14, 2007 |
TWO WEEKENDS ago, fours kids from Newark, N.J., were shot in cold blood in their neighborhood schoolyard. All were African-American, all headed to Delaware State. Three young men were killed, the woman survived. There's a resurgence in violent crime sweeping through our inner cities, and segregation is worse today than it was at the time of Brown v. Board of Education. We know it's true, but we pretend it isn't so. This country has stopped talking about race. My generation, the twentysomethings, has never had a national conversation on the topic.
May 21, 1992 |
"This is a day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it," the Rev. Jerry Lowry prayed. If God is a multicultural advocate (and she is), then it just doesn't get any better than this: a Native American Methodist minister, quoting a psalm by a Jewish king at a predominantly white Southern university in the Lumbee tribe's heartland, whose commencement speaker is a black Baptist. The Lumbees are America's second-largest tribe. But because of opposition by North Carolina's courtly antediluvian, Sen. Jesse Helms, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has refused to recognize the Lumbees as a legitimate tribe.
March 3, 2004 |
Dear Grandfather, You never met me, so allow me to introduce myself. I am your 26-year-old grandson, born in 1977 - five years after you died. From what I have heard, you fought for our country in World War II and returned to start our family. Your contribution may have worn you down a bit and made life tougher, but you did it willingly. I often think about you, and have many questions. You see, Grandpa, our country was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. That day changed me, as Pearl Harbor probably did you. I don't know how you initially reacted, but I haven't been able to live my life the same since.
November 19, 1992 |
This year my parents shocked me by turning 70. The tremor I felt, though, was small compared to the one a few years ago when my uncle retired, closing forever the doors of the corner shoe store started in 1909 by my grandfather. The loss of such a permanent fixture of those years of my youth was no less of a jolt than if, well, the Berlin Wall had suddenly disappeared. And now, among these signposts, many passing by too quickly these days to be read, is the election of Bill Clinton.
April 18, 2000 |
It was 17 years before Frank McElroy heard his father talk about the Vietnam War. Before last fall, he never knew that his father, Joe, had sought comfort in a makeshift chapel in the middle of a jungle in Vietnam, and prayed to become a better soldier. Or that his father left the church that day a changed man, purged of his fear, and ready to fight a war he would never really understand. Until his father spoke to Frank's high school class last fall about his Vietnam experience, Frank McElroy admits that he did not really care, like many in his generation.
May 12, 1991 |
In some parts of southern Chester County, old wooden billboards, paint peeling like snakeskin, stand by the side of the road advertising orchards or hothouse plants. The condition of the signs generally means the business is long defunct, but not in the West Grove-Avondale area. In a region where commercial horticulture dates back to the early 1800s, a weathered sign may denote a long-established business. Or the owner may be simply too busy to put on a fresh coat of paint.