The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 21, 1996 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 21, 1996
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THE SALJN'A'JOURNAL Life MILESTONES / B3 ALMANAC / B7 CROSSWORD / B8 B Boomers Turn 50! T FIRST BOOMER The Associated Press James Slckler Jr. holds a photo of him taken by a local news photographer on his birthday, Jan. 1,1946. 50-year-old doesrit fit stereotype Missouri man says he's a leftover of previous generation By CONNIE FARROW The Associated Press NEW MELLE, Mo. — James „„ Otis Sickler Jr. graduated from /!' '" high school in 1965 and enlisted in the Navy. He never went to Vietnam. He never protested the war. He never lived with a woman who wasn't his wife. Sickler was born a half-second after midnight on Jan. 1, 1946, and according to an Associated Press report at the time he was the year's first baby, edging out two Los Angeles girls born a second past midnight. Though no one knew it at the time, his arrival at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis launched what would become known as the Baby Boom — the more than 76 million babies born between World War II and 1964. They are the generation of the Beatles and Vietnam, raised on television. "Never trust anyone over 30" and "Make love, not war" were their mottos. But Sickler, who lives in rural New Melle about 40 miles west of . St. Louis, shares few of the traits attributed to Baby Boomers. "I am more of a leftover from the previous generation," he said. His brown hair, now showing traces of gray, falls just over the back of his collar. He grows it out once a year for his annual appearance as Simon Peter in the community Passion Play. Most children where Sickler grew up lived in two-parent households. Academic achievement, church volunteerism and the common good of the community were highly valued. He married in 1978, but it lasted only four years. He met his second wife, Shirlee, in 1987.'He is the stepfather of her four children and has five grandchildren. He operates a hydropress at McDonnell Douglas Corp. and lives in a brick-front, ranch-style home on what once was his father's farm. His parents live next door. He took it as gospel that if you were willing to work hard and sacrifice, you would be successful. And he shuns the notion of buying more than he can afford. "I'm 50 years old, and I own my house and everything in it," he says. "And I only have a few more payments on my minivan, and then it will be paid for, too." Sickler is typical of the first wave of Baby Boomers, says Rex Campbell, professor of rural sociology at University of Missouri- Columbia. "He didn't have the same competitive pressures that came with those born after 1950," Campbell says. i It's difficult to lump people born as much as 19 years apart into one generation. Campbell calls 1946 the cusp, a transitional year between the old and the new. Those born in 1950 are more stereotypical Baby Boomers. BABY BOOMER EDITION what's sports utility vehicles in-vitro fertilization Keogh plans Scrabble school-board elections financial planners melatonin Barnes & Noble Stephen Spielberg & Kate Capshaw eating yoga prepackaged salads Medicare casual Fridays Bill Gates relaxed-f it jeans career counselors vitamin E nanny screening Anne Tyler family time- Bonnie Raitt tuba) ligation coffee bars Jane Austen body shapers meniscus tears Canyon Ranch whining Katie Couric Brittany spaniels female movie directors Price.Club little-league soccer bar mitzvahs breast-cancer screening personal bests Tom Hanks airbags Martha Stewart 'The Book of Virtues" Discovery Zone PTA diaper genie Mel Gibson Jessica Lange family rooms nasal strips pagers Ellen DeGeneris having twins Emagulander Dr. Brazelton station wagons sex pension plans Trivial Pursuit peace protests dating services iron supplements Crown Books Donald & Maria Trump smoking step aerobics' frozen foods managed care;:, corporate uniforms Stephen Jobs; spandex tights job security AHA drug testing Tama Janowitz overtime Linda Ronstadt birth control bars Dorothy Parker control-top pantyhose shin splints hedonism forbearance Connie Chung King Charles spaniels male screenwriters dance clubs pee-wee football weddings home pregnancy tests team playing Ralph Fiennes fuel economy Robin Leach Calvin Klein ads locked cars PETA diaper pail Steven Seagal Kathleen Turner living rooms nicotine patches filofaxes David Letterman staying single Aprica Dr. Spock S EX R1CHAE MORROW/The Salina Journal Boomers at 50 trivia ^Answers on page B8 1) Who was the handless WWII vet who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "The Best Years of Our Lives," and what nation were American advisers sent to Vietnam to assist? 2) Whose "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" radio call immortalized Thomson's home run, and who recorded "Rock Around the Clock?" 3) Who founded Mad, and what cherished goal of Khrushchev's visit went unfulfilled? 4) Who was Castro's predecessor as ruler of Cuba, and what was the most notable consequence of the Big Blackout of 1965? 5) Who was Christopher Pike, and what were the Kent State demonstators protesting against? 6) What British TV series was "All in the Family' based on, and who won the 1975 Best Actress Oscar for "Cuckoo's Nest?" 7) Where did Legionnaire's disease first appear, and who shot J.R.? 8) What third-party candidate did surprisingly well against Reagan and Carter, and who was the musician who organized Live Aid? 9) Why was the launch of Operation Desert Storm postponed from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, and who was the captain of the Exxon Valdez? 10) Who was the Oklahoma law professor who was Clarence Thomas' primary accuser, and what key fact was shown by the melting ice cream? V TIMELINE ' 1946 to 1995 Five decades of places, people and things that shaped the Boomers In the 50 years of the baby boomers' lives to date, the time has been defined by many events — some you may have loved, some you may have hated, some you may have missed. Here, for the record, is a highly subjective sampling of five decades of people, places and things that have helped to shape the baby boomers, who are now hitting 50.' 1946: The touching veterans- come-home story "The Best Years of Our Lives" wins the Best Picture Oscar 1947: "Howdy Doody" makes its television debut. 1948: RCA Victor introduces the first 45-rpm records ... "The Kinsey Report on Male; Sexuality" is published. 1949: Fred Astfffe and Ginger Rogers dance i^p5he Barkleys of Broadway," their last film together. 1950: The comic strip "Peanuts" debuts ... American military advisers are sent to the Southeast Asian nation of Vietnam. 1951: New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hits "the shot heard around the world," a homer off the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ralph Branca, to reach the World Series ... J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" is published. 1952: The first 3-D movie, 1 "Bwana Devil," is released. 1953: Playboy magazine debuts ... Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed as Soviet spies. 1954: The televised Army/McCarthy hearings rivet a nation. 1955: Rosa Parks sparks the Birmingham bus boycott, which inaugurates the civil-rights movement ... "Rock Around the Clock" brings rock 'n' roll to national prominence^ ; 1956: Mad magazine makes its first appearance. 1957: Ford's Edsel, soon to become a byword for failure, is given a lavish launch. 1958: Brooklyn's "Bums" and New York's "Jints" become the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. 1959: On "the day the music died," rock star Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash. 1960: Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy conduct America's first televised presidential-candidate debates ... Soviet leader Niki- 1 ta Khrushchev visits the United States. 1961: The disastrous Bay of- Pigs invasion fails to overthrow! Cuban dictator Fidel Castro ...; Roger Maris hits his 61st home run, breaking Babe Ruth's single- season record. 1962: Johnny Carson begins his reign as host of "The Tonight Show". 1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas ... Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech. 1964: The Beatles take America by storm. 1965: A major blackout hits the Northeast. 1966: "Star Trek" debuts on television 1967: Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I. 1968: James Earl Ray assassinates Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy is murdered by Sirhan Sirhan 1969: Neil Armstrong walks in the dust on the moon, and hundreds of thousands walk in the mud at Woodstock ... the Stonewall Riot in New York City heralds the birth of the gay-rights movement. 1970: Four student protesters are killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University in Ohio. 1971: "All in the Family" debuts on television ... The voting age is lowered to 18. • See TIMELINE, Page B8 SUGGESTIONS? CALL SHERIDA WARNER, LIFE EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 L

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