Hope I diet before I get old

Why do we have all these twentysomething pundits? Because a bunch of sixtysomethings can’t let go of the past:

The ’60s generation remembers when the pronouncements of “youth leaders” like Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman and Mark Rudd were taken very seriously and so, now ensconced in executive positions, they keep looking for the next generation of “youth leaders.”

You want to slap them and say, “Hey, wake up: The Sixties sucked!”

What really sucked, of course, was that the likes of Hayden and Rudd were taken seriously. Hoffman, at least, had a sense of the theatrical; it’s no accident that Sacha Baron Cohen was originally cast as Hoffman in Steven Spielberg’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, currently on an extended holiday in Development Hell.

Eventually, we’re supposed to put away childish things. I can’t claim to be entirely successful in so doing, though I have gotten myself to the point where if someone says “Chicago Seven” I can come back with “That’s the one with ‘Wishing You Were Here,’ isn’t it?”

I have, however, a partial solution to the Baby Boomer nostalgia for its preening teenage leftism. Since the generation which followed the Boomers is universally known as Generation X, we should give the Boomers a properly-alphabetized redesignation: call them Generation W, a reference to one of their own, and see how fast they shut up.







8 comments

  1. Dan B »

    5 May 2011 · 5:20 pm

    I approve. I’m testing the name on the parental units this weekend.

    The only other name I can think of for the generation that destroys everything from American to the environment to the idea of retirement is one of their medicines: Preparation H.

  2. McGehee »

    5 May 2011 · 9:58 pm

    I have gotten myself to the point where if someone says “Chicago Seven” I can come back with “That’s the one with ‘Wishing You Were Here,’ isn’t it?”

    I was 12 when that came out, but thanks to MAD Magazine I had some idea even so there was some irony there — though I had no grasp at the time of what the other Chicago Seven was all about.

    That took being in college while Tom Hayden was a member of the California legislature.

  3. McGehee »

    5 May 2011 · 10:13 pm

    Since the generation which followed the Boomers is universally known as Generation X, we should give the Boomers a properly-alphabetized redesignation: call them Generation W

    I like it.

  4. McGehee »

    5 May 2011 · 10:17 pm

    Although I think it would make more heads explode if it were spelled “Generation Dubya.

  5. Brett »

    5 May 2011 · 10:36 pm

    Let the infarctions commence!

  6. Dan B »

    6 May 2011 · 6:47 pm

    Enough GenW infarcations and we may yet be able to retire.

  7. CGHill »

    6 May 2011 · 6:58 pm

    “I’m doing the best I can,” he said, noting that it was Taco Night.

  8. Joe »

    8 May 2011 · 4:53 pm

    Tacos rule heh heh.

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