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The Greatest Generation

Nostalgic Responses to "When I Was Your Age..."

Quora | Posted 05.28.2016 | Parents

When I was your age, it was basically impossible to lose a phone. If all else failed, you started at the wall jack and followed the line. There were cellphones, or, as we called them at the time, "carphones." Nobody we knew actually had one, though.

Best Seat in the House for V-E Anniversary Flyover

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.11.2016 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Barely recovered from the Great Depression in 1940, America and Americans listened when President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on America to become an "Arsenal of Democracy."

In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Magdaleno (Leno) Díaz passed way on February 10, 2015, at the age of 95. His passing gave me pause to contemplate the significance and impact of what is often referred to as The Greatest Generation.

D-Day: France Remembers the Longest Day, Salutes its Liberators

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Dorian de Wind

Grateful to the U.S. and other allies for the World War II allegiances and sacrifices and notwithstanding occasional "philosophical" and political discords, France has steadfastly remembered the battles and honored the heroes of those battles which led to ultimate victory over the Nazis.

The 'Me' Generation Celebrates D-Day at 70

Leona Foxx | Posted 08.03.2014 | Fifty
Leona Foxx

I remember walking the beaches of Normandy a few years ago, a side trip during one of my training sessions for the CIA. It was late winter. The air was brisk and damp.

More War Stories from the Old Colonel

Peggie Walsh | Posted 07.19.2014 | Fifty
Peggie Walsh

I came across these notes from a speech he typed up on an old piece of scrap paper. From what I can tell, he was addressing a group of young soldiers, probably around the early 1960's.

NOT the Millennials

Tom Alderman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Media
Tom Alderman

We're namers. We like to put people and things in buckets, assign labels to the buckets and fit them into our handy memory garage. We're especially bi...

What Can You Do For Your Country? Pay Taxes.

Thomas Allen Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Thomas Allen Moon

A half-century later, pessimism has replaced optimism for many of today's college students, recent grads and the many of that generation who cannot afford college. As globalization and technological innovation intensify competition, those who can't bear the cost of college wonder what their future holds.

'Vic Mathias' Honor Flight: Be on It!

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

One sad statistic that keeps making the news recently is how many World War II veterans leave us each year... and each day. The most recent statistics provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) tell us that an estimated 642 World War II veterans pass away each and every day.

Two Members of the 'Greatest Generation' Meet One Final Time

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

While Millie and John had been an ocean apart serving their country each in his and her own way, John felt a connection registering in his mind, tugging at his heart and rekindling his emotions.

Does Any Computer Appeal to Seniors?

Liddy Manson | Posted 09.02.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

Technology can't substitute for human interaction, and it never will. But it can ease the demands of caregiving in the early years, and buy everyone much needed time.

Why Home Matters, Even -- Especially -- at the End

Liddy Manson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

She couldn't leave her bed at all during the final months, but the city came to her, one person at a time, to say goodbye in the room where they'd said so many hellos.

Reconsidering Today's Older Generation

Liddy Manson | Posted 05.15.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

I now consider mid-70s as "prime of life." Women in their 70s take brisk walks in cute yoga pants, work out at gyms, and go zip-lining in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

Which Generation Is Smartest About Credit?

The Huffington Post | Erica Smith | Posted 02.18.2012 | Fifty

Not all credit scores are created equal. New research from Experian provides a glimpse into how different generations handle debt and finances. Th...

Where Have All the Old People Gone?

Liddy Manson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

Where have they gone? And what does it mean for my kids that, apart from their grandparents, they just don't know any old people?

Vietnam Veteran Devotes His Time To Preserving Other Vets' Stories

The Wichita Eagle | Posted 01.10.2012 | Impact

By the end of today, 28 World War II veterans from Kansas will have died, according to Col. Herb Duncan. He wants to make sure their stories don’t d...

A Resolution for Future Holidays: Listen to and Learn From the Past

Liddy Manson | Posted 02.06.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

I spend much of my life filled with regret that I don't see the people I love as much as I'd like, and that when I'm with them I don't pay as close attention as I should. A visit with a dear friend last weekend broke that pattern.

Tom Friedman and Steve Jobs: Situational Versus Sustainable Values

Brent Green | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty
Brent Green

We may be experiencing difficult times, but our problems run deeper and wider than the actions or non-actions of a single generation.

The Impact of Negative Statistics on the Latino Brand

Mariela Dabbah | Posted 11.12.2011 | Latino Voices
Mariela Dabbah

It is in our national interest to highlight Latino accomplishments and statistics that bring attention to the many areas in which we excel. This will be the best way to inspire the generation of young Latinos on whose shoulders America's future rests, and the only way in which non-Latinos will realize that this generation is worth their investment.

Heroes and Anti-Heroes

Jerry Cimino | Posted 10.04.2011 | Home
Jerry Cimino

Why was I drawn to this group of nonconformists who never set out to change the world but who did so anyway because they followed their own individual passions?

Generation Wars: Boomer-Fatigue Or Gerascophobia?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Every Generation makes its mark, regardless of size or place in history. Accomplishment, discovery, invention, and innovation are happening every minute of every day, year after year, generation after generation.

1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.

The Crassest Generation

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles Kolb

The four Goldman Sachs executives who testified before Senator Levin's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations were striking in many respects, but one thing was apparent before they opened their mouths: their relative youth.

Global Warming: a Test for the Next Greatest Generation

Charles Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles Alexander

Climate change will affect the lives of billions of people. Like my parents' generation, you will be drafted to save the world. You could be the next greatest generation.

What The Greatest Generation Can Teach Us

Majora Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Majora Carter

Gasoline and food rationing, domestic production mandates, a military draft! Sounds like a totalitarian nightmare, but it stopped global fascism. As ...