Boomer Bytes

Memories of and pertaining to the Baby Boomer Generation.

Hello, World!

You are now reading my first entry into a blog I am beginning to relate to those in my generation.  I began this journey some years ago with social media, but found that though social media is important in the relationship, platforms like Twitter and Facebook are not complex enough to thoroughly express my thoughts.  So a blog fills out the tools I am using in my quest.

1953I was born in 1953.  The year Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.  A pound of round steak was 90 cents.  Average cost of a new house was $9,500.  The cost of a gallon of gas was 20 cents.  The average salary was $4,000/year. Average cost of a new car was $1,650, and car makers began to allow longer periods for you to pay for them.  Color televisions were starting to appear at a cost of $1,175.  And transistor radios began to be sold.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first ascended Mount Everest. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of these United States.  Dr. Jonas Salk continued the development of his polio vaccine by giving it to himself and his family as a response to stats in 1952 of 57,628 polio cases reported with with over 21,000 case being paralytic in nature.

Ian Fleming published his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, in the UK.  Playboy magazine published its first issue with Marilyn Monroe as the cover girl and nude centerfold.  The New York Yankees won their fifth world series in a row.  And cigarette smoking is reported as causing lung cancer.

This blog will discuss memories from the past.  Television shows, music, and pop culture.  Life in general.  I will save the lists for later posts.

This blog will discuss some issues and information of today.  I like to share information and believe me, I have many opinions on issues of today.

This blog will discuss visions of the future.  What I hope life will be like for my descendants.

Some posts will be serious, and many will be humorous.  I prefer humor.

So if you have anything in common with a baby boomer man born to a midwestern family that because of the military spent his youth in many places in the United States,  stay tuned.  I hope to spend a lot of time interacting with you.

Source of the 1953 information is The Year 1953 by the People’s History.

Bill Welker

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