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We’re 65!

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In the 50s, the cry of the young boomers was “I want my Maypo!” In the 60s it turned ugly. We shouted, “Hell, no; we won’t go!” We lightened up in the 70s with “I’m a Pepper; he’s a Pepper; she’s a Pepper; wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?” Also in the 70s, the fairer sex cried, “Our bodies, ourselves.” This year, it’s “We’re 65!”


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[Editor’s Note: Hershel wrote this essay in 2011, the year the first boomers turned 65. It is interesting to look back and see that little has changed. The “prophets of doom” were wrong then; they’re still wrong today.]

2011: Yep; the year that many have been dreading, that some have been eagerly anticipating. This is it.

This is the year that the boomers turn 65. You can expect societal disruption on a level never seen or imagined before. Expect the earth to shake. Expect the world to come to an end. Years from now, we will look back and realize that this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.

We’re 65!

No; wait. That last one is from a speech that candidate Barack Obama gave in June, 2008. Never mind.

Actually, not all boomers will turn 65 this year; only about three and a half million of us. This boomer believes that the impact of this marker in time will be... pretty much nothing.

The media is making a big deal out of this. It’s the beginning of the “trash the boomers” movement. You should be prepared for this onslaught.

The media is treating it much like they did the Y2K “crisis.” Remember, 11 years ago... airplanes were going to fall out of the sky on January 1. ATMs across the world would fail. Gas pumps would fail, cutting off the supply of the lifeblood of transportation. Nuclear missiles would explode all on their own; microwave ovens would fail. Chaos would ensue; there would be riots over food shortages. I wrote all about that nonsense here. Of course, I was right. None of that happened. The media whispered, “Oh, well,” and went on to another manufactured crisis.

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