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WEATHER WOES… affected the Tri-City Record last Thursday when an early morning phone call from Stafford Printing Group came in. Jon Moy stated that Greenville, Michigan received multiple inches of snow and ice overnight and they would not be able to deliver the newspaper until later in the day on Thursday. Thankfully the newspapers were delivered around 4 p.m. and made it to the post office and newsstands by the end of the day.

Reminded me of a time in 1985 or 1986 when Watervliet received a significant lake effect snow event and I had gone into the D & D Grill (now the Sidetrack II Cafe) to see if I could pay someone with a 4-wheel drive truck that would be willing to drive me to Paw Paw to pick up the papers. By the time we made it back to Watervliet the roads were clear.

HEY BOOMER… I turned around and said, “Who are you calling Boomer?”

Aren’t you a boomer grandpa?

Yikes, I am a boomer. I just figured nobody else 25 years younger than I would be thinking of me as a boomer. Most Baby Boomers are children of either the Greatest Generation or the Silent Generation, and are often parents of Gen Xers and Millennials.

The Greatest Generation was the first I recall named as a large group of Americans born during a certain time period, 1901-1927. Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are recognized making a significant change including social movements brought about by their size in numbers. That certainly makes sense for that generation. That spread, 1946 to 64, is mine… I was born in 1946 and sister Babette was born 1947.

By the time I heard the term Baby Boomer it included me and Babette and Jenny and Steve and Liz and brother Richard (13th).

That’s a pretty neat package if you got five or six siblings younger than you.

Not so if Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia lists many more. By my own erratic calculations there are a small handful of other generations, tossed in by Wikipedia… Lost Generation, 1883–1900; Greatest Generation, 1901 to 1927; Silent Generation, 1928 to 1945; Generation X, 1965-1980; Millennials, 1981 to 1996; Generation Z, 1997-2012; Generation Alpha, early 2010s to 2020s.

Sorry for all the useless information. It might be fun to identify the generations in your family or neighborhood.

The Bayer family spans 1911 to 2023, parents to great-great grandchildren; I’ll leave the perambulations to other Bayer Baby Boomers, who by the way are collecting photos and info as I write this.


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