I was born in 1964 which makes me a baby boomer. I got caught up in the tail end of it. The boom of babies born between the years of 1946-1964 are considered baby boomers, and I was shocked to find out I was among them. I always thought of baby boomers as people much older than myself. While the upper end of the spectrum witnessed and can recollect great moments in history, I was learning to walk and talk.
I don’t remember Apollo landing on the moon, or the assignation of Martin Luther King, Jr. I can vaguely remember being bussed into a different school district, but I’m not even sure about that. I was in kindergarden at the time.
I can tell you with certainty that I have personally witness the advances in technology during the span of my life time. I never took typing class because I never thought I’d need the class. How was I to know they would come out with something called the personal computer. I graduated in 1983 and computers hadn’t made a splash quite yet, and even when they did, it took far longer for them to become a household name.
My first stereo was a radio/turntable, 8-track. I loved that stereo and music became my escape. I scratched most of my records, but it was kinda cool to pick the arm up and put the needle down to start a song I liked. 8-tracks were okay, but you had to hit the fast forward button to find a song you liked, which I did often. At the time, I was in a Rod Stewart phase. Strange thing was I always liked the 60s Rod Stewart songs.
I included a picture that looks similar to the stereo we had in the living room. It had a turntable and radio, and believe it or not they use to have good AM stations back in the day. If you asked me back then, I would have told you, I wanted to be a dancer, laughs. (All behind close doors).
Late seventies my brother got a cassette player. While I was still listening to Rod Stewart, my brother was listening to Bob Seger (he’s from Michigan don’t ya know). He also liked Queen, Stixx, Cheap Trick, and The Police. I had this big thing about KC and the Sunshine band, laughs. Really, I joined their fan club and everything.
During the 80s music kept evolving and we listened to a variety of music that kept getting harder and harder, but my parents didn’t seem to mind. I had headphones in my bedroom. I’d say music had a huge impact on me even today.
Technology didn’t stop it kept going, soon CDs took over the market. Gadgets kept being developed, although most of us didn’t have a clue how to operated them. MP3s, IPods, Ipads, Kindles, Nooks and beyond. Today you’d be hard pressed to find a household without a PC or Mac. Apple made quite a comeback didn’t it?
I’m excited to find out what they are going to come up with next, and I’m so looking forward to Amazon’s addition to technology the Kindle Fire.