Over at Online Colleges, they’re taking a look at some of the most defining images from the history of baby boomers. Their list includes:
1. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech
2. LBJ being sworn in as president, with Jackie Kennedy
3. Beatles arrive in America
4. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
5. Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
6. Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon
7. Kent State shootings
8. Nixon’s V for Victory sign
9. Evacuation of Saigon
10. Dan White protestors
11. Loss of the Challenger
13. Reagan and Gorbachev talks
14. Tiananmen Square protests
15. Fall of the Berlin Wall
16. Gulf War
17. Oslo Accords
18. Rwanda genocide
19. Oklahoma City
20. Columbine High School shootings
21. Terrorist attacks, September 11, 2001
22. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
23. Fall of Saddam Hussein
24. Bernie Madoff
25. Swearing in of Barack Obama
How well do these choices represent baby boomer history? I think they do a fairly good job. However, I think two are missing: baby boomers at Woodstock and boomers becoming Yuppies and immersing themselves in work and consumption. In addition, I think the photo of Richard Nixon leaving the White House after he resigned is more of a defining moment in boomer history than his V for Victory photo.
Also, it's sad that so many of these photos are about death and tradegy.
Let me know your opinions in the Comments section below.
Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist