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Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age cohort. We are the Silent Generation.
We are the smallest number of children born since the early 1900s. We are the "last ones."
We are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war
and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of our daily lives for years.
We are the last to remember ration books for everything from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves.
We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.
We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren't available.
We can remember milk being delivered to our house early in the morning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch.
We are the last to see the gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors whose sons died in the War.
We saw the 'boys' home from the war, build their little houses.
We are the last generation who spent childhood without television; instead, we imagined what we heard on the radio.
As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood "playing outside”.
We did play outside, and we did play on our own.
There was no little league.
There was no city playground for kids.
The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.
On Saturday afternoons, the movies, gave us newsreels of the war sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.
Telephones were one to a house, often shared (party Lines)and hung on the wall.
Computers were called calculators, they only added and were hand cranked; typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage, and changing the ribbon.
The ‘internet’ and ‘GOOGLE’ were words that did not exist.
Newspapers and magazines were written for adults and the news was broadcast on our table radio in the evening by Gabriel Heatter.
We are the last group who had to find out for ourselves.
As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.
The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.
VA loans fanned a housing boom.
Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work.
New highways would bring jobs and mobility.
The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.
The radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands of stations
Our parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war, and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.
We weren't neglected, but we weren't today's all-consuming family focus.
They were glad we played by ourselves until the street lights came on.
They were busy discovering the post war world.
We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed.
We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future.
Depression poverty was deep rooted.
Polio was still a crippler.
The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 50s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks for Air-Raid training.
Russia built the “Iron Curtain” and China became Red China ..
Eisenhower sent the first 'advisers' to Vietnam.
Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.
We are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were no threats to our homeland.
We came of age in the 40s and 50s.
The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, “global warming”, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with unease.
Only our generation can remember both a time of great war, and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty.
We have lived through both.
We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better. not worse.

We are the Silent Generation - "The Last Ones"
More than 99 % of us are either retired or deceased, and we feel privileged to have "lived in the best of times"!

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Nice. I was at the tail end of that generation, so my memories really start about 1949 or so. But my parents suffered through the Depression and the after effects on them are still with me.

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I was born in 1940 my elder brother in 1939 & recently he's been saying "We've seen the best of times James". So people of our age group really understand the Children of the Greatest Generation thread.Thank you Harry, Best wishes,Jamesjj.
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Thanks, Harry. I was born in 1947 and remember a lot of things that are listed. My father was WWII veteran, USAF in the PTO. During the Korean War, we lived in Shadeville, OH near Lockbourne Air Force Base. My mother and several ladies from town were in the Ground Observer Corps. I still have her pin that she was given. We had a wagon parked behind the house with a telephone directly linked to the tower at the base. When a plane would fly over, it was IDed and a call was placed to let the tower know about the incoming aircraft.
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I was born in 1942 and don't remember the war. I was told that we moved to Massachusetts so my father could work at an ammo plant that DuPont owned. He was already working for DuPont here in Nashville. My parents said they put me in a chester drawer to sleep. Ahhh, those were the good ole days. (I could sleep). Harry, I do remember a lot of the other stuff you talk about.
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Me too, I was six when the war started.

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I remember most of those things mentioned and some more. I have said for years we have lived through the the best of times. I don’t see a very bright future for the world today. Too many self serving individuals which include politicians, news organizations, and power hungry greedy individuals. Up until about 1950 people could rely on their neighbors and trust the government, however today most trust has been eroded or destroyed by greed and power struggles. Life has become more about what’s in it for me. So much of our society has become consumed by the struggles for power over others. The news media attempts to tells us what to think. The government dictates how we live. The former values and teachings are being polluted and abandoned. Sad state of affairs.
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To this point I believe I am the one to remember the most. I was born in 1932 so was old enough to know what was going on on 7 December 1941. Thanks Harry
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I was born in 1934, and it all comes back to me. My Father was in the Coast Guard in the Pacific and Okinawa was his last Battle before he came back home. As a kid, my memories lacked a Father for a few years.
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I was born in 1938. I can remember friends whose dads were "overseas". Mine worked in the old Massey Harris factory which had been converted to building Mosquito bombers. We had a German prisoner of war come out of the field and run through our yard asking where the river was. He jumped the fence and was gone. I can remember to this day his shirt, grey with a large red circle on the back. We went in and told mom of the odd question this stranger had asked. The river he had asked for was the Humber which ran into Lake Ontario. There was a prisoner of war camp about 10 miles west of us. Rations... milk, butter, sugar etc.
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