According to AARP’s “How the Boomers Saved Everything” by P. J. O’Rourke, the boomers generation is the generation that did everything bigger and better. O’Rourke’s boomers are the better educated, hands on, productive and the most materialist generation. Boomers include President Obama, the Beatles, Steve Jobs, Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, yes and even local hometown hero, John Elway who is partly responsible for taking the Denver Broncos to the XLVIII, is a boomer, too.
And while I admit my boomer generation is a personal favorite, this article in its very positive nature took me back to a very negative time of my childhood. Most of my “Mis Recuerdos” experiences have been positive and mostly without worry and full of positive experiences, but I do remember a few solemn days. One, of course, was the death of John F. Kennedy, another closer to home and one I will never forget.
At the age of nine I was awaiting the 4th of July holiday; I recall our little town experienced the worst incident any remote family town is able to handle. Overnight and into the wee hours of the holiday, a family of four innocently made their way from Colorado through northern New Mexico. The family of four consisted of a mother, two teenagers (male/female) and a young girl around nine years of age. Their car stalled and ran out of gas and somewhere in the night three local men (two adult and one teenager) stopped to help them out. The details are not important today, but the three men took the older female teenager and the young girl for a trip to the gas station.
The three men were intoxicated and they soon dropped off the older girl and raped the young girl then dropped her off near the town’s post office. The men were later convicted of rape and kidnapping and served their due time in prison. I don’t know the outcome of the young girl, but it is my hope she was able to recover from this malicious act. I share this story with you today because no generation is without negativity and crime. Even small towns are affected by crime and malicious acts. Along with war, racism, poverty, the ‘60s population dealt with alcoholism, rape, drugs, murder and when it hit home, it would forever leave its mark.
The boomer generation is a special generation of gifted and optimistic, ambitious people, forever remembered for making this country better, but we were far from perfect.