For People Who Think

September 20, 2011

Then and Now…

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September 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm by Dan Lynch

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my generation – the overwhelmingly arrogant Baby Boomers – has managed to screw up everything in rather grand style since we took over the leadership of this country.

Yeah, sure, we’re the best educated generation ever. Not only did we get more college degrees than anybody else but we got the best grades, too. From the moment the first of us turned 18 the society has more of less revolved around us. We immediately killed off that pop and big band stuff that our parents loved and turned the world on to rock. Because there were so many of us – more than 75 million, at last count – we set all the society’s tastes in fashion, literature and culture.

You can thank us for designer jeans and sushi. You can thank us for Howard Stern.

You can thank us, too, for the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, for 14 million people out of work and for a truly rotten, selfish and greedy political environment in this country that seems to make solving any problem, no matter how grievous, pretty much impossible.

Now, I invite you to compare the performance of my generation in tough times with that of our parents. Those were people who fought their way through the hardships of the Depression, faced down the planet’s most towering evil since Genghis Khan during World War II and returned home to build the brawniest economy that the world had ever seen. They were the people who made the American Dream a concrete reality. And what they did deserves the unending gratitude and respect of everybody who came after them.

That’s one reason that my creative partners and I, a few years ago, turned out a documentary film on the World War II generation and their trials during the Battle of the Bulge. “Into the Dragon’s Teeth” aired on WNYT NewsChannel 13. It’s also why another of our documentary films on the generation that saved the world will air on WNYT NewsChannel 13 at 8 PM this coming Saturday, September 24th. Here’s a preview of that film:

If, for whatever reason, you can’t get this link to work just go to and check out the sneak preview there.

When we Baby Boomers were young, we were certain that we had all the answers. Well, now we know better. Our parents didn’t have all the answers either, but they had a better handle than we did on what the real questions were.

Watch this documentary film when it airs next Saturday evening on Channel 13, and you’ll see just how grim their times were as compared to ours. I just we had more of them left around to serve as examples to people in positions of public leadership today.


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