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The immortalists – The Boston Globe

In my new book (Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization – September 2009 release), I devoted a chapter to Gen X Hits Gray Ceiling. (I previously wrote an article under the same title too.)   In the chapter I wrote about the frustration many Gen X are experiencing with the prolonged careers of the Baby Boomers. 


In this week’s Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, the plight of Gen X is highlighted. The author cleverly describes Baby Boomers as “ageless Botoxed Parrotheads,” “Boomers Without End,” and describes a “Nation of Geezers.”  She also describes Gen X as the “Prince Charles” generation – a description I also used.


For a post worth reading, I’d recommend The immortalists – The Boston Globe.

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  1. Art Koff says:

    Per your article “Are delayed retirements making us a Nation of Geezers?”
    Once you reach the age of 65 (or 75 as I am) you are likely to live much longer than your late 70′s. A couple retiring at 65 in 2009 has an 80% chance that one partner will live be be 90. The aging of America is far more of a a problem and an OPPORTUNITY than most people are aware of.
    The number of people age 65 and older to double by 2040
    The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate.
    The number of people worldwide 65 and older is estimated at 506 million as of midyear
    2008; by 2040, that number will hit 1.3 billion, according to a report commissioned by
    the National Institute on Aging and produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. Thus, in just
    over 30 years, the proportion of older people will double from 7% to 14% of the total
    world population, according to the report, “

  2. on the Tulsa reservation says:

    Where I work, it is the boomers with the dependable work habits and ethic. The younger generations just dont seem to care. They miss work for any reason, and do as little as they can get by with when there.

  3. Julie Benedict says:

    I am extremely upset over this issue. I am 45 and worked for a company for 5 years. Due to the economic times, the company has had massive layoffs. They offered a “voluntary separation” to all employees with severance pay for each year of service. There are several people all between the ages of 63 and 71 who could have taken the offer and retired. NOT ONE OF THEM DID! Instead I was laid off. I am a single mother with two teenagers and just moved into a home on July 1. I lost my job on July 17! Obviously, I need to work more than someone who is that age. But of course, the company can not discriminate because of age, so I’m left with my life in a financial bind. I’m working hard to try and find a new job and hoping for the best. It is a cruel reality that I am not happy about.

  4. YOUNGER GENERATION IN KENYA THINKS THEY ARE SUPER AND BY SO DOING MESS RVERYTHING AS THE ATTITUDSE IS TOOMUCH KNOW. THERE IS NO COMPARRISON BETWEEN THEIR THEORY AND THE PRARACTICAL OUTPUT WHATSOVER IN MOST SCENARIOS.THEY ALSO WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE AND BY THE TIME TIME IT IS DISCOVERED THEY HAVE MESSED UP EVERYTHING
    HITORY IS THE BEST TEACHER. THEY HAVE TO LEARN FROM THE OLDER GENERATION ESPECIALLY CEOS WHO KNOWS HOW TO JUIGGLE WITH THE LIVER.

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