So, you know how sometimes you start out to do one thing and then you get side tracked and end up doing something totally different?
I was going to write about how age wise Connecticut is the seventh oldest state, with half the population being over 40.4, and half under.
I was surprised by this because I thought that as soon as anyone in Connecticut retired they were immediately extradited to Florida.
The other thing that surprised me is that Maine, not Florida, has the oldest population. I can't imagine retirees flocking to Maine because they are looking for a colder winter.
Anyway, as I was searching for some additional statistics on baby boomers, I came across several articles titled "Why Baby Boomers Suck."
Most of the articles seem to have been written by our offspring, you know the people that are back home living in their old rooms. While some valid points were made — we do always think it's all about us — there also seemed to be a lot of misplaced anger.
I guess every generation has issues with their parents. Boomers tended to think their parents were the stodgiest, straightest, un-coolest people on the planet. It never occurred to us that old Ozzie and Harriet were the inspiration for Masters and Johnson.
Now, no one likes to think about their parents, um, doing it. And when such a thought does intervene, it can be quite, what's the word, ewwwwww. But the hot truth about our parents is this: They were one hot-to-trot demographic, reproducing to the tune of some 75.8 million little boomers between 1946-1964.
According to a statistical breakdown by Baby Boomer Magazine that translates to:
10,958 babies born per day.
456 per hour.
7.1 per minute.
Or, one every 8.5 seconds.
The most births occurred in 1957, when 4.3 million boomers entered the world. Why 1957? I checked to see if there was a nationwide blackout or something in 1956 that might have set the mood for 1957s' boom. There wasn't.
The only thing I can attribute it to is Elvis. In 1956 Elvis' first hit, "Heartbreak Hotel," hit the charts; he appeared for the first time on the "Ed Sullivan Show;" and his first movie "Love me Tender," opened in New York.
Sorry, I really didn't mean to go here.