February 17, 2023

“Happy 88th birthday to my Uncle Hal… My uncle’s longevity gives me hope because I estimate my life expectancy between the ages of 70 to 75 because I’m pretty healthy aside, and I’ve taken control of my diabetes. Much like Uncle Hal, I don’t smoke… The fact I drink much less than he did is likely a generational thing; he of the silent generation and I born in the last year of the baby boom/Generation Jones cusp. I think this will buy me a few years among those in the maternal side of my family who expired among the younger extremum.”

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January 13, 2021

“The Chuck Taylors seemed like a clue. Kamala D. Harris declared the Converse sneakers her go-to kicks. So when the Biden-Harris ticket emerged victorious, millions of former Benetton shoppers could rejoice at the underlying achievement: A member of Generation X had reached the White House for the first time. Then came the deniers. Harris was born in 1964, they noted, which is universally accepted as the last year of the baby boomer generation — and well, kids, rules are rules. Some people insist Harris belongs to a group that straddles the boomers and the Gen Xers, called Generation Jones… Harris declined to answer these questions when The Washington Post asked, and wouldn’t say which generation she identifies with.”

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July 28, 2022

“The cars—all between model years 1969 and 1972—represent a solid cross-section of the autumn years of the first-generation Mustang, and they give us an interesting look into the mind and circumstances of their seller, Stephen Yousey…At age 60, Yousey is the typical Generation Jones baby boomer—old enough to remember these cars when they were new, but too young to have participated in the muscle car revolution (a cohort your author also falls into).”

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July 13, 2023

“The films’ subjects and interviewees belong to the first wave of baby boomers, and the filmmakers belong to the younger cohort of that group, aka Generation Jones — the kids who missed hippiedom by a few years but still absorbed the countercultural idealism. The kids who bought the albums… Is it any wonder that punks would arise to pounce on the “dinosaurs” of the music business? Or that Generation Jones, caught between the boomer vanguard and Gen X’s ironic detachment, might unapologetically enjoy both the megastars and the punks?”

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November 13, 2022

“After Prince’s accidental fentanyl overdose in 2016, his inscrutability has posthumously transformed him into a purple Rorschach blot for the late boomer/early Gen X cohort sometimes known as Generation Jones. These were people who came into their young adulthood in the mid-1980s, a time when prancing around in lingerie and a brocade bolero jacket with your hair teased up into an oversize pompadour was all the rage. Prince, one of the few people who could carry off this look, preached an orgiastic abandon in opposition to the staid “family values” of the Reagan-era establishment.”

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September 28, 2022

“Obama, ‘Generation Jones’…One important thing we are going to dispense with: Obama doesn’t really count as a Gen Xer. We know this is subject to intense debate. And yes, his personal background has some common characteristics with Generation X, like being the mixed-race son of divorced parents who embraced technology to win the presidency. He was also born in 1961, the same year as Douglas Coupland, the author of the book responsible for coining the phrase “Generation X.” But have we all seen the future president in those dad jeans?

The social commentator Jonathan Pontell said Obama told him back in 2007 that he identified with what’s known as “Generation Jones,” a micro generation consisting of people born between 1954 and 1965 who don’t quite fit as the archetypal boomer or Gen Xer. Think of them as the godparents of the “Xennials” — those born in the late 1970s or early 1980s who aren’t fully Gen X or millennial. “I remember reading his original autobiography, ‘Dreams from My Father,’ and thinking this guy is Generation Jones through and through,” Pontell, who invented the term, told me in recounting his brief conversation with Obama during a Los Angeles fundraiser emceed by Cedric the Entertainer.”

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December 15, 2021

“I just turned 61 years old, and people my age know what that means at Christmas.

No, it’s not about remembering to double up on our statins before chugging the eggnog. Very funny. Ha ha.

I mean, of course, that my age makes me a member of Generation Jones, a child of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Unlike the earlier Boomers raised on insipid 1950s television that provided no real Christmas specials, I grew up with a torrent of holiday programming that included Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, and many others. These Christmas specials are now beloved by multiple generations and they have ruled cable and network television for a half century or more.”

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March 23, 2022

“Jeff Foxworthy certainly did not win over any millennials with a new yet very old joke. The comedian, best known for his “you might be a redneck” shtick from the 1990s, quipped about participation trophies in his new Netflix special called “The Good Old Days.” Foxworthy, whose 1958 birth date makes him a baby boomer (though he may identify as a late baby boomer or Generation Jones), made plenty of observational jokes about older and younger generations throughout his special. But like many boomers, he suggested life was at its best when he was young, had “energy to burn” and “played every sport” — which became the setup for what he may have thought was a really sick burn.”

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January 10, 2023

“I was watching a programme over the Christmas period, and at one point it featured a young grandson berating his grandmother for the shocking state of the ecology. Especially our use of plastic and the waste problems it is causing. “It’s your generations fault” he said. Maybe not! It wasn’t clear what generation the grandparent came from, but either Baby Boomers: born 1946 to 1964 or Generation Jones: born 1955 to 1965. After a few moments, the grandparent brought the child back to reality. If you belong to one of the above post-war generations, and many of us do, let’s get the facts straight. We are not to blame.”

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July 10, 2023

“Boomers Are Better Classified Into Two Distinct Groups…Some people split baby boomers into two smaller groups, partly because the generation spans so many years, but also because their young life experiences were so radically different.

Early boomers, or leading-edge boomers, were born between 1946-1954 and are currently 69-77….Generation Jones — were born between 1955-1964 and are currently 59-68.

Unlike the older set, most of their parents were not World War II veterans and they grew up with no military draft after the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and other major political movements had already transpired.”

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