Tom Brokaw’s back to interview a new generation: boomers. The children – all 78 million of them – of his defined “greatest generation” are shaping our world today in ways that their parents, or maybe even themselves, would never have imagined.
Through a series of interviews, premiering this Thursday, March 4th at 9pm (ET/PT) on CNBC, Brokaw takes us back – to meet the couple in that famous Woodstock photo,
to revel with alumni during the University of Michigan’s homecoming weekend about then vs. now,
and, as CNBC states, to “chronicle an age that took us from hula hoops to healthcare.”
Brokaw was thrilled to receive the assignment, stating that he’s always been fascinated by the boomers’ “enormous presence in our lives.” He’s also “curious about how they see their lives, and what is left for them to do.” With the challenges of the 60s and 70s behind them, and the looming obstacles of 2010 and beyond ahead, it’s sure to be a wild ride.
I’ve always found it bizarre – and very entertaining- to look at photos of my parents from the 60s and 70s, decked out in their bell bottoms, velour jumpsuits, and mini-skirts (well, only Mom on that one). And since my grandmother is from that Depression-era/WWII generation, she has, of course, saved just about every piece of my mother’s greatest-hits-from-the-70s wardrobe, which her five daughters have thoroughly enjoyed, either for school plays, Halloween costumes, or everyday wear.
Consequently, as the child of boomers, I’m interested in tuning in, but perhaps for different reasons than our boomer or senior followers. In fact, I’d love to hear from our followers on this one: why are you planning to watch the series, and from what vantage point will you be viewing? Maybe you’re just a Tom Brokaw fan, or maybe you love anything and everything about Woodstock.Whatever it is, share it here.
“Go inside the mind of a generation,” Brokaw invites. Watch Boomers! with your friends and family this week for a fresh look at this influential generation – the road behind, and the road ahead.