Mercurochrome. JFK. Beatlemania. Vietnam. Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll. These are just some of the memories from the Baby Boom era that are captured in NOW they make it legal: Reflections of an aging Baby Boomer. The book traces the evolution of American culture from the “black and white” 1950s through the turbulent 1960s and into the ‘70s, ending in the 1980s “when we began to turn into our parents.” It tells the history of the Baby Boom generation through the eyes of one of the 80 million people born between 1946 and 1964 – the greatest period of population growth in U.S. history. Baby Boomers grew up during a time of great change in America and had a major impact – in music, politics, pop culture and society at large. This nostalgic and fact-filled collection of stories will entertain those who were there, and educate those who weren’t.
Howard Harrison is an award-winning journalist with more than 35 years of experience writing for corporations and other organizations. His work ranges from speeches and video scripts for Fortune 500 CEOs to articles and books outside the corporate sector. Born in 1955 – smack-dab in the middle of the Baby Boom – Mr. Harrison grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and earned his journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. After college, he worked as a writer, editor and communications executive for several large organizations in the Chicago area before forming his own business – Harrison Editorial Inc. – in 1994.
McDonald’s. Fish sticks. Disneyland. Coke in cans. These are just some of the American institutions that debuted the year I was born, 1955.
Legos and Velcro also were invented that year. Guinness published its first book of world records. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were born. And, in December, just weeks before my birth, a black woman, Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama – and many people cheered.
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