According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 4 million of us in the United States who claim 1963 as the year of our birth. We just squeaked into the “baby boomer generation” which officially includes those born between 1946 and 1964. Our sub-group (and many millions more world-wide) will collectively be joining “Club Fifty” this year; finishing our fifth decade here and realizing the not so shocking reality that we are now officially the older generation.
A quick factoid: A person aged 50 years, or in their fifties, is known as a quinquagenarian. Am I the only who has a difficult time pronouncing quin·qua·ge·nar·i·an??
The one event that most recount almost immediately when recalling 1963 is that President Kennedy was tragically assassinated in Dallas, TX in November of that year. But I got to thinking: what else – events, people, etc. – will be celebrating admission to Club Fifty along with me in 2013? For whom else is 1963 a significant milestone?
- Two televisions shows that I definitely remember from my childhood debuted in 1963: My Favorite Martian and The French Chef (ala Julia Childs). MFM in particular exemplifies the campiness of many of the sitcoms from the sixties – were you a fan?
- 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, which burst onto the music scene on March 22, 1963. This album (yes, they were called albums back in 1963) also included “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Love Me Do” – you’re welcome for that little earworm.
- Amazing Spider-Man #1 hit shelves 50 years ago, on March 10, 1963. By the way, if you happened to be around in 1963 and purchased this little comic for 12¢, you are now the proud owner of a collectible worth an estimated $40,000.
I appear to be in good company this year: others who will be marking Club Fifty status include Johnny Depp, Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Beals – I still love the tunes from her iconic 1980s film Flashdance.
- Celebrating with me will be the TLHS Class of 1981 – almost all joining Club Fifty this year. Happy Birthday and GO RAMS (been quite awhile since I exclaimed those two words…)!
So here’s to the joys of Club Fifty membership – that AARP card is surely in the mail!
How do you feel about your current age? Do you believe that Club Fifty status is a significant milestone?
PS: a special shout-out to Keith R. whose birthday this coming weekend inspired this post. You, my friend, make fifty look easy!