Diane Dahli and
Still the Lucky Few
I am a “pre-boomer”, born before the population wave that dominated western culture since 1945. The oldest members of that generation are now approaching 90, and I am in the middle of the decade leading to my 80s. In Canada, where I live, this population group started out small, and is growing smaller. There were only 11,382,000 of us 1940. Compare that to 19.32 million people in Canada in 1964, when the baby boom finally subsided!
In this Blog, I write about what made our generation unique and why our place in history is so important. And how, even though our children dwarfed our numbers, and rolled right over us, we were influential, and some of us still are.
I live in a community of condos on a bluff overlooking the beautiful and famous harbour in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. My husband Bob, who I refer to frequently in this blog, is a talented piano maestro who, at 81, directs and produces Broadway musicals in this city. My daughter lives here, and is my technical adviser. My son and his wife, and my only grandchild live across the Georgia Straight in Vancouver. My husband’s four children and one grandchild live close by. I came to the West Coast in 1966 from the Canadian prairies, where I grew up in a family of seven children. All of my siblings are alive and in frequent communication.
I have had a long and healthy life, filled with work and family and a great variety of interests. Some years ago, I retired from a long career in teaching, and never seemed to slow down.
I identify very much with my generation, and want to use this blog to express what I know and learn about it, and to share these ideas with you. Maybe in some way, this blog will bring more understanding of the past, and shed a light into the future.
The young child on the masthead is the author Diane on the family farm in a field of daisies in the Peace River Country in the 1940’s.
Who Are The Lucky Few?
The lucky few are those of us born between 1926 and 1945. If that includes you, WWI bypassed you, and you came of age just in time to miss WWII. But that’s only part of it. You were the first generation to be indulged as children, you became teenagers just as the western world was emerging from the depression, and later, from the privations of a devastating war.
As you were growing up, you were privy to an explosion of wealth and economic stability. Let’s say, for instance, you were born in 1930, and turned 18 in 1948—western economies had just started to boom. When you graduated, the world teemed with opportunities. You could have your pick of jobs. Like Woody Allen said several years later, all you had to do was “show up”.
And this trend didn’t stop. Because there were so few of you, labor markets competed for your labor, and rewarded you with higher wages. In his book, Birth and Fortune, Easterlin says that a typical young man’s wage by the time he was 30 was more than the average wage for men of all ages —and that he could live better than most retired elders.
Oh, my—tell that to the average beleaguered Generation X worker, who struggled for years under the shadow of the Boomers!
This blog is dedicated to the study and commentary of the Lucky Few, sometimes referred to as the Silent Generation. It covers issues that were relevant in those times, some of which affect us today. References are used extensively and are disclosed as accurately as possible. Links and citations are included whenever available.