Baby boomers aren’t done yet

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation & World -

Re: “Baby boomers, lis­ten up: It is time to pass the torch — No thriv­ing so­ci­ety finds its fresh think­ing among its old­est lead­ers, David Von Drehle says,” Sun­day Points.

Be­fore ush­er­ing the baby boomers out to pas­ture, per­haps a bit of his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive would be help­ful. When Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton be­came pres­i­dent at the age of 56, he was al­ready well past the av­er­age age ex­pectancy of his time pe­riod, which was 36! When Abra­ham Lin­coln was as­sas­si­nated at age 56, he was al­most 20 years older than the av­er­age age ex­pectancy for 1865 — 40 years old.

Both Roo­sevelts were at ap­prox­i­mately the age ex­pectancy for their time pe­ri­ods when they left of­fice — old men for their time! The fact that boomers like Joe Bi­den, Bernie San­ders, Don­ald Trump and El­iz­a­beth War­ren are still vi­tal and ac­tive to­day is a tes­ta­ment to mod­ern medicine and sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion — and just a bit to a seem­ing lack of in­ter­est in the gen­er­a­tions that fol­low them. Pass­ing the torch won’t hap­pen if no one is will­ing to re­ceive it.

Sue Blanchette, East Dal­las

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