Scary times for baby boomers! “Not since the Selective Service Board sent ‘greetings’ to 18-year-old men during the Vietnam War has a birthday salutation been so dreaded by so many,” Newsweek observed. The “generation that refused to grow up” was growing middle-aged—with some resistance. “I wear clothes my mother never would have when she was this age,” said one 49-year-old. Boomer icons who’d recently turned 50 included Paul Mccartney. And look at him now: He’s 76 and still spritely.