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DEC 1999 ISSUE
    Table of Contents:
    SECTION ONE - A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
    SECTION TWO - Boomerang Parents:
    SECTION THREE - Boomer's Quotes
    SECTION FOUR - Good Old Days
    SECTION FIVE - FUN SITES
    SECTION SIX: - LIFE STYLE
    SECTION SEVEN: - BOOMER OF THE MONTH
    -Barb Pfrommer
    -Ed Zeiser
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    SECTION ONE - FROM THE EDITOR!

    
    Dear Friends:
    
    Finally it is December of 1999.  It's the end of the century, 
    and the dawn of a new millennium, 
    
    Friday is the most anticipated night of our life but Saturday 
    is the most anticipated day for all of 1999! IT IS the 1st day
    of January 2000.
    
    We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you 
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS and A Peaceful and Properous HAPPY NEW YEAR.  
    
    Jeri Maier,  
    Boomers International 
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    SECTION TWO: Boomerang Parents:

     
    
    America's New Boomerang Parents: Grandma & Grandpa
    The good old days of retirement are over. The golden years when 
    you had the time, the resources, and still enough life left in you 
    to pamper yourself ... are over my friend. This is the age of what 
    I call the "boomerang grandparent". Life no longer begins when "the 
    dog dies and the kids finally leave home". Those days are gone, and 
    along with them go the best part of grandparenting. What best part, 
    you say? The part where you can just ship the grandkids back home 
    whenever they get unruly or cranky. That's the "best part" that's 
    gone, because where the grandkids live is now fast-becoming the 
    same place you live. 
    
    Over five million children now call grandma's house their home. 
    That's right. 5,435,000 children, or nearly 1-in-8 children in the 
    United States, live in homes with a grandparent, according to the 
    U.S. the Census Bureau. The findings are part of the Census Bureau's
     first report on households where grandparents and grandchildren 
    live together. 
    
    "A grandparent maintains the household in three-fourths of families 
    that have both grandparents and grandchildren," said Ken Bryson, 
    co-author with Lynne M. Casper of Co-resident Grandparents and 
    Grandchildren, P23-198. In the remaining one-fourth, parents maintain 
    homes in which grandparents and grandchildren live together. 
    Householders are defined as those in whose name the housing unit 
    is owned or rented. 
    
    Casper said that grandchildren in certain types of families are 
    more prone to economic hardship. "For example, about two-thirds of 
    grandchildren in homes maintained by a grandmother with no spouse 
    or parents of the grandchildren present are in poverty," Casper said. 
    Grandparent-maintained households differ from parent-maintained 
    households in many other ways. The report contrasts "grandparent-
    maintained" (GM family) and "parent-maintained" (PM family) families 
    where grandchildren live with grandparents. Here's how these two 
    types of families stack up.
    
    NUMBER OF GRANDPARENTS
    GM families: 50% consist of both grandparents.
    PM families: 13% consist of both grandparents. 
    AGE OF GRANDPARENTS
    GM: 15% of grandmothers, 21% grandfathers are 65 or older.
    PM: 50% of grandmothers, 56% grandfathers are 65 or older. 
    EMPLOYMENT
    GM: majority of both grandparents employed.
    PM: one-third of grandfathers, one-fourth of grandmothers employed. 
    AGE OF GRANDKIDS
    GM: 50% of grandchildren are under age 6.
    PM: 33% of grandchildren are under age 6. 
    POVERTY
    GM: 27% of grandchildren are poor.
    PM: 17% of grandchildren are poor. 
    HEALTH COVERAGE
    GM: 33% have no health insurance.
    PM: 19% have no health insurance. 
    The "boomerang grandparent" trend is so impressive, that the report 
    notes that Census 2000 will include a multi-part question addressing 
    the issue of grandparents as caregivers. That's right, all you 
    exhausted "boomerang grandparents" can expect a visit from the 
    census-taker. If you're smart, you'll find a way to get that 
    census-taker to watch the grandkids for a spell so you can take 
    a much needed nap. 
    
    Dr. David Demko, Ph.D,
    AgeVenture News Service,
    http://www.demko.com 
    
    


    SECTION THREE: Carl G. Jung's Quotes.

     
    
    Our life is like the course of the sun. In the morning it gains 
    continually in strength until it reaches the zenith heat of high 
    noon. Then comes the enantiodromia: the steady forward movement 
    no longer denotes an increase, but a decrease, in strength. Thus 
    our task in handling a young person is different from the task of 
    handling an older person. In the former case, it is enough to clear 
    away all the obstacles that hinder expansion and ascent; in the 
    latter, we must nurture everything that assists the descent. 
    
    "On the Psychology of the Unconscious" (1912). 
    In CW 7: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology P. 114 
    
    Since the aims of the second half of life are different 
    from those of the first, to linger too long in the youthful 
    attitude produces a division of the will. Consciousness still 
    presses forward in obedience, as it were, to its own inertia, 
    but the unconscious lags behind, because the strength and inner 
    resolve needed for further expansion have been sapped. This 
    disunity with oneself begets discontent, and since one is not 
    conscious of the real state of things one generally projects 
    the reasons for it upon one's partner. A critical atmosphere 
    thus develops, the necessary prelude to conscious realization. 
    
    "Marriage as a Psychological Relationship" (1925). In CW 17: 
    The Development of the Personality. P. 331 
    
    Excerpted from : 
    
    The Essential Jung 
    
    By: Jonathan David Walz http://members.xoom.com/CarlJung/index.html

    SECTION FOUR: GOOD OLD DAYS!

    Compiled by Jeri Maier 
    
    http://www.pathfinder.com/time/time100/timewarp/timewarp.html 
    Time Warp 1900 vs. 1999
    
    U.S. EVERY DAY LIFE IN 1900::
    - 1 in 7 homes had a bathtub
    - 1 in 13 homes had a telephone
    - Brownie camera: $1
    - lb.of sugar: 4 cents
    - dozen eggs: 14 cents
    - lb. of butter: 24 cents
    
    U.S. EVERY DAY LIFE IN 1998::
    - 81% of the population has a VCR in the home
    - there are 2.3 TVs per household
    - 20% of the U.S. is connected to the Internet
    - lb. of sugar: $0.43
    - dozen eggs: $1.12
    - lb. of butter $2.35
    
    World Population :
    
    1900 - 1.6 billions
    1999 - 6.0 billions
    
    Sources : Time Magazine Website
    
    http://www.sjmercury.com/special/mill/innovation/list.htm
    
    Top 25 innovations of the 20th century
    
    http://www.sjmercury.com/special/mill/innovation/index.htm
    
    100 Years Of Innovations
    
    http://www.sjmercury.com/special/mill/innovation/timeline.htm
    
    Technological innovations of the 20th century 
    A timeline of the century in products and events that shaped our lives Sources:Tech Museum of Innovation/Mercury Center, Mercury News Staff


    SECTION FIVE: WEB SITES OF INTEREST


     
    By: Jeri Maier  
     
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    Jimmy Buffett's Digital Treasure Hunt 
    
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    Download the Margaritaville®
    Digital Treasure Hunt - Digital Audio Postcard Millennium Party - Party Like it's 1999 http://www.emotive.com/dap_index.htm DAP (Digital Audio Postcards) gallery: http://www.vh1.com The 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll. Premier January 10th to January 15th, 2000. ROCK COLLECTORS
    Profiles the passions and obsessions of collectors around the country, and keeps viewers up to date. http://www.vh1.com/insidevh1/events/sony/ Sign up for FREE CONTEST
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    http://www.earthdance.org/ EARTHDANCE UNITES THE WORLD
    Earthdance is a global collective of international party promoters who feel strongly about peace for the planet and who support the freedom of the Tibetan people. http://www.worldpuja.org/MEMBERS/EVENTS/123199event.htm 12/31/99, 1/1/2000 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Dr. Deepak Chopra - A Special Millennial Message - a FREE, LIVE WEBCAST http://www.pathfinder.com/time/time100/index.html Time Magazine's Man of The Century http://www.pathfinder.com/r0/ew/AOL/in?/ew/features/991230/bestof99/index.html Entertainer of the Year http://www.moviephone.com movie fon http://j-walk.com/ss/shake.htm Experience California's !!


    SECTION SIX: LIFE STYLE


    WTO Protest Has Links With The Past.........
    Recent events in Seattle have led some to look back to 
    times gone by for answers. Answers are hard to find in 
    this situation, a situation where hundreds of peaceful 
    protesters with support from the president were treated 
    horrifically by the Seattle Police and the other battalions 
    that were brought in. As police used more and more brute 
    force in Seattle, protesters began chanting "The whole 
    world is watching!" in reference to the numerous television
    and video cameras about. Nary a soul out there knew the 
    roots of their chant. 
    
    The first time that chant was used was in downtown Chicago 
    in 1968. The situation was much the same. There was a large 
    organized event, in this case the Democratic National 
    Convention, and a larger underground event was created 
    around it in the city streets by the radical left, mostly 
    youth, from all across America. Radicals such as David 
    Dillinger and Tom Hayden were in attendance, as well as 
    Allen Ginsbergh and the Zippies and whatnot. In both cases 
    the protester's demands were varied but almost all protest 
    was peaceful, and in both cases the police brutalized them. 
    "The whole world is watching!" was a spontaneous chant that 
    got going at one of the peaks of violence in Chicago, where 
    huge Chicago Police were grabbing anybody they could and 
    beating them senseless. I've seen a bit of the footage of 
    it that the whole world was watching and I can tell you, it 
    looked like a war with only one side fighting. 
    
    Who started the parallel chant in Washington, I don't know,
    but it certainly was a poignant statement, and one that 
    deserves looking into. How are we different from how we were 
    then, as a country? I think some people believed that the 
    press coverage of the 1968 convention would put an end to 
    such abuses of power. It may have had some effect to that 
    end, but obviously incompletely. My sister was in Seattle 
    protesting, and I would've been too, if I hadn't gotten a 
    false snowstorm report a few days prior. There are questions 
    I have about the morality of protesting in the street and 
    holding up traffic and such, but beyond any of that, how 
    can these cops get away with beating up America's children? 
    I pray that this time around, with times changed and the 
    Baby Boomers in more positions of power, there will be even 
    more public outrage and productive thought. 
    
    In the case of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, I 
    think it's fairly well agreed upon that much of the violence 
    had roots in class struggle. The cops, for the most part, 
    were young men without much economic prospect in life, without
    much exposure to the intellectual and political worlds. The 
    protesters were generally middle class to upper middle class
    youths, who were generally in college or had graduated from 
    college or had dropped out of college. These were people who 
    had the bourgeois world at their fingertips, but chose to 
    look beyond it. These cops had little trouble developing a 
    terrible hatred of the protesters, hippy types that they were.
    What created that predisposition to hatred is not entirely 
    clear, but it seems to fit in with the atrocities in Seattle. 
    Until we solve problems like these, I won't have the heart to 
    tell anarchists that this system is good and just or that 
    they're wrong in tearing it down. And that is something I'd 
    very much like the ability to say.
    
    By Rowan Millar
    Rowan is a Gen Y'er living in Silicon Valley. He has a 
    personal interest in history of the 60's and Boomers 
    Generation. Rowan will be writing articles for us and 
    representing the voice of Generation Y on Boomers 
    International Web Site.
       
    

    SECTION SEVEN: BOOMER OF THE MONTH

    DECEMBER 1999 BOOMER OF THE MONTH
    
    - Barbara Pfrommer.
    
    
    
    I'm a 52 year old brown eyed        
    Italian/German-American,  
    with Blonde Hair (Born with Blonde hair up 
    until 13-years old), and live in Branford, CT 
    
    You can read more about me, etc. & 
    About My Site as listed on my Front Page.
    
    Hugs, Great Health &Happiness To Each Of You!
    
    Home Page:
    Barb's Potpourri
      
    
    Barb's Bio
    
    
    
    Ed Zeiser  
    
    Hobbies: Sailing, music, cooking, and more...
    
    Home Page:  
    
    http://home.worldnet.att.net/~e.zeiser
    
    Boomer Of The Month - Nov & Dec. 1999

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