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This is a discussion on Why does generation X stop in 1977? within the Generation X Forum forums, part of the The Generations category; Alas, your facts are a tiny bit off. The draft ended in 1973, and the Americans pulled out prior to ...

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    Alas, your facts are a tiny bit off. The draft ended in 1973, and the Americans pulled out prior to 1975, when the North Vietnamese took Saigon, and the remaining Americans and some of their South Vietnamese supporters left Vietnam in a chaotic disaster. I remember seeing that on television. I was actually 18 for most of the year, as I have a late birthday. If I had been drafted (well, I am a girl so this wouldn't actually have happened) for Vietnam, I would have been 16 years old and a junior in high school, which would have caused my parents no end of upset. (the draft age was 18 but there were some kids my age who forged their paperwork and joined the military as underage folks.)
    I could have been a hippie hanging around Haight and Ashbury if only I had run away from home at the age of ten but that would have been a long, lonely, scary cross country trip for a fifth grader. Haight and Ashbury was pretty well abandoned after the Summer of Love in 1967.
    If you go by the draft age concept, Generation Jones would go from 1955 to 1965 (we'll grab that first year of GenX because the birth rates didn't really start to decline until about 1966, which was technically the reason that the Baby Boom ended and turned into a Baby Bust).
    edit: US combat troops were pulled out of Vietnam in March of 1973, which is the main reason that the draft ended that year.
    second edit: the majority of the Haight-Ashbury crowd was probably younger members of the oddly titled "silent generation."


    Quote Originally Posted by GenXer View Post
    Hmmm...Baby Boomers were born around 1946 after WW2 when the GI's returned home from Europe and the Pacific to start a family (Baby Boom). You were born around the 10th year after 1946. That's still in the Baby Boom generational range. Most people agree that a generation has to be at least 20 years in birth year range. Gen X = 1961 to 1981 (20 years) or 1965 to 1981 (15+ years). I always thought that Gen Jones were born around 1958 to 1964(famous entertainers like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice,Tom Cruise, Whitney Houston, and etc). Look at it this way, you would have been drafted before the Vietnam War ended(1975 and you would have been 19 years old) or you could have been a Hippie hanging around Haight and Ashbury. Most people agree that Baby Boomers were in service age when the Vietnam War dominated the headlines. Gen Jones were still trying to get their drivers license during the Vietnam War. Then again, Wikipedia has Gen Jones born around 1954 to 1965...So what do I know?
    Last edited by Glenda Gnome Starr; 08-01-2013 at 12:30 PM.

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    Grunge and alternative rock were the theme of my highschool years therefore I am Gen X. I am so NOT a Millenial. Apart from the use of tech, I have nothing in common with them.

    I've seen some studies that have Gen X including babies born as late as 1983/84. I definitely agree that 1977 is too early a cut-off point. I was born in 1980 and have far more in common with children of the early 70s than I do with children of the early 90s.

  3. #23

    Many people classify Gen Y as starting in 1977 (a random year, IMO), so this may be a reason.

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  5. #24

    People born in 1977 don't remember the seventies outside of their personal experience and possibly children's television.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walking tourist View Post
    Alas, your facts are a tiny bit off. The draft ended in 1973, and the Americans pulled out prior to 1975, when the North Vietnamese took Saigon, and the remaining Americans and some of their South Vietnamese supporters left Vietnam in a chaotic disaster. I remember seeing that on television. I was actually 18 for most of the year, as I have a late birthday. If I had been drafted (well, I am a girl so this wouldn't actually have happened) for Vietnam, I would have been 16 years old and a junior in high school, which would have caused my parents no end of upset. (the draft age was 18 but there were some kids my age who forged their paperwork and joined the military as underage folks.)
    I could have been a hippie hanging around Haight and Ashbury if only I had run away from home at the age of ten but that would have been a long, lonely, scary cross country trip for a fifth grader. Haight and Ashbury was pretty well abandoned after the Summer of Love in 1967.
    If you go by the draft age concept, Generation Jones would go from 1955 to 1965 (we'll grab that first year of GenX because the birth rates didn't really start to decline until about 1966, which was technically the reason that the Baby Boom ended and turned into a Baby Bust).
    edit: US combat troops were pulled out of Vietnam in March of 1973, which is the main reason that the draft ended that year.
    second edit: the majority of the Haight-Ashbury crowd was probably younger members of the oddly titled "silent generation."
    My mom is Generation Jones, she was too young to be in the first wave of hippies, but she was still very influenced by that "earthy" seventies vibe and classic rock and bikers...when we were little my mom got mad when other people tried to cut our hair, and was a very liberal parent. However she also listened to the music of the 80s.
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  7. #26

    Quote Originally Posted by Arclight View Post
    Isn't there a Hipster section already?

  8. #27

    Quote Originally Posted by walking tourist View Post
    What would you think of the generational labels simply being removed?
    Or if you could opt in or out.
    Glenda Gnome Starr thanked this post.

  9. #28

    simply, every year born people are different..
    Who the hell is jones?

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    i was born 1978 and i do NOT want to be labelled as gen y either. i relate to a couple gen-y things, but overall i feel i am more strongly gen X, which i think should end in 1982. my boyfriend was born in 1969 and i consider him the essence (or as GenXer said "meat and potatoes") of gen-x and know that i am younger/cuspy gen-x but STILL gen-x :P

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    I don't think it stops at 1976.

    80's is very GenX, especially if people were teens, prepubescent, and adults at that time.
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