25 Things All Baby Boomers Think Are Totally Cool

Ephraim Obare
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Hey there, fellow baby boomers! We’re taking a groovy trip down memory lane where peace signs were the emoji of the day, and our phones were firmly attached to the wall. Yes, we’re talking about the era when avocado-colored appliances were the height of fashion and vinyl records spun on our turntables till the wee hours.

Sit back, relax, and revisit 25 things from our glory days that still make us exclaim, “Far out!”. Remember, the older we got, the better we were! So let’s rock and roll through the best of our era— and see how many you remember!

Diamonds

Diamonds
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Decked out in our Diamonds, we experienced the thrill of being part of a group, and it all started with the sparkle of this sparkly stone.

Whether you opted for a birthstone or something special from your grandma, diamonds were the must-have accessory that kept us feeling super cool and stylish!

News That Never Sleeps! 24-Hour News Networks

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Any news we wanted—anytime, anywhere. With 24-hour cable news networks, we now have access to all the world’s information at our fingertips!

Wallflower? No, Patterned Wallpaper

Wallflower? Nah, Patterned Wallpaper
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We all wanted to express ourselves, so we took it as far as our bedrooms! Vintage-inspired wallpaper was the perfect way to make a bold statement without any words.

If we could bring back just one thing from this era, it would have to be the groovy patterned wallpaper!

Unpaid Internships: Working for “Experience” Instead of Compensation

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Ah, the days of working for “experience” instead of compensation. Unpaid internships were thought to be the key to success in getting jobs.

While we now know that these unpaid positions can end up putting people at a disadvantage, it was still a popular trend during this period.

Throwing Shade at Millennials

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Boomers feel like the younger generation didn’t have as much respect for their elders or valued hard work and commitment.

While this may be true in some cases, plenty of millennials are committed to making a difference and doing something in society.

Home Shopping Channels, Where Temptation Knocks on Your TV Screen

Home Shopping Channels, Where Temptation Knocks on Your TV Screen
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This was the age of home shopping channels. This meant that no matter where you were, if you had a TV and access to cable, you could be tempted by the latest gadgets and items on these shopping networks.

The number of people who ended up spending more than they had planned due to these channels – or even using credit cards they couldn’t afford to pay off – can’t be calculated. But it’s safe to say that the shopping networks greatly impacted people’s finances and ability to manage money responsibly.

China Plates

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Although buying china plates may seem unnecessary, it has some financial advantages. They are highly durable and can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

Additionally, they retain their value over time, making them a great investment piece. Finally, these plates can be used for various formal and informal settings, adding versatility to any decor.

Checks

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Many people overlook the power of using checks as a form of payment. Checks are especially beneficial for budgeting and tracking expenses, as they help keep spending in check.

Also, writing checks can prevent unnecessary purchases due to impulse buying or simply forgetting about the purchase until it’s too late.

Landlines

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Landlines can provide a more secure connection, and they don’t have the same radiation risk associated with them as cell phones. But in this day and age?

Fossil Fuels

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Fossil fuels are not only expensive to obtain, but they can also hurt the environment. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, air pollution from fossil fuels can lead to eutrophication, acid rain, damage to forests and crops, and wildlife harm, among many other catastrophic injuries.

Burning fossil fuels also releases carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Therefore, alternative energy sources like solar, electric, wind, and geothermal should be used instead to help reduce our dependence on these finite resources.

The Mall

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Ah, The Mall! The mecca of baby boomers’ teenage dreams. The place where boomers could feel like rebels without actually rebelling. It was not just a shopping destination but their promenade, hangout spot, and the center of their social universe.

A trip to The Mall was like a mini-vacation with all the dazzling shops, the tantalizing food court aromas, and the latest gossip exchanged at the record store. Groovy.

Denim

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Denim was and still is the ultimate fashion staple. Great for all ages, denim was a sign of rebellion and individualism; it said, “I’m my person.” Denim jeans were the trendiest, with cool patches, rips, and frays.

Encyclopedias

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Encyclopedias were the ultimate source of information that a smartphone or computer could not replace.

It was the go-to item at The Mall – people would purchase an encyclopedia to learn and then move on to the next shop.

Wearing Socks and Sandals

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This style, popular in the 80’s and 90’s, was a fashion statement – wearing socks and sandals with shorts. The look was relaxed, casual, and comfortable.

It wasn’t just about comfort but being different, standing out from the crowd, and having your unique style.

Phone Books

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Phone books were the way most people looked for contact information. You could look up a name or an address and find the phone number you needed.

It was the go-to option before smartphones existed and allowed people to connect more efficiently, even if they didn’t know their location.

Shag Carpets

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Shag carpets were the ultimate in luxurious home decor in the 70’s and 80’s. They were plush, soft, and had a unique look utterly different from any other type of carpeting.

The long strands of fabric gave off an air of sophistication and luxury, making it the perfect addition to any home.

Ironing

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Ironing was an everyday chore in households before the invention of dryers. People had to take out their irons and press their clothes after washing them to ensure they looked presentable.

Bar Soaps

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Bar soaps were a staple in every bathroom. They were cheap and easy to use, making them popular among people who didn’t want to invest in more expensive liquid soaps.

They also had the added advantage of being able to be broken into smaller pieces for easier use, allowing users to save money by using only as much soap as needed. But millennials seem to have a change of heart.

Meatloaf

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Meatloaf was a popular dish in the 1950s and 1960s. It was an economical way to feed a family, as ground beef could be used instead of more expensive cuts of meat like steak or pork chops.

Braving the Battle of Political Correctness

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Baby Boomers, you trailblazers of political correctness, you brave warriors! You were all about women’s liberation, civil rights, and ditching those awful polyester uniforms for something that didn’t itch back then.

But let’s be honest – you’ve had to learn to navigate the ever-changing tides of what’s cool to say, what’s not, and when to zip it. How groovy is that?

Linoleum Flooring

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This type of flooring was prevalent in the 1950s and 1960s. It was durable, easy to clean, and came in various colors and patterns.

The linoleum sheet had to be cut to fit the room and then glued down with an adhesive that smelled horrible. But it did last for years and was relatively inexpensive compared to other types.

Conspiracy Theories

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In the 1960s, conspiracy theories were all over the place. Whether it was about aliens and UFOs or government cover-ups of events like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Boomers were quite skeptical of their government’s actions.

These conspiracy theories created a counterculture that questioned authority and pushed back against certain social norms.

Golf

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Ah, golf, the quintessential Baby Boomer pastime. Nothing says ‘Totally Groovy’ like the rhythmic thump of a golf club hitting that tiny white orb, sending it soaring through the crisp morning air.

It’s not just a game; it’s a lifestyle – one of polite applause, hushed commentaries, and dapper polos. Plus, who can resist the allure of those flashy golf carts?

Too Many Throw Pillows

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Throw pillows have been around since the dawn of time. But it wasn’t until Baby Boomers got their hands on them that they became a natural trend sensation.

Suddenly, every sofa and bed was covered in these weirdly shaped cushions, each boasting its unique design or pattern – from paisley to floral.

Making Retail Workers’ Lives Harder

Making Retail Workers’ Lives Harder
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Retail workers on the frontline of customer service have it tough. They’re expected to stay polite and helpful regardless of how rude or unruly customers can be.

And, in a world where online shopping has become second nature for many people, retail workers often find themselves the butt of angry complaints when boomers don’t get what they expect from their purchases.

Eyeglasses With Wide Lenses

Eyeglasses With Wide Lenses
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The wider, the better, right boomers? Eyeglasses with wide lenses were the absolute bee’s knees. They didn’t just correct your vision; they made a sweeping fashion statement.

You could spot a fellow boomer from a mile away by the sheer size of their spectacles. And the best part? They doubled as personal windshields. Groovy indeed!

Classic Rock Music

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When it comes to tunes, baby boomers know how to rock! Classic rock music holds an iconic status in their hearts.

The electric guitars, the thunderous drums, and those gritty vocals – artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles were more than just bands; they were seismic events in a vinyl disc. Talk about a groovy trip down memory lane!

Muscle Cars

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Muscle cars, the epitome of cool for Baby Boomers, were the rebellious declaration of horsepower and speed. With their bold designs and robust engines, these roaring beasts were all the rage back in the day.

Whether it was the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro, or the Dodge Charger, owning a muscle car was the ultimate status symbol – a testament to one’s need for speed and penchant for style.

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  • Ephraim Obare

    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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