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by Jim Chambers

  • ISBN: 0557091004
  • Author: Jim Chambers
  • ePub ver: 1665 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 144
  • Publisher: lulu.com (August 14, 2009)
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  • Category: Memoris
  • Subcategory: Memoirs
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I am a Baby Boomer - Jim Chambers is one of the original baby boomers, so he has more memories of the 50's, but it is a wonderful look back to a time of wonder, of innocent fun, and discovery.

I am a Baby Boomer - Jim Chambers is one of the original baby boomers, so he has more memories of the 50's, but it is a wonderful look back to a time of wonder, of innocent fun, and discovery. I think we are now jaded with our wi-fi and HDTV and cable - how could a family exist with just radio, no A/C and dishwashers and microwaves?? Ah but we did. Born and bred in Atlanta, the Virginia-Highland area, there were so many memories Mr. Chambers brought up and it is a great read.

Recollections: A Baby Boomers Memories of the Fabulous. I relate d with the author. I was also born in 1946 and remember most of the info in the book.

Recollections: A Baby Boomer's Memories of the Fabulous Fifties.

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Baby boomers (also known as boomers) are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X. The Baby Boom generation is most often defined as those individuals born between 1946 and 1964. As a group, baby boomers were. As a group, baby boomers were wealthier, more active and more physically fit than any preceding generation and were the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.

As one of the first post-WWII Baby Boomers, Jim Chambers' childhood and early teenage years were in the 1950s, a remarkable decade for the United States that saw enormous political, technological, and cultural changes. Although many books have covered the headline-making events of the era in great detail, few of these books give the reader a real feel for what daily life was like for Americans living in that decade, especially for kids growing up then.

Baby Boomers were born in an era that experienced great . political and social upheaval. What Are Some Characteristics of the Baby Boomer Generation? Baby Boomers were a hard-working generation. From race riots to the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam protests, the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK, and the man on the moon to free love and drug experimentation, Boomers saw a . that was both financially prosperous and socially turned on its head. economy between 1940 and 1960: Gross National Product doubled. And, they value that hard work.

As one of the first post-WWII Baby Boomers, Jim Chambers' childhood and early teenage years were in the 1950s, a remarkable decade for the United States that saw enormous political, technological, and cultural changes. Although many books have covered the headline-making events of the era in great detail, few of these books give the reader a real feel for what daily life was like for Americans living in that decade, especially for kids growing up then. The author remembers the little nuts and bolts things of daily life for families during the fascinating decade known as the Fabulous Fifties. "Recollections" perfectly blends paying homage to the little day-to-day rituals with a larger scale examination of social issues and mores of the times, and it's equally entertaining on either level. "Recollections" is a warm, lovingly honest, and fascinating portrait of America in the mid-20th Century.
Comments (7)

Iseared
I was looking forward to reading this book after reading some review that compared it to Bill Bryson's hilarious book on growing up in the 50's. There is nothing wrong with the writing. The problem is the author simply recounts facts and statistics (and often repeats himself) about what life was like in the 50's, with frequent very superficial passovers about his family's involvement in the period. Aside from a couple of half-funny quips there was no humor nor was there a whit of personal introspection of his own experiences.

I too grew up in the 50's and I could recount dozens of funny experiences, heartfelt events and could easily give a better showing of what it was like to live during the cold war, the exhiliration many of us felt when the torch of the presidency passed to a dynamic young President that signaled the end of a bunch of old and creaky fuddy duddy leaders. I could have more personally and poignently described the joyousness of youth who were not distracted by sex and violence on television or peered pressured to use the plethora of drugs pushed at our youth today. I could have expressed both the fear of Sputnik and the pride of our budding space program. Essentially, it is as if the author us somewhat anal retentive and just is not willing or capable of injecting his personal experiences into the book, as Bryson could and did.

The book could have been so much more but, alas, is as impersonal as a Wikipedia article on the 50's. My two star rating is rather generous. The book was not even worth the discounted price.
Binthars
Being a baby-boomer, when I starting reading this book I thought it was going to really bring back the memories. It did for the first 2/3 of the book and then it went off into what appeared to be Mr. Chamber's politics and political correctness views. This took the book totally away from what the 50's and early 60's were about as seen then and not as viewed from today's world. It was almost like the author was trying to apologize for the South's actions while he was growing up.
Still, like I said it did re-introduce me to my growing years!
Benn
My fascination with the 1950s began with an interest I took in early rock & roll. Combine that with a general interest in history, a craving for simpler times in a simpler world, and an exposure to movies and TV shows (from the '50s) which seemed to exemplify just that, and it makes sense my fascination continues to this day.

The author does not intend this to be a memoir, and states as much up front. I plan to use it as reference material for day-to-day life in the 1950s, should I ever need it. And it will be good as such, the way Mr. Chambers broke it down by chapters on food, gadgets, transportation, entertainment and so on. And though it is not a memoir, he did give it a nice personable touch so it's an entertaining read, not a dry, stodgy one.

The location of these recollections is centered on the author's home town of Atlanta, Georgia. Though some things were universal throughout the USA, I suppose (the rise of television and decline of cinema and theatrical radio, for instance), some recollections were possibly unique to the Southeast.

Much of my sketchy knowledge of the period was filled in, and I also learned things I knew nothing about before...like "blockbusting," a real estate tactic that ultimately transformed the inner city and led to the suburban exodus which lasted for decades.

In my case, my romantic image of the decade was adjusted, but not quite shattered. Ugly things like racial bigotry were more obvious then than now (and still institutionalized at the beginning of the decade). Everyday tasks like shopping for groceries and keeping in touch with family wasn't as easy or convenient as it is now. And yet children raised in a home with both their biological parents was the rule, not the exception; middle class neighborhoods were safe enough to leave your doors unlocked; and the schools, with hardly a fraction of what is spent on public education today in constant tax dollars, taught proportionate-sized classrooms full of students reading, writing, and math effectively.

Recollections is a good read and I recommend it to anyone who needs to research that period of history, or is just curious about how life was before.

Henry Brown is the author of TEOTWAWKI aviation adventure The Delayed Blitz(Krieg), as well as the military thriller Hell and Gone. He is the columns editor at New Pulp Fiction, and does some blogging of his own at the Two-Fisted Blogger.
Banal
Given a copy of Jim Chambers' "Recollections: A Baby Boomer's Memories of the Fabulous Fifties," shortly before taking a flight out of the busy Atlanta airport, I read every word of it in one sitting. Chambers brought back many memories that I had lived during the fifties, and I found myself smiling, chuckling, and laughing out loud in places.

I also discovered I had forgotten or misplaced so many valuable things. Loved reading about the famed Magnolia Tea Room, which was an eating event back in the day, riding the Pink Pig at Christmas, and the popular TV programs of our generation.

Chambers wrote his "recollections," and doesn't claim to have authored a research novel, although many hours were surely put into getting it right. Neither did he claim to have included all phases of this vast, happy for the most part time period when so much was changing every day. He did, however, give anyone who cares to read his writing, a glimpse into what made the 50s the special time it was and what was happening in everyday America. Chambers also touches on enough world and American history to set the tone of the time frame in which we lived safely and quietly in our neat row houses. And, he has humor, often veiled in serious study, but I gather that is the good man's personality.

One thing about this book will forever make me sad. My heart hurts to realize that our children and grandchildren will never know this era when backdoors were seldom locked, moms cooked a big meal every night, and no one thought of leaving the family for long. School, church, community, and people themselves were different in the 50s and I miss that some days. Thanks, Mr. Chambers, for reminding me of the good times...

Brenda Cannon Henley, Investigative News Journalist and
Author of "Winds over Bolivar" and "Morning Glories"

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