This September I turn 60. As I enter The Final Third, I find myself dumbfounded about where the last 60 years have gone, and driven to take stock and sort it all out. In addition, I want to hedge my bets for the next 30. With nothing really big calling my name, I don’t have much of a bucket-list. All I know is that I want to keep going and keep learning.
A few weeks ago I started researching others who were sharing this milestone with me. I’ve always paid close attention to the patterns and themes that are woven into the tapestry of life and I was interested in the subtle commonalities my fellow 1954 babies share. We came into the world smack-dab in the middle of the baby boom. This year, 2014, we turn 60.
I share this same experience with Dr. Robin. I turned 60 this September. In fact, if you are reading this the day it posts, that milestone is today. 09/08/1954. Like Dr. Robin I have no great bucket list. Nothing huge before me (for certain).
I am trying to finish a doctoral degree. Planned to be done before this age, but — life happens
I have some things on the horizon, but nothing that can be remotely be seen as definite. Like Dr. Robin I simply wanted to look back and also look ahead. I wanted to look around and see whose company I share.
Here are a few of the people and things that share this milestone this year: (in no particular order)
Katey Sagal (January 19, 1954). Actor. Peg Bundy on Married …. with Children, Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy, etc.
Oprah Winfrey (January 29, 1954). Is there anyone who doesn’t know who she is?
Christie Brinkley (February 2, 1954). Model
Rene Russo (February 17, 1954). Actor, former model. Still going with three soon to be released films.
John Travolta (February 18, 1954). Actor. Welcome Back, Kotter; Saturday Night Fever; and Pulp Fiction.
Ron Howard (March 1, 1954). Actor, Academy Award winning Director. We’ve known him our whole lives. First as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, then as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.
Rock and Roll. Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock, recorded in April 1954, is generally recognized as starting the Rock and Roll craze.
Jackie Chan (April 7, 1954). Hong Kong born actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, and martial artist.
Jerry Seinfeld (April 29, 1954). Comedian, Actor, the King of observational humor.
Brown v. Board of Education (347 US 483 1954) (May 17, 1954). The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that segregated schools are unconstitutional.
Jim Belushi (June 15, 1954). Actor, comedian. The younger brother of the late John Belushi.
Ricky Skaggs (July 18, 1954). Country and bluegrass musician. 14-time Grammy Award winner.
Sports Illustrated (August 16, 1954). When the first issue went on sale, 300,000 people had already subscribed.
Al Roker (August 20, 1954). TV personality, Weather-anchor.
The Tonight Show (September 27, 1954). The longest running talk show in television history. Hosted by Steve Allen (1954-1957), Jack Paar (1957-1962), Johnny Carson (1962-1992), Jay Leno (1992-2009, 2010-2014), Conan O’Brien (2009-2010), and Jimmy Fallon (2014-present).
Chris Noth (November 13, 1954). Actor. Best known for his roles on Law & Order, Sex and the City, and The Good Wife.
Condoleezza Rice (November 14, 1954). Former U.S. Secretary of State.
Burger King (December 4, 1954). The first restaurant opened in Miami.
Wow. So much has changed in 60 years. Some things — some people — have come and gone. Others are still going strong and vital as ever.
How will things look for me in the coming years? I don’t know.
The past 60 years? For the most part it has been good.
Today? Well — let’s just see where God places me.