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Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters—Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work by Larry Johnson, Meagan Johnson

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CHAPTER  4

Big Bird, Wayne’s World, and Home Alone: Signposts for Generation X

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.

—Haim Ginott1

Critical Events in the Lives of Generation X

1973 First cellular phone call

1978 Jonestown mass suicides

1981 President Ronald Reagan assassination attempt

1986 Challenger disaster

1987 Stock market crash (Black Monday)

1988 Pan Am Flight 103 crash

1989 Exxon Valdez spill

1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall

1990 Gulf War

1992 Recession

1992 Rodney King beating

1993 First Boomer president (Bill Clinton)

1993 Dotcom boom begins

1994 Death of Kurt Cobain

1995 O. J. Simpson trial

In 1991, Douglas Coupland coined the term “Generation X” to describe people born between 1966 ...

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