As a Baby Boomer myself, I wrote this book specifically for "Baby Boomers" to chronicle not only the events of our youth in the 1950's and 1960's, but also the attitudes and the mores that formed the culture when we grew up which is a major part of our social DNA. There is no time like the present to stop and reflect on what life was like for "YOU" fifty years ago. Memories of family, friends, neighbors, merchants, teachers, clergy, pets, events, sounds and even aromas that certain places had that will transposrt you back in time and take you places that I guaranty you forgot about. Your recall of people, places and things will conjure up images in 3-D and Technicolor that will delight your senses and put a smile on your face.Certainly not all memories are pleasant, so if you stumble upon an unpleasant recollection and you don't want to dwell on it, go immeadiately to the next memory that will automaticly pop up in your head and enjoy. It is a healthy exercise to remember from whence we came, not necessarily to dwell in the past, but to stop and reacquaint yourself with your "ROOTS",ala author Alex Haley which will help you reaffirm who "YOU" are today. With social media's integration into our everyday lives, you might be inclined to Google or Facebook someone from your past. We will also provide the aging "Boomer" with some Do's and Dont's when attempting to meld in as a senior citizen. Oh, by the way, you don't graduate or retire from this club.
The title of the book, Pigs or Coffee - A Baby Boomers Guide, came from my personal experience in how I traveled back in time to reflect on my own "Roots". I grew up on Thirty-Fifth Street and Hudson Avenue in Union City, New Jersey in apartment 3-B of a four story walk up. Our three room apartment on the third floor had one bedroom which was occupied by yours truly. My parents slept on a sofa bed in the living room, so they could watch Jack Parr, eventually Johnny Carson and whatever while I was fast asleep. My bedroom faced west and each morning with the window left ajar, which was my fathers version of air conditioning, I could predict with certainty the weather for that day. If my nostrils were traeted to the rancid smell of pig's eminating from the pig farms in Secaucus, N.J. to our west, I knew that westerly flow of air would bring a fair amount of cooler air, lower humidity and sunshine. Conversely, if I inhaled the aroma of freshly ground coffee from The Maxwell House Coffee plant in Hoboken, N.J., which was located to the southeast, I instinctively knew that the prevailing winds were comming off the Atlantic Ocean and it would be a humid day with a high probability of rain. A meteorological phenomenon if there ever was one. Eat your heart out Willard Scott.
To throughly enjoy reading Pigs or Coffee - A Baby Boomers Guide, I would recommend that you do not employ the Evelyn Woods method of speed reading in an attempt to set the worlds record for completion, but rather read a paragraph or two, taking the time to insert your own characters and places that played out in your own story starring, "YOU". The events of that innocent time be they national headlines, top movies,records, inventions, and other happenings that occurred during the 1950's and 1960's that bind us with a commonality that we can all share as we stroll down memory lane together.
So, "Return with us know to those thrilling days of yesterday year, The Lone Writer writes again". ( You can hum the William Tell Overture if necessary)