Reunion, by Bill Whipple
(for the class book)
The Princeton class of 1960 was part of the so-called “Silent Generation,” and the name seemed to fit. Not that we were all that silent, remember the “we want Goheen” demonstration that broke out one evening and continued until the bemused president emerged from Prospect to quiet everyone down. Our generation did not have a mission to save the world (the Greatest Generation had just done this), however, nor an itch to radically change it (as the Baby Boomers would).
Life was good, and the natural inclination was to “go with the flow.” We relished the Princeton experience and looked forward to making our marks and contributing to society afterwards. Fifty years on, we have collectively done just that – no reason for excuses or regrets.
Many things have changed over the past half-century, however, and on balance the changes are troubling. It is hard to reconnect with the former conviction that our country (or the world, take your pick) was on the right path and things would work out just fine. Though you never wanted to get involved before, says some inner voice, maybe now is the time.
So I try to keep abreast of what is going on and write often about values neglected, policies bumbled, and changes that “must” be made in order to set things right. Check out my blog (s-a-f-e.org) on how to avert the coming fiscal meltdown.
Writing about serious issues seems more interesting than working on Sudoku puzzles or taking long cruises, and there is always the chance that it might do some good. If only the Millenials (born in the 20th century, coming of age in the 21st) were paying attention, because they could benefit from our generation’s perspective.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the 50th Reunion.