Me and My Generation

It has been called the ‘Silent Generation.’ But what does the silence mean? What, if anything, does ii hide?

— From”The Younger Generation,” TIME, November 5, 19511

A member of the “Silent Generation”
am I, turning 87 next week.
The moment of my generation
lingered on, the darkness did
not turn to light.
Now they are dying, one and all,
our moment is over,
Our lifetime in days of December,
left no Golden Age behind.
Time has come to stop denying
every pain.

DV Editor’s Note:  Happy Birthday, George!!

  1. The term “Silent Generation” appeared first in the November 5, 1951 issue of TIME, all sources consulted told me, but TIME itself never told who it was that first used the term. You can guess, especially if you were a reader of TIME in the 195os. []
George Salamon lives in St. Louis, MO, but stopped reading TIME after it abandoned TIMEstyle with its pithy inventions and puns. Read other articles by George.