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This is, of course, our very own cycle. It is really a little early to give it a name but I am leaning towards a title that reflects both the political and technical strength of the United States since World War II. Let's call it the Global Power Cycle. Beginning with the birth of our version of the idealist generation, the Baby Boomers (approximately 1943), and continuing to this very day. As the boomers approached adulthood, the '60s became our spiritual event and even now the young civic generation (now in their early 30's), are gathering the strength of character from the adult boomers to take on the coming secular event due in approximately 2015 to 2025. The new Artists are now in grade school and are steeped in the digital culture that has blossomed in the last decade. These are the first from my own generational type. It remains to be seen how they will square up to meet the coming changes. I suspect they will go along and do what is necessary.







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Era of Superpower America - 1st Turning, High (1945-1965)

Cohorts: Boom Generation - Prophet, Idealist Type (1943-1960)
Donald Trump, Connie Chung, Bob Woodward, O. J. Simpson, Newt Gingrich, Bill Gates, Dan Quale, Al Gore, Oliver North, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christa McAuliffe, Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Angela Davis, Jane Pauley, Rush Limbaugh, Peggy Fleming, Bobby Fisher, Rod Carew, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken, Jr., Tom Seaver, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier, "Magic" Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, John Elway, Johnny Bench, Greg Louganis, Mark Spitz, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joe Namath, Reggie Jackson, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Cathy Rigby, Nolan Ryan, Authur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Oprah Winfrey, Patty Hearst, Oliver Stone, Joni Mitchell, Diana Ross, James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Cher, Sting, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel, Neill Young, Tom Berry, Jerry Seinfeld, Geraldo Rivera, David Letterman, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, "the other" Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Wesley Volkenant, Steve Wozniak, Steven Jobs, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Tom Clancy, Stephen King. (Author's Sister)

Presidents: William Clinton, George W. Bush

Author's Family History: none

All Generational Baseball Team: Tom Seaver, Johnny Bench, Eddie Murray, Joe Morgan, Cal Ripken Jr., Mike Schmidt, Rickey Henderson, Kirby Puckett, Tony Gwynn

American Timeline Events: Rosa parks bus sit-in (1955), John Kennedy assassination (1963)

Foreign Contemporaries: Lech Walesa, Prince Charles, Itzhak Perlman, George Harrison, Lynn Redgrave, Keith Richards, Emma Thompson, Mick Jagger, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Julio Iglesias, Ben Kingsley, Rod Stewart, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Uri Geller, Bjorn Borg, Martina Navratilova, Alexander Godunov, David Bowie, Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber,

Foreign Timeline Events:

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Boom Awakening Era - 2nd Turning, Awakening (1966-1980)

Cohorts: Thirteenth Generation (Generation X) - Nomad, Reactive Type (1961-1981)
George Stephanopoulos, Wayne Gretzky, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Dennis Rodman, Clyde Drexler, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jeff Gordon, Mary Lou Retton, Shaquille O'Neal, Mia Hamm, Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods, Brett Favre, Allen Iverson, Andre Agassi, Jeff Bezos, Michael Dell, David Filo, Jerry Yang, Anna Kournikova, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Mark McGuire, Tom Cruise, Jodie Foster, Ralph Fiennes, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, Kurt Cobain, Ricky Martin, Dave Matthews, Leann Rimes, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Ice Cube, The Dixie Chicks, Britney Spears, Molly Ringwald, Jennifer Aniston, Anne Heche, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Leonardo DiCaprio. Sara Michelle Gellar, Jim Carrey, Garth Brooks, Rosie O'Donnell, Renee Zellweger, Julia Roberts, Chris Rock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Barbara Walton, Jessica Bailey, Wendi Dunlap, Tim Moran, Joan Cole, John Markos O'Neill, (Author's Children)

Presidents: Barack Obama

Author's Family History: This era coincides with the beginning of my adult life. Newly married and with a new degree in hand, my spouse and I left the State in which we had spent our youth (California) and settled in Washington State, on our own, to begin my career and build a family. Both of our children were born in this time period. Our parents were all in California enjoying the later portion of their adult lives. Ivan (Hap) was working at Rockwell Aviation and Delbert was nearing retirement at the Long Beach Naval Shipyards. Audrey (Babe) and Hazel were traditional homemakers with their children recently out of the house. During this time, tragically, Ivan (Hap) experienced an unexpected heart attack and died at the early age of 57. Audrey (Babe), now a young widow, soon moved out of the Los Angeles area to be near her daughter. Four of our eight grandparents were enjoying their senior years up until this time. My spouse's grandmother Nellie had died just prior to this era and my grandmother Mabel died just as it started but my father's parents had recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in California and were still enjoying their retirement years in California and then Oregon. Sadly, Fred passed away at the age of 83, the same year as my father (and his son) died. The loss of the first two from this close knit family in the same year was very difficult.

All Generational Baseball Team: Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Mark McGuire, Craig Biggio, Barry Larkin, Robin Ventura, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Canseco (Some late-comers to this generation are still top players today, including Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton (on the cusp), Adrian Beltre and Jose Bautista).

American Timeline Events: Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination (1968)

Foreign Contemporaries: Princess Diana, Nicole Kidman, Benicio Del Toro

Foreign Timeline Events: Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and is replaced by Saddam Hussein (1979).

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Information Revolution Era - 3rd Turning, Unraveling (1981-2000)

Cohorts: Millennial Generation - Hero, Civic Type - (1982-2000?)
The Olsen Twins, Labron James

Presidents:

Author's Family History: During these years my spouse and I entered into mid-life and enjoyed the prime of our adult lives in the Seattle area. I engaged in the most productive period of my career and my spouse opened and run her own successful business. Our children grew up and transitioned into young adulthood. During this time I lost my mother, Audrey (Babe), and my spouse lost both of her parents Delbert and Hazel, in California, and one of our grandparents, my fraternal grandmother Mary (Bessie), lived until the age of 93 and passed away in Oregon.

All Generational Baseball Team: Most of the top players today are from this generation, with a few holdovers from the previous era, and they will be dominating baseball for most of the next decade. A good Generational Team, for now, might consist of Buster Posey (C), Justin Verlander (SP)/Craig Kimbrel (RP), Prince Fielder (1B), Robinson Cano (2B), Jose Reyes (SS), Miguel Cabrera (3B), Mike Trout (LF), Adam Jones (CF) and Giancarlo Stanton (RF).

American Timeline Events:

Foreign Contemporaries:

Foreign Timeline Events:

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Coming Crisis (Powerdown Era?) - 4th Turning, Crisis (2001?-2222?)

Cohorts: Homeland? Generation - Artist, Adaptive Type
Coming Attractions, circa 2001.

Presidents:

Author's Family History: In this, the present era, it is my turn to hand over the reigns to my children. They are establishing their own lives, my wife and I have retired and our parents have passed away. We have got to travel a bit and are enjoying the pleasure of grand-parenting. All of my grandchildren were or will be born during this era. It is a time of reflection for me and a time for all of us to prepare for the coming generational revolution. Whether we want to accept it or not, climate change and/or resource limits will soon require us to power down and prepare for a very different future than we have all assumed. This will not happen easily.

All Generational Baseball Team: These players are not quite ready yet but they have started to play. Look at the little leaguers down the street. They are probably getting their skills tuned up right now to become the next generation of superstars.

American Timeline Events: World Trade Center 9/11 bombings (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005)

Foreign Contemporaries:

Foreign Timeline Events:

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For each historical era I show a list of notable Americans born to that generation and a pointer to the timeline of important events in American History that occurred during that time. It is important to keep in mind that these are the events that shaped the early life of this generation.
A few important foreign cohorts and global events are also listed to provide a contextual backdrop for each era

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