Baby Boomers: Remembering the Good Ole Days

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Baby Boomers
Remembering the Good Ole Days
By Ray Hanania

Being a Baby Boomer is probably the greatest experience in life. No generation even comes close to the time we had (and continue to have) in our lives.

We lived in a time of freedom, true freedom. We’d go to sleep with our homes wide open, unafraid despite the threats, crime and problems that surrounded us.

Young children kids would go Trick-or-Treating until 11 pm and no one would complain. Sure, a few doors wouldn’t open, but most did. We knew every neighbor not just on our block but on the streets behind our street and the street on the other side, across the alley and down the block.

Our generation gave us space technology and the fearless spirit of exploration. We invented creativity, both on and off hallucinogenic drugs, and we inspired the world to think out-of-the-box. We took music and gave it rhythm, and then figured out how to package it, sell it, and make it available to the world. We eliminated restrictions and made people free to think, act and enjoy life.

Our generation was “neat” and it was “cool.”

Today’s technology owes its existence to our imagination. Whatever you could imagine, you could create or invent. And we did that. Today’s generations are only enjoying the fruits of the baby boomer generation.

This new column I will publish (hopefully each week) will explore those baby boomer memories and Baby Boomer Dreaming, the title of this column.

I hope you enjoy it.

— Ray Hanania
Baby Boomer, 1953

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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