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

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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, Hanania 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. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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