There are a number of notable people: politicians, the famous, the infamous, scientists, writers, artists who fall into what I term “The Inbetweeners”. A consortium of people joined by the fact that they were born from 1960 to 1965 — the cross between where they fall into “Baby Boomers” or “Generation Xs”. There is no loss of identity among those that I highlight as I begin my adventure in bringing forward what makes us tick, rock, and take stock in as a unit. If you don’t agree, that’s when comments come in handy, instead of just ignoring or going on about your merry ways.
I’m going to do things a little off kilter, because I am the author, and I can say so. Mostly, because I am a self-identified inbetweener, born in 1961. Marvelously, I share the same year with a lot of people who have achieved fame, notoriety, or infamy. As I usually do, I search GOOGLE to find an image that brings to the forefront the main message of my blog. In this case it was way easier than I thought. This group ensemble was just waiting for me to snap up.
Front and center is Obama — the poster child for achievement regardless of skin color, upbringing, or the variety of distractions we all encounter growing up.
I realize that I should have started writing about 1960s babies, but being the creator allows me to have opinions and make decisions on my own that hopefully appeal to all the inbetweeners out there. Maybe you have a logo or buzz word we can use to band together to learn, share, immortalize and remember what makes our little hub so great? By all means, bring it on. To create a central theme, I have created Twitter @1960to1965 Google+ inbtweeners using the crowd image that I found to represent us – a proud crowd of people having fun, enjoying life!
Starting clockwise, the following famous inbetweeners shown in the above image. I will identify when I use WIDIPEDIA as my main source for information: why? Because it is usually the easiest to find that shares information that isn’t self-promotional. I will try to keep it simple and standard — date of birth, claim to fame, birthplace, education, career.
Barack Hussein Obama II (US i/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn ɵˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, as well as the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate ofColumbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review.
Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director. Box-office takes from Murphy‘s films make him the 4th-highest grossing actor in the United States. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was ranked #10 onComedy Central‘s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
Michael Andrew Fox, OC (born June 9, 1961), known as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and advocate. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox‘s roles have included Marty McFlyfrom the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton from NBC‘s Family Ties (1982–1989), for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and Mike Flaherty in ABC‘s Spin City (1996–2001), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research toward finding a cure; he created the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and on March 5, 2010, Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet gave him a honoris causa doctorate for his work in advocating a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing.
Clooney made his acting debut on television in 1978, and later gained wide recognition in his role as Dr. Doug Ross on the long-running medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. While working on ER, he began attracting a variety of leading roles in films, including the superhero film Batman & Robin (1997) and the crime comedy Out of Sight (1998), in which he first worked with director Steven Soderbergh, who would become a long-time collaborator. In 1999, he took the lead role in Three Kings, a well-received war satire set during the Gulf War.
Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield; February 13, 1961) is an American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist. Rollins hosts a weekly radio show onKCRW. He is also a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia.
After performing for the short-lived Washington D.C.-based band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the Californiahardcore punk band Black Flag from August 1981 until mid-1986. Following the band’s breakup, Rollins established therecord label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, as well as forming the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.
Scott Vincent James Baio (/ˈbeɪ.oʊ/; born September 22, 1960) is an American actor and television director, best known for his roles as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, the titular character on the sitcom Charles in Charge, the main character in the musical Bugsy Malone, and for his role as Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-comedy-drama series Diagnosis: Murder. By definition and guidelines, he should not have been included because he was born 1960. However, the rules are the rules, he was still born in 1960 and included in the image.
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis–Dreyfus (/ˈluːiː ˈdraɪfəs/; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress, comedienne and producer. She is known for her work on the comedy series Seinfeld (1989–1998), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–10) and Veep (2012–present).
Louis–Dreyfus broke into comedy as a performer in The Practical Theatre Company in Chicago, which led to her casting in the sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985. Her breakthrough came in 1990 with a nine-season run playingElaine Benes on Seinfeld, one of the most critically and commercially successful sitcoms of all time. Other notable television roles include Christine Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine which had a five-season run on CBS, and her role as Selina Meyer in Veep, which has recently been renewed by HBO for a fifth season.
Heather Deen Locklear (born September 25, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, for which she received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Her other notable television roles include Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty, Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker and Caitlin Moore on Spin City, for which she earned a further two Golden Globe nominations forBest Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Clevelandand a main role on the TNT drama-comedy television series Franklin & Bash in 2013.
I’m making the rules as I go along. The photos will be as recent as I can find, and not in their hay days, which more often than not were in the 1980s. For the gals, I will try to depict them more au natural whenever possible, simple stated because most of us don’t have teams of image consultants, makeup artists, hair stylists at our beck and call.
I know it isn’t fair that the first ones I’ve shown are all famous. However, they all share many of the same ailments we share with them:
- Aging, fading looks
- Declining health
- Battles with addiction
- Being 54
Not to worry. I will endeavour to find those who make our world a better place without the notoriety, or starting off with a dream that grew. We will find those that inspire and allow us to celebrate being an inbetweener.