A BONZA Life by Brian Murphy (Published by Aurora House Publishing Australia)
Available for purchase in paperback or ebook from Amazon, Booktopia
I am a Baby Boomer. Born and bred in Brisbane, I lived a very average Boomer life in a rabbits warren of a house in Auchenflower Brisbane Australia with my returned WW2 soldier dad, stay at home mum and my 5 siblings.
We walked to school in those days and stayed and played within a 2 mile radius of our home with other Boomer families for 20 years before venturing out into the world with other Boomer mates, and eventually starting our own families to produce another generation.
Historians will be surprised how simple a life we lived in the suburbs with few pressures and plenty of support but it was our generations and it certainly allowed for a need for a vivid imagination to entertain ourselves as there was no TV initially and little to do and see.
I have long since adopted to a changed world which I am sure we created by liberating society but it has been an interesting journey with school failures, pop revolutions, clashes with police over Vietnam when I was bashed by them and ruined lives over the high expectations of the ideal world we boomers envisaged.
As an average boomer I tried to influence the thinking of many politicians with inter-generational thinking and was an advocate for boomer reform long before we truly became the nuisance generation.
I am now a web site advocate as editor of this site and have recently demonstrated against ageism in the workplace outside Australian Parliament in Canberra and will continue to support my generation in any way I can.
My book is a record of those times and I invite you to purchase it so you can compare or discover the happy simplistic life we lived and review Brisbane in a much simpler time.
The book also bears witness to my frustration in trying to outlaw ageism in the workplace through advocating to politicians in Australia and NZ on behalf of all mature age workers through Grey Skills and BONZA concepts that I founded.
My Boomer dream was essentially the concept of a one stop shop for all things Boomer called Maturelink which would have made life so much simpler in our golden years but politics blocked it even after I secured the backing of Federal Minister Joe Hockey who was prepared to make in another Medicare in structure.
A brief video about my book A BONZA Life - the Story of a Baby Boomer