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On Dec. 31, 2014, the last of the Baby boomer generation turns 50 years old.

The generation includes those born during the post-World War II baby boom, from the years 1946 to 1964.

Boomers’ lives have encompassed some of the most amazing, tumultuous and horrific events in American and world history.

They witnessed the assassination of a U.S. president. Saw a man walk on the moon. Protested wars. Supported Civil Rights. Surfed the World Wide Web. Texted on cellular phones. And watched in horror as terrorists flew planes into the two towers of the World Trade Center.

The Journal Star, in recognition of the ‘64 boomers turning 50, surveyed Lincoln residents -- two born in 1946 (Julie Kleager and Ben James), in 1955 (Ruthann Nahorny and Peter Blankenship) and 1964 (Jody Niebuhr Cameron and Brad Penner) -- about growing up and living as a baby boomer.

We also have provided lists from local and national experts about most significant movies, music albums, TV shows, books, fashion and food trends of the baby boom generation.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7213 or jkorbelik@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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Features editor

Jeff Korbelik is the features editor and covers dining, performing arts, TV and local media. Follow him at @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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