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Boomers, More Than An Era

The Name, The People.



Nicknames like Boomer describe people, places, and things, ^.

The people don’t name themselves, though.

Retired Baby Boomer quarterback Boomer Esiason was either named for his cannon arm, or for kicking real hard in his mother’s womb.

That’s a picture no mom wants to see on the ultra-sound, a baby with a power stroke leg.

Other Boomers got their name the traditional way.

Chris ‘Boomer’ Berman either kicked in the womb, or has a booming voice that he often runs out to the last ounce of breath. The man is 6′ 5″ tall. Lots of boomer room in there.

To keep it confusing both Boomers are baby boomers, as in boomer Boomer Esiason and boomer Boomer Berman with his indoor voice.

Call him CB III?

Boomer Sooner is the University of Oklahoma fight song. It’s related to the land rush. If you’ve been to a Sooner football game you might think the nickname comes from the rifle volleys fired after each score. It’s not.

Other Boomers have regional fame, like the Indiana Pacers mascot in the pic. That’s one boomer that isn’t boomer born and boomer bred and when they die they won’t be boomer dead. The Pacers will find another Boomer when that happens.

Like all good bloggers, boomerpdx does a fair amount of research before posting. This time it went beyond the blog norm, but not the boomerpdx norm.

Because baby boomers are such a vital part of the social fabric, a post on the boomer name is important. Even more significant is the piece found on

Boomer Esiason’s son has Cystic Fibrosis. The podcast on shows people talking about the disease and what they do about it. They all agree that exercise is one of their main ways of dealing with it. They work out, they lift, they run. They say their routines are the reason they stay ahead of the curve.

What’s that mean to healthy baby boomers? The ‘I don’t have time to exercise’ boomer?

If increasing heart rates and respirations are good for battling Cystic Fibrosis, it’s good for you. Could it be any simpler? Get up, put shoes on, take a walk. Portland boomers have it easy on that challenge.

Whatever boomer type you fall under, it’s what you need to do. You can Go. All. The. Way.

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