Generation X-File Friday

Kristine Williams and John Morrisroe, both of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, wave as they approaches the first drop on the world famous Cyclone roller coaster in New York's Coney Island on opening day, April 9, 1995. The city-owned amusement ride, a national landmark since 1991, has operated since it first opened in 1927. 

Each Generation X-File Friday the Citizen Tribune shares a photo from the formative years of Generation X. Born from 1965 to 1981, coming on the heels of the Boomer Generation, there were 58,541,842 children born into Generation X. The formative years of Generation X, from the 1970s through the year 2000, were marked by extreme highs and extreme lows. Generation X was marked by a rise in opportunities for women and minorities but also skyrocketing divorce rates, time-poor parents and a mobile society that affected Generation X’s ability to put down roots. The core values of Generation X are self reliance/independence, cynicism/distrust and being disengaged. Generation Xers are also the family first generation, placing more value on time with their own families than their parents did.