Generation X-File Friday

NASCAR driver Richard Petty waves to the crowd as he takes a final lap around Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Feb. 16, 1992 in a convertible with his wife, Lynda, following the Hooters 500. The race was the final one in Petty’s 35-year career. Petty won the NASCAR Cup Championship seven times, winning a record 200 races during his career.

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.