Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Ruth Anne

I'm a Buster...Baby Buster, and am glad that there's some daylight between my kind and the Boomers.


I've no idea what i am, my bro&sister are late Boomers- and my little brother was born in '69. My sister was trying to tell me i was a late blooming Boomer, but now i may be a GenJones?

Is it too early in the day to start drinking? (jk)


Talkin' bout my generation.

I've always said, "I'm not a Child of the Sixties; I was a child IN the Sixties."




As in "saved by the bell"??


Or as in, "Phew, I came THAT close to taking the brown acid."


I always say that I'm a late '50's model -- you can tell by the tail fins!


As in, "Glad I didn't join my sisters in the loft above the garage -- affectionately known as "The Opium Den."


Not me, I hasten to add. I had moved on to bigger, better opium dens.


Generations are such an odd thing. I was reading a whole article in TIME about the millennials who were born between 1985 and, well, today. They were described as the children of baby boomers. To which I said, hey wait, I'M a child of baby boomers but I was born in 1974! Unfortunately, according to the dominate narratives, I'm far too young to be a boomer and a good deal too old to be a millennial (they used to call us Gen X but apparently we didn't buy enough luxury goods to keep up our profile).


Genex is a bull stud.

Just a little trivia.


Oh, I so relate to this. I LONGED to be part of my older brother's scene and go demonstrate in Grant Park during the Democratic Convention among other things but I was 9 years old and was told to eat my spaghettios and go to bed. I had major envy of you people for years but even then was grateful that I was out of the running for Vietnam. I'm still sometimes surprised you are so hard on your generation but then again, you lived it (and wrote a book about it) so you're certainly entitled to judge.

Yeah, what's the deal on this guy's book that was never published? I see from his website that he's made a career out of being the Generation Jones maven.


I agree with you that Obama's candidacy will make Generation Jones much better known in the States, but it is not just known in Europe, nor just in marketing circles. The concept and term are certainly used with some frequency in the US, in quite a few contexts. As a political junkie, I see it discussed often in the context of electoral politics. Many political commentators have concluded that GenJones has emerged as a crucial voting segment because of its size (approx a third of the electorate) and volatility (Jonesers have a higher percentage of swing voters than any of the other current generations).

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