Friday, July 22, 2011

Remembrance: Theodore Roszak (1933–2011)


Fuse Remembrance: Theodore Roszak (1933–2011)

Theodore Roszak died this July 5 at age 77. His book "The Making of a Counter Culture; Reflections on the Technocratic Society and its Youthful Opposition" appeared in 1969, just after the Woodstock Festival, which he attended, and while opposition to the War in Vietnam was spreading on campuses and off. "The Making of a Counter Culture" captured boomer energy and idealism at their height.

His later book, "America the Wise: the Longevity Revolution and the True Wealth of Nations" (1998), maintained that boomers would transform the culture of aging no less than they had youth culture. When I interviewed him (for the Boston Book Review) he said, "The baby boom has had two great historical opportunities. One was being young in the '60s. The other is aging. It's a generation that's had the opportunity to redefine our national identity twice."