Move over baby boomers, there’s a new sheriff in town. Make that a new generation, and they’re taking over.
Millennials – those born between 1982 and 2000 – are now the largest generation in the United States, according to Pew Research Center population estimates culled from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The estimated 75.4 million millennials are slightly ahead of the 74.9 million baby boomers.
Pew says the generational shift is due in part to baby boomer deaths and a growth in the young immigrant population. Pew research shows that by 2036 the millennial population will have swelled to 81.1 million.
As millennials grow in force, that generation will drive more of our political conversation. They’re already making a mark as, much to Hillary Clinton’s dismay, they’re feeling “the Bern.”
The new lion cub at the Buffalo Zoo doesn’t yet have a name, but he has captured the hearts of anyone looking at his photos. For now, that is as close as the public can get while zoo officials focus on the health of the cub, born March 5.
There are a number of health milestones before the public will get an up-close look. Until then, regularly posted pictures and video snippets on the zoo’s social media pages will have to suffice. The 10-pound youngster is cute as the dickens, but will trade the cute for regal as he grows.
Patience will be its own reward. Until he’s given a formal name, we’ll call him Simba.
Greg Tranter is one heck of a Bills fan, especially considering he lives outside Boston (the Tom Brady Boston, that is). Over the decades, he has amassed more than 100,000 pieces of Bills memorabilia dating back to the club’s debut in 1960.
Thanks to his generosity, the public will be able to see some of his enormous collection on display at the Buffalo History Museum.
As News staff reporter Gene Warner noted last week, the collection includes “game-worn jerseys, helmets, shoes, mugs, pennants and buttons, along with more than 100,000 archival items, such as tickets, programs, posters, schedules, football cards and autographs.”
Tranter developed his passion long-distance, growing up in the Corning/Elmira area before moving to Shrewsbury, Mass.
Tranter allowed part of his collection to be displayed in the History Museum in 2009 as part of the exhibit marking the team’s 50th anniversary. After the exhibit ended, Tranter decided it would be wrong to just store everything back in his basement.
“It doesn’t belong there,” he said. “It belongs to the people of Buffalo, to enjoy it the way I did.”
Buffalo thanks him.