The first Baby Boomer

Few people attain celebrity simply by being born, but that’s just what happened to Kathleen Casey-Kirschling.

Born one second past midnight on Jan. 1, 1946, Kirschling bec ame t he f irst Baby Boomer to be born in the U. S. She leads the ranks of the reported 79 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964.

It has taken a while for Kirschling to grow accustomed to her notoriety. Her first taste of fame came when she was heralded as the first Boomer in the Landon Jones book Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation.

Jones helped paint Kirschling as the face of the generation.

Throughout her adult life Kirschling has been featured in numerous magazine, newspaper and television features about her life and times as the first Baby Boomer.

The world watched when she turned 40, 50 and 60 and when she filed for Social Security benefits. Chances are the world was watching when Kirschling rang in the new year while turning 65 on Jan. 1, 2011.

In a 2006 interview with USA Today, Kirschling said, “I don’t feel like I am a spokesman for the generation, but I have just a little part of every part of the generation in me. I am definitely a Baby Boomer, in the true sense of the word — the good and the bad.”

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