Generation Gap? Expert Chuck Underwood on This Week’s State of Greater Western New York Report – August 5, 2021

Do you remember the “Generation Gap”? Have you ever wondered what happened to it? And what does “generation” really mean, anyway? This week the State of Greater Western New York Report features Chuck Underwood, one of the “Lightning Bolt Six,” the founders of the research field called “generational studies.”

In the first half of the show, Underwood shares the amazing story of how he went from a play-by-play announcer for ESPN to part of a team of academics that created a brand new area of research. He explains why things got off slowly until the call came from Washington D.C. It turns out policymakers needed to satisfy their curiosity when it comes to the so-called “Generation Gap.” It no longer was a thing to be feared, but a fact to be studied, understood, and addressed in a constructive way. He finishes this segment with a detailed list of the fundamentals used to define a generation.

In the second portion of the show, Underwood gets right to the quick by outlining America’s current generations by date and by name. He even includes a surprise for you that you might think you know but really don’t (and he tells you why you or anyone else cannot yet know this. Finally, Underwood talks a bit about the challenge of building a “Community of One”  when that community contains multiple generations. Does that sound like the community of the Greater Western New York Region?

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