Timboland’s co-host, Tim McGovern, is a U.S. Army veteran. In 1965, he was stationed in Korea, along the 38th parallel, the Korean demilitarized zone. Unknown to those serving in that volatile area, the U.S. military decided to defoliate the terrain, using 8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), better known as “Agent Orange. It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped barrels in which it was shipped, and was by far the most widely used of the so-called "Rainbow Herbicides". The 2,4,5-T used to produce Agent Orange was contaminated with 2,3,7, an extremely toxic dioxin compound.
The damage this toxin would cause those humans who were exposed would not be known for years. Agent Orange became known to the public with the outcry of Viet Nam war veterans, years later.
Tim is dealing with severe complications, but is being treated by doctors at the Palo Alto, California, VA hospital. "I'm getting the best care availalbe. Thank God for the V.A. They've been taking care of this old soldier for years, and I'm very indebted to them," Timbo says.
Since one of our primary aims on Timboland is to always have at least one story about our veterans, we'll be following Tim's progress with weekly updates.
Timboland and the Veteran's Administation
Technical Advances in the Baby Boomer Generation
Each week on Timboland we feature one of the eighteen Baby Boomer years, and we always look at the most ourstanding technical advancement of that year. Did you know that the transistor was invented in the first Boomer year, 1946? Dr. Rick Banghart, our science guy, tells us about the impact of that tiny gizmo. How it revolutionized every electronic device in existence and brought about countless more, including the computer.
In 1949, it was the invention of the 45 r.p.m., extended play seven inch vinyl record. The 45 was an instant hit, especially with young people and thereby dramatically changed the demographics of the record buying public.
In 1955, it was the introduction of the antibiotic, Tetracycline, and the birth of the optic fiber--technology that uses glass (or plastic) threads (fibers) to transmit data. A fiber optic cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves.This invention would expand our ability to transmit information and, ultimately, lead to the creation of the internet.
In 1959, it was the advent of the pacemaker and the Barbie Doll. In '60, it was Valium and the non-dairy creamer. We're talking epic-size contributions to civilization.
Each year, Timboland explores these Baby Boomer inventions and how they have impacted the world we live in. As always, it's Dr. Rick putting these advances into perspective. He does it with scientific accuracy and humorous aplomb.
The Baby Boomer Generation
What is the Baby Boomer Era? It's the years immediately following World War II, a war that englufed over half of the world. Millions of lives were lost. In the aftermath, returning U.S. servicemen set about evening the score. They would have babies as quickly as they could. They would re-shape the world they lived in by harvesting the inspiration that victory had brought to our shores. And with that inspiration, came a prosperity beyond the imaging of those returning warriors, who had already suvived the Great Depression.
At the peak of this period, babies were booming. According to the History Channel, almost exactly nine months after World War II ended,
"The cry of the baby was heard across the land,” as historian Landon Jones later described the trend. More babies were born in 1946 than ever before: 3.4 million, 20 percent more than in 1945. This was the beginning of the so-called “baby boom.”
It is to those people, born in this prolific and promising era, that we dedicate Timboland. If you are one of us, we'll be telling you all about the year you were born, including some things you may not have known about the age of your origins.
If you're Tinkerbell, you'll need to make a right hand turn at the third star on your left. It's much easier if you have a computer. We're located at www.timboland.net. It's there you'll find our podcasts, which deal with the life and times of the Baby Boomer Generation. It took its name from the birth year of one of its hosts, Timbo McGovern, born in the first Boomer year, 1946. We made it our mission to bring you interesting information about each year in the era, from 1946 to 1964.
But Timboland is more than a chronicle or an aduio almanac. It's an oral hisotry of one of the most extraordinary periods in human history, told by those who were born into it. It is their recollections and personal opinions on the era that are the basis for the podcast.
But putting a podcast together can be a complicated process, especially the marketing aspect. Fortunately, an old neighborhood buddy of Tim, stepped in. Regis Farrell, our Executive Producer, is an accomplished business man, who has run many successful companies over the years. Regis has made invaluable, behind-the-scenes contributions to Timboland.
An element of much-needed technical support came about when Dr. Rick Banghart joined the team. A professor emeritus of Michigan State University, Rick is a dream for Luddites like Tim and Terry. He can explain how almost anything works and in a way that makes it easy to understand. He is a regular contributor to Timboland.
We hope you enjoy Timboland and possibly learn something worthwhile from it. We did.