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The Bloom is Off the Boom [Paperback]

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The bloom is fading. For decades now, a massive number of Americans loosely known as "baby boomers" have been feeling their oats. All the people who were conceived in the years immediately after the dark days of World War II have known they were the dominant force in American society. They were the generation of great hope that was at the forefront when man first explored space and they helped usher in the era of technology.

They bragged about their computer skills and secretly felt contempt for all those "old" people who resisted change. And they felt pride that their labors were helping finance the retirement of all those senior citizens who never quite could turn loose of the frugal ways they acquired during the Great Depression.

Ah, yes, the boomers were the enlightened folks. They were the trendsetters and the older folks were fine as long as they stayed out of the way. But time has a way of catching up. And writer Ken Brodnax with illustrator Reynaldo Leal have taken note.

In a new book, You know the Bloom is Off the Boom when...(Bristol Publishing Company, Lubbock, Texas, 66 pp), Brodnax and Leal have cast the definitive work placing "baby boomers" in their place. Lighthearted and richly illustrated, The Bloom pokes holes in the fading careers of "50-something" athletes, tekkies and others who came up through the 60s and 70s.

You know who you are. If not, maybe a couple of tidbits will help: Yep, you are a boomer if you find yourself humming the theme from '77 Sunset Strip' and don't know why. Or, if you wonder why anyone would forget that Fess Parker played Davy Crockett. Or why anyone would consider eight track tape players an antique.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   62
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Bristol Publishing Company
ISBN  1930043406  
ISBN13  9781930043404  

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High Hilarity from a Master Humorist  Aug 19, 2004
Ken Brodnax and I apprenticed under the influence of some of Texas' more aggressive and colorful journalists during the waning 1960s and early '70s, ranging the Plains region in search of story after story for Amarillo's Globe-News papers. But the setting also allowed us a certain freedom to take off on tangents all our own, and when the newsbreaks were running slow we'd sit around turning corny jokes and cringe-inducing puns into an original comic strip that the Globe proved astonishingly willing to publish.

We called the feature - for reasons too hokey to bother explaining - Co-Signers, and it lasted just long enough for one of our more humor-deficient editors to notice that Ken and I were having altogether too much fun at the task. And so much for Co-Signers, which reasserted itself in a more conspicuously obnoxious comic for the student newspaper of West Texas Suitcase University (sorry; I mean State University), our college-of-record. Our actual college was the newsroom, but newsrooms don't bestow degrees, except in terms of heated deadlines.

Brodnax and I have long since taken separate paths, though in largely the same direction. In the process, he has become one of those accomplished Texas-centric journalists of the breed that had influenced and encouraged us. Ken's commentaries have been an entertaining and provocative staple of the Odessa American for 20 years, but he remains a perceptive and generous humorist - with no less a taste for cartoon narrative than that which had motivated our early sideline.

His latest such outpouring is a book called "You Know the Bloom Is off the Boom when..." (Bristol Publishing; $9.95), a little-but-loud paperback designed as an affectionate razzberry to his (our) generation.

With a cast of characters who might be close kin to the off-kilter rustics of Greater Tuna, the book acknowledges up front that "for decades now, a massive number of Americans loosely known as `baby boomers' have been feeling their oats... but time has a way of catching up."

Brodnax takes something of a cue from Jeff Foxworthy in prefacing each page with the phrase, "You know the bloom is off the boom when...," and then trowels on the parody: "... you've got a lot of highs and lows in your life - high fiber and low fat." Or: "... your mind wanders and it takes you several minutes to catch up with it."

And enough with the free samples, already. Ken is too capable a writer to indulge in facile slogans or simplistic one-liners, and the text is at once terse and richly conceived. The words find their ideal complement in a set of cartoons by Reynaldo Leal, a Gen X'er with a gift for caricature that prowls the borderlands between the satiric precision of MAD magazine's Harvey Kurtzman and the rubbery absurdities of Robert Crumb.

The fusion of words and pictures benefits from Brodnax' ability to tap experience and observation and what he calls Leal's ability to "spit in the eye of age." High recommendations for this one, along with hopes of seeing more from this spirited teaming of a writer who thinks like a cartoonist and a cartoonist capable of amplifying the writing.

-- Michael H. Price
laughing out loud  Jul 22, 2004
If you're over 35, you know these people. In fact, if you're honest, there's a character in here that has some of you in him or her. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and the perfect birthday gift for anyone feeling -- or better yet denying -- their age. And the illustrations are right on target. I'm telling you, you won't put this thing down without reading it all the way through. Nax is to the Middle Ages what Tim Allen is to tools and Paul Reiser is to couplehood.

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