In Carlsbad, as everywhere else, teenagers are not only driving new cars to school but in many cases are buying them out of their own earnings.These are the children who at birth were called "Depression babies." They have grown up to become, materially at least, America's luckiest generation.Sandwiched in between the generations of new postwar families and their boom of babies was a generation of teenagers.
Teen dances were shut down, rock'n'roll records were banned, and students were expelled for a multitude of rule infractions.In the late 1940s, Margaret Mead, in describing this pre-war dating system, argued that dating was not about sex or marriage.Instead, it was a "competitive game," a way for girls and boys to demonstrate their popularity.Momentum started to build as this generation developed their own image and style, combined with the purchasing power of an increasingly influential demographic.The word "teen-ager" was newly coined at this time.
There were a few television shows aimed at young children, nothing for teenagers, and nothing on the radio speaking to teen life. Then the teens started to hear music about their world — songs about high school sweethearts, wild parties and fast cars, sung by other teens.