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We baby boomers faced a variety of stereotypes as long-haired, dope-smoking ne’er-do-wells who wouldn’t amount to much. I’m not certain we did as well as we should have, but we amounted to much more than most people expected.

During interviews with the baby boomers and the millennials, I found their aspirations quite similar: an interesting job, a good marriage and a loving family.

Both groups wanted to change the world. We baby boomers came up short and the millennials may, too. But I am pleased to see millennials pushing back against the stereotype the media have created.

Christopher Harper is a professor at Temple University. He worked for more than 20 years at the Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and “20/20.” He can be contacted at charper@washingtontimes.com. Twitter: @charper51.