Mature, but not obsolete: the 101 is so much more than just a list.

Author:Trevino, Joseph

Ah, the 101.

It is the list of lists. The who's who.

If you are on it, it means you are the real article. Rich or poor, you have arrived.

This is the eighth year that Latino Leaders chooses the 101. It is a venerable tradition that comes from our sister publication in Mexico, "Lideres Mexicanos;" they select 300.

One thing I noticed as we picked the 101 is that though there are quite a few Millenials--the generation that was born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, most are from the Baby Boomer generation or from my tribe: Generation X.

So what does this mean? Well, it means, to quote that rascally father of my generation, Arnold Schwarzenegger, that we are old, but not obsolete.

Yes, all the hoopla regarding the upcoming generations and their innate technological talents is a good thing. But if for a moment some of us older Latinos were wondering what would become of us old hacks still grinding away, I think that it is safe to say that we are not ready for retirement yet, despite the fact that Boomers belittled or ignored us (I suspect that most, deep down, did this because the were jealous of us) and we are practically invisible to Millennial.

But enough of the culture and generation wars. Today, we will give peace a chance and celebrate, because it is right to celebrate.

This month, we rejoice the first time I have taken part in the full production, planning, research, note making and execution of producing the list...

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