War changed life for Vietnam vet Jim Ruh | VailDaily.com

War changed life for Vietnam vet Jim Ruh

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VAIL – The babies born between 1946 and 1964 were, until recently, the biggest generation that ever grew up in the United States.The first of those “baby boom” babies turn 60 this year. They have lived through the birth of rock n’ roll, various wars, both hot and cold, and helped shape the country. Here are the stories of the first of the baby boomers, told in their own words. To participate in the “Zero to 60” series, e-mail smiller@vaildaily.com.

Name: James C. Ruh Birthday: May 12, 1946 How did you end up in the Vail Valley? When my wife and I were both 50 we started planning for where we wanted to be when we retired. Our plan was to buy in such locations before the big rush of baby boomers started doing the same thing. We bought in Santa Barbara 10 years ago. We then knew that we wanted our Colorado base to be in the mountains and after searching for a couple years we decided upon Vail. We bought our home here six years ago and made it our main residence two years ago. Name three turning points in your life.

• Serving in the infantry in Vietnam. Wars change people. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse and sometimes they just change people. That experience will forever color my perspective on life.• My marriage to my wife of 35 years. She has kept life interesting and exciting and I look forward to many more adventures together.• Becoming a father. There are highs and lows to being a parent, but it is an experience that I wouldn’t have missed.

What are you looking forward to? As a lawyer, I’ve kept track of my time for 33 years by tenths or quarters of an hour and I really look forward to not doing that any more. More importantly, I’m looking forward to having more time for reading, classes and new activities such as sailing, and perhaps, even surfing lessons. Now is not the time to “retire,” it is the time to have new adventures unencumbered by the necessity of working for a living.If I had it to do over, I would… I wouldn’t make any major changes. If I had the advantage of hindsight and a second time around, maybe I could do everything better and avoid a lot of my mistakes, but I’d still be a husband, a father, a lawyer and still live in Colorado. Vail, Colorado

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