Funny how I never thought of myself as belonging to the older generation, especially since I was barely a teen when I discovered Vance. Having just turned 69, though, it's getting tough to deny.

I wouldn't try to pigeon-hole Jack politically, but broadly speaking, to me he was a common Western type of the era, much like my own father. Fiscally conservative, relatively politically so in terms of the time, secular, and with a definite libertarian streak. Open minded and with technical/scientific interests too.