Interview with Novelist Rick Bava (In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation)

Rick Bava was born in Chicago on December 18, 1955, and was raised in the Chicago area. Rick went to the University of Wisconsin, at the age of 16, on a tennis scholarship. While studying at UW, he advanced to play tennis on a professional level and later became successful teaching tennis. Rick also had a radio commentary and newspaper column, both titled “Tennis Tips,” and was honored at a very young age to be a member of the PENN Advisory staff.

Rick Bava’s novel “In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation,” is an intriguing look at one of the most interesting generations in American history. Rick Bava traveled the country for two years seeking the thoughts, opinions, and ideas of Baby Boomers from all walks of life and socioeconomic classes to create this inspiring commentary about the Baby Boomer Generation. The author, himself a Baby Boomer, brings his own unique experience to the book, as well as capturing the stories and perspectives of the hundreds of Baby Boomers he interviewed.

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Interview with Rick Bava:

Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your book?

Rick Bava: It is a book for Baby Boomers written by a Baby Boomer. I traveled the country for two years interviewing hundreds of Baby Boomers, and that is the basis of the content. The book covers subject matter that shaes -where Baby Boomers have been, what issues they face now, and the path forward in the future– for Baby Boomers…

MT: Why should people buy your book?

RB: The book is a peer to peer book, thus other Baby Boomers can learn from others of their age and stage, as they evaluate their own lives from the prism of other Baby Boomers…

MT: How would you describe your book in just two words?

RB: retro and informational

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

RB: “HOOSIERS”—I love the redemption characteristics of the character played by Gene Hackman

MT: Was being a writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

RB: No—but I thought I could make a contribution of telling the story of the Baby Boomer Generation, through the eyes of my own experiences–and that of other Baby Boomers…

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?

RB: My favorite book is—“The Great Gatsby,” by F.Scott Fitzgerald

MT: What motivates you to write?

RB: I love to observe–and then communicate about what i see and how it will contribute to the Baby Boomer Genearation…

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

RB: Van Gogh—would have been interesting–Baby Boomers find his work illuminating…

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

RB: I love sports–I was a tennis player in my youth—and I especially love to go to Baseball games…

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

RB: Write because you love to express your self–and communicate…


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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