Oh wow...I'm in that generation too, I guess. I rarely get thanked in my job, but my boss tends to tell me how valuable I am, blah blah blah. I get it, she thinks I need to hear it. What I need to hear is that I'm doing my job, and to keep doing it.
Then again, I've been in the opposite situation in the past year. My boss's supervisor was a heinous...well, I'll leave the adjective up to you. She flat out told me I offended her (as a client, wth), by placing the following message in a meeting request (verbatim): "In this meeting, we will go over the latest versions of the nTUNE documentation, and discuss any necessary changes. I hope that in this meeting, we can set a deadline for completion as well."
She took that to mean that she failed to give a deadline and it's her fault that the assignment has not been completed. Um....ok. I guess I wasn't meeting her "woo" quota, lol.
I didn't want that woman to praise me, or anything, I just wanted her to stop targeting me! She's gone now, I'm still here, and I wasn't being paranoid. For a while I thought I WAS just like "those" people in my generation.
Now DH...oh boy. I love his parents, his mother is very heavy on the praise, "Your hair is so pretty! Beth, isn't her hair so pretty today?"
DH has a hard time not being thanked, or even having acknowledgment for a job well done. I bite my tongue, because it does no good to point out that he has higher expectations for that than he should. He admits that it stems from having such high praise as a child.