Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on November 5th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Hippie,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I used to be a household name but I’m guessing most baby boomers don’t remember me much, even though I was a regular TV talk show guest in the 1950s and 60s and appeared on Steve Allen no less than 25 times. I became a pop culture icon.

I was a hippie before there were hippies. I inspired the baby boomer generation to embrace alternative lifestyles and healthy food.

During the 1940s, I led a group of what you would call vagabonds – we called our ourselves “tribesmen” – living a carefree life in the Southern California desert: sleeping in caves, bathing in waterfalls, and making a little money as seasonal fruit pickers. We became known as the “Nature Boys.”



I leaped to fame when Groucho Marx had me as a contestant on his You Bet Your Life television show. For Steve Allen, I’d usually enter swinging from a vine as Nature Boy. But I had a serious message, too. Yoga, meditation. No meat, tobacco or alcohol and all natural, organic foods. On the show, I invented what later came to be called the “smoothie.”

Know who had the first health food store? My “Health Hut” was “Tiki” style, decorated with leaves and bamboo. Lots of Hollywood celebrities shopped there in the 1960s.

I lived until ninety. Loved all the LA sports teams. You could catch me at games wearing my typical wild clothes and ringing a cowbell. Of course, I was a regular at the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade.  Answer at end of post.


Baby Boomer Trivia Questions

Which of the following criteria are necessary for food to be “organic?”

No pesticides
Not genetically engineered
No artificial ingredients
Not frozen

Boomer Match Game: match the guru with his notoriety

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Baba Ram Dass
Bhagwar Shiree Rajneesh
Sri Chinmoy

World Harmony/ Centering /Transcendental Meditation/ Free Love

One of these stars got his start on the Steve Allen Show

Bob Newhart
Don Adams
Don Knotts
Tim Conway

Answers at end of post


Today in Baby Boomer Election History


1974: Ella Grasso of Connneticut becomes first woman elected as state Governor, who was not related to a former Governor.

1974: Walter E. Washington becomes first elected mayor of Washington D.C.

1968: Richard Nixon beats Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace for President.

1946: John F. Kennedy elected to House of Representatives.

Answers to Baby Boomer Trivia Questions


Gypsy Boots



There are competing definitions for “organic.” The only universally agreed upon criterion is no pesticides.

Boomer Match Game: connect the guru with his notoriety

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi→ Transcendental Meditation
Baba Ram DassCentering
Bhagwar Shiree RajneeshFree Love
Sri ChinmoyWorld Harmony

Don Knotts played a nervous Mr. Morrison in the “Man on the Street” sketch.

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