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?”
Not genetically engineered
No artificial ingredients
►Boomer Match Game: match the guru with his notoriety
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Baba Ram Dass
Bhagwar Shiree Rajneesh
World Harmony/ Centering /Transcendental Meditation/ Free Love
►One of these stars got his start on the Steve Allen Show
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
►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 Dass→ Centering
Bhagwar Shiree Rajneesh→ Free Love
Sri Chinmoy→ World Harmony
►Don Knotts played a nervous Mr. Morrison in the “Man on the Street” sketch.