Baby Boomer Icon: James Dean

Posted on October 18th, 2014 in 1950s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ~James Wooden, fabled basketball coach ♫ James Dean, James Dean, you bought it sight unseen. You were too fast to live, too young to die, bye bye. ♫ James Dean, Eagles, 1974  JAMES DEAN IN HIS OWN WORDSRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Spontaneous Combustion: The Panty Raid

Posted on October 10th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

  The  first modern bikini, 1946   The co-eds showed up in bathing suits, some flaunting a daring new fashion “fad”—the bikini. That fabled 1960s baby boomer sexual revolution was budding. The combination of beer, bare skin and balmy weather energized the coming-of-lust boomer males.   Ancient Roman bikini, circa 46. The Romans invented everything.Read the Rest…


Baby Boomers Face The Red Menace

Posted on September 20th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Just how serious was the “Red Menace” inside the U.S.? Baby boomers in the 1950s and 1960s came of age amidst widespread fears of a communist plot to take over America. FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover worried that these boomers were vulnerable targets. Subtle and not-so-subtle anti-communist themes permeated entertainment, schools and  churches. The popularRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Loved This Vegetable

Posted on May 14th, 2014 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was an unlikely #1 toy—a set of plastic poke-on face accessories for the modest potato. You can’t get lower tech than that. It was part doll, part erector set, all silly, and appealed to everyone. Most baby boomer toys were gender specific. Girls played with dolls, boys with trucks. Baby boomers carried on thisRead the Rest…


Is Your Baby Boomer Name Here?

Posted on April 28th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Fashion,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Words have meaning and names have power. ” ~Anonymous Mad Men is the quintessential “period” television series, set in the 1960s. The following are some Mad Men character first names that are seldom used anymore for newborns. Is yours here? If so, it will identify you as a baby boomer…or older. Abigail / Alice /Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Pie In The Sky

Posted on March 13th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  Baby Boomer Trivia Questions ►Which of these boomer pop culture fads was the first to advertise on television? Frisbee Hula Hoop Ant Farm Mr. Potato Head   ►Boomer Match Game: Connect the advertising slogan with the product Ready When You Are Have It Your Way I Love What You Do For Me You GetRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Cruisin’

Posted on February 14th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was a baby boomer coming-of-age ritual in the 1950s and early 60s. The crowd began gathering at 10:00 Saturday morning in front of Schwab’s Drug Store on the northeast corner of Devon and California. Guys auditioned in cars; girls on the sidewalk. The cruise route was a square block: west on Devon, hopefully catchingRead the Rest…


What Do Baby Boomers Really Search For?

Posted on January 31st, 2014 in 1950s,Collectibles by Terry Hamburg

“I am a Buddhist, therefore I should not be collecting anything – however, I have a collection of Buddhas. I have a lot of them.” ~ Eric Ripert, chef The following is from “Kovels Top 20 Antiques and Collectibles Searches for 2013.”  <> In 2013, antiques enthusiasts were busy researching: (1) China, (2) Book, (3)Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on January 21st, 2014 in 1950s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I was hardly a one-hit wonder, but my career was hot and short. I was in the right place at the right time. A South Philly neighborhood buddy who went on to music fame and fortune recommended me for a recording contract. Before I could take a deep breath, I was a baby boomer teenRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Plague

Posted on December 11th, 2013 in 1950s by Terry Hamburg

  One day Alan was slugging home runs and snagging liners, then suddenly he was hit by polio at age 12 just weeks before the introduction of the Salk vaccine. Some think of polio as a baby boomer curse. It had been identified a half century earlier; soon-to-be President Franklin Roosevelt contracted the disease atRead the Rest…