Baby Boomer Mind Games

Posted on April 24th, 2013 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I’d have done anything for my favorite Uncle, and did. He was forever trying the latest pop culture fad and came across a mail-order “Master Hypnosis On Your Own” ad in a pulp magazine he would never bring home. Uncle Lou was itching to show off his new-found talent in front of an audience.Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer 1950s: Best of Times, Worst of Times?

Posted on April 9th, 2013 in 1950s,Movies,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  Worst: As Allen Ginsberg penned in the great Beatnik poem, Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…” Best: What you saw was a handful of elitist intellectuals and artists grouse about popular acceptance of the status quo. Worst: Do you deny that conformity, repression, racism, and sexism were theRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers At Play

Posted on April 1st, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

The product that became Play-Doh was used originally to: Clean wallpaper Caulk bathtubs Fill nail holes Plug ears It became the best selling and longest lasting baby boomer “toy,” as popular today (and likely tomorrow) as when first introduced in 1956. This fad had “legs.” There’s hardly a kid in the world who doesn’t knowRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Cruisin’

Posted on March 26th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys,Music,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…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Tonto?

Posted on March 25th, 2013 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  Bet you a string of Indian beads and a dozen flint stones you don’t know my real name. I’m not going to reveal it until the end of the post. Is there a baby boomer who doesn’t remember Tonto? A posse of Texas Rangers is ambushed. The sole survivor, barely alive, is nursed backRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on March 19th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I was a marquee celebrity in those early baby boomer years. Some say my greatest achievement was to marry three gorgeous starletts one right after the other. I left the first for one of the most coveted women in Tinsel Town. Then, she walked out on me for a co-star who she later left, remarried,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer TV Trivia Challenge

Posted on February 12th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“Television: A medium – so called because it is neither rare nor well done.”  ~Ernie Kovacs “They say that ninety percent of TV is junk. But, ninety percent of everything is junk.”  ~Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek “Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t haveRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Caught In The Dragnet

♫ Dum-da-dum-dum… The first four notes of the musical opening to Dragnet, perhaps the most recognizable intro notes in television history. Before CSI dissected cadavers in your living room, before Special Victims Unit hunted down heinous predators, before Hill St. Blues hit the mean streets, even before Starsky and Hutch were baby boomer cool andRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Jungle

Posted on January 24th, 2013 in 1950s,Crime,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Few movies in the 1950s caused as much pop culture buzz and dismay as The Blackboard Jungle. While television celebrated an idyllic baby boomer suburban life, the big screen told a story of youth anger, rebellion and crime. Which was the real baby boomer America? Both. Throughout the 1950s, “juvenile delinquency” and adolescent “crime waves”Read the Rest…


Baby Boomers Spot UFOS

Posted on January 14th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Before World War II, sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects were far and few between. Suddenly, the sky was filled with darting lights and mysterious who-knows-whats? Extra-terrestrials seemed to be arriving in tourist droves. Why a flying saucer? Did Hollywood create that pop culture image in the early baby boomer era? No, it was an airborneRead the Rest…