Baby Boomer Tails in Black and White

Posted on November 30th, 2013 in 1950s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The moment I heard them, I was sure they’d be Big Stars. The Belvederes were the epitome of early black boomer music groups: voices like angels, sharp looks, smooth stage moves. They wrote their own music. Well, I’m walkin’ in the garden Just passin’ the time with you (With you, with you, with you) Walkin’Read the Rest…


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 wereRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Saw Europe On $5 A Day

Posted on October 25th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was the early baby boomer tourist bible. The hotel is a charming three story in the trendy, artsy Monmartre section of Paris, the location of so many movies of the times: An American in Paris, Gigi, Funny Face, Charade. Arthur Frommer highly recommended the residence. The 1965 edition warned that prices had risen aRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Life Up In Smoke

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

    I started smoking regularly—a pack a day—at the tender baby boomer age of fifteen, no longer sneaking as I had in my pubescent days. “Too young,” my parents declared. In your invincible youth, health arguments have little effect. “Stunt your growth” and “bad breath” were more effective. For the record, I’ve been “cleanRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity Name Game

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

  I wasn’t the greatest baby boomer autograph collector of the 1950s, but I had an impressive portfolio. I specialized in television celebrities and baseball players. My family bonded around the TV. I’d write the personality and request a signed picture. Each was “my favorite star” or “the greatest talent on earth,” and “please sign yourRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Family Western Rides Into The Living Room

Posted on August 16th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

In 1958, seven of the top ten television shows were “Westerns,” including the first four. Baby boomers (and their parents) couldn’t get enough of the action. What accounts for this pop culture dominance? Of course, the mystique of the West is woven into American history. The War and Depression became fading ghosts in the rearRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Prosperity Was Built on a House of Cards

Posted on July 24th, 2013 in 1950s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

    “Cash or charge?” The most-asked question in America   Imagine this. You dash into Neiman Marcus to pick up that must-have little black dress for a hot date tonight, then have to pay with cash or check. No money—no merchandise. Even checks might be a problem if the store doesn’t know you well.Read the Rest…


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…