Baby Boomer Bust: The Edsel

Posted on June 21st, 2012 in 1950s,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“It looks like an Oldsmobile sucking on a lemon. ~A popular joke “They were throwing eggs at the car, not me.” ~Vice-President Richard Nixon’s stab at humor, commenting on demonstrators pelting his Edsel with eggs on a 1958 trip to Peru It was billed as the Car of the Decade. In a way, it was.Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on June 19th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I was abandoned by my parents when only a few weeks old and raised by an evangelical preacher. During the 1950s and 1960s, I hosted two long-lasting pop culture television shows. Parent of baby boomers loved me and if you were a boomer, you might have been a guest. I was proudly married to theRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Slang: Where Did It Come From?

Posted on June 18th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Slang: “Informal pop culture language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; non standard language of a given subculture, sometimes marked by raciness.” Bag, as a particular interest or area of expertise, is from 1964 and came from jazz jargon. It’s likely based on the notion of putting somethingRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Pop Culture Legend

Posted on June 1st, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

♫ 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 Words ~ I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day. ~ To me, acting is the most logical way for people’sRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Pie In The Sky

Posted on May 21st, 2012 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The Hula-Hoop was the best selling baby boomer toy in 1957. Go top that one. The same company came close. Wham-O acquired the rights to a plastic flying disc the inventor was hawking in parking lots. He called it the “Pipco Flying Saucer” and “Pluto Platter.” UFO alarms began falling from the sky in theRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Chat Room

Posted on May 14th, 2012 in 1950s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Do you love me? Give me a kiss. I love you. Let’s play school. Please brush my hair. Please take me with you. May I have a cookie? Let’s have a party! What can we do now? Will you change my dress? I’m so tired! I love you. I hurt myself Will you play withRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer “Stag” Film Bombs

Posted on May 10th, 2012 in 1950s,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

“Sex isn’t the answer. Sex is the question. “Yes” is the answer.”  ~Swami X,  comedian “Sex relieves tension – love causes it.”  ~Woody Allen It was a baby boomer “coming-of-age party,” 1958, when “sexual revolution” meant spin the bottle. None of us had seen bare breasts except in National Geographic. The notorious Tempest Storm wasRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Bare Knee

Posted on May 1st, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

A moment seared in my adolescent baby boomer brain. I was walking upstairs for algebra class. As usual, I passed Marsha on the way. She was “bad,” and getting “badder” fast. That day she appeared with a skirt above the knee—the first girl in my high school that dared to cross the rubicon. The babyRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Sue Lyon?

Posted on April 26th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

I was one steamy baby boomer, with the emphasis on “baby.” In my first and most famous role, I played a fourteen-year-old nymph seducing a dignified middle-aged professor who falls ga-ga in lust with me. Just so happens I was the same age when cast. I beat out over 800 mostly older baby boomer pretties,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Auto-Biography

Posted on April 25th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments.” Erma Bombeck “A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank.” ~Anonymous A Long and Winding Baby Boomer Road • ‘58 Chevy Impala convertible (mother’s car, greatest “chick magnet” in autoRead the Rest…