Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,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 television talk show guest in the 1950s and 60s and appeared on Steve Allen no less than 25 times, becoming a pop culture celebrity. I was a hippie before there were hippies,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Pied Piper: The Life & Times of Dr. Seuss

Posted on August 21st, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Oh, the fun places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.” Many a baby boomer went off to dream land with an improbable tale from Dr. Seuss. “We might be losing the Cold War in the classroom!” Life Magazine declared in aRead the Rest…


Baby Booomer Celebrity: What Happened to Rickey Nelson?

Posted on July 31st, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Music,Television by Terry Hamburg

Let’s settle one “fact” right away. The 1985 plane crash that took my life was due to mechanical failure, not because everyone aboard was free-basing cocaine as was rumored, and still believed by some. First rocker on cover of Life, which coined “teen idol” to describe him I don’t need to tell you how bigRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Nip And Tuck

Posted on July 30th, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was all very hush-hush. Cosmetic miracles began with Hollywood celebrities. When baby boomers lined up in the 1950s and 60s for “nose jobs,” plastic surgery went pop culture. It remained hush-hush. Doctor’s offices had private waiting rooms. You want the world to see a new you but you don’t want them to know they’reRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Duck And Cover

Posted on July 23rd, 2012 in 1950s by Terry Hamburg

Are there baby boomers that don’t remember fire drills with fondness? It was a grand game. At Pershing school, my best-friend Ricky intercepted memos from his assistant principal mother –  out of the blue (ha! ha!) the alarm sounds, jump up and scramble in line, jostle and giggle, fast march shuffle-to-Buffalo and goof off asRead the Rest…


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…