Baby Boomer Dance Party That Started It All: RIP Dick Clark

Posted on April 23rd, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol, when they do the Bristol Stomp!” “Everybody’s doin’ a brand new dance now, come on baby, do the Locomotion!” Baby boomers learned the coolest moves watching American Bandstand. But there’s trouble in television paradise. “Gentlemen, our dance show host is cooling his heels in a drunk tankRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Grew Up On Tupperware Parties

Posted on April 20th, 2012 in 1950s,Pop Culture,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

“I just have one word to say to you. Just one word. Are you listening?…Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics…Will you think about it?” Whispered into recent college graduate Dustin Hoffman’s ear as the secret to making big bucks, from The Graduate, 1967 The Tupperware home party was the right pop culture idea atRead the Rest…


Mother Of All Baby Boomer Gossip Magazines

Posted on April 12th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Everybody reads it but they say the cook brought it into the house.” ~ Humphrey Bogart Before there was baby boomer-inspired People and US, before there was Star, even before National Enquirer, there was Confidential, the celebrity gossip/crime/scandal magazine that Newsweek called “sin and sex with a seasoning of right wing politics.” Until it closedRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Classic Car Commercials

Posted on April 3rd, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It’s the pop culture icon of the 20th century, trumping even television. Try to imagine the suburban baby boomer boom without the automobile whisking us back and forth from town to country – the name of a popular Chrysler model that began over 60 years ago and still rolls out the factory. 1948 Town andRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on March 21st, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

I was never a baby boomer household name, but Madonna, Rihanna, and the Pussycat Dolls were all imitating me. I was one of the earliest Playboy Playmates. Hugh Hefner called me “an iconic figure in pop culture.” Not bad for a little Nashville country girl who graduated college to be a grade school teacher. IRead the Rest…


Gorgeous Baby Boomer Hero

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

“Is this going to be a real fight?” “Tell me what you think,” Dad answered. We had incredible first row ringside seats. Gorgeous George was as big a pop culture celebrity as Howdy Doody, and about as authentic. Both were television starts. Baby boomers and their parents were mesmerized. First, the bad guy, named NastyRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer “Cats” Digged Him

Posted on February 13th, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can’t fake it…try to fake three laughs in an hour – ha ha ha ha ha – they’ll take you away, man. You can’t.” By I saw him in person, he was infamous. Arrested for “dirty” language and drugs, his celebrity face adorned the cover ofRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Cruisin’

Posted on February 7th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s by Terry Hamburg

It was a baby boomer coming-of-age ritual. 1950s – early 1960s. 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 catching the longRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Davy Crockett?

Posted on February 6th, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

♫ Born on a mountain top in Tennessee Greenest state in the Land of the Free Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier! Got to admit, I led a charmed life. I never had A-list HollywoodRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer “Bombshell” Mom

Posted on January 18th, 2012 in 1950s,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I didn’t want her to come. Mom was a dead-ringer for baby boomer movie celebrity Jane Russell and dressed the part. Without meaning to, she embarrassed me at school functions. Heads would turn. This was supposed to be my day. I wrote the Pershing school song and was given the honor of leading the 5thRead the Rest…