TV Boomer Rock n Roll Birth: American Bandstand Inside Story

Posted on April 21st, 2017 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television 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 aRead the Rest…

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Fun Boomer Toys: A-Bombs Away!

Posted on April 19th, 2017 in 1950s,1960s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  “Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.”  ~Buckminster Fuller   “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the wayRead the Rest…

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Boomers Cross Over the Bridge: Pioneer Sex Change

  “If you understand trans-genders, then you understand that gender doesn’t have to do with bed partners, it has to do with identity.” ~Christine Jorgensen, pioneer and celebrity   SEX CHANGE! WORLD’S RICHEST MAN BECOMES WORLD’S RICHEST WOMAN Cartoon headline   SURGERY MAKES EX-GI GIRL Real Headline, 12/1/52   One always heard: “Boys will be boys.”Read the Rest…

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Boomer Silly…Or Was It? Gilligan’s Island: The Inside Story

Posted on April 6th, 2017 in 1960s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  There was an endless parade of silly baby boomer sitcoms. The best/worst is arguable, but the most iconic is clear. None reaches the pop culture television status of Gilligan’s Island. Virtually everyone, including the creator’s agent, panned the idea before it debuted. The then-president of CBS West Coast remarked: “I thought it was aRead the Rest…

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Beatniks: Boomers? Literary Visionaries? Cultural Rebels? Street Thugs? Maynard G. Krebs?

  With all due respect to Greenwich Village, the epicenter of the Beat Movement was closer to Greenwich Street in San Francisco – a 20 minute jaunt to fabled North Beach. Here is where the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, and Ferlinghetti roamed the streets and back alleys. City Lights was the mecca Beat book store.   InRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Sex Siren: Who Am I?

Posted on March 28th, 2017 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

  I was one of the steamiest femme fatale bombshells of the 1950s. Baby boomer boys and their dads went ga-ga when they saw me. Boomers think they invented the sexual revolution. My generation created the public candy store. The boomers made the door key. I know I’ll sound petty now…but Marilyn Monroe was always a more popular celebrity.Read the Rest…

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Boomers Debut Hot Mini-Skirt

  It was blamed for fender benders, sprained necks, and the demise of Western Civilization. Designer Mary Quant unveiled the shocking baby boomer fashion in the “Swinging London” Chelsea district. What started in 1965 as local pop culture fad became de rigueur for young boomers worldwide, showing off more leg than ever imagined. No warning, hardly a catch-your-breathRead the Rest…

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Boomers Just Hang: Be-In There Or Be Square

Posted on March 15th, 2017 in 1960s,Beat Generation,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  January 14, 1967. It quickly became a hippie badge of honor. Golden Gate Park, a few months and few blocks from ground zero of the San Francisco Summer of Love. We’re talking about the first, the historic, star-studded, stoned-out Be-In, officially known as the Human Be-In, A Gathering of the Tribes.  The direct inspiration was to protest a newRead the Rest…

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Boomer Predictions: Wow, Did They Get It Wrong!

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  “I was not trying to predict the future, I was trying to prevent it.” ~ Ray Bradbury, science fiction writer “The future is like a corridor into which we can see only by the light coming from behind.”~ Edward Weyer Jr., former editor of Natural History magazine.     The Predictions   ♦ There is no reasonRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Summer of Love

Posted on February 28th, 2017 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

  If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair If you’re going to San Francisco, Summertime will be a love in-in there “San Francisco,” the #4 hit in the U.S. and #1 in the U.K, 1967   It was so hippie – no beginning, no end, no planning, no squares. JustRead the Rest…

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