BABY BOOMER CELEBRITY: WHAT HAPPENED TO ZSA ZSA GABOR?

Posted on February 4th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated, but I’m not doing very well, dahlink. You know, all my health problems. But I’ve never been a complainer. I’ve had a long, charmed life. Did you know that this Sunday is my 94th birthday? After winning Miss Hungary, I came to Hollywood. It didn’t take long forRead the Rest…

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BABY BOOMERS INVENTED COLLECTIBLES: SOME TIPS

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Collectibles by Terry Hamburg

In the 1950s, “collectibles” referred to philatelists and numismatists—stamp and coin hobbyists. “Vintage” was used to described old cars and wines. In a historical blink of the eye, antiques and collectibles were reborn and redefined. The change began in the late-1960s. Driven by young baby boomers with disposable income in search of fresh treasure, itRead the Rest…

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A REEEEALLY BIG BABY BOOMER SHOW!

Posted on January 22nd, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Sure, there was boomer kiddie television before 1955. Howdy Doody led the parade, Kukla, Fran and Ollie right behind. A version of what would become Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood began. Lunch With Soupy (Sales) was pie-in-you-face; Animal Clinic—delightful; Acrobat Ranch starring Tumbling Tim and Fying Flo provided thrills. Let’s not forget Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, andRead the Rest…

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BABY BOOMER CELEBRITY: WHO AM I?

Posted on January 19th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Crime,New Left,Politics by Terry Hamburg

Lenny Bruce Stokely Carmichael Jack Ruby (killed Lee Harvey Oswald) Angela Davis Abbie Hoffman Wayne Williams (serial killer) Sheik Omar Abdel-Rathman (1993 World Trade center bombing) John Gotti (head of the Gambino crime family) The Chicago 7 I defended them all in court. I was the best known lawyer of the boomer era. I neverRead the Rest…

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MARRIAGE, AMERICAN BOOMER STYLE

Posted on December 30th, 2010 in 1960s,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE  1969 We wanted a short, simple civil ceremony. It was the latest pop culture marriage trend for young boomers. Linda’s family wanted a huge solemn High Church Extravaganza followed by a Festive Bash. “Is the issue that you’re of the Jewish sect?,” her dad John discretely whispered in my ear one day.Read the Rest…

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LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S 1966

His parties were infamous. He was a Pied Piper for young, impressionable baby boomers, a wild man disguised behind a tweed suit, pipe sucking, staid English facade. Young “Professor Ted” was a step ahead of the times, especially at conservative University of Southern California. His annual Spring Solstice soiree at his sprawling “pad” was anRead the Rest…

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BABY BOOMER SEXUAL REVOLUTION: BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE

Posted on October 31st, 2010 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

The tag line read: “Consider the Possibilities.” Today, it’s hard to believe the movie was regarded so cutting edge and titillating. Remember, it’s 1970 and the impact of rebellious boomer ideas is just beginning to penetrate Main Street. The plot: An educated, affluent couple attend an “self-discovery” weekend at a New Age retreat and are Read the Rest…

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A BAD PUN

Posted on September 25th, 2010 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Music,New Left by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1968 John Lennon made him a national boomer celebrity by staging the ‘Free John Now Rally.’ He was already a local demi-god: cutting edge rock promoter, renegade editor, poet, revolutionary, drug visionary and martyr—serving a 10 year sentence for offering two free joints to an undercover agent. “He’s a heavy dude, man.”Read the Rest…

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WASHING YOUR DIRTY LAUNDRY IN PUBLIC

Posted on August 26th, 2010 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1968 “So, what’s Italy like?” dad’s voice crackled over the ancient phone. The only time most parents of baby boomers got to visit Europe was in uniform. My dad was lucky. He had a hernia in boot camp and went home. “It’s a lot like France,” I said, “except the people areRead the Rest…

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WATT’S GOING DOWN

Posted on August 17th, 2010 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Music,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1964 I had a black girlfriend at the University of Southern California. Black-white couples were rare in those early boomer college days. Almost anywhere we went, people starred at us, even on campus. Most weren’t hostile, just surprised and curious. We got used to it. I begged Sonya to take me toRead the Rest…

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