Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Dick Gregory?

Before there was Richard Pryor, before there was Bill Cosby, there was me – the inspiration for a generation of baby boomer black comics. By the early 1960s, I became the first black “crossover” comedian. People called me the “Black Mort Sahl.” I called Sahl the “White Dick Gregory.” But, hey, I was more thanRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Love Affair

Posted on April 21st, 2014 in 1960s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.” ~Lewis Mumford, sociologist “Two-hundred forty horsepower isn’t enough to move me anymore. Enough to move my body, yes, but not my soul.” ~S.A. Sachs, judge The Ford Mustang turns 50 this month. While the first Mustang rolled off the Ford assembly line in March 1964, it wasn’t introducedRead the Rest…

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Boomer Activist: Who Am I?

Posted on April 13th, 2014 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,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.Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Fashion: Designers Who Dressed A Generation

Posted on March 26th, 2014 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

  So many designers, so little blog space, but three stand out as leaders of the baby boomer fashion revolutions, attaining stunning pop culture celebrity status in the process. It started with Mary Quant who brought the mod scene and mini-skirt from Carnaby Street to main street. What began in 1965 as a local popRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Envision 2001

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 in 1960s,Counterculture/New Age,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

      It broke all the molds. Until Stanley Kubrick’s mind-bending 1968 movie, baby boomers and their parents were fed a sci-fi diet of funk and fear: a 50-foot woman rampaging through town exacting revenge on all who wronged her when normal (a harbinger of women’s liberation?), or huge mutant ants crawling up skyRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Pie In The Sky

Posted on March 13th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  Baby Boomer Trivia Questions ►Which of these boomer pop culture fads was the first to advertise on television? Frisbee Hula Hoop Ant Farm Mr. Potato Head   ►Boomer Match Game: Connect the advertising slogan with the product Ready When You Are Have It Your Way I Love What You Do For Me You GetRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to John Lindsay?

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Politics by Terry Hamburg

I began as the brightest of political stars: a World War II hero, Yale Law degree, married to the sister of future President G. H. Bush, and elected to Congress from the “Silk Stocking” district of Manhattan. 6’4″, trim, charismatic, and devilishly good-looking, is it any wonder that when elected Mayor of New York inRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Cruisin’

Posted on February 14th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was a baby boomer coming-of-age ritual in the 1950s and early 60s. 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 catchingRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Batman?

Posted on February 10th, 2014 in 1960s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  It’s a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I think I should have turned Batman down. That baby boomer television hit catapulted me to fame and fortune, but Holy Typecast! I was stuck there the rest of my Hollywood life. Believe it or not, I had a career before Batman. I was in The PhiladelphiansRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on November 5th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Hippie,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 TV talk show guest in the 1950s and 60s and appeared on Steve Allen no less than 25 times. I became a pop culture icon. I was a hippie before there wereRead the Rest…

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