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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Baby Boomers Saw Europe On $5 A Day

Posted on October 25th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was the early baby boomer tourist bible. The hotel is a charming three story in the trendy, artsy Monmartre section of Paris, the location of so many movies of the times: An American in Paris, Gigi, Funny Face, Charade. Arthur Frommer highly recommended the residence. The 1965 edition warned that prices had risen aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Television Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on September 27th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I produced The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game – colossal baby boomer TV hits of the 1960s and 70s. My name appeared in the credits but no one recognized me walking down the street. I stepped in front of the camera in 1976 to host my latest creation, which was way ahead of itsRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Life Up In Smoke

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

    I started smoking regularly—a pack a day—at the tender baby boomer age of fifteen, no longer sneaking as I had in my pubescent days. “Too young,” my parents declared. In your invincible youth, health arguments have little effect. “Stunt your growth” and “bad breath” were more effective. For the record, I’ve been “cleanRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Flip Wilson?

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

      What the heck did happen? One day, I’m the hottest comedian on television. There’s hardly a baby boomer or their parents who don’t watch and laugh their heads off. Five years later—oblivion. I was even kicked out of my own “Church of What’s Happenin’ Now.” The Flip Wilson Show was me, noRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 21st, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  My early life was hard as a rock. Most baby boomers never experienced anything like it. I was dirt poor and dropped out of school in the 6th grade. I knocked around the country for years doing anything to survive, from cowboy to carpenter. Yes, I was a hobo. It wasn’t such a dirtyRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Family Western Rides Into The Living Room

Posted on August 16th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

In 1958, seven of the top ten television shows were “Westerns,” including the first four. Baby boomers (and their parents) couldn’t get enough of the action. What accounts for this pop culture dominance? Of course, the mystique of the West is woven into American history. The War and Depression became fading ghosts in the rearRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 5th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  Although I achieved fame and fortune, I had humble beginnings. My parents were Italian immigrants who squeezed out a living at the their “restaurant,” Yocco’s Hot Dogs. I began my career as a engineer in the auto industry but sales and marketing were my forte. I rose quickly through the ranks at Ford whereRead the Rest…

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