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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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on June 22nd, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

A Boomer For All Seasons   I’m one of the most significant baby boomer personalities in history. But am I a household name? Life’s not always fair. Karma is. More on that later. Anyone who knows anything about 1960s New Left boomer politics knows I was a BIG player, always in the front ranks ofRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on June 3rd, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

My Hollywood mug is as familiar to baby boomers as their grandmother’s. In fact, you’ve probably seen it more than dear old grandmama. But even when you look at me, you still don’t know my name. I’m “oh yeah, that guy…he really gets around…he’s uh…?” I’m what they call in Hollywood a “character actor,” aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Word Game

Posted on May 6th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Me Generation,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

   Yuppie, Yumpie, Yippie. This can get confusing. Question: Was Jerry Rubin, the notorious baby boomer hippie-radical of the late 1960s who later became a stockbroker, a yippie or a yuppie? Answer: Both. On New Years Day 1968, Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, author of Steal This Book (who probably relinquished the royalties by hisRead the Rest…

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