Baby Boomers At Play

Posted on April 1st, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

The product that became Play-Doh was used originally to: Clean wallpaper Caulk bathtubs Fill nail holes Plug ears It became the best selling and longest lasting baby boomer “toy,” as popular today (and likely tomorrow) as when first introduced in 1956. This fad had “legs.” There’s hardly a kid in the world who doesn’t knowRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Cruisin’

Posted on March 26th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys,Music,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…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on March 19th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I was a marquee celebrity in those early baby boomer years. Some say my greatest achievement was to marry three gorgeous starletts one right after the other. I left the first for one of the most coveted women in Tinsel Town. Then, she walked out on me for a co-star who she later left, remarried,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Brash Celebrity

Posted on February 25th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

          “Archie’s been living off the fat of the land. I’m here to give him the pension plan. When you come to the fight, don’t block the door, You will all go home after round four.”   Archie Moore was not a poet: “The only way I will fall in fourRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer TV Trivia Challenge

Posted on February 12th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“Television: A medium – so called because it is neither rare nor well done.”  ~Ernie Kovacs “They say that ninety percent of TV is junk. But, ninety percent of everything is junk.”  ~Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek “Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t haveRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Caught In The Dragnet

♫ Dum-da-dum-dum… The first four notes of the musical opening to Dragnet, perhaps the most recognizable intro notes in television history. Before CSI dissected cadavers in your living room, before Special Victims Unit hunted down heinous predators, before Hill St. Blues hit the mean streets, even before Starsky and Hutch were baby boomer cool andRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Spot UFOS

Posted on January 14th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Before World War II, sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects were far and few between. Suddenly, the sky was filled with darting lights and mysterious who-knows-whats? Extra-terrestrials seemed to be arriving in tourist droves. Why a flying saucer? Did Hollywood create that pop culture image in the early baby boomer era? No, it was an airborneRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Rebels For All Seasons: Bonnie & Clyde At The Boxoffice

Posted on January 8th, 2013 in 1960s,Crime,Movies,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The country is divided. Spots of violence break out everywhere. There is distrust of government and authority. Youth unrest spreads. Rumblings of discontent and rebellion are constant drumbeats. Politics are moving to the left. It is 1934, the heyday of Bonnie & Clyde. It is 1967, and the story of Bonnie & Clyde hits the bigRead the Rest…


You Know You’re A Baby Boomer If…

Posted on January 4th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s by Terry Hamburg

“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~Leroy “Satchel” Paige, legendary black pitcher who didn’t get to play in the Major Leagues until age 41. “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.”  ~Maurice Chevalier √ Your childhood telephone number had a word prefix.  ♫Read the Rest…


Is Your Baby Boomer Name Here?

Posted on January 1st, 2013 in 1960s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Mad Men is the quintessential “period” television series, set in the 1960s. The following are some Mad Men character first names that are seldom used anymore for newborns. Is yours here? If so, it will identify you as a baby boomer…or older. “Words have meaning and names have power. ” ~Anonymous Abigail / Alice /Read the Rest…