Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on January 12th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful.” I was an international baby boomer star and sex symbol of the 1960s, and beyond. What separated me from the pop culture “sex kittens” and “bombshells” celebrities of the era? In all due modesty, I was an actress. I became the first and only women toRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Invented Reality TV Way Back When

Posted on January 11th, 2012 in 1970s,Movies,Politics,Television by Terry Hamburg

So contemporary. So 21st century. So wrong. Let’s return to ancient baby boomer times: A.D. 1973. A reality show used to mean National Geographic. Everyone thinks the pop culture genre was invented around 2000. It was re-invented. A daring series hit television in 1973: an out-the box idea to do live running footage of theRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Wonder Woman?

Posted on January 5th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

Some people call me a one role baby boomer wonder, but I’ll take it. It’s not like I didn’t have any career after Wonder Woman, but that’s a tough act to follow. I always had the looks. I was Miss World USA in 1972. Sure, I’m not Helen Hayes but I was good enough to be inRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on January 3rd, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I’m a household name, at least to baby boomers. In the New York pop culture art scene of the 1960s and 70s, only Andy Warhol was a bigger celebrity. He had that charisma and eccentric glitter personality that attracted media attention. My creativity was everywhere but not me. Like Warhol, I began as a commercialRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Ugly: Ever Get A Troll For Christmas?

Posted on December 26th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Before the late 1950s, baby boomer boy toys were basic, often industrial: Erector Sets, Lincoln Logs, Tonka Trucks, Daisy Rifles. For girls, motherhood and home economics set the tone: Tiny Tears Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, Daisy Snap jewelry sets. Then, more generic, fun things appeared for the early batch of boomers: Hula Hoop, Mr. PotatoRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Christmas 40 Years Ago

Posted on December 20th, 2011 in 1970s,Celebrities,Movies,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Return to 1971. The youngest “official” baby boomers (1946-1964) are 7; the oldest are 25. Nixon is President. The median household income is $9,028. A stamp costs 6¢. On January 1, cigarette ads are banned on television. The Godfather wins the Academy Award for Best Picture. Wish List from Santa For the younger crowd, theRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Patty Hearst?

Posted on December 13th, 2011 in 1970s,Celebrities,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Sometimes, I feel like the old television series, I Led Three Lives. Life One: A sheltered, innocent flower born into a garden of incredible wealth and power, attending the best private schools, and living idyllically with my fiance while attending Berkeley. Hardly a celebrity. Official engagement photo Life Two: My “15 minutes” of baby boomerRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Salvation

Posted on December 12th, 2011 in 1970s,Collectibles,Me Generation by Terry Hamburg

The 1970s was the Great Treasure Hunt, spearheaded by enterprising baby boomers. Antiques and collectibles were suddenly hot and available, spilling out of attics. Young boomers were both buyers and sellers. The San Francisco Salvation Army store sat in the middle of old neighborhoods brimming with merchandise and ignorance. By the late 1970s, the smallRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer-Inspired “Super 8” Short of Super

Posted on December 9th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

For some, criticizing Stephen Spielberg is like kicking Moses. The baby boomer movie director is a well deserved icon, and I’m a fan. He was responsible for a new cultural vision of extraterrestrials and our place in the universe. Close Encounters and ET shattered the mold of hostile, war-bent aliens, introducing instead hope of aRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Dig The Lava Lamp

Posted on December 8th, 2011 in 1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,Movies,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

If you use my lamp you won’t need drugs. ~ Craven Walker, inventor of the Lava Lamp It was the ultimate baby boomer fad. Put on Ravi Shankar. Load up the hash pipe (or not). Kill the lights. Flick on the lava lamp and be transported to a bizarre, mesmerizing world of infinite gyration andRead the Rest…