Baby Boomer Michael Jackson’s First Television Appearance

Posted on November 18th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,Music by Terry Hamburg
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Whatever you say about Michael Jackson – and just about everything has been said – he was an incredible baby boomer music talent, evident from a very young age. Lead singer of the Jackson Five, watch the lads at their first television appearance in 1970 on the Ed Sullivan Show. Michael was singing with the groupRead the Rest…

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Dont Cry For Me, Baby Boomer

Posted on November 17th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,Music,New Left,Politics by Terry Hamburg
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“What do we want?! Peace!! When do we want it?! Now!!” What did we get? Tear Gas. The March on Washington. 1969. Young anti Viet-Nam War baby boomers came in droves. Demonstrators put the total number of activists at 500,000+. Police counted 150,000. Nixon said well under 100,000. The New Times estimated 250,000. Viewing theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Billie Jean King?

Posted on November 14th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg
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With all due modesty, I became such a big baby boomer celebrity, how could I not fade a little after retirement? That moment came later than planned and cast some unwanted limelight. A “palimony” suit filed by a personal secretary in 1981 turned my life on its head. In one fell swoop, I was “outed”Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Memoir: Book Recommendation

Posted on November 9th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s by Terry Hamburg
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What an offbeat title, I thought. Peter Smith’s reminiscences of his baby boomer Chicago childhood and later adventures in Viet-Nam and Minnesota live up to its portent. While his style is as smooth as silk, the vignettes explore the road bumps of everyday life, a “stream of episode” centering around family, church, school, friends, andRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on November 3rd, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Television by Terry Hamburg
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I was your typical suburban baby boomer kid, but cuter and very ambitious. I started modeling at 16 to supplement my allowance. A girl has expenses, you know. I got my big break when I landed a job on Hugh Hefner’s television show, Playboy After Dark, where I “hung out” for atmosphere with a bevyRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Linda Blair?

Posted on October 31st, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Happy Halloween to all my movie fans! Is there a baby boomer who can’t conjure up my horrific, evil face? With all due modesty, I was brilliant as the hysterical, devil-possessed Regan in the pop culture classic, The Exorcist. The Academy nominated me for Best Supporting Actress in 1973, the youngest actress so honored. SoundsRead the Rest…

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When The Baby Boomer World Was Mad

Posted on October 27th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Movies,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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It was a full frontal assault on button-down mass media consumer culture. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it became the most flattered publication of the 1950s with wannabes like Crack, Sick, and Crazy – just the tip of the parody iceberg. The inimitable Alfred E. Newman, symbol of Mad Magazine Beginning asRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

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Rabble Rouser Dyke Communist Loud-mouth broad Man-Hater Bitch Subversive Trouble Maker As you can see by the epithets hurled at me (and that’s the short list), I caused quite a splash in the feminist 1970s, an inspiration for rebellious young baby boomer ladies. Ever hear the phrase: “A woman’s place is in the house –Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Baldness

Posted on October 18th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Rug: a cheap, ill-fitting toupee Example: “A strong wind will blow that cheesy rug right off his head.” American Slang Dictionary Yul Brynner and Michael Jordan. Sure, bald can be sexy. But not everyone wears the look well. Women swear that hair makes no difference. Men swear women are lying. In midlife, baby boomers wantRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Tiny Tim?

Posted on October 13th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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I died like I lived—lost in music—crooning Tip Toe Through the Tulips. I tried lots of celebrity stage names—Darry Dover, Larry Love, Judas K. Foxglove—before my manager came up with Tiny Tim when he booked me at a club featuring midget acts. Volia! Just for the record, I’m 6 feet tall, a little more whenRead the Rest…

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