Baby Boomers Kick Open The Closet Door

Posted on September 17th, 2015 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Politics by Terry Hamburg

Greenwich Village. June 27, 1969. The world changed. Stonewall, the Greenwich Village watering hole, lacked a proper operating permit because the New York State Liquor Authority didn’t issue licenses to bars suspected of “homosexual clientele.” It was to be a standard police raid, like many in the past: in–roust–out. Make a few token arrests andRead the Rest…

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Worst Boomer Movies Ever?

Posted on July 8th, 2015 in 1970s,1980s,1990s,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

They all shot out the Hollywood gate as the #1 box office hit in their first week. Must be good, or at least decent, right? Here’s four that hit the critical floor and sank fast. The Raspberry Awards, known as the “Razzies,” are a yearly counter-Oscars, awarded to the “worst in cinematic achievement.” Each movieRead the Rest…

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Boomers Have A Close Encounter Of The Third Kind

Posted on June 30th, 2015 in 1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  It was the right story at the right time. Close Encounters broke the mold of hostile, war-bent aliens, introducing instead hope of a kinder, gentler extra-terrestrial universe. The movie offered, as one critic said, “a benign, dreamy-eyed vision.”   Baby boomers were raised on steady diet of sci-fi fright and horror. Intelligent life beyond Earth wasRead the Rest…

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Bad Boomer Trip: Easy Rider

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It’s 1969. Baby boomers are in rebellion. Easy Rider roars across the screen. Parents are at their wits end. Henry Fonda, the venerable father of the film’s co-star, couldn’t even find a plot. “What does the movie mean?” he asked in bewilderment. There was a plot of sorts: two biker hippie drug dealers make a bigRead the Rest…

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Boomer Sexual Revolution: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

  The tag line read: “Consider the Possibilities.” Today, it’s hard to believe the movie was regarded so cutting edge and titillating. Remember, it’s 1970 and the impact of rebellious boomer ideas is just beginning to penetrate Main Street. The plot: An educated, affluent couple attend an “self-discovery” weekend at a New Age retreat andRead the Rest…

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Boomer Disco Mania

Posted on June 8th, 2015 in 1970s,Celebrities,Crime,Fashion,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

    [Studio 54] is the embodiment of the most decadent social period of any city in modern history. By 1978…New York was headlong into an era of staggering permissiveness. ~ A patron of the very hip, very celebrity-packed New York City disco club   Fashion rules. Better be preened to perform. Gold lamé, leopard skin,Read the Rest…

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Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Insatiable Marilyn Chambers?

Posted on June 4th, 2015 in 1970s,1980s,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

  Believe it or not, I never intended to become the queen of 1970s porn chic. I started my career as a mainstream actress and model. In fact, I landed a small role in Barbara Striesand’s movie, The Owl and the Pussycat (for sure, what an ironic title for me), and was chosen to be the model forRead the Rest…

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Boomers Find Their Roots: Hair, The Musical

1968. Greenwich Village. Coming-of-age hippie baby boomers strolling everywhere. The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical rails against the Viet-Nam War, flaunts drugs, glorifies free love and bisexuality, spews non-stop profanity, and parades nudity—all with an interracial cast. The finale is an audience invitation to join the fun on stage for a “Be-In.” Hair reached well beyond the young babyRead the Rest…

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Boomer Counterculture Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on May 28th, 2015 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  A Boomer For All Seasons   I’m one of the most significant 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 politics knows I was a BIG player, always in the front ranks of the Revolution. A founder ofRead the Rest…

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Boomers Down On The Farm

Posted on May 26th, 2015 in 1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie by Terry Hamburg

  A few hundred idealistic, mostly baby boomer souls leave San Francisco in brightly-painted school buses and vans on a caravan quest across America, searching for a spot to establish an utopian community. In 1971, after 7 months, the group plops on the promised land in the wilderness of Tennessee. It’s the height of theRead the Rest…

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