Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Mark Spitz?

Posted on July 29th, 2014 in 1970s,1990s,Celebrities,Midlife,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

    It took Michael Phelps a generation to break my 1972 Olympics mark of 7 gold medals. Each represented a new world record time. With all due modesty, I was the greatest swimmer of the baby boomer or any other era. I had done it all by age 22. When you’re that good, there’sRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on July 10th, 2014 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Crime,Me Generation,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I was one natty, cool dude, dude. I rose like a meteorite in the auto industry by developing models baby boomers craved. First was the wildly popular Pontiac GTO. Next came the Firebird, soon outselling the Camero. And then the Grand Prix, the most successful new car in 1969 that blew luxury competition outRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Put On A Happy Face, Or Not

Posted on June 24th, 2014 in 1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was embraced and reviled. Around since the 1950s, the Smiley Face became a huge pop culture fad in the early 1970s. A pair of baby boomer brothers got the bright idea to create it as a sales logo to counter what they saw as an era dominated by protest and unrest. It was intendedRead the Rest…

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That Baby Boomer 1970s Show

Posted on June 17th, 2014 in 1970s,Celebrities,Movies,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

1975 Snapshot of U.S. — Best-Selling Full Sized Car: Chevy Impala ($4900) — Winner of Academy Award Best Picture: Rocky — #1 Television Show: All in the Family — #1 Song: Love Will Keep Us Together — Best Selling novel: Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow — Best-Selling non-fiction: Angels: God’s Secret Agents by Billy GrahamRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

  With all due modesty, I was the best-looking feminist of the baby boomer era, not that it matters. But who else could go “undercover” as a Playboy bunny to write an expose of the mistreatment of women at their clubs? It was a sensation and landed me a job at New York Magazine.  Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Fake-Out

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Crime,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.” ~Salvador Dali Limited edition art prints. What a great marketing idea! What an opportunity for forgery! The market was geared to affluent baby boomers with a reputationRead the Rest…

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Boomer Activist: Who Am I?

Posted on April 13th, 2014 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Crime,New Left,Politics by Terry Hamburg

Lenny Bruce     Stokely Carmichael Jack Ruby (killed Lee Harvey Oswald) Angela Davis Abbie Hoffman Wayne Williams (serial killer) Sheik Omar Abdel-Rathman (1993 World Trade center bombing) John Gotti (head of the Gambino crime family) The Chicago 7 I defended them all in court.   I was the best known lawyer of the boomer era.Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Fashion: Designers Who Dressed A Generation

Posted on March 26th, 2014 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

  So many designers, so little blog space, but three stand out as leaders of the baby boomer fashion revolutions, attaining stunning pop culture celebrity status in the process. It started with Mary Quant who brought the mod scene and mini-skirt from Carnaby Street to main street. What began in 1965 as a local popRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Run Out Of Gas

Posted on March 4th, 2014 in 1970s,1980s,Crime,Politics by Terry Hamburg

  1970s ENERGY CRISIS Average pump price of gasoline in: 1950:  20 cents 1960:  31 cents 1970:  36 cents 1973:  38 cents 1974:  55 cents 1980:  86 cents Panic gripped the nation. An Arab oil embargo in 1973 had America by the pistons. Millions of young boomers were getting their first driving license. Suddenly, weRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to John Lindsay?

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Politics by Terry Hamburg

I began as the brightest of political stars: a World War II hero, Yale Law degree, married to the sister of future President G. H. Bush, and elected to Congress from the “Silk Stocking” district of Manhattan. 6’4″, trim, charismatic, and devilishly good-looking, is it any wonder that when elected Mayor of New York inRead the Rest…

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