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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Baby Boomers Invented Reality Television In The 1970s

Posted on October 14th, 2013 in 1970s,Celebrities,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Reality Televison. 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 footageRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on October 4th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,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 Boomer Television Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on September 27th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I produced The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game – colossal baby boomer TV hits of the 1960s and 70s. My name appeared in the credits but no one recognized me walking down the street. I stepped in front of the camera in 1976 to host my latest creation, which was way ahead of itsRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Gold Mine

Posted on September 16th, 2013 in 1970s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  In the 1950s, a “garage sale” meant someone was selling a garage. Twenty years later, it assumed a new reality. Poised like disciplined infantry, baby boomer weekend warriors were set to descend and vanquish. Today, the garage sale is a shadow of its wild, heart-pounding heyday in the 1970s and 80s. Then, it wasRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Flip Wilson?

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

      What the heck did happen? One day, I’m the hottest comedian on television. There’s hardly a baby boomer or their parents who don’t watch and laugh their heads off. Five years later—oblivion. I was even kicked out of my own “Church of What’s Happenin’ Now.” The Flip Wilson Show was me, noRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 21st, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  My early life was hard as a rock. Most baby boomers never experienced anything like it. I was dirt poor and dropped out of school in the 6th grade. I knocked around the country for years doing anything to survive, from cowboy to carpenter. Yes, I was a hobo. It wasn’t such a dirtyRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 5th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  Although I achieved fame and fortune, I had humble beginnings. My parents were Italian immigrants who squeezed out a living at the their “restaurant,” Yocco’s Hot Dogs. I began my career as a engineer in the auto industry but sales and marketing were my forte. I rose quickly through the ranks at Ford whereRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Billie Jean King?

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

  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 wasRead the Rest…

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