Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on June 22nd, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

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

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Mark Spitz?

Posted on June 12th, 2013 in 1970s,Celebrities,Movies,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 June 3rd, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

My Hollywood mug is as familiar to baby boomers as their grandmother’s. In fact, you’ve probably seen it more than dear old grandmama. But even when you look at me, you still don’t know my name. I’m “oh yeah, that guy…he really gets around…he’s uh…?” I’m what they call in Hollywood a “character actor,” aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on May 20th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Beat Generation,Celebrities,Hippie,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I was the most outrageous and stoned writer of the baby boomer era. I invented a special kind of journalism that became a pop culture fad – you get personally, subjectively involved with your subjects. Truth? What is truth? Truth is what you experience. Experience is seldom polished, rational, or polite.   I becameRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Word Game

Posted on May 6th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Me Generation,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

   Yuppie, Yumpie, Yippie. This can get confusing. Question: Was Jerry Rubin, the notorious baby boomer hippie-radical of the late 1960s who later became a stockbroker, a yippie or a yuppie? Answer: Both. On New Years Day 1968, Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, author of Steal This Book (who probably relinquished the royalties by hisRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on April 29th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Television by Terry Hamburg

I paid my baby boomer dues, brother. This kid wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. My old man was a poor coal miner. I married at 16, had a baby, quit school, and tried to make a living at a bunch of things, from pounding nails to hawking vacuum cleaners. I hadRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Pet of the 70s

Posted on April 19th, 2013 in 1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  It gave people a few moments of absolutely meaningless pleasure in a troubled world—no small accomplishment. If there were more fads there would probably be a lot fewer psychiatrists. Ken Hakuta, inventor of the Wacky Wallwalker, on the Pet Rock   It baby boomed into the firmament and then crashed to earth with aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Art Fake-Out

Posted on April 15th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Crime,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

    Limited edition art prints. What a great marketing idea! What an opportunity for forgery! The market was geared to affluent baby boomers with a reputation for spending large and chasing collectibles. In the 1970s, entrepreneurs reinvented an old product. Artists execute originals and authorize official copies—prints (lithographs) or etchings, each personally signed, numbered,Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on April 4th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

There was hardly a baby boomer in the 1970s and 80s who didn’t know who I was. Or rather, who I pretended to be. I couldn’t sing, dance, act or write but I was a superb entertainer and pop culture celebrity. I had my own show and then became a regular on the TV talkRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on March 16th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Music,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I started out my life as a regular Joe – literally, a GI Joe – volunteering for a 2-year Army stint in 1955. Then what happened to me? I got bit by the beatnik-hippie-counterculture-new left bug, and never recovered. My real name was a drag: Hugh Nanton Romney. At a 1969 music festival B.B. KingRead the Rest…

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