Baby Boomer New Age Gods

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The times were ripe. It was a New Age (of Aquarius). The baby boomer “counterculture’” countered everything –  astrology was as respected as astronomy. Guru Maharaji got more press than Sigmund Freud. The coming-of-age generation was searching for alternatives to capitalism, to religion, to conventional wisdom. Along comes one Erich von Daniken in 1968 withRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Animals

Posted on June 25th, 2012 in 1970s,Celebrities,Movies,Television by Terry Hamburg

Call it a baby boomer coming-of-age saga, a gross-out spectacle, pop culture teen raunch…but also call it successful. Bottom line? Budget: 3 million. Gross (pardon the word): Over 140 million. Critical acclaim? A few didn’t appreciate the approach to humor. But Animal House sits at #1 on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies. Roger Ebert: 4 stars.Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Slang: Where Did It Come From?

Posted on June 18th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Slang: “Informal pop culture language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; non standard language of a given subculture, sometimes marked by raciness.” Bag, as a particular interest or area of expertise, is from 1964 and came from jazz jargon. It’s likely based on the notion of putting somethingRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Return To Their Roots: Hair, The Musical

Posted on June 8th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Music,Politics,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

Sodomy Fellatio Cunnilingus Pederasty Father, why do these words sound so nasty? Masturbation Can be fun Join the holy orgy Kama Sutra Everyone! Sodomy, from 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, spewsRead the Rest…


Archie Bunker: Baby Boomer Nemesis

Posted on May 11th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

♫ Oh the way Glenn Miller played, Songs that made the Hit Parade, Guys like us we had it made, Those were the days. And you knew where you were then, Girls were girls and men were men… Those Were the Days sung at the piano by Archie and Edith as the intro to eachRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Dumpster Diving

Posted on May 7th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles by Terry Hamburg

“Garbage picking,” a province of “bums” and “bag ladies,” transformed from a survival life-style into a baby boomer career. People have foraged since the beginning of time for food or clothes, but seldom with an eye to profit. What happened? The Great Antiques and Collectibles Renaissance of the 1970s, inspired by young baby boomer consumers,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Auto-Biography

Posted on April 25th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments.” Erma Bombeck “A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank.” ~Anonymous A Long and Winding Baby Boomer Road • ‘58 Chevy Impala convertible (mother’s car, greatest “chick magnet” in autoRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happended to Charles Colson: RIP 1931-2012

Posted on April 24th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Thanks to the grace of God, I took a lickin’ and kept on tickin’ until April 21, 2011.” When you hear my name, you probably recall the old me. You see, I’ve led two separate lives. The old one was nasty. I was only 38 when handed a political dream job: Special Counsel to just-electedRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on April 19th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I’m best known as the host of a controversial television show. But there’s plenty you don’t know about this baby boomer, and I bet you’ll be surprised. My parents were refugees from Nazi Germany. I earned a law degree from Northwestern and delivered its School of Law Commencement Address in 2008. I served as a politicalRead the Rest…


Mother Of All Baby Boomer Gossip Magazines

Posted on April 12th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Everybody reads it but they say the cook brought it into the house.” ~ Humphrey Bogart Before there was baby boomer-inspired People and US, before there was Star, even before National Enquirer, there was Confidential, the celebrity gossip/crime/scandal magazine that Newsweek called “sin and sex with a seasoning of right wing politics.” Until it closedRead the Rest…