First Baby Boomer Energy Crisis

Posted on August 6th, 2012 in 1970s,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

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 baby boomers were getting their first driver’s license. Suddenly, we were in an energyRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Jane Roe?

Posted on July 27th, 2012 in 1970s,Celebrities,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

There is no Jane Roe. It was a legal pseudonym in Roe v. Wade—the 1972 Supreme Court decision that in one fell swoop abolished the laws against abortion and gave baby boomers alternatives their parents never dreamed of. Let me introduce myself: Norma Leah McCorvey, the plaintiff. A long and winding road. I won’t goRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Invented No Fault Divorce

Posted on July 20th, 2012 in 1970s,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

“Every day, in every superior court in the state, the same melancholy charade was played: the “innocent” spouse, generally the wife, would take the stand and, to the accompanying cacophony of sobbing and nose-bowing, testify under the deft guidance of an attorney to the spousal conduct that she deemed cruel.” Stanley Mosk, former California SupremeRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Anita Bryant?

I was doing just fine: top 40 hits, including Paper Roses, and several albums. As television spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission, my face was as familiar across boomer America as your mother’s. Close your eyes, it’ll all come back to you: “A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine.” What babyRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Sexy Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on July 5th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Midlife,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution 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…


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…