Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 7th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I’m a household name, at least to baby boomers. In the New York pop culture art scene of the 1960s and 70s, only Andy Warhol was a bigger celebrity. He had that charisma and eccentric personality that attracted media attention. My creativity was everywhere, but not me. Like Warhol, I began as a commercial artistRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on July 17th, 2012 in 1980s,Celebrities,Movies by Terry Hamburg

“I know it when I see it.” Supreme Court Justice Stewart’s definition of “obscenity.” What could be more exciting and scandalous? A gorgeous (36D-25-36), wildly enthusiastic, underage sex star? Of course, no one knew (ha! ha!) I was 15 when I started. You might say I put the “baby” in baby boomer X-movies. I was livingRead the Rest…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Baby Boomer Fake Expectations

Posted on June 26th, 2012 in 1980s,1990s,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

Today, love is done my computer, scientifically matching heart and mind to produce the perfect duet. Some call it the new sexual revolution. A generation ago, before the brave new eharmony world, you did most of the leg work. Early baby boomers were in their 30s and 40s then, many reeling from divorce and lookingRead the Rest…

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Sex Boomer Sex Crime Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on May 15th, 2012 in 1980s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

You probably know me as the notorious “Hollywood Madame.” I regard it as a pop culture badge of honor. My exclusive client list, never revealed, looked like a Tinsel Town Baby Boomer’s Who’s Who. I served 21 months in jail. No regrets. What I did isn’t a “real” crime. Unfortunately, my father, a prominent pediatrician,Read the Rest…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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