Baby Boomers Want Their MTV!

Posted on January 31st, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

You won’t read this anywhere else. The patriarch of Music TV is none other than that underrated hipster, Ozzie Nelson. The father of baby boomer heart throb Ricky Nelson produced the very first video put to music—Ricky rockin’ superimposed over a montage of land and cityscapes. You saw Travelin’ Man on The Adventures of OzzieRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on January 25th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Midlife,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Julia, Julia, Julia. That’s all I ever heard. I was as popular with baby boomer gourmands as the great Julia Child. But I always seemed to be a second banana, then and now. We had a lot in common. We were the first big television chefs, before there was a Food Network. We never skimpedRead the Rest…


Presidents Said The Darndest Things To Baby Boomers

Posted on January 13th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Politics by Terry Hamburg

“A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.”  ~Carl Sandburg, poet “The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party thatRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Ugly: Ever Get A Troll For Christmas?

Posted on December 26th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Before the late 1950s, baby boomer boy toys were basic, often industrial: Erector Sets, Lincoln Logs, Tonka Trucks, Daisy Rifles. For girls, motherhood and home economics set the tone: Tiny Tears Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, Daisy Snap jewelry sets. Then, more generic, fun things appeared for the early batch of boomers: Hula Hoop, Mr. PotatoRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer-Inspired “Super 8” Short of Super

Posted on December 9th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

For some, criticizing Stephen Spielberg is like kicking Moses. The baby boomer movie director is a well deserved icon, and I’m a fan. He was responsible for a new cultural vision of extraterrestrials and our place in the universe. Close Encounters and ET shattered the mold of hostile, war-bent aliens, introducing instead hope of aRead the Rest…


Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on December 3rd, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Movies,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

2010: The Leaf, one of the first mass market electric cars, is launched by Nissan. Baby boomers gobbled it up. 1992: U.N. Security Council votes unanimously for U.S. led forces to enter Somalia. 1991: No, son, it’s not real wrestling. Hulk Hogan defeats Undertaker to become the pop culture WWF champion for the 4th time.Read the Rest…


Signs You Are A Baby Boomer

Posted on November 29th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Television by Terry Hamburg

While you may be feeling a bit disappointed that you’re no longer young, you’re ecstatic that you’re no longer clueless. ~Marianne Williamson, writer The boomers’ biggest impact will be on eliminating the term ‘retirement’ and inventing a new stage of life…the new career arc. ~Rosabeth Kanter, business professor › The police address you as “Sir”Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on November 21st, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,Television by Terry Hamburg

My real name is Michael James Vincenzo Gubitoisi. I was one of those hot-shot kid actors who went on to a hot-shot adult career. Every baby boomer and his mother knew me. I had a miserable childhood. My old man was an alcoholic who slapped me around. I ran away from home at 14. AfterRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Billie Jean King?

Posted on November 14th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Gay Issues & Celebrities,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 was “outed”Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Memoir: Book Recommendation

Posted on November 9th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s by Terry Hamburg

What an offbeat title, I thought. Peter Smith’s reminiscences of his baby boomer Chicago childhood and later adventures in Viet-Nam and Minnesota live up to its portent. While his style is as smooth as silk, the vignettes explore the road bumps of everyday life, a “stream of episode” centering around family, church, school, friends, andRead the Rest…