Baby Booomer Celebrity: What Happened to Tanya Harding?

Posted on October 7th, 2011 in 1980s,Celebrities,Crime,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I’ve been skating on thin ice ever since “The Incident,” where I plopped on the cover of Time and Newsweek. I always wanted to be a baby boomer celebrity, but not by turning into a pop culture crime piñata. Hey, remember I was the best American figure skater of the 1990s, doing circle 8s aroundRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Slang

Posted on October 5th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

A selection of baby boomer slang that went mainstream: 1950s Duck’s Ass: A Philadelphia barber claims to have invented the Duck’s Ass in 1940. It was already a pop culture style with the Mexican-American street pauchucos of Los Angeles, who made the zoot suit famous. By the 1950’s, it became the symbol of baby boomerRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on October 4th, 2011 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Television by Terry Hamburg

Sex and the Nitty-Gritty I owe my success to sexually liberated baby boomers. And some good doctors. I’m lucky to be alive. As a teenager I joined the Haganah—the Jewish paramilitary fighting for Israeli independence. I was trained as sniper. Then I got hit by a shell and couldn’t walk for months. Oy vey, that wasRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Ship of Fools

Posted on September 30th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television,Uncategorized by Terry Hamburg

The question isn’t who guest starred on Love Boat, but who didn’t? 530 different celebrities appeared in the ten year television run. With each program having three love stories going simultaneously, there were plenty of roles. It was a pop culture haven for the out-of-work and has-beens of all types and stripes – mainly baby boomerRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Billy Carter?

Posted on September 12th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Politics by Terry Hamburg

I’d be the first to admit that y’all wouldn’t be reading this if my older brother didn’t get elected President. We weren’t exactly two peas in a pod. I became a kind of national baby boomer clown. It was unfair. There’s a lot you don’t know about me. I spent four years in the Marines.Read the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 25th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Me Generation,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I was the poster boy for baby boomer rebellion. I dropped out of Berkeley in 1964 and led the first big demonstrations against the Viet-Nam war. I also co-founded the Yippies—the Youth International Party. Yippie Flag: Marijuana Leaf over Socialist Red Star I was a honcho in New Left politics, one of the infamous “ChicagoRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Jane Roe?

Posted on August 17th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,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…

Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on August 7th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s by Terry Hamburg

1991: Court rules that Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama on trial in U.S., may access some secret government documents in his defense. 1991: Manhattan Cable’s final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes. 1991: Desert Shield begins. U.S. deploys troops to Saudi Arabia. Desert Storm to follow. 1988: No more reruns! Hollywood WritersRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Soupy Sales?

Posted on August 2nd, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Television by Terry Hamburg

Know how many pies in the puss I got in my sweet career? Over 25,000. It was never a secret – kids were my target audience but lots of baby boomer parents watched as well. However, it’s not true that I sneaked dirty jokes into the shows to attract more adults. My format was loose,Read the Rest…

Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on July 30th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Uncategorized by Terry Hamburg

1996: After 20 years, Tommy Lasoda retires as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 1984: A baby boomer favorite soap opera, Santa Barbara, premieres on network television. 1974: Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit. 1974: House Judiciary Committee votes on third and last charge of “high crimes and misdemeanors” to impeach President NixonRead the Rest…