Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Linda Blair?

Posted on October 31st, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Happy Halloween to all my movie fans! Is there a baby boomer who can’t conjure up my horrific, evil face? With all due modesty, I was brilliant as the hysterical, devil-possessed Regan in the pop culture classic, The Exorcist. The Academy nominated me for Best Supporting Actress in 1973, the youngest actress so honored. SoundsRead the Rest…


When The Baby Boomer World Was Mad

Posted on October 27th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Movies,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

It was a full frontal assault on button-down mass media consumer culture. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it became the most flattered publication of the 1950s with wannabes like Crack, Sick, and Crazy – just the tip of the parody iceberg. The inimitable Alfred E. Newman, symbol of Mad Magazine Beginning asRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Baldness

Posted on October 18th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Rug: a cheap, ill-fitting toupee Example: “A strong wind will blow that cheesy rug right off his head.” American Slang Dictionary Yul Brynner and Michael Jordan. Sure, bald can be sexy. But not everyone wears the look well. Women swear that hair makes no difference. Men swear women are lying. In midlife, baby boomers wantRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Tiny Tim?

Posted on October 13th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I died like I lived—lost in music—crooning Tip Toe Through the Tulips. I tried lots of celebrity stage names—Darry Dover, Larry Love, Judas K. Foxglove—before my manager came up with Tiny Tim when he booked me at a club featuring midget acts. Volia! Just for the record, I’m 6 feet tall, a little more whenRead 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: 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…