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…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Batman?

Posted on October 25th, 2011 in 1960s,1990s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

It’s a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I think I should have turned Batman down. That baby boomer television hit catapulted me to fame and fortune, but Holy Typecast! I was stuck there the rest of my Hollywood life. Believe it or not, I had a career before Batman. I was in The Philadelphians withRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y, Gen-All: Dont Rent These Movies

Posted on October 19th, 2011 in 1990s,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

They all shot out the Hollywood gate as the #1 box office hit in their first week. Must be good, or at least decent, right? Here’s four that hit the critical floor and sank fast. The Raspberry Awards, known as the “Razzies,” are a yearly counter-Oscars, awarded to the “worst in cinematic achievement.” Each movieRead 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: 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 Celebrity: What Happened to Fabio?

Posted on September 21st, 2011 in 1990s,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

My pop culture celebrity status has waned a bit, but I still do quite well, thank you. I was always more than just that drop-dead gorgeous baby boomer on the “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter” commercials. Ever see me on the television ads for Wick’s Furniture or Oral-B toothbrushes? Recently my spots for OldRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer “Weight Shocks”

Posted on September 17th, 2011 in 1990s,Midlife by Terry Hamburg

A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time. ~Anne Taylor Fleming, writer Marriage and divorce can act as “weight shocks” that cause significant gains. This is especially true for midlife baby boomers whose metabolism has slowed down. There are significant gender differences. Men tend toRead 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: Who is Whitey Bulger and What Happened to Him?

Posted on July 21st, 2011 in 1980s,1990s,Crime by Terry Hamburg

Until very recently, the answer would have been: disappeared into thin air. Back in the good old days, a lot of baby boomers knew about me, but I jumped out of the spotlight overnight. That made me even more of a celebrity for a while. Unfortunately, I’m back and here’s my song (with apologies toRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Empty Nesters

Posted on July 20th, 2011 in 1970s,1990s,Midlife,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Perhaps like no other generation, baby boomers eagerly abandoned the nest. The process has come full circle, and now boomers are watching their grown-up birdies spread wings. The baby boomer experience unfolded at the time when the extended family as a living unit or even a support group was disappearing. The Waltons were nostalgia. ProsperityRead the Rest…