The Agony and The Ecstasy

Posted on July 18th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,1990s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“E” stood for euphoria, empathy, energy, escape. Baby boomers dubbed it the “hug drug” and the “love drug.” What came to be called Ecstasy began nonromantically as a blood clotting medication. A half century later, it was re-discovered as a mood-altering agent when therapists experimented with the substance for individual, couples and family counseling. InRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on June 24th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Movies by Terry Hamburg

Character actors. Oh yeah, that guy. I see him in my dreams. Who is he? I’ve appeared in over 100 movies and countless television shows. Every baby boomer and her mother knows my face. Been nominated for Academy Award Best Supporting Actor, two Emmys, and a Golden Globe. If you’re not a leading man type,Read the Rest…


Decorating Tips for Baby Boomers

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Collectibles,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Before the 1960s, decorating was “traditional.” That meant orderly and consistent. Furniture and accessories matched and came from the same era. The baby boomer-led antiques and collectibles revolution didn’t blow tradition out of the water overnight. Uniformity still mattered, but there was greater variety. Still, if you liked old oak, your house was a seaRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Name Game

Posted on June 11th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Baby Boomer Future,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

In the last half of the 20th century, names given to and by baby boomers followed a gender progression pattern. Boy’s names, like male fashion, seldom changed. Boring. Girls names, like women’s fashion, shifted like the wind. Exciting. From 1946 to 1964, baby boomers were named by parents. Since then, it’s been largely baby boomersRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers High On Low Carb Diets

Posted on June 9th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,1990s,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

A hundred years ago there were no “diets.” Most people hadn’t heard of “calories,” much less counted them. Scales weighed hogs, not humans. Food was slow and work was hard. That kept people slim. Homer Fletcher, the “Great Masticator,” did attract attention in 1898 when he shed 42 overweight pounds by chewing his food 100Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Bad Boys

Posted on May 24th, 2011 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Crime,Me Generation,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

They never sought to be baby boomer celebrities, just filthy rich. One was busted for insider trading – that means behind-the-scenes, as in stealth. When caught, he ratted out another high roller who was quietly and illegally manipulating billions in “junk bonds.” The pair became overnight pop culture poster boys for 1980s corporate crime. “GreedRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer “Dos”

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Baby Boomer Hair Fads & Fashions ** 1950s ** The Crew Cuts ♫ Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom Everyboy Baby Boomer, 1950s Va-Va Boomer The Duck’s Ass became the symbol of baby boomer teen rebellion, especially among working class kids, often referred to as “greasers.” Hair was combed (with lots of pomade) back around the sides of theRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Busts: Worst Movies of the Era

Posted on May 17th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The highly uncoveted Razzie Award To keep this post from going to novel length, these infamous pop culture bombs will be limited to five. All were unanimous flops: critics and audiences, who don’t always agree, were rushing out the same Exit door. None were grade-B efforts. They had big celebrities, big expectations, big budgets, andRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Booster

Posted on May 9th, 2011 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Eternal Sunshine.” “Happiness in a blister pack.” “Neurological Eldorado.” Within two years of hitting the market in 1988, American doctors were scribbling 65,000 prescriptions a month. Baby boomers were eating the pills like candy. Before Prozac, one treated depression with the proverbial stiff upper lip. Or tranquilizers, usually Valium. Easier, a trip to your favoriteRead the Rest…


Baby Booomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on April 29th, 2011 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I’m best known as a TV host. But there’s plenty you don’t know about this baby boomer, and I bet you’ll be surprised. My parents were refugees from Nazi Germany. I earned a law degree from Northwestern and delivered its School of Law Commencement Address in 2008. I served as a political campaign aide to Robert Kennedy.Read the Rest…