Punk You, Boomer!

An in-your-face social/political/grooming/whatever rebellion.

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Dick Gregory?

Before there was Richard Pryor, before there was Bill Cosby, there was me – the inspiration for a generation of baby boomer black comics. By the early 1960s, I became the first black “crossover” comedian. People called me the “Black Mort Sahl.” I called Sahl the “White Dick Gregory.” But, hey, I was more thanRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Tails in Black and White

Posted on November 30th, 2013 in 1950s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The moment I heard them, I was sure they’d be Big Stars. The Belvederes were the epitome of early black boomer music groups: voices like angels, sharp looks, smooth stage moves. They wrote their own music. Well, I’m walkin’ in the garden Just passin’ the time with you (With you, with you, with you) Walkin’Read the Rest…

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On This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on November 7th, 2013 in Black History & Personalities,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“History teaches us the mistakes we are going to make.”  ~Anonymous “History is a jangle of accidents, blunders, surprises and absurdities, and so is our knowledge of it, but if we are to report it at all we must impose some order upon it.” ~Henry Steele Commanger, historian   2010: Talk show host Conan O’BrienRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Flip Wilson?

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

      What the heck did happen? One day, I’m the hottest comedian on television. There’s hardly a baby boomer or their parents who don’t watch and laugh their heads off. Five years later—oblivion. I was even kicked out of my own “Church of What’s Happenin’ Now.” The Flip Wilson Show was me, noRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Brash Celebrity

Posted on February 25th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

          “Archie’s been living off the fat of the land. I’m here to give him the pension plan. When you come to the fight, don’t block the door, You will all go home after round four.”   Archie Moore was not a poet: “The only way I will fall in fourRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Caught In The Dragnet

♫ Dum-da-dum-dum… The first four notes of the musical opening to Dragnet, perhaps the most recognizable intro notes in television history. Before CSI dissected cadavers in your living room, before Special Victims Unit hunted down heinous predators, before Hill St. Blues hit the mean streets, even before Starsky and Hutch were baby boomer cool andRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Brash

Posted on May 21st, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Archie’s been living off the fat of the land. I’m here to give him the pension plan. When you come to the fight, don’t block the door You will all go home after round four. Archie Moore was not a poet: “The only way I will fall in four is by toppling over Clay’s prostateRead the Rest…

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LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S 1966

His parties were infamous. He was a Pied Piper for young, impressionable baby boomers, a wild man disguised behind a tweed suit, pipe sucking, staid English facade. Young “Professor Ted” was a step ahead of the times, especially at conservative University of Southern California. His annual Spring Solstice soiree at his sprawling “pad” was anRead the Rest…

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WATT’S GOING DOWN

Posted on August 17th, 2010 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Music,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1964 I had a black girlfriend at the University of Southern California. Black-white couples were rare in those early boomer college days. Almost anywhere we went, people starred at us, even on campus. Most weren’t hostile, just surprised and curious. We got used to it. I begged Sonya to take me toRead the Rest…

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