Baby Boomer Icon: James Dean

Posted on October 18th, 2014 in 1950s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ~James Wooden, fabled basketball coach ♫ James Dean, James Dean, you bought it sight unseen. You were too fast to live, too young to die, bye bye. ♫ James Dean, Eagles, 1974  JAMES DEAN IN HIS OWN WORDSRead the Rest…


Very Busy Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on October 13th, 2014 in Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“History is a vast early warning system.” ~Norman Cousins, journalist “Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.” ~Anonymous 2012: The U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavor inches through the streets of Los Angeles on a trolley, making its way to a museum. 2009: U.S. Senate Committee passes healthcare reform bill, hailed as a ‘critical milestone’Read the Rest…


Baby Boomers Face The Red Menace

Posted on September 20th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Just how serious was the “Red Menace” inside the U.S.? Baby boomers in the 1950s and 1960s came of age amidst widespread fears of a communist plot to take over America. FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover worried that these boomers were vulnerable targets. Subtle and not-so-subtle anti-communist themes permeated entertainment, schools and  churches. The popularRead the Rest…


A Busy Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on September 9th, 2014 in Celebrities,Music,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“The great eventful Present hides the Past; but through the din of its loud life, hints and echoes from the life behind steal in.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier 2009: President Obama promises he will ‘get something done this year’ on healthcare reform. 1992: MTV awards: Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” is Best Male Video. “Why” byRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Gender Bender TV Bomb

Posted on September 5th, 2014 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Television,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

Innovative. Hip. Produced by the television king of sit-com, Norman Lear, a father of boomers who understood the baby boomer psyche. All That Glitters was also a bust. You might not remember or were too young to catch the show, remarkable for its failure and obscurity. The intriguing premise should have worked at the time:Read the Rest…


On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on August 27th, 2014 in Celebrities,Music,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  2012: At the National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the U.S. Republican Party nominates Mitt Romney. 2011: Katy Perry wins the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards for Video for the Year award for her song ‘Firework.’   2010: A crowd of 500,000 people attend a ‘Restoring Honor’ rally hosted by Glenn Beck at the NationalRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer’s Who’s Who: Nixon’s Ememy List

Posted on August 23rd, 2014 in 1970s,Celebrities,Politics,Television by Terry Hamburg

    It’s an old story: dirty campaign tricks, lies, voter fraud, political surveillance, wiretaps and enemy lists. Every President in the boomer years did it. Yes, but Nixon did it better. True, he never dallied with an intern or had an affair with a Mafia call girl who was trying to extract valuable infoRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 14th, 2014 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  I’m best known as the host of a controversial television show. 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 aRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Money Wisdom

Posted on August 2nd, 2014 in Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“The only reason a great many American families don’t own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.” ~Mad Magazine “Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” ~Sam Ewing,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Mark Spitz?

Posted on July 29th, 2014 in 1970s,1990s,Celebrities,Midlife,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

    It took Michael Phelps a generation to break my 1972 Olympics mark of 7 gold medals. Each represented a new world record time. With all due modesty, I was the greatest swimmer of the baby boomer or any other era. I had done it all by age 22. When you’re that good, there’sRead the Rest…