Boomer Evaporation: What Happened to Pee Wee Herman?

  OK, my boomer fans, let’s deal with that 800-pound gorilla in the theatre. It was humiliating, but what are the local cops doing trolling an adult movie house for victimless crimes? Just for the record, know what the crime rate is in Sarasota, Florida? Almost twice the national average. So every time the localRead the Rest…

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Fun Boomer Toys: A-Bombs Away!

Posted on April 19th, 2017 in 1950s,1960s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  “Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.”  ~Buckminster Fuller   “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the wayRead the Rest…

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Say It Ain’t So, Buffalo Bob. Howdy Doody A Racist?!

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

HOW in the world could this be true?

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Baby Boomer Silly: The Inside Story of Gilligan’s Island

Posted on May 11th, 2015 in 1960s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

There was an endless parade of silly baby boomer sitcoms. The best/worst is arguable, but the most iconic is clear. None reaches the pop culture television status of Gilligan’s Island. Virtually everyone, including the creator’s agent, panned the idea before it debuted. The then-president of CBS West Coast remarked: “I thought it was a stupidRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Pee-Wee Herman?

Posted on April 28th, 2015 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

OK, my boomer fans, let’s deal with that 800-pound gorilla in the theatre. It was humiliating, but what are the local cops doing trolling an adult movie house for victimless crimes? Just for the record, know what the crime rate is in Sarasota, Florida? Almost twice the national average. So every time the local fuzzRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity Survivor: What Happened To The Ken Doll?

Posted on March 8th, 2015 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

True confessions of the most popular boy toy in history.

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Baby Boomers: Are You In With The “In” Crowd?

Posted on February 6th, 2015 in Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Collecting tips: “Out” today are manufactured collectibles like Christmas plates, souvenir spoons, new figural bottles (Avon, Beam), empty cereal boxes promoting TV, movie and radio stars, and linens that have to be ironed. “In” are hand-embroidered guest or kitchen towels, vintage printed children’s handkerchiefs and silk scarves by name designers like Hermès. Cold is noRead the Rest…

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Top Ten Antiques and Collectibles Stories of 2014

Posted on January 8th, 2015 in Collectibles,Midlife by Terry Hamburg

“I think the reason I love ‘Antiques Roadshow’ is that it is sort of like the lottery. There’s the chance a regular Joe could walk in with anything and come out close to a millionaire. There’s the thrill of the find.” ~Lara Spencer, television journalist From incredible finds to incredible prices, see what happened lastRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Nostalgia: Top Five Antique Christmas Toys

Posted on December 19th, 2014 in Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

      Giving gifts during the winter solstice dates from Roman times. St. Nicholas was a third-century monk known for his generosity and as a protector of children. Fast forward to the 18th century, when his legend was spread from Europe to America by Dutch settlers who nicknamed him “Sinter Klaas,” then add aboutRead the Rest…

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Who Is This Baby Boomer Celebrity Jerk?

Posted on December 14th, 2014 in 1990s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  1998. He caused quite a stir. Pop culture celebrities are common at antiques/collectibles shows, and he did live right there in Miami. Dealers try to act calm and unimpressed. Beautiful people “dress down” at these events (like everyone), on the theory that if you appear too well-heeled, prices will be higher. This means dealersRead the Rest…

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