Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on January 3rd, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I’m a household name, at least to baby boomers. In the New York pop culture art scene of the 1960s and 70s, only Andy Warhol was a bigger celebrity. He had that charisma and eccentric glitter personality that attracted media attention. My creativity was everywhere but not me. Like Warhol, I began as a commercialRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Ugly: Ever Get A Troll For Christmas?

Posted on December 26th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Before the late 1950s, baby boomer boy toys were basic, often industrial: Erector Sets, Lincoln Logs, Tonka Trucks, Daisy Rifles. For girls, motherhood and home economics set the tone: Tiny Tears Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, Daisy Snap jewelry sets. Then, more generic, fun things appeared for the early batch of boomers: Hula Hoop, Mr. PotatoRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Love Their Coffee

Posted on December 14th, 2011 in Celebrities,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Which American cities drink the most coffee? Where does America rank in world wide consumption? Gourmet coffee is hardly a pop culture fad. Did you know that people 45 and older, and especially those over 55 are the biggest coffee drinkers? Midlifers and seniors have jumped on the gourmet wagon with gusto. It was, afterRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Salvation

Posted on December 12th, 2011 in 1970s,Collectibles,Me Generation by Terry Hamburg

The 1970s was the Great Treasure Hunt, spearheaded by enterprising baby boomers. Antiques and collectibles were suddenly hot and available, spilling out of attics. Young boomers were both buyers and sellers. The San Francisco Salvation Army store sat in the middle of old neighborhoods brimming with merchandise and ignorance. By the late 1970s, the smallRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Tonto?

Posted on December 6th, 2011 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Bet you a string of Indian beads and a dozen flint stones you don’t know my real name. I’m not going to reveal it until the end. Is there a baby boomer who doesn’t remember Tonto? A posse of Texas Rangers is ambushed. The sole survivor, barely alive, is nursed back to health by aRead the Rest…


What Do Baby Boomer Celebrities Collect?

Posted on October 22nd, 2011 in Celebrities,Collectibles by Terry Hamburg

It’s not true that the rich and famous collect only Faberge eggs and Impressionist paintings. They’re just the rest of us (almost). Match Game: Connect baby boomer celebrities to a collectible passion: Dolls—Old Photographs—Military Figures—Board Games—Vintage Typewriters Answer at end of post Which is the correct spelling: “Collectible” or “Collectable”? Both are acceptable, but “Collectible”Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Ship of Fools

Posted on September 30th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television,Uncategorized by Terry Hamburg

The question isn’t who guest starred on Love Boat, but who didn’t? 530 different celebrities appeared in the ten year television run. With each program having three love stories going simultaneously, there were plenty of roles. It was a pop culture haven for the out-of-work and has-beens of all types and stripes – mainly baby boomerRead the Rest…


Before Baby Boomers: Antiques in the Good Old Days

Posted on August 11th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,Collectibles by Terry Hamburg

“What a jerk,” I mouthed off at the dinner table. “Art Linkletter must make a million bucks a year gabbing on television and when his son asks for a lousy $10 guitar, he tells him to go get a job and earn it. Those rich Hollywood celebrities are cheap bastards.” Some baby boomers had permissiveRead 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 Collectible Bust

Posted on June 14th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

1978. Baby boomer consumers have created a “collectibles” tsunami. Previously discarded junk turns into booty overnight. Who can keep up with the latest trends? Knowledge is power. Victory goes to the swift and bold. A dealer is breathing heavy. From under his coat, he produces a treasure scooped up at a garage sale that morningRead the Rest…