Boomers Cross Over the Bridge: Pioneer Sex Change

  “If you understand trans-genders, then you understand that gender doesn’t have to do with bed partners, it has to do with identity.” ~Christine Jorgensen, pioneer and celebrity   SEX CHANGE! WORLD’S RICHEST MAN BECOMES WORLD’S RICHEST WOMAN Cartoon headline   SURGERY MAKES EX-GI GIRL Real Headline, 12/1/52   One always heard: “Boys will be boys.”Read the Rest…

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Boomer Silly…Or Was It? Gilligan’s Island: The Inside Story

Posted on April 6th, 2017 in 1960s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,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 aRead the Rest…

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Boomers Just Hang: Be-In There Or Be Square

Posted on March 15th, 2017 in 1960s,Beat Generation,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  January 14, 1967. It quickly became a hippie badge of honor. Golden Gate Park, a few months and few blocks from ground zero of the San Francisco Summer of Love. We’re talking about the first, the historic, star-studded, stoned-out Be-In, officially known as the Human Be-In, A Gathering of the Tribes.  The direct inspiration was to protest a newRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Summer of Love

Posted on February 28th, 2017 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

  If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair If you’re going to San Francisco, Summertime will be a love in-in there “San Francisco,” the #4 hit in the U.S. and #1 in the U.K, 1967   It was so hippie – no beginning, no end, no planning, no squares. JustRead the Rest…

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Boomers Have A Close Encounter Of The Third Kind

Posted on June 30th, 2015 in 1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  It was the right story at the right time. Close Encounters broke the mold of hostile, war-bent aliens, introducing instead hope of a kinder, gentler extra-terrestrial universe. The movie offered, as one critic said, “a benign, dreamy-eyed vision.”   Baby boomers were raised on steady diet of sci-fi fright and horror. Intelligent life beyond Earth wasRead the Rest…

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Boomer Sexual Revolution: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

  The tag line read: “Consider the Possibilities.” Today, it’s hard to believe the movie was regarded so cutting edge and titillating. Remember, it’s 1970 and the impact of rebellious boomer ideas is just beginning to penetrate Main Street. The plot: An educated, affluent couple attend an “self-discovery” weekend at a New Age retreat andRead the Rest…

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Boomers Find Their Roots: Hair, The Musical

1968. Greenwich Village. Coming-of-age hippie baby boomers strolling everywhere. The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical rails against the Viet-Nam War, flaunts drugs, glorifies free love and bisexuality, spews non-stop profanity, and parades nudity—all with an interracial cast. The finale is an audience invitation to join the fun on stage for a “Be-In.” Hair reached well beyond the young babyRead the Rest…

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Boomer Counterculture Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on May 28th, 2015 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  A Boomer For All Seasons   I’m one of the most significant boomer personalities in history. But am I a household name? Life’s not always fair. Karma is. More on that later. Anyone who knows anything about 1960s New Left politics knows I was a BIG player, always in the front ranks of the Revolution. A founder ofRead the Rest…

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Boomers Down On The Farm

Posted on May 26th, 2015 in 1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie by Terry Hamburg

  A few hundred idealistic, mostly baby boomer souls leave San Francisco in brightly-painted school buses and vans on a caravan quest across America, searching for a spot to establish an utopian community. In 1971, after 7 months, the group plops on the promised land in the wilderness of Tennessee. It’s the height of theRead the Rest…

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Boomers Just Hang: Be-In There Or Be Square

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 in 1960s,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  January 14, 1967. It quickly became a hippie badge of honor. Golden Gate Park, a few months and few blocks from ground zero of the San Francisco Summer of Love. We’re talking about the first, the historic, star-studded, stoned-out Be-In, officially known as the Human Be-In, A Gathering of the Tribes.    The direct inspiration was to protest aRead the Rest…

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