Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on February 11th, 2013 in 1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

My early life was hard as a rock. Most baby boomers never experienced anything like it. I was dirt poor and dropped out of school in the 6th grade. I knocked around the country for years doing anything to survive, from cowboy to carpenter. Yes, I was a hobo. It  wasn’t such a dirty wordRead 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 Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on January 28th, 2013 in 1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I inspired a generation, who discovered my work in the 1970s and made me a pop culture phenom. “Spaceship Earth” “Synergenics” “Sustainability” “Ephemeralization” (later called “recycling”) I coined these words when baby boomers were just glints in their parent’s eyes. I wasn’t a politician or spiritual guru. I can best be described as a visionary/engineer/architectRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I used to be a household name but I’m guessing most baby boomers don’t remember me much, even though I was a regular television talk show guest in the 1950s and 60s and appeared on Steve Allen no less than 25 times, becoming a pop culture celebrity. I was a hippie before there were hippies,Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer New Age Gods

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The times were ripe. It was a New Age (of Aquarius). The baby boomer “counterculture’” countered everything –  astrology was as respected as astronomy. Guru Maharaji got more press than Sigmund Freud. The coming-of-age generation was searching for alternatives to capitalism, to religion, to conventional wisdom. Along comes one Erich von Daniken in 1968 withRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Slang: Where Did It Come From?

Posted on June 18th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Slang: “Informal pop culture language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; non standard language of a given subculture, sometimes marked by raciness.” Bag, as a particular interest or area of expertise, is from 1964 and came from jazz jargon. It’s likely based on the notion of putting somethingRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Return To Their Roots: Hair, The Musical

Posted on June 8th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Music,Politics,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

Sodomy Fellatio Cunnilingus Pederasty Father, why do these words sound so nasty? Masturbation Can be fun Join the holy orgy Kama Sutra Everyone! Sodomy, from 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, spewsRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Space Odyssey: 2001

Posted on June 4th, 2012 in 1960s,Counterculture/New Age,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It broke the molds. Until Stanley Kubrick’s mind-bending 1968 movie, baby boomers and their parents were fed a sci-fi diet of funk and fear: a 50-foot woman rampaging through town exacting revenge on all who wronged her when normal (a harbinger of women’s liberation?) or huge mutant ants crawling up sky scrappers in search ofRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Slang. Can You Dig It?

Posted on March 2nd, 2012 in Beat Generation,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

We talked the talk. We walked the walk. Here’s where it came from. Bag, as a particular interest or area of expertise, entered pop culture around 1964 and derives from jazz jargon. It’s likely based on the notion of putting something in a bag, thus possessing it. Example: “Folk music is my bag, man.” ItRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Group Therapy

Posted on February 28th, 2012 in 1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Take a cup of traditional group therapy. Melt in a stick of pop culture role playing. A few of shakes of New Age psychobabble. Add a big dash of Primal Scream. Mix vigorously with baby boomers. You’ve got an Encounter Group, the rage of the 1970s. I had plenty of “sh–” to “work through” butRead the Rest…

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