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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Baby Boomer Hip: Be-In There Or Be Square

Posted on December 15th, 2011 in 1960s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Music,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

January 14, 1967. Lots of baby boomers swear they were there. It was a hippie badge of honor. Golden Gate Park, a few months and few blocks from ground zero of the 1967 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, ARead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer-Inspired “Super 8” Short of Super

Posted on December 9th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

For some, criticizing Stephen Spielberg is like kicking Moses. The baby boomer movie director is a well deserved icon, and I’m a fan. He was responsible for a new cultural vision of extraterrestrials and our place in the universe. Close Encounters and ET shattered the mold of hostile, war-bent aliens, introducing instead hope of aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Dig The Lava Lamp

Posted on December 8th, 2011 in 1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,Movies,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

If you use my lamp you won’t need drugs. ~ Craven Walker, inventor of the Lava Lamp It was the ultimate baby boomer fad. Put on Ravi Shankar. Load up the hash pipe (or not). Kill the lights. Flick on the lava lamp and be transported to a bizarre, mesmerizing world of infinite gyration andRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Scream

Posted on October 11th, 2011 in 1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1893 Primal therapy is not just making people scream. It was the title of a book. It was never “Primal Scream Therapy.” Those who read the book knew that the scream is what some people do when they hurt. Others simply sob or cry. It was the hurt we wereRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on September 23rd, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,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 Boomer “Devil” Girl

Posted on September 13th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Politics,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

She was my baby boomer dream girl: part rebel, part old-fashioned, all sexy, and an advocate that ladies should pay their own way on dates. At the time, on a limited income, that’s what I thought woman’s liberation should mean. The only problem: Maddy was the leader of the 1972 “Nixon’s The One Again” PoliticalRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 25th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Me Generation,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I was the poster boy for baby boomer rebellion. I dropped out of Berkeley in 1964 and led the first big demonstrations against the Viet-Nam war. I also co-founded the Yippies—the Youth International Party. Yippie Flag: Marijuana Leaf over Socialist Red Star I was a honcho in New Left politics, one of the infamous “ChicagoRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on July 26th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

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

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