Fun Baby Boomer Toys: A-Bombs Away!

Posted on May 19th, 2015 in 1950s,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 way itRead the Rest…

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Up & Up. Boomers Debut Hot Mini-Skirt

  It was blamed for fender benders, sprained necks, and the demise of Western Civilization. Designer Mary Quant unveiled the shocking baby boomer fashion in the “Swinging London” Chelsea district.   What began in 1965 as local pop culture fad became de rigueur for young boomers worldwide, showing off more leg than ever imagined. NoRead the Rest…

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Boomer Dead Celebrity List: A Trivia Quiz

Posted on April 16th, 2015 in Celebrities,Crime,Fads & Toys,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  “Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.” ~George Carlin “The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.” ~Doris Day “I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” ~Steven Wright, comedian  Boomer Trivia Questions   ►Which one the following was notRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Nose Jobs: Are You Hiding The Secret?

Posted on March 31st, 2015 in 1960s,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  It was all very hush-hush. Cosmetic miracles began with Hollywood celebrities. When baby boomers lined up in the 1950s and 60s for “nose jobs,” plastic surgery went pop culture.   It remained hush-hush. Doctor’s offices had private waiting rooms. You want the world to see a new you but you don’t want them to know they’reRead 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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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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Baby Boomers Weigh In On Calories

Posted on October 1st, 2014 in Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I heard it first from a doctor, urging me to shed some weight instead of starting medication to lower my blood sugar: “Starving mice live longer.”   That near-nothing diet is a tad too drastic for baby boomers, but the principle still applies. Lab animals on this program live about 30% longer than normal.Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Pet of the 1970s

Posted on August 19th, 2014 in 1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  It gave people a few moments of absolutely meaningless pleasure in a troubled world—no small accomplishment. If there were more fads there would probably be a lot fewer psychiatrists. ~Ken Hakuta, inventor of the Wacky Wall Wacker.   It baby boomed into the firmament and then plummeted to earth with a thud heard roundRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Dance History In 6 Minutes

Posted on July 6th, 2014 in Fads & Toys,Music by Terry Hamburg

    “Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” ~Charlie Parker, jazz musician   Here’s a high energy video panorama by comedian Judson Laipply: a 6 minute review of the history of baby boomer (and beyond) dance fads and moves.  Read the Rest…

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