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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Baby Boomers Put On A Happy Face, Or Not

Posted on June 24th, 2014 in 1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was embraced and reviled. Around since the 1950s, the Smiley Face became a huge pop culture fad in the early 1970s. A pair of baby boomer brothers got the bright idea to create it as a sales logo to counter what they saw as an era dominated by protest and unrest. It was intendedRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Sin: I Was A Cigarette Junkie

Posted on June 20th, 2014 in Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Marlboro Man Big Brother King Arthur Santa Claus Hamlet The top five from The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived Before a craggy-faced cowboy galloped across the baby boomer television screen as the Marlboro Man, the brand was marketed as a feminine alternative to the harsher cigarettes gents smoked. In the 1950s, the tobaccoRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Loved This Vegetable

Posted on May 14th, 2014 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was an unlikely #1 toy—a set of plastic poke-on face accessories for the modest potato. You can’t get lower tech than that. It was part doll, part erector set, all silly, and appealed to everyone. Most baby boomer toys were gender specific. Girls played with dolls, boys with trucks. Baby boomers carried on thisRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Love Affair

Posted on April 21st, 2014 in 1960s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.” ~Lewis Mumford, sociologist “Two-hundred forty horsepower isn’t enough to move me anymore. Enough to move my body, yes, but not my soul.” ~S.A. Sachs, judge The Ford Mustang turns 50 this month. While the first Mustang rolled off the Ford assembly line in March 1964, it wasn’t introducedRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Fashion: Designers Who Dressed A Generation

Posted on March 26th, 2014 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

  So many designers, so little blog space, but three stand out as leaders of the baby boomer fashion revolutions, attaining stunning pop culture celebrity status in the process. It started with Mary Quant who brought the mod scene and mini-skirt from Carnaby Street to main street. What began in 1965 as a local popRead the Rest…