Baby Boomer Pet of the 70s

Posted on April 19th, 2013 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 Wallwalker, on the Pet Rock   It baby boomed into the firmament and then crashed to earth with aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers At Play

Posted on April 1st, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

The product that became Play-Doh was used originally to: Clean wallpaper Caulk bathtubs Fill nail holes Plug ears It became the best selling and longest lasting baby boomer “toy,” as popular today (and likely tomorrow) as when first introduced in 1956. This fad had “legs.” There’s hardly a kid in the world who doesn’t knowRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Cruisin’

Posted on March 26th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was a baby boomer coming-of-age ritual in the 1950s and early 60s. The crowd began gathering at 10:00 Saturday morning in front of Schwab’s Drug Store on the northeast corner of Devon and California. Guys auditioned in cars; girls on the sidewalk. The cruise route was a square block: west on Devon, hopefully catchingRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers High On Low Carb Diets

Posted on March 11th, 2013 in 1970s,1990s,Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

A hundred years ago there were no “diets.” Most people hadn’t heard of “calories,” much less counted them. Scales weighed hogs, not humans. Food was slow and work was hard. That kept people slim. Homer Fletcher, the “Great Masticator,” did attract attention in 1898 when he shed 42 overweight pounds by chewing his food 100Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Put On A Happy Face, But Not For Long

Posted on March 4th, 2013 in 1970s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was embraced and reviled. Around since the 1950s, the Smiley Face became a 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 intended as re-takeRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Assets In The Attic

Posted on February 14th, 2013 in Collectibles,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

Attics, basements, closets, bottoms of bottom drawers. When’s the last time you explored these places? Who knows what could be lurking there? Maybe baby boomer collectible treasure. Here are some tips and inspiration: ~ The most famous baby boomer doll in history: Barbie. A 1974 survey revealed that 90% of all American girls between 5Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Assets In The Attic

Posted on January 15th, 2013 in Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Attics, basements, closets, bottoms of bottom drawers. When’s the last time you explored these places? Who knows what could be lurking there? Maybe baby boomer collectible riches beyond imagination… Here are some tips and inspiration ~ The most famous baby boomer doll in history: Barbie. A 1974 survey revealed that 90% of all American girlsRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Love Their Coffee

Posted on January 10th, 2013 in Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Which American cities drink the most coffee? Where does America rank in world wide consumption? Gourmet coffee is hardly a pop culture fad. Did you know that people 45 and older, and especially those over 55 are the biggest coffee drinkers? Midlifers and seniors have jumped on the gourmet wagon with gusto. It was, afterRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Christmas: 1971

Posted on December 20th, 2012 in 1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Return to the good old days. The youngest “official” baby boomers (1946-1964) are 7; the oldest are 25. Nixon is President. The median household income is $9,028. A stamp costs 6¢. On January 1, cigarette ads are banned on television. The Godfather wins the Academy Award for Best Picture. Wish List from Santa For theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Hair Fashions

Posted on December 14th, 2012 in Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Beehive: This famous style was the pop culture rage among teen baby boomer girls from the mid-1950s through the late-1960s. Hair was piled up and up, and secured by gels. Some tried to keep the “do” intact for days or weeks on end. The resemblance to a beehive inspired the word. Also known as aRead the Rest…

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