Baby Boomer Pie In The Sky

Posted on May 21st, 2012 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

The Hula-Hoop was the best selling baby boomer toy in 1957. Go top that one. The same company came close. Wham-O acquired the rights to a plastic flying disc the inventor was hawking in parking lots. He called it the “Pipco Flying Saucer” and “Pluto Platter.” UFO alarms began falling from the sky in theRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Chat Room

Posted on May 14th, 2012 in 1950s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Do you love me? Give me a kiss. I love you. Let’s play school. Please brush my hair. Please take me with you. May I have a cookie? Let’s have a party! What can we do now? Will you change my dress? I’m so tired! I love you. I hurt myself Will you play withRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Auto-Biography

Posted on April 25th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments.” Erma Bombeck “A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank.” ~Anonymous A Long and Winding Baby Boomer Road • ‘58 Chevy Impala convertible (mother’s car, greatest “chick magnet” in autoRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer One Hit Wonders

Posted on March 27th, 2012 in 1980s,Fads & Toys,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Were there more one hit wonders in the 1980s than other times? Any list must include quirky, bizarre Devo with their lone hit single, Whip It, which for all its air time only reached #16 on music charts. Never did a baby boomer group that virtually disappeared overnight get so much television exposure. This wasRead the Rest…


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…


Baby Boomers Caught The Bug

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 in 1960s,Fads & Toys,Hippie,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“A little sh– box.” Henry Ford II’s assessment of the Volkswagen bug No one imagined that a car commissioned by Adolph Hitler would become a runaway best seller in baby boomer America. The Volkswagen or “Peoples Car” was intended as a cheap, basic mode of transportation for German families. Ads in the Third Reich imploredRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Davy Crockett?

Posted on February 6th, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

♫ Born on a mountain top in Tennessee Greenest state in the Land of the Free Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier! Got to admit, I led a charmed life. I never had A-list HollywoodRead the Rest…


Bad Baby Boomer Movies You Shouldn’t (Should) Watch

Posted on January 20th, 2012 in Fads & Toys,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Kitsch: poor quality art that caters to popular lowbrow taste. Campy: something appealing because it’s so lacking in value it has a perversely sophisticated attraction. What makes a bad movie pop culture good is that it’s colossally bad. Campy kitsch. I’m excluding movies that would and did qualify for Razzie (Worst in Cinematic Achievement) nominations,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Ugly: Ever Get A Troll For Christmas?

Posted on December 26th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Before the late 1950s, baby boomer boy toys were basic, often industrial: Erector Sets, Lincoln Logs, Tonka Trucks, Daisy Rifles. For girls, motherhood and home economics set the tone: Tiny Tears Dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, Daisy Snap jewelry sets. Then, more generic, fun things appeared for the early batch of boomers: Hula Hoop, Mr. PotatoRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Love Their Coffee

Posted on December 14th, 2011 in Celebrities,Collectibles,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…