Baby Boomers at Play

Posted on November 10th, 2011 in 1950s,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 One of the early Play-Doh cans 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 kidRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Future: Restaurant Review

Posted on October 27th, 2011 in Baby Boomer Future,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Baby boomers will live longer than expected. Tomorrow could bring a brave new world of surprises. National News Network October 27, 2031 ** Restaurant Review ** “Come with an open mind and an empty stomach.” Chef d’oeuvre Jacques Piruox San Francisco: I spotted a movie star, a U.S. Senator, and the Mayor. TasteBuds is theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Batman?

Posted on October 25th, 2011 in 1960s,1990s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

It’s a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I think I should have turned Batman down. That baby boomer television hit catapulted me to fame and fortune, but Holy Typecast! I was stuck there the rest of my Hollywood life. Believe it or not, I had a career before Batman. I was in The Philadelphians withRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Slang

Posted on October 5th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

A selection of baby boomer slang that went mainstream: 1950s Duck’s Ass: A Philadelphia barber claims to have invented the Duck’s Ass in 1940. It was already a pop culture style with the Mexican-American street pauchucos of Los Angeles, who made the zoot suit famous. By the 1950’s, it became the symbol of baby boomerRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Products To Save Your Life And Tell It

Posted on August 1st, 2011 in Baby Boomer Future,Fads & Toys,Midlife by Terry Hamburg

These ideas are being touted to midlife baby boomers, but they’re good for everyone. “Help, I’ve just crashed and can’t get up!” There are some 40 million drivers 65+ and 32 million have a license. The Yellow Dot. An aging baby boomer population is turning it into a national fad – a sticker on theRead the Rest…

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The Agony and The Ecstasy

Posted on July 18th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,1990s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“E” stood for euphoria, empathy, energy, escape. Baby boomers dubbed it the “hug drug” and the “love drug.” What came to be called Ecstasy began nonromantically as a blood clotting medication. A half century later, it was re-discovered as a mood-altering agent when therapists experimented with the substance for individual, couples and family counseling. InRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Collectible Bust

Posted on June 14th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

1978. Baby boomer consumers have created a “collectibles” tsunami. Previously discarded junk turns into booty overnight. Who can keep up with the latest trends? Knowledge is power. Victory goes to the swift and bold. A dealer is breathing heavy. From under his coat, he produces a treasure scooped up at a garage sale that morningRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer “Dos”

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Baby Boomer Hair Fads & Fashions ** 1950s ** The Crew Cuts ♫ Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom Everyboy Baby Boomer, 1950s Va-Va Boomer The Duck’s Ass became the symbol of baby boomer teen rebellion, especially among working class kids, often referred to as “greasers.” Hair was combed (with lots of pomade) back around the sides of theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Assets in the Attic

Posted on April 30th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Collectibles,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 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 Slang

Posted on April 27th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Bag, as a particular interest or area of expertise, appeared around 1964 and derived from black jazz terminology. It’s based on the notion of putting something in a bag, thus possessing it. “Jazz is my bag, man.” Widely spoken by early baby boomers but came to be a “weekend hipster” word whose use declined inRead the Rest…

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