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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Baby Boomer Food For Thought

Posted on April 21st, 2011 in Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

What is the #1 restaurant of choice for baby boomers and seniors? While you mull over the answer, a word about metabolism. The reason baby boomers gain weight in midlife is not necessarily by eating more or exercising less. It’s because our physiological motor that burns calories is slowing down. Short of high-level aerobics, there’sRead the Rest…

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BABY BOOMERS PUT ON A HAPPY FACE, BUT NOT FOR LONG

Posted on April 12th, 2011 in 1970s,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…

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Baby Boomer Mind Games

Posted on March 17th, 2011 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I’d have done anything for my favorite Uncle, and did. He was forever trying the latest pop culture fad and came across a mail-order “Master Hypnosis On Your Own” ad in a pulp magazine he would never bring home. Uncle Lou was itching to show off his new-found talent in front of an audience.Read the Rest…

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BABY BOOMER TRIVIA QUESTIONS

Posted on February 15th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,Beat Generation,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Baby Boomers were just coming-of-age when Beatniks were in their high bongo days. The earliest boomers might have dabbled in those rebellious waters or had an older sibling who did. How much do you know about the Beatniks? ►Match the quote to the writer: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…Read the Rest…

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RAGS TO BABY BOOMER RICHES

Posted on January 25th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Me Generation by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1980 Stefan grew up hungry in Hungary. Frugality his master, hard work his creed, he immigrated to the Promised Land after the unsuccessful 1956 uprising against Russia. He became a junk dealer in the right place at the right boomer time. What was recently regarded as worthless stuff and used merchandise wasRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers in the Mood

Posted on January 9th, 2011 in 1970s,Collectibles,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Mix New Age frenzy, boomer consumers, and an appetite for fads—you have a glowing new product: the mood ring. Slip it on and the “magic crystals” change color depending on your emotional state. How cool is that! Baby boomers were wearing and swearing by them in the 1970s. Unlike another hot fad of the era,Read the Rest…

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BOOMER TRUNK SALE

Posted on April 25th, 2010 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1984 Nikos found himself in the right place at the right time and became the world’s greatest trunk maker. The 1970s antiques and collectibles renaissance was fueled by young boomer consumers. Boomers were also the principle sellers. Seemingly overnight, boomer childhood nostalgia turned throw-aways into valuable collectibles. Soon virtually anything not producedRead the Rest…

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