Baby Boomers Face The Red Menace

Posted on September 20th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Just how serious was the “Red Menace” inside the U.S.? Baby boomers in the 1950s and 1960s came of age amidst widespread fears of a communist plot to take over America. FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover worried that these boomers were vulnerable targets. Subtle and not-so-subtle anti-communist themes permeated entertainment, schools and  churches. The popularRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Battle of the Sexes

  “Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.” ~George Carlin Baby boomers brought up in the 1950s were taught that men and women are very different creatures. Those assumptions would be challenged in theRead the Rest…

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A Busy Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on September 9th, 2014 in Celebrities,Music,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“The great eventful Present hides the Past; but through the din of its loud life, hints and echoes from the life behind steal in.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier 2009: President Obama promises he will ‘get something done this year’ on healthcare reform. 1992: MTV awards: Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” is Best Male Video. “Why” byRead the Rest…

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On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on August 27th, 2014 in Celebrities,Music,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  2012: At the National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the U.S. Republican Party nominates Mitt Romney. 2011: Katy Perry wins the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards for Video for the Year award for her song ‘Firework.’   2010: A crowd of 500,000 people attend a ‘Restoring Honor’ rally hosted by Glenn Beck at the NationalRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer’s Who’s Who: Nixon’s Ememy List

Posted on August 23rd, 2014 in 1970s,Celebrities,Politics,Television by Terry Hamburg

    It’s an old story: dirty campaign tricks, lies, voter fraud, political surveillance, wiretaps and enemy lists. Every President in the boomer years did it. Yes, but Nixon did it better. True, he never dallied with an intern or had an affair with a Mafia call girl who was trying to extract valuable infoRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 14th, 2014 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  I’m best known as the host of a controversial television show. But there’s plenty you don’t know about this baby boomer, and I bet you’ll be surprised. My parents were refugees from Nazi Germany. I earned a law degree from Northwestern and delivered its School of Law Commencement Address in 2008. I served as aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

  With all due modesty, I was the best-looking feminist of the baby boomer era, not that it matters. But who else could go “undercover” as a Playboy bunny to write an expose of the mistreatment of women at their clubs? It was a sensation and landed me a job at New York Magazine.  Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Dick Gregory?

Before there was Richard Pryor, before there was Bill Cosby, there was me – the inspiration for a generation of baby boomer black comics. By the early 1960s, I became the first black “crossover” comedian. People called me the “Black Mort Sahl.” I called Sahl the “White Dick Gregory.” But, hey, I was more thanRead the Rest…

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Boomer Activist: Who Am I?

Posted on April 13th, 2014 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Crime,New Left,Politics by Terry Hamburg

Lenny Bruce     Stokely Carmichael Jack Ruby (killed Lee Harvey Oswald) Angela Davis Abbie Hoffman Wayne Williams (serial killer) Sheik Omar Abdel-Rathman (1993 World Trade center bombing) John Gotti (head of the Gambino crime family) The Chicago 7 I defended them all in court.   I was the best known lawyer of the boomer era.Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Run Out Of Gas

Posted on March 4th, 2014 in 1970s,1980s,Crime,Politics by Terry Hamburg

  1970s ENERGY CRISIS Average pump price of gasoline in: 1950:  20 cents 1960:  31 cents 1970:  36 cents 1973:  38 cents 1974:  55 cents 1980:  86 cents Panic gripped the nation. An Arab oil embargo in 1973 had America by the pistons. Millions of young boomers were getting their first driving license. Suddenly, weRead the Rest…

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