Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Anita Bryant?

I was doing just fine: top 40 hits, including Paper Roses, and several albums. As television spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission, my face was as familiar across boomer America as your mother’s. Close your eyes, it’ll all come back to you: “A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine.” What babyRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Return To Their Roots: Hair, The Musical

Posted on June 8th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Music,Politics,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

Sodomy Fellatio Cunnilingus Pederasty Father, why do these words sound so nasty? Masturbation Can be fun Join the holy orgy Kama Sutra Everyone! Sodomy, from Hair, the Musical 1968. Greenwich Village. Coming-of-age hippie baby boomers strolling everywhere. The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical rails against the Viet-Nam War, flaunts drugs, glorifies free love and bisexuality, spewsRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on May 24th, 2012 in Celebrities,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

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. A popRead the Rest…


Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on May 17th, 2012 in Celebrities,Music,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. “We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.”  ~John F. Kennedy 2011: The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show is packed with celebrities. 1993: Intel’s new Pentium processor is unveiled. 1990: TelevisionRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happended to Charles Colson: RIP 1931-2012

Posted on April 24th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Thanks to the grace of God, I took a lickin’ and kept on tickin’ until April 21, 2011.” When you hear my name, you probably recall the old me. You see, I’ve led two separate lives. The old one was nasty. I was only 38 when handed a political dream job: Special Counsel to just-electedRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Dan Quayle?

Posted on April 16th, 2012 in 1980s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I’d call myself the best well-known baby boomer ever forgotten. They say Vice-Presidents fall into political obscurity after their terms, and I’m certainly not exceptional. The way people ridiculed and poked at me, you’d think I was Sarah Palin, or someone. I know, don’t say it, I’m no John Kennedy, either. That was a set-up.Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Gary Hart?

Posted on March 15th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

I have to face it. No matter what I accomplish, my name will always be linked—like David & Bathsheba, Dante & Beatrice, Clark Gable & Carol Lombard—to Donna Rice. OK, here’s the pic that took me down. I was the darling of the baby boomers. If not for my stumbles with this drop-dead gorgeous model,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomer Greetings

Posted on March 12th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Politics by Terry Hamburg

The most feared baby boomer correspondence of its day began: “Greetings from the President of the United States. You are hereby inducted, hereby ordered to report for induction.” Draft figures mirrored military demands. The situation got hot in July, 1966 when President Johnson doubled the monthly draw from 17,000 to 35,000. By 1967, the numberRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity Watusi

Posted on February 27th, 2012 in 1960s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Summer. 1964. Everyone was there. At least Democrats. It was the baby boomer pop culture political event of the season. Each celebrity swell would arrive at the top of the steps leading the to party below, stand for a few moments to be recognized, photographed, bask in the glory, and then slowly descend. Doug McClureRead the Rest…


Baby Boomers Loved Their Bell Bottoms

Posted on February 14th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Fashion,Hippie,Music,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

This may come as a shock. Baby boomers didn’t invent bell bottoms in the 1960s. It was introduced as standard ware by the British Navy a century earlier, less for smart looks than a way to ditch pants in a royal emergency. The style reached a fashion apogee during the 1970s Disco craze, but itRead the Rest…