A REEEEALLY BIG BABY BOOMER SHOW!

Posted on January 22nd, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Sure, there was boomer kiddie television before 1955. Howdy Doody led the parade, Kukla, Fran and Ollie right behind. A version of what would become Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood began. Lunch With Soupy (Sales) was pie-in-you-face; Animal Clinic—delightful; Acrobat Ranch starring Tumbling Tim and Fying Flo provided thrills. Let’s not forget Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, andRead the Rest…

READ THE REST

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…

READ THE REST

MARRIAGE, AMERICAN BOOMER STYLE

Posted on December 30th, 2010 in 1960s,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE  1969 We wanted a short, simple civil ceremony. It was the latest pop culture marriage trend for young boomers. Linda’s family wanted a huge solemn High Church Extravaganza followed by a Festive Bash. “Is the issue that you’re of the Jewish sect?,” her dad John discretely whispered in my ear one day.Read the Rest…

READ THE REST

LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S 1966

His parties were infamous. He was a Pied Piper for young, impressionable baby boomers, a wild man disguised behind a tweed suit, pipe sucking, staid English facade. Young “Professor Ted” was a step ahead of the times, especially at conservative University of Southern California. His annual Spring Solstice soiree at his sprawling “pad” was anRead the Rest…

READ THE REST

BABY BOOMER CELEBRITY SCANDAL: WHO AM I?

Posted on November 30th, 2010 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Crime,Midlife,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

You probably know me as the notorious “Hollywood Madame.” I regard it as a pop culture badge of honor. My exclusive client list, never revealed, looked like a Hollywood Boomer Who’s Who. I served 21 months in jail. No regrets. What I did isn’t a real crime. Unfortunately, my father, a prominent pediatrician, was disgracedRead the Rest…

READ THE REST

BABY BOOMER SEXUAL REVOLUTION: BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE

Posted on October 31st, 2010 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

The tag line read: “Consider the Possibilities.” Today, it’s hard to believe the movie was regarded so cutting edge and titillating. Remember, it’s 1970 and the impact of rebellious boomer ideas is just beginning to penetrate Main Street. The plot: An educated, affluent couple attend an “self-discovery” weekend at a New Age retreat and are Read the Rest…

READ THE REST

DOGS BACK IN THE GOOD OLD BABY BOOMER DAYS

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 in 1950s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I begged and begged and begged some more.  My first choice, a Collie that looked like Lassie—the greatest  boomer dog star in history—was a no. Too big and sheds too much. Second choice, a German Sheppard that looked like Rin-Tin-Tin was also nixed—same reasons, plus he might bite. President Eisenhower had this strange-looking dog few hadRead the Rest…

READ THE REST

FIRST BOOMER GLIMPSE OF BARE KNEE

Posted on September 11th, 2010 in 1950s,Fashion,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1958 A moment seared in my adolescent boomer brain forever. I was walking upstairs for algebra class. As usual, I passed Marsha on the way. She was “bad,” and getting “badder” fast. That day she appeared with a skirt above the knee—the first girl in my high school that dared to crossRead the Rest…

READ THE REST

WATT’S GOING DOWN

Posted on August 17th, 2010 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Music,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1964 I had a black girlfriend at the University of Southern California. Black-white couples were rare in those early boomer college days. Almost anywhere we went, people starred at us, even on campus. Most weren’t hostile, just surprised and curious. We got used to it. I begged Sonya to take me toRead the Rest…

READ THE REST

BABY BOOMER CELEBRITY: WHO AM I?

Posted on August 14th, 2010 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

“I know it when I see it.” Supreme Court Justice Stewart’s definition of “obscenity.” What could be more exciting and scandalous? A gorgeous (36D-25-36), wildly enthusiastic, underage XXX star? Of course, no one knew (ha! ha!) I was 15 when I started. You might say I put the “baby” in baby boomer X-movies. I was livingRead the Rest…

READ THE REST