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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN

Posted on June 4th, 2010 in 1960s,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1960 IT WAS GREEK TO ME Pledging in the early 1960s was hell for baby boomers. The final stretch of the fraternity pledge semester is still called “Hell Week.” For boomer girls, it was more like heck. I  got an inside earful from a Phi Sig I dated. Natalie never stopped complaining.Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Jack LaLanne?

Posted on May 26th, 2010 in 1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Midlife,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Nothing happened to me. As I said in an interview: “I can’t afford to die, it would ruin my image.” I was born in 1914 when “boomer” meant someone who made loud noises. I was a muscle man and fitness guru before anyone thought it was “cool.” All these baby boomer upstarts—Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarzenegger,Read the Rest…

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FRAT DAYS

Posted on April 12th, 2010 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

BABY BOOMER REVERIE: 1963 FIESTA! It was the pledge class party of the year. Our theme—South of the Border, a popular choice in the early and pre-boomer college scene. Guys wore torn old clothes and sombreros. Most sported blacked out teeth and drooping Zapata moustaches. A few came with rifles and bullet straps around theirRead the Rest…

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