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: Who is Richard Jewell and What Happened to Him?

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 in 1990s,Celebrities,Crime,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

My 15 minutes of fame was a nightmare. And it could happen to you. You might be wondering: the name rings a distant bell, but who is he? This baby boomer would have remained invisible except for a fateful day in 1996. As a private security guard working at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, IRead the Rest…

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On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on May 29th, 2014 in Collectibles,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“The historian has before him a jigsaw puzzle from which many pieces have disappeared. These gaps can be filled only by his imagination.” ~Gaetano Salvemini, historian “History in general is a collection of crimes, follies, and misfortunes among which we have now and then met with a few virtues, and some happy times.”~Voltaire 1987: “TwilightRead the Rest…

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Spaced-Out Baby Boomers

Posted on May 26th, 2014 in 1960s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

It became one of the great lines of baby boomer pop culture. “Danger, Will Robinson” combined the thrill of pioneer space travel, old-fashioned family values, the battle of good vs. evil, and hopes of human-machine interface. 1950s America trumpeted the family. After the dislocations of War and Depression, the family was reunited, smaller (nuclear) butRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Loved This Vegetable

Posted on May 14th, 2014 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

It was an unlikely #1 toy—a set of plastic poke-on face accessories for the modest potato. You can’t get lower tech than that. It was part doll, part erector set, all silly, and appealed to everyone. Most baby boomer toys were gender specific. Girls played with dolls, boys with trucks. Baby boomers carried on thisRead the Rest…

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On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on May 10th, 2014 in Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“History is herstory, too” ~Anonymous “Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.” ~Leo Tolstoy, novelist “More history’s made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills, and proclamations.” ~John Barth, novelist 2012: Roy Lichtenstein’s work, ‘Sleeping Girl’, sells at auction for $44.9 million, a new record forRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Fake-Out

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Crime,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.” ~Salvador Dali Limited edition art prints. What a great marketing idea! What an opportunity for forgery! The market was geared to affluent baby boomers with a reputationRead the Rest…

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Is Your Baby Boomer Name Here?

Posted on April 28th, 2014 in 1950s,1960s,Fashion,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Words have meaning and names have power. ” ~Anonymous Mad Men is the quintessential “period” television series, set in the 1960s. The following are some Mad Men character first names that are seldom used anymore for newborns. Is yours here? If so, it will identify you as a baby boomer…or older. Abigail / Alice /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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Baby Boomer Love Affair

Posted on April 21st, 2014 in 1960s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.” ~Lewis Mumford, sociologist “Two-hundred forty horsepower isn’t enough to move me anymore. Enough to move my body, yes, but not my soul.” ~S.A. Sachs, judge The Ford Mustang turns 50 this month. While the first Mustang rolled off the Ford assembly line in March 1964, it wasn’t introducedRead the Rest…

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