Baby Boomers Invented Reality Television In The 1970s

Posted on October 14th, 2013 in 1970s,Celebrities,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Reality Televison. So contemporary. So 21st century. So wrong. Let’s return to ancient baby boomer times: A.D. 1973. A reality show used to mean National Geographic. Everyone thinks the pop culture genre was invented around 2000. It was re-invented. A daring series hit television in 1973: an out-the box idea to do live running footageRead the Rest…

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On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on October 11th, 2013 in Collectibles,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” ~John W. Gardner, politician “When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious.” ~Anatole France, writer 2006: Google buys YouTube.com for $1.6 billion. 1987: Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album, “Tunnel of Love.” 1983: Country Music Association award for Entertainer of theRead the Rest…

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On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on October 1st, 2013 in Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction. ~W.H. Auden, poet 1995: New York Yankees win the first baseball wildcard ever played. 1992: Cartoon Cable Network premieres. 1992: Ross Perot re-enters Presidental race. 1984: Gary Trudeau’sRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Television Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on September 27th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I produced The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game – colossal baby boomer TV hits of the 1960s and 70s. My name appeared in the credits but no one recognized me walking down the street. I stepped in front of the camera in 1976 to host my latest creation, which was way ahead of itsRead the Rest…

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On This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on September 20th, 2013 in Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“History is man’s best guess as to what the past would look like if everything had happened in chronological order.”  ~Robert Brault, opera singer “History does not unfold:  it piles up.”  ~Robert M. Adams, photographer “A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia.”  ~David McCullough, historian 2011: TheRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity Name Game

Posted on September 12th, 2013 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  I wasn’t the greatest baby boomer autograph collector of the 1950s, but I had an impressive portfolio. I specialized in television celebrities and baseball players. My family bonded around the TV. I’d write the personality and request a signed picture. Each was “my favorite star” or “the greatest talent on earth,” and “please sign yourRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Flip Wilson?

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Black History & Personalities,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

      What the heck did happen? One day, I’m the hottest comedian on television. There’s hardly a baby boomer or their parents who don’t watch and laugh their heads off. Five years later—oblivion. I was even kicked out of my own “Church of What’s Happenin’ Now.” The Flip Wilson Show was me, noRead the Rest…

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On This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on August 25th, 2013 in Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”  ~Pearl Buck, writer   “History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided.”  ~Konrad Adenauer, statesman   “Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.”  ~Anonymous   2012: Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person on the Moon, diesRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on August 21st, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  My early life was hard as a rock. Most baby boomers never experienced anything like it. I was dirt poor and dropped out of school in the 6th grade. I knocked around the country for years doing anything to survive, from cowboy to carpenter. Yes, I was a hobo. It wasn’t such a dirtyRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Family Western Rides Into The Living Room

Posted on August 16th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

In 1958, seven of the top ten television shows were “Westerns,” including the first four. Baby boomers (and their parents) couldn’t get enough of the action. What accounts for this pop culture dominance? Of course, the mystique of the West is woven into American history. The War and Depression became fading ghosts in the rearRead the Rest…

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