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…


Baby Boomer Thoughts on Growing Older

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 in Midlife by Terry Hamburg

  “At sixteen I was stupid, confused and indecisive. At twenty-five I was wise, self-confident, prepossessing and assertive. At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive.  Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence? ” ~Jules Feiffer, cartoonist *** “The great secret that all old people share is that youRead the Rest…


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…


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…


Baby Boomers: Then & Now

Posted on May 7th, 2014 in Midlife by Terry Hamburg

“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~Leroy “Satchel” Paige, baseball pitcher “Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” ~Sam Ewing, U.S.senator “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.”Read the Rest…


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…


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…


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…


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…


On This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on April 16th, 2014 in Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  “History never looks like history when you are living through it.” ~John W. Gardner, politician “A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents.”  ~Richard Reeves, journalist “History is a vast early warning system.” ~Norman Cousins, professor   1997: Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiringRead the Rest…