Baby Boomers Loved Their Bell Bottoms

Posted on February 14th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Fashion,Hippie,Music,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

This may come as a shock. Baby boomers didn’t invent bell bottoms in the 1960s. It was introduced as standard ware by the British Navy a century earlier, less for smart looks than a way to ditch pants in a royal emergency. The style reached a fashion apogee during the 1970s Disco craze, but itRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer “Cats” Digged Him

Posted on February 13th, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can’t fake it…try to fake three laughs in an hour – ha ha ha ha ha – they’ll take you away, man. You can’t.” By I saw him in person, he was infamous. Arrested for “dirty” language and drugs, his celebrity face adorned the cover ofRead the Rest…


Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on February 10th, 2012 in Music,Television by Terry Hamburg

2002: Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City, Utah/Quebec City. 1997: American Comedy Awards taps Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce as the Funniest Male Actor and Supporting Actor in a television show. 1987: New York Stock Exchange installs a lady’s restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club. 1985: Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” album shoots toRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Peek at Tomorrow

Posted on February 8th, 2012 in Baby Boomer Future,Midlife by Terry Hamburg

Dick Pelletier is a “positive futurist.” Here are his predictions for a midlife/senior future around the corner. By 2020, computer power will have doubled several times from today, which will help researchers unravel many of our genetic mysteries; and nanotechnology, the science of building things atom by atom, will advance further providing us with manyRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Cruisin’

Posted on February 7th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s by Terry Hamburg

It was a baby boomer coming-of-age ritual. 1950s – early 1960s. The crowd began gathering at 10:00 Saturday morning in front of Schwab’s Drug Store on the northeast corner of Devon and California. Guys auditioned in cars; girls on the sidewalk. The cruise route was a square block: west on Devon, hopefully catching the longRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Davy Crockett?

Posted on February 6th, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

♫ Born on a mountain top in Tennessee Greenest state in the Land of the Free Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier! Got to admit, I led a charmed life. I never had A-list HollywoodRead the Rest…


Today In Baby Boomer History

Posted on February 4th, 2012 in Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

1977: Mazle tov! Madeline Albright, the first female Secretary of State, announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish. 1994: Best Soap Opera of the year is pop culture favorite: 1991: You could have bet on it. Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors decide 12-0 to bar Pete Rose. 1987: Congress overrides PresidentRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Hunters and Gatherers/List of Odd Collectibles

Posted on February 3rd, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Before the 1970s, they were usually numismatists or philatelists. That’s stamps and coins. If anything else, such enthusiasts remained quirky and alone. They’re no longer alone. Young adult baby boomers led the frenzy. With bulging pockets and a taste for pop culture nostalgia, the question isn’t what was collected, but what was not. The AssociationRead the Rest…


Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Spiro Agnew?

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Crime,New Left,Politics by Terry Hamburg

Remember “nattering nabobs of negativism?” I loved that ditty. My next favorite dig at the new-left baby boomer mob was “pusillanimous pussy footers.” When I overused those barbs, I pulled out “hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.” Called a right-wing political “hatchet man” for Nixon, I was the voice of the Moral Majority—and that means the center,Read the Rest…


Baby Boomers (Celebrity Ladies) “Robbing the Cradle”

Posted on February 1st, 2012 in Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Baby boomers are the healthiest, most energetic, longest-living generation in history. It’s only to be expected that some would covet much younger mates. In the past, this was a male game. It still is but now females are playing it, too. Their modern pop culture name is “cougars.” Here are some midlife baby boomer celebrities whoRead the Rest…