Baby Boomer Memoir: Book Recommendation

Posted on November 9th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s by Terry Hamburg
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What an offbeat title, I thought. Peter Smith’s reminiscences of his baby boomer Chicago childhood and later adventures in Viet-Nam and Minnesota live up to its portent. While his style is as smooth as silk, the vignettes explore the road bumps of everyday life, a “stream of episode” centering around family, church, school, friends, andRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on November 3rd, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Television by Terry Hamburg
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I was your typical suburban baby boomer kid, but cuter and very ambitious. I started modeling at 16 to supplement my allowance. A girl has expenses, you know. I got my big break when I landed a job on Hugh Hefner’s television show, Playboy After Dark, where I “hung out” for atmosphere with a bevyRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Linda Blair?

Posted on October 31st, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Happy Halloween to all my movie fans! Is there a baby boomer who can’t conjure up my horrific, evil face? With all due modesty, I was brilliant as the hysterical, devil-possessed Regan in the pop culture classic, The Exorcist. The Academy nominated me for Best Supporting Actress in 1973, the youngest actress so honored. SoundsRead the Rest…

When The Baby Boomer World Was Mad

Posted on October 27th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Movies,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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It was a full frontal assault on button-down mass media consumer culture. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it became the most flattered publication of the 1950s with wannabes like Crack, Sick, and Crazy – just the tip of the parody iceberg. The inimitable Alfred E. Newman, symbol of Mad Magazine Beginning asRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

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Rabble Rouser Dyke Communist Loud-mouth broad Man-Hater Bitch Subversive Trouble Maker As you can see by the epithets hurled at me (and that’s the short list), I caused quite a splash in the feminist 1970s, an inspiration for rebellious young baby boomer ladies. Ever hear the phrase: “A woman’s place is in the house –Read the Rest…

Baby Boomer Baldness

Posted on October 18th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Rug: a cheap, ill-fitting toupee Example: “A strong wind will blow that cheesy rug right off his head.” American Slang Dictionary Yul Brynner and Michael Jordan. Sure, bald can be sexy. But not everyone wears the look well. Women swear that hair makes no difference. Men swear women are lying. In midlife, baby boomers wantRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Tiny Tim?

Posted on October 13th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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I died like I lived—lost in music—crooning Tip Toe Through the Tulips. I tried lots of celebrity stage names—Darry Dover, Larry Love, Judas K. Foxglove—before my manager came up with Tiny Tim when he booked me at a club featuring midget acts. Volia! Just for the record, I’m 6 feet tall, a little more whenRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Scream

Posted on October 11th, 2011 in 1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1893 Primal therapy is not just making people scream. It was the title of a book. It was never “Primal Scream Therapy.” Those who read the book knew that the scream is what some people do when they hurt. Others simply sob or cry. It was the hurt we wereRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer TV Trivia Challenge

Posted on October 10th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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“Television: A medium – so called because it is neither rare nor well done.”  ~Ernie Kovacs “They say that ninety percent of TV is junk. But, ninety percent of everything is junk.”  ~Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek “Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t haveRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Slang

Posted on October 5th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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A selection of baby boomer slang that went mainstream: 1950s Duck’s Ass: A Philadelphia barber claims to have invented the Duck’s Ass in 1940. It was already a pop culture style with the Mexican-American street pauchucos of Los Angeles, who made the zoot suit famous. By the 1950’s, it became the symbol of baby boomerRead the Rest…