Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Gary Hart?

Posted on March 15th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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I have to face it. No matter what I accomplish, my name will always be linked—like David & Bathsheba, Dante & Beatrice, Clark Gable & Carol Lombard—to Donna Rice. OK, here’s the pic that took me down. I was the darling of the baby boomers. If not for my stumbles with this drop-dead gorgeous model,Read the Rest…

Baby Boomer Greetings

Posted on March 12th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Politics by Terry Hamburg
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The most feared baby boomer correspondence of its day began: “Greetings from the President of the United States. You are hereby inducted, hereby ordered to report for induction.” Draft figures mirrored military demands. The situation got hot in July, 1966 when President Johnson doubled the monthly draw from 17,000 to 35,000. By 1967, the numberRead the Rest…

Bumpy Baby Boomer Road Trip: Saga of “Easy Rider”

Posted on March 8th, 2012 in 1950s,1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Movies,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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It’s 1969. Lots of baby boomers are in rebellion. Easy Rider roars across the pop culture screen. Parents are at their wits end. Henry Fonda, the venerable father of the film’s co-star, couldn’t even find a plot. “What does the movie mean?” he asked in bewilderment. There was a plot of sorts: two biker hippieRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Group Therapy

Posted on February 28th, 2012 in 1970s,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Take a cup of traditional group therapy. Melt in a stick of pop culture role playing. A few of shakes of New Age psychobabble. Add a big dash of Primal Scream. Mix vigorously with baby boomers. You’ve got an Encounter Group, the rage of the 1970s. I had plenty of “sh–” to “work through” butRead the Rest…

Should Baby Boomers Give Up ‘Pooing?

Posted on February 17th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Fashion,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Let me present a radical idea – stop washing your hair. It’s called the “no-poo” movement, sometimes described as a pop culture “underground beauty trend.” Youngsters as well as baby boomers are jumping off the bottle. Believe it or not, your great grandmother probably didn’t cleanse her scalp more than a couple of times aRead the Rest…

Baby Boomers Loved Their Bell Bottoms

Posted on February 14th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Fashion,Hippie,Music,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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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 Hunters and Gatherers/List of Odd Collectibles

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

Posted on January 31st, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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You won’t read this anywhere else. The patriarch of Music TV is none other than that underrated hipster, Ozzie Nelson. The father of baby boomer heart throb Ricky Nelson produced the very first video put to music—Ricky rockin’ superimposed over a montage of land and cityscapes. You saw Travelin’ Man on The Adventures of OzzieRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on January 25th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Midlife,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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Julia, Julia, Julia. That’s all I ever heard. I was as popular with baby boomer gourmands as the great Julia Child. But I always seemed to be a second banana, then and now. We had a lot in common. We were the first big television chefs, before there was a Food Network. We never skimpedRead the Rest…