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…

Baby Boomers Got Disco Fever

Posted on January 19th, 2012 in 1970s,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Movies,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg
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[Studio 54] is the embodiment of the most decadent social period of any city in modern history. By 1978, New York was headlong into an era of staggering permissiveness. A patron of the very hip, very celebrity-packed New York City disco club Feel the beat! Baby boomers flocked to the clubs. Fashion rules. Better beRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Bobby Fischer?

Posted on January 16th, 2012 in 1970s,Celebrities,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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You’ve probably heard a lot of trash talk about me: I was an ego maniac, clinically paranoid, anti-Semitic. At least my critics and I agree on one thing: I was the greatest chess player of the baby boomer generation or any generation, for that matter. I made chess pop culture. No one like me hadRead the Rest…

Presidents Said The Darndest Things To Baby Boomers

Posted on January 13th, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s,Politics by Terry Hamburg
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“A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.”  ~Carl Sandburg, poet “The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party thatRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on January 12th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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“If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful.” I was an international baby boomer star and sex symbol of the 1960s, and beyond. What separated me from the pop culture “sex kittens” and “bombshells” celebrities of the era? In all due modesty, I was an actress. I became the first and only women toRead the Rest…