Baby Boomer Assets in the Attic

Posted on April 30th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Attics, basements, closets, bottoms of bottom drawers. When’s the last time you explored these places? Who knows what could be lurking there? Maybe baby boomer collectible treasure. Here are some tips and inspiration ~ The most famous baby boomer doll in history: Barbie. A 1974 survey revealed that 90% of all American girls between 5Read the Rest…

Baby Boomer Slang

Posted on April 27th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Bag, as a particular interest or area of expertise, appeared around 1964 and derived from black jazz terminology. It’s based on the notion of putting something in a bag, thus possessing it. “Jazz is my bag, man.” Widely spoken by early baby boomers but came to be a “weekend hipster” word whose use declined inRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Food For Thought

Posted on April 21st, 2011 in Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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What is the #1 restaurant of choice for baby boomers and seniors? While you mull over the answer, a word about metabolism. The reason baby boomers gain weight in midlife is not necessarily by eating more or exercising less. It’s because our physiological motor that burns calories is slowing down. Short of high-level aerobics, there’sRead the Rest…

BABY BOOMERS PUT ON A HAPPY FACE, BUT NOT FOR LONG

Posted on April 12th, 2011 in 1970s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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It was embraced and reviled. Around since the 1950s, the Smiley Face became a huge pop culture fad in the early 1970s. A pair of baby boomer brothers got the bright idea to create it as a sales logo to counter what they saw as an era dominated by protest and unrest. It was intendedRead the Rest…

BABY BOOMER CELEBRITY: WHAT HAPPENED TO PEE-WEE HERMAN?

Posted on April 4th, 2011 in 1980s,1990s,Celebrities,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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OK, let’s deal with that 800-pound gorilla in the theatre. It was humiliating, but what the frick are the Sarasota cops doing trolling an adult movie house for victimless crimes? Just for the record, know what the crime rate is in Sarasota, Florida? Almost twice the national average. So every time the local fuzz nabsRead the Rest…

BABY BOOMER PET OF THE 1970S

Posted on March 30th, 2011 in 1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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It gave people a few moments of absolutely meaningless pleasure in a troubled world—no small accomplishment. If there were more fads there would probably be a lot fewer psychiatrists. Ken Hakuta, inventor of the Wacky Wallwalker, on the Pet Rock It baby boomed into the firmament and then crashed to earth with a thud. AsRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Mind Games

Posted on March 17th, 2011 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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  I’d have done anything for my favorite Uncle, and did. He was forever trying the latest pop culture fad and came across a mail-order “Master Hypnosis On Your Own” ad in a pulp magazine he would never bring home. Uncle Lou was itching to show off his new-found talent in front of an audience.Read the Rest…

BABY BOOMER STAPLE MANDATED HEALTHY

Posted on March 12th, 2011 in Fads & Toys,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Everyone goes there. GenZ, GenY, GenX, Baby Boomers. They take their kids and grandkids. Even dogs get a bite. Don’t dismiss this as an “only in California” political story. We know that the latest trends and fads start here and travel east as fast as a speeding bullet train. You’re with a hungry munchkin. SheRead the Rest…

FIRST BABY BOOMER TRANSFORMERS

Posted on March 7th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg
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1970s baby boomers sparked a revolution that turned their grandparents unwanted artifacts into sought-after antiques. Some pieces never made it. They were surgically transformed. Remember the Honeymooner’s stage set? Alice Kramden was humiliated by the old buffet and dining table  her cheap husband Ralph bought from a second-hand store. How could anyone know that 20Read the Rest…

BABY BOOMER HANG-OUT

Posted on February 25th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Fads & Toys,Fashion,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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♫ Fer sure, fer sure She’s a Valley Girl In a clothing store Like, OH MY GOD! (Valley Girl) Like – TOTALLY (Valley Girl) Encino is like SO BITCHEN (Valley Girl) There’s like the Galleria (Valley Girl) And like all these like really great shoe stores I love going into like clothing stores and stuffRead the Rest…