Baby Boomer Winter of Discontent: “The Big Chill”

Posted on March 14th, 2012 in 1980s,Hippie,Me Generation,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Reagan is President. The word “hippie” is used with past tense verbs. Yuppies and the “Me-Generation” are rearing their greedy heads. It’s the 1980s. Where have all the flowers gone? OMG! Baby boomers are facing a thirty-something crisis. It’s a new pop culture movie genre. Not a “coming-of-age” story, but a “coming-to-terms” story. “In aRead 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 Celebrity: What Happened To John Bobbit?

Posted on March 5th, 2012 in Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg
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I had the most painful 15 minutes of baby boomer fame in history. The surgery lasted a lot longer, almost 10 hours. Let me admit right off, I ain’t no saint. But hey, I was the victim. Feminists treated me like a criminal and turned it into women’s liberation cause celeb. Remember, Lorena sliced offRead the Rest…

Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on February 25th, 2012 in Celebrities,Movies,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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“Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.”  ~Mary McCarthy, writer 2007: The Departed, a cop-gangster movie thriller, wins Best Picture. Martin Scorsese is Best Director. 1998: Runs in the family. Best Male Rock Vocal goes to Bob Dylan for Cold Irons Bound. Best Rock Group Vocal is One Headlight by TheRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Movie Trivia Challenge (Tough)

Posted on January 27th, 2012 in Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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“A movie should have a beginning, a middle, and an end…but not necessarily in that order.” Jean-Luc Goddard, Director “The length of a film should directly related to the human bladder.” Alfred Hitchcock ►What did all these #1 box office hits have in common? Rear Window ET: The Extraterrestrial Jaws The Ten Commandments ► WhoRead the Rest…

Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on January 26th, 2012 in Movies,Music,Television by Terry Hamburg
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“The mark of the historic is the nonchalance with which it picks up an individual and deposits him in a trend, like a house playfully moved by a tornado.”  ~Mary McCarthy, writer “Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.” ~Anonymous 2010: The box office for producer James Cameron’s Avatar surpasses his 1997 movieRead the Rest…

Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on January 21st, 2012 in Movies,Music,Politics,Television by Terry Hamburg
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2010: Toyota announces 5.2 million recalls for a pedal entrapment/floor mat problem. 1998: News of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair is published. President Clinton vigorously denies all allegations. 1996: Golden Globes: Sense and Sensibility is the Best Dramatic Movie. Babe wins Best Musical/Comedy. 1994: Lorena Bobbitt is found innocent by temporary insanity for severing her husband’s penis.Read the Rest…

Bad Baby Boomer Movies You Shouldn’t (Should) Watch

Posted on January 20th, 2012 in Fads & Toys,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Kitsch: poor quality art that caters to popular lowbrow taste. Campy: something appealing because it’s so lacking in value it has a perversely sophisticated attraction. What makes a bad movie pop culture good is that it’s colossally bad. Campy kitsch. I’m excluding movies that would and did qualify for Razzie (Worst in Cinematic Achievement) nominations,Read 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 “Bombshell” Mom

Posted on January 18th, 2012 in 1950s,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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I didn’t want her to come. Mom was a dead-ringer for baby boomer movie celebrity Jane Russell and dressed the part. Without meaning to, she embarrassed me at school functions. Heads would turn. This was supposed to be my day. I wrote the Pershing school song and was given the honor of leading the 5thRead the Rest…