This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 in Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“History: gossip well told.” ~Elbert Hubbard, writer and philosopher “Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age. ” ~H.L. Mencken, journalist “If an historian were to relate truthfully all the crimes, weaknesses and disorders of mankind, his readers would take his work for satire rather than for history.”  ~Pierre Bayle, philosopher 2011: TheRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Mind Games To Trick You Skinny

Posted on May 1st, 2013 in Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  Attention, pasta lovers! A study at an Italian restaurant suggests that using a large fork will cause you to eat less. We all know that portions have been growing larger over the years. Baby boomers made “Super-size Me” and “All You Can Eat” national mantras. In the 1936 edition of Joy of Cooking, aRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on April 29th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Television by Terry Hamburg

I paid my baby boomer dues, brother. This kid wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. My old man was a poor coal miner. I married at 16, had a baby, quit school, and tried to make a living at a bunch of things, from pounding nails to hawking vacuum cleaners. I hadRead the Rest…

This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on April 26th, 2013 in Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.”  ~African Proverb “The memories of men are too frail a thread to hang history from.”  ~John Still, The Jungle Tide “God cannot alter the past, though historians can.”  ~Samuel Butler, poet   2011: U.S. nightly news host Katie Couric announces sheRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Mind Games

Posted on April 24th, 2013 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  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 Movie Bomb

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 in 1990s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

    This postman didn’t even ring once, but it looked great on paper. Take an award-winning novel and have an award-winning actor direct and star in the movie adaptation. Throw in a baby boomer pop culture music icon playing a future version of himself. Surely, you have a critical and box office hit. TheRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Pet of the 70s

Posted on April 19th, 2013 in 1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  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 aRead the Rest…

Could Baby Boomer Memory Loss Be A Good Thing?

Posted on April 16th, 2013 in Midlife,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

      You read a lot about midlife baby boomer memory problems. There’s even a theory that it’s worse for boomers due to the stress of rapid social change during their formative years. But are all those old baby boomer memories worth remembering? Don’t you wish sometimes that you could forget? Help is onRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Art Fake-Out

Posted on April 15th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Crime,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

    Limited edition art prints. What a great marketing idea! What an opportunity for forgery! The market was geared to affluent baby boomers with a reputation for spending large and chasing collectibles. In the 1970s, entrepreneurs reinvented an old product. Artists execute originals and authorize official copies—prints (lithographs) or etchings, each personally signed, numbered,Read the Rest…

On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on April 12th, 2013 in Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

History is a jangle of accidents, blunders, surprises and absurdities, and so is our knowledge of it, but if we are to report it at all we must impose some order upon it.  ~Henry Steele Commanger, historian History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have happened.  ~Earnest Albert Hooten, anthropoligistRead the Rest…