Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Billie Jean King?

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

  With all due modesty, I became such a big baby boomer celebrity, how could I not fade a little after retirement? That moment came later than planned and cast some unwanted limelight. A “palimony” suit filed by a personal secretary in 1981 turned my life on its head. In one fell swoop, I wasRead the Rest…

On This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on July 18th, 2013 in Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  “History is herstory, too.” ~Anonymous “Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.” ~H.L. Mencken, journalist “It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts.” ~Bill Vaughan, journalist 1991:Read the Rest…

Baby Boomer Blind Dating

Posted on July 16th, 2013 in Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Television by Terry Hamburg

We are so eye oriented, it dilutes our other senses. Visual deprivation can stimulate those senses. It’s well known that the blind develop enhanced receptiveness to smell, touch, and hearing. “Dining in the dark” is a pop culture phenomenon that appeals to midlife baby boomers as well as adventurous youngsters. Restaurants are pitch black. AlthoughRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Doris Day?

Posted on July 12th, 2013 in Celebrities,Movies,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Television by Terry Hamburg

  Do you know I’m the top-rated female box office celebrity of all time? That’s pretty darn amazing considering my movie career was over by the late 1960s. I became the victim of my pop culture self: type-cast as the wholesome, girl-next-store sweetheart, but that’s who I really was. The parents of young baby boomersRead the Rest…

On This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on July 9th, 2013 in Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“Professor Samuel Johnston often said that if you didn’t know history, you didn’t know anything. You were a leaf that didn’t know it was part of a tree.” ~Michael Crichton, novelist “If you think you have it tough, read history books.” ~Bill Maher, comedian “Perhaps nobody has changed the course of history as much asRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Cyber Romance

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 in Midlife,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

Did you know that baby boomers are the fastest growing group using online dating? That as many as one in four second marriages for boomers began online? At Match.com, the 50-to-65 agers is up 89% over the past five years. On JDate, a website for Jewish singles, the 50+ group jumped 40% in single year.Read the Rest…

Baby Boomer Drive-Ins: Consider The Possibilities

Posted on July 1st, 2013 in Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  A hundred years ago, horseless carriage owners would have found the idea of drive-in movies and restaurants fantastical. They were everywhere by the early baby boomer years. Other drive-in venues followed: dry cleaners, banks, pharmacies, florists, even wedding chapels. These have proven to be more than mere fads. I’m defining drive-in as drive-thru, whichRead the Rest…

This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on June 29th, 2013 in Movies,Politics,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“The historian has before him a jigsaw puzzle from which many pieces have disappeared. These gaps can be filled only by his imagination.”  ~Gaetano Salvemini, historian “Legend:  A lie that has attained the dignity of age.”  ~H.L. Mencken 1991: Soapstar Susan Lucci fails to get a Daytime Emmy Award for the 12th time. 1985: NewRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Is Richard Jewell And What Happened To Him?

Posted on June 26th, 2013 in 1990s,Celebrities,Crime,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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My 15 minutes of fame was a nightmare. And it could happen to you. You might be wondering: the name rings a distant bell, but who is he? This baby boomer would have remained invisible except for a fateful day in 1996. As a private security guard working at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, IRead the Rest…

Baby Boomer Slang: Are You Hip To The Jive, Clyde?

Posted on June 25th, 2013 in Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Etymology: the study of the history of words in popular culture, their origins, and how the meaning may have changed over time. Amped, as in “excited/ready-to go,” appeared in 1960s baby boomer talk, based on amp, the abbreviation for music amplifiers. The use of methamphetamine accelerated it as a trendy phrase. Bad, meaning good, popularRead the Rest…