Baby Boomer’s Big Red Menace

Posted on July 29th, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Celebrities,Movies,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Just how serious was the “Red Menace” inside the U.S.? Baby boomers in the 1950s and 1960s came of age amidst widespread fears of a communist plot to take over America. FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover worried that these children were vulnerable targets. Subtle and not-so-subtle anti-communist themes permeated entertainment, schools and  churches. The popularRead the Rest…

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On This Day In Baby Boomer History

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

“When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious.”  ~Anatole France, journalist “Perhaps nobody has changed the course of history as much as the historians.”  ~Franklin P. Jones, historian “The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.”  ~Jessamyn West, novelist   1996: Bomb explodes at AtlantaRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Prosperity Was Built on a House of Cards

Posted on July 24th, 2013 in 1950s,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

    “Cash or charge?” The most-asked question in America   Imagine this. You dash into Neiman Marcus to pick up that must-have little black dress for a hot date tonight, then have to pay with cash or check. No money—no merchandise. Even checks might be a problem if the store doesn’t know you well.Read the Rest…

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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…

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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…

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Baby Boomers: Beware of Personal Cyber Attacks

Posted on July 17th, 2013 in Midlife by Terry Hamburg

This is a guest column by Brian Jones, whose baby boomer father has been the victim of some of the schemes discussed here. Protect Online Identity from Sneaky Social Engineers Social engineering is a tool used by many hackers and unscrupulous organizations trying to take advantage of the gullibility and politeness of their victims, allRead the Rest…

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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…

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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…

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Baby Boomer Atom Bomb Toys

Posted on July 10th, 2013 in 1950s,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

“I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.” ~Rodney Dangerfield “When the rockets are up, who cares where they come down, it’s not my department, says Wernher Van Braun.” ~from a song by Tim Lehrer. Wow, talk about cool…or hot. Baby boomer kids in the 1950s coaxedRead the Rest…

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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…

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