Baby Boomers Invented Reality Television In The 1970s

Posted on October 14th, 2013 in 1970s,Celebrities,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Reality Televison. So contemporary. So 21st century. So wrong. Let’s return to ancient baby boomer times: A.D. 1973. A reality show used to mean National Geographic. Everyone thinks the pop culture genre was invented around 2000. It was re-invented. A daring series hit television in 1973: an out-the box idea to do live running footageRead the Rest…

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On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on October 11th, 2013 in Collectibles,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” ~John W. Gardner, politician “When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious.” ~Anatole France, writer 2006: Google buys YouTube.com for $1.6 billion. 1987: Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album, “Tunnel of Love.” 1983: Country Music Association award for Entertainer of theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on October 4th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Me Generation,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I was one natty, cool dude, dude. I rose like a meteorite in the auto industry by developing models baby boomers craved. First was the wildly popular Pontiac GTO. Next came the Firebird, soon outselling the Camero. And then the Grand Prix, the most successful new car in 1969 that blew luxury competition outRead the Rest…

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On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on October 1st, 2013 in Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction. ~W.H. Auden, poet 1995: New York Yankees win the first baseball wildcard ever played. 1992: Cartoon Cable Network premieres. 1992: Ross Perot re-enters Presidental race. 1984: Gary Trudeau’sRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Television Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on September 27th, 2013 in 1960s,1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

I produced The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game – colossal baby boomer TV hits of the 1960s and 70s. My name appeared in the credits but no one recognized me walking down the street. I stepped in front of the camera in 1976 to host my latest creation, which was way ahead of itsRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Life Up In Smoke

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 in 1950s,1960s,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

    I started smoking regularly—a pack a day—at the tender baby boomer age of fifteen, no longer sneaking as I had in my pubescent days. “Too young,” my parents declared. In your invincible youth, health arguments have little effect. “Stunt your growth” and “bad breath” were more effective. For the record, I’ve been “cleanRead the Rest…

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On This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on September 20th, 2013 in Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“History is man’s best guess as to what the past would look like if everything had happened in chronological order.”  ~Robert Brault, opera singer “History does not unfold:  it piles up.”  ~Robert M. Adams, photographer “A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia.”  ~David McCullough, historian 2011: TheRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Gold Mine

Posted on September 16th, 2013 in 1970s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  In the 1950s, a “garage sale” meant someone was selling a garage. Twenty years later, it assumed a new reality. Poised like disciplined infantry, baby boomer weekend warriors were set to descend and vanquish. Today, the garage sale is a shadow of its wild, heart-pounding heyday in the 1970s and 80s. Then, it wasRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity Name Game

Posted on September 12th, 2013 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  I wasn’t the greatest baby boomer autograph collector of the 1950s, but I had an impressive portfolio. I specialized in television celebrities and baseball players. My family bonded around the TV. I’d write the personality and request a signed picture. Each was “my favorite star” or “the greatest talent on earth,” and “please sign yourRead the Rest…

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On This Day In Baby Boomer History

Posted on September 9th, 2013 in Music,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

“History:gossip well told.”  ~Elbert Hubbard, philsopher “Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young.  Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction.”  ~W.H. Auden, poet “If you think you have it tough, read history books.” ~Bill Maher, comedian 1990: Pete Rose begins 5 monthRead the Rest…

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