Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on March 21st, 2012 in 1950s,1960s,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg
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I was never a baby boomer household name, but Madonna, Rihanna, and the Pussycat Dolls were all imitating me. I was one of the earliest Playboy Playmates. Hugh Hefner called me “an iconic figure in pop culture.” Not bad for a little Nashville country girl who graduated college to be a grade school teacher. IRead the Rest…

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Gorgeous Baby Boomer Hero

Posted on March 19th, 2012 in 1950s,Celebrities,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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“Is this going to be a real fight?” “Tell me what you think,” Dad answered. We had incredible first row ringside seats. Gorgeous George was as big a pop culture celebrity as Howdy Doody, and about as authentic. Both were television starts. Baby boomers and their parents were mesmerized. First, the bad guy, named NastyRead the Rest…

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Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on March 16th, 2012 in Celebrities,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. ” ~Pearl Buck, writer 2011: Maybe. U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, announces she will retire rather than serve a second term in 2012 if President Obama is reelected. 1995: Better late than never. Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery and ratifies theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Gary Hart?

Posted on March 15th, 2012 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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I have to face it. No matter what I accomplish, my name will always be linked—like David & Bathsheba, Dante & Beatrice, Clark Gable & Carol Lombard—to Donna Rice. OK, here’s the pic that took me down. I was the darling of the baby boomers. If not for my stumbles with this drop-dead gorgeous model,Read the Rest…

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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…

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Baby Boomer Greetings

Posted on March 12th, 2012 in 1960s,1970s,Politics by Terry Hamburg
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The most feared baby boomer correspondence of its day began: “Greetings from the President of the United States. You are hereby inducted, hereby ordered to report for induction.” Draft figures mirrored military demands. The situation got hot in July, 1966 when President Johnson doubled the monthly draw from 17,000 to 35,000. By 1967, the numberRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer TV Celebrities: Who Are They?

Posted on March 10th, 2012 in Celebrities,Television by Terry Hamburg
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“Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ~John Wooden, basketball coach “Fame is a bee It has a song It has a sting Ah, too, it has a wing.”  ~Emily Dickinson Who are these baby boomer celebrities and in what television show did they appear? It wasRead the Rest…

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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…

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Baby Boomers Flock To Flirting School

Posted on March 6th, 2012 in Celebrities,Midlife,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg
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Toss out your inhibitions. Welcome to the brave new world. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. If you don’t, pretend you do. The sexual revolution never ends. It’s not just for women or mid-lifers, although the biggest demographic attending such classes are women over 35. Do baby boomers need coaching to flirt? Some never learnedRead the Rest…

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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…

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