Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on November 19th, 2011 in Television by Terry Hamburg
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2008: First successful trachea transplant from a stem-cell created organ. 1985: President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time. 1984: New York Met pitcher Dwight Gooden, 20, is youngest player to be named NL Rookie of Year. 1980: CBS television bans Calvin Klein’s jean ads featuring fifteen year old Brooke ShieldsRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Michael Jackson’s First Television Appearance

Posted on November 18th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,Music by Terry Hamburg
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Whatever you say about Michael Jackson – and just about everything has been said – he was an incredible baby boomer music talent, evident from a very young age. Lead singer of the Jackson Five, watch the lads at their first television appearance in 1970 on the Ed Sullivan Show. Michael was singing with the groupRead the Rest…

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Dont Cry For Me, Baby Boomer

Posted on November 17th, 2011 in 1960s,1970s,Music,New Left,Politics by Terry Hamburg
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“What do we want?! Peace!! When do we want it?! Now!!” What did we get? Tear Gas. The March on Washington. 1969. Young anti Viet-Nam War baby boomers came in droves. Demonstrators put the total number of activists at 500,000+. Police counted 150,000. Nixon said well under 100,000. The New Times estimated 250,000. Viewing theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Television Trivia Challenge

Posted on November 16th, 2011 in Television by Terry Hamburg
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“Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” ~Darryl F. Zanuck, movie producer ►What was the first television series to show a married couple sharing a single bed? The Munsters Brady Bunch TheRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Words To Age (Or Not) By

Posted on November 14th, 2011 in Midlife by Terry Hamburg
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Shake, Rattle n’ Roll Those Midlife Blues At age 20 we worry about what others think of us; At age 40 we don’t care what they think of us; At age 60 we realize that they haven’t been thinking of us at all. “There was no respect for youth when I was young, and nowRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Billie Jean King?

Posted on November 14th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Gay Issues & Celebrities,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg
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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 was “outed”Read the Rest…

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Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on November 12th, 2011 in Politics,Television by Terry Hamburg
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1995: Pigs can fly. Dan Marino breaks Fran Tarkenton’s NFL all-time passing yardage mark. He’s still #1. 1991: On the 100th television episode of Full House those adorable twins are born. 1984: Space shuttle astronauts retrieve a satellite, representing the first space salvage. 1981: The first balloon crossing of the Pacific. 1979: In response toRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Kato Kaelin

Posted on November 11th, 2011 in 1990s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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Hopefully, no one is asking “Who is Kato Kaelin?” For a magic moment, I was one of the hottest celebrities in the world. I guess I’m the baby boomer poster boy for that pop culture “15 minutes of fame.”  In fact, a few years after the O.J. trial, I went on a speaking tour billedRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers at Play

Posted on November 10th, 2011 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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The product that became Play-Doh was used originally to: Clean wallpaper Caulk bathtubs Fill nail holes Plug ears One of the early Play-Doh cans It became the best selling and longest lasting baby boomer “toy,” as popular today (and likely tomorrow) as when first introduced in 1956. This fad had “legs.” There’s hardly a kidRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Memoir: Book Recommendation

Posted on November 9th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s,1990s by Terry Hamburg
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What an offbeat title, I thought. Peter Smith’s reminiscences of his baby boomer Chicago childhood and later adventures in Viet-Nam and Minnesota live up to its portent. While his style is as smooth as silk, the vignettes explore the road bumps of everyday life, a “stream of episode” centering around family, church, school, friends, andRead the Rest…

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