Baby Boomers: Hip to the Lastest Slang? Part 2

Posted on December 16th, 2011 in Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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“Official” new words and phrases are crowned by the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and The Oxford English Dictionary. Of course, by the time a word makes it to those hallowed pages, it’s been around the pop culture block. If you missed a few, here’s a quick study on some 2011 entries. Midlife baby boomers andRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Hip: Be-In There Or Be Square

Posted on December 15th, 2011 in 1960s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Music,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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January 14, 1967. Lots of baby boomers swear they were there. It was a hippie badge of honor. Golden Gate Park, a few months and few blocks from ground zero of the 1967 San Francisco Summer of Love. We’re talking about the first, the historic, star-studded, stoned-out Be-In, officially known as the Human Be-In, ARead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Love Their Coffee

Posted on December 14th, 2011 in Celebrities,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Midlife,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Which American cities drink the most coffee? Where does America rank in world wide consumption? Gourmet coffee is hardly a pop culture fad. Did you know that people 45 and older, and especially those over 55 are the biggest coffee drinkers? Midlifers and seniors have jumped on the gourmet wagon with gusto. It was, afterRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Patty Hearst?

Posted on December 13th, 2011 in 1970s,Celebrities,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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Sometimes, I feel like the old television series, I Led Three Lives. Life One: A sheltered, innocent flower born into a garden of incredible wealth and power, attending the best private schools, and living idyllically with my fiance while attending Berkeley. Hardly a celebrity. Official engagement photo Life Two: My “15 minutes” of baby boomerRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Salvation

Posted on December 12th, 2011 in 1970s,Collectibles,Me Generation by Terry Hamburg
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The 1970s was the Great Treasure Hunt, spearheaded by enterprising baby boomers. Antiques and collectibles were suddenly hot and available, spilling out of attics. Young boomers were both buyers and sellers. The San Francisco Salvation Army store sat in the middle of old neighborhoods brimming with merchandise and ignorance. By the late 1970s, the smallRead the Rest…

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Today in Baby Boomer History

Posted on December 10th, 2011 in Music,Television by Terry Hamburg
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“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, writer 1995: I was there. ♫ The weather outside is frightful…Worst snowstorm in Buffalo, New York history -  3 1/2 feet in 24 hours. 1987:Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer-Inspired “Super 8″ Short of Super

Posted on December 9th, 2011 in 1970s,1980s,Counterculture/New Age,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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For some, criticizing Stephen Spielberg is like kicking Moses. The baby boomer movie director is a well deserved icon, and I’m a fan. He was responsible for a new cultural vision of extraterrestrials and our place in the universe. Close Encounters and ET shattered the mold of hostile, war-bent aliens, introducing instead hope of aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomers Dig The Lava Lamp

Posted on December 8th, 2011 in 1970s,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Fads & Toys,Movies,Music,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg
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If you use my lamp you won’t need drugs. ~ Craven Walker, inventor of the Lava Lamp It was the ultimate baby boomer fad. Put on Ravi Shankar. Load up the hash pipe (or not). Kill the lights. Flick on the lava lamp and be transported to a bizarre, mesmerizing world of infinite gyration andRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Presidents: Amazing, Little Known Food Facts

Posted on December 7th, 2011 in Politics by Terry Hamburg
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“Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.”  ~Anonymous Lyndon Johnson loved Fresca so much he installed a sofa fountain dispenser in the Oval Office exclusively for the drink. His special treat was hot biscuits with deer sausage. He was the first PresidentRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened To Tonto?

Posted on December 6th, 2011 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg
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Bet you a string of Indian beads and a dozen flint stones you don’t know my real name. I’m not going to reveal it until the end. Is there a baby boomer who doesn’t remember Tonto? A posse of Texas Rangers is ambushed. The sole survivor, barely alive, is nursed back to health by aRead the Rest…

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