The Music Industry and Radio

Baby Boomers got their music from the radio, right?. We ran to the record stores to pick up the latest albums, but we heard everything first on radio. TV shows like American  Bandstand and Hullabaloo reinforced the message, but radio ruled. You can even get books about it, like the one at right. You might be

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The Lennon Sisters: Baby Boomer Ideals

Should it be idols or ideals? (anyone remember Eric von Zipper and  Beach Blanket Bingo?) Anyway, the Lennon Sisters. Everyone’s parents and grandparents watched The Lawrence Welk Show, and the Lennon Sister was as close as that show came to youth. Who were they and where are they now? Fortunately, there are websites that answer

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Reflections on Barbie

This is a My Turn article that I wrote for the Daily Breeze, and it ran on December 15, 2013. Sadly, the newspaper does not carry the column online, so here is my pdf of the article. If it’s too small for you to read, click on the image. It should appear in a larger

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Tinsel Vintage and Mondern

Remember the feel of “real” tinsel? Like the kind that decorates this 1953 tree in back of little Wendy, from a 2011 blog post? Or in the background picture of my blog, on the right, taken of me and my brother in 1955? We probably thought it was made of tin. Our parents were careful

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The eBook is Free through Monday!

The Boomer Book of Christmas Memories is up on Amazon! And–the eBook will be FREE from November 29 (the day AFTER Thanksgiving) through the following Monday, December 2nd. Plus, I’ve joined some new program on Amazon where, if you buy the print book ($38), you can get the eBook for .99. What is this book

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Ballerina Jewelry Box

All the girls had one. Whether it was the cardboard and vinyl model from Zody’s or your local discount store, or a fancy import like this one found on ePier.com, all girls treasured a ballerina jewelry box. It was as much a rite of passage as your brother’s first baseball bat, and it came ‘way

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Pictures That Won’t Be In the Book

The Boomer Book of Christmas Memories is complete.  Yay! The last picture has been added, the final copy has been proofed, and the next time I see it, it will be a bound, beautiful, full-color book. And . . . weirdly . . . I’m now finding more pictures. Like this one of Gene Autry.

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Johnny Marks and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

You may not know the name or the face, but you’ve heard his songs. You’ve grown up with them. Songs like . . . Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Holly Jolly Christmas Silver and Gold (and all the other songs from the TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree I Heard the

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The Nerf Ball

Coming right at the end of the Boomer era, we remember Nerf Balls as a cheap present for little brothers and sisters, or maybe even a cool new toy for our own kids. Where did they come from? From playing Cave Man. Reyn Guyer (right), one of three men who claim credit for inventing Twister

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Renwal Company (Not Renewal)

The Visible Man–who remembers that? But can you recall the name of the company that made it? The Renwal Company didn’t start out in the anatomy/ scientific/ educational toy biz. In fact, Renwal started in housewares, then made doll furniture from the end of WW2 till the late 1950s, then they sold their dies so

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