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All Girls Learn to Embroider

I wanted to write a post about embroidered pillow cases and dish towels, something I think most girls learned to craft in the Boomer era. Usually, I can find all sorts of articles on the web about any topic. But I came up short on this one. In the early 1960s, my mother and grandmother

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Waterbeds

Remember waterbeds? Everyone has at least one story of a waterbed springing a leak. Happened to you or your friend or (in my case) a newlywed cousin. I just found two great pieces about the waterbed. The first, a very entertaining talk and video featuring the creator, Charles Hall, is here, on CNN. The second requires

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The Berlin Wall: My Thoughts

The Berlin Wall was a part of my childhood. I think a picture of it appeared in the first “My Weekly Reader” that was passed out in 4th grade. The Berlin Wall divided Berlin into free and Communist halves. That was the way it had been my whole life, and what child would anticipate a

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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

Boomers remember Mom getting the groceries in paper bags. And shopping with white gloves on. Admit it: when you were really little you thought your Mom was as pretty as the lady in the picture, right? Heck, most of us remember when those paper bags doubled as garbage bags. Those were also the days before

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5 Things I Hate About the Fifties

Some things weren’t better in the good ol’ days. There. I said it. We get dewy-eyed over stuff we remember fondly, and that’s very human of us. The 50s were less complicated, right? Or is it just that we were children and the complications escaped our notice? Here are five things that are better now

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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 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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Gumby!

It seems almost irreverent to ask, but where did Gumby come from? The clay that became Gumby was first seen in a 1953 experimental movie created by Al Clokey, who studied film making at USC. Clokey was from Michigan, where the clay-ey soil was referred to as gumbo, and he called that 4-minute film Gumbasia.

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Sea Monkeys

Harold von Braunhut may sound like the name of a rocket scientist, but this Harold obsessed over a particular species of brine shrimp—the kind that went into suspended animation when their watery home evaporated. The shrimp—Artemia nyos—remains nearly lifeless for years, until dunked in water once more. Then—Halleluja!—it rises from its shrimpy grave. This made

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Mood Rings

Everyone, Boomer or not, has owned a Mood Ring. They’re still sold at county fairs and flea markets for a buck or so. And they work–or don’t work–the same as they have since the 1970s. They don’t look the same, though. The picture above is what I see today, and I suspect the simple band

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