"You Know You're a Baby Boomer if You Remember..."


By: R. White

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The nostalgia of fads, famous people and events of the '50s to the '70s are highlighted in this walk down memory lane for those of a certain age! Howdy Doody, Elvis, and Vietnam...it's all here!

Which company produced the popular Hula-Hoop, Superball, and Frisbee?

Founded in 1948, Wham-O was conceived in a garage by two USC graduates. The Superball, Hula-Hoop, and Frisbee were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.


"The Mickey Mouse Club" featured child stars such as Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk who sang, danced, and acted. What was the name of the show's host?

The musical host of "The Mickey Mouse Club," James Dodd, began a career on radio as a musician and was later hired by Disney as a staff music writer. He wrote the theme song for "The Mickey Mouse Club."


Which is the most recent device to be invented?

CB radios were created in 1945; the transistor radio was marketed in 1954; 8-track tapes came along in 1964. The Walkman did not enter the market until 1979.


Which is NOT among the three major networks when television debuted in the 1940s?

The big three networks NBC, ABC,and CBS, did not have much competition until FOX arrived on the scene in the 1980s. CNN (Cable Network News) was founded in 1980.


What was carbon paper used for?

Carbon paper was developed in 1806 and was used to make duplicates of documents before copy machines made the job easier. It was placed between two pieces of paper when writing or typing.


Of what country did actress Grace Kelly become the princess?

Kelly left a successful acting career to become the wife of Prince Ranier III of Monaco in 1956. Her last film was "High Society."


Who was the first Baby Boomer president of the United States?

Clinton became the first of four baby boomer presidents with three of them born in 1946: Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. Obama was the fourth baby boomer.


What vaccine developed by Jonas Salk has had a major medical impact since its commercial use in the 1960s?

According to the CDC, the US has been polio-free since 1979. Polio is a very contagious disease that can cause paralysis.


The world's first look at James Bond was in the film, "Dr. No." Who played the famous spy in this film?

Connery followed with six more films, including "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds are Forever." There have been seven actors who have played James Bond.


What was the name of the clown on "The Howdy Doody Show"?

Clarabell was originally played by Bob Keeshan who went on to become Captain Kangaroo. He communicated by honking a horn.


Which musicians did not participate in Woodstock?

Mick Jagger was in Australia filming a movie. Other notables not present were Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and Joni Mitchell.


This American icon hosted the first episode of "American Bandstand" in 1956. Who is it?

Dick Clark hosted the culturally influential "American Bandstand" from 1957-1989. He was also known for hosting "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" as well as hosting several games shows.


What was the company, Swanson, known for?

Swanson brought the world "TV dinners" in the 1950s when the company had too many frozen turkeys and needed to get them distributed for consumption quickly. The label "TV" was removed from its labels in 1962.


What popular item made out of wax did Wack-O-Wax make?

These popular wax items were flavored and could be chewed. The company (now owned by Tootsie Roll) also made wax mustaches and fangs.


In 1959, the first American astronauts were introduced. Who was not among them?

There were seven original astronauts: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton.


Which of these was NOT a game show?

"Queen for a Day" featured average women telling personal struggle stories to win "queen for a day" honors. "Seven Keys" was a version of the board game, "Chutes and Ladders." "To Tell the Truth" brought a panel on to ask questions of contestants and determine who was actually who they claimed to be.


Rosa Parks stood up for her rights when she would not give up her seat on a bus to a white person. In what city did this take place?

This act by Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott where local black community leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., encouraged a peaceful resistance to riding public buses. The boycott lasted a year from Dec 1955- Dec 1956 and ended when the Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional.


Elvis Presley is referred to as "The King" of rock-n-roll. What was the name of his first album?

In March 1956, Presely's first album debuted. "Heartbreak Hotel" was one of his biggest hits that year but the song remained a single and did not make the album.


What is the Peace Corps?

A community-based organization, the Peace Corps promotes world peace and friendship. It was created by Executive Order in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.


What do "The Stroll," "The Slop," and "The Hand Jive" refer to?

"The Stroll" was a slow-moving rock-n-roll dance of the '50s. "The Slop" originated on the East Coast and also was a song by Chubby Checker. "The Hand Jive" was revived in the movie, "Grease."


What does a "beehive" refer to?

A popular hairstyle of the '60s where the hair is piled high on top of the head.


What are "Brats," "Comets," and "Starfires"?

The Brat was a strange looking car-pick-up hybrid made by Subaru. The Comet was made by Mercury and the Starfire was made by Oldsmobile.


Which credit card was issued first?

The Diner's Club card was issued in 1950. It was soon followed by American Express and Visa in 1958. The pre-cursor to these was a card for the Flatbush National Bank in 1946 as part of the "Charge It" program set up by John Biggins.


Who were the neighbors of Ricky and Lucy Ricardo?

Boomers would recognize this couple as the landlords of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. The pair served as the sidekicks played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance.


Who or what was "Twiggy"?

Nickname for '60s British model Leslie Lawson who was known for her skinny figure and pixie hairstyle.


"Broadway Joe" refers to a well-known football quarterback of the '60s. Who is it?

A popular quarterback of the New Jets, Namath gained fame through his appeal to the ladies, a Super Bowl win, and donning pantyhose for a commercial.


Who was President of the U.S. during the war in Vietnam?

Criticized for his getting the US entrenched in the Vietnam War, LBJ increased involvement of troops in the mid-'60s. This sparked many anti-war protests and movements.


What year did the Apollo mission first land on the moon?

Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong's famous line, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," was witnessed on television by more than half a billion viewers.


Who was a friend of Captain Kangaroo?

Mr. Green Jeans (played by Hugh Brannum) was a mainstay of the show. He was handyman and jack-of-all-trades who played multiple characters.


Which of these did Boomers NOT live during?

"Baby Boomers" are considered part of the increase in the births occurring after, and as a result of, WWII.


What kind of animal was Mr. Ed?

Mr. Ed was a talking horse on a show of the same name from the '50s. His pal and owner, Wilbur, kept this ability a secret to others resulting in comedic situations.


A popular schoolyard taunt: "Baby, baby, stick your head in ______________________."

The rest goes, "Wash it off with bubble gum and send it to the navy!"


What was Sputnik?

The world's first artificial satellite was launched in 1957 by the Soviet Union. It sparked a rivalry for space exploration with the US.


"Who could turn the world on with her smile?"

Moore played a groundbreaking role as Mary Richards, a news producer. The character broke stereotypes of the stay-at-home woman and advocated for women's rights.


Which television show opened with the song "Those Were the Days"?

The main characters, Archie and Edith Bunker, sang this song as it outlined the challenges of a changing world and attitudes in society in the '70s.


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