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The Boomers’ Verbal Collage

Our Boomer-In-Charge at BBHQ, Hershel Chicowitz, writes about boomer memories and current events... from a boomer's perspective. He is sometimes funny, sometimes provocative, some-
times a little of each. We hope you get a kick out of our Boomer Essays.

Great times and great memories: music lyrics, advertising tag lines, memorable moments and unforgettable quotes – all in our lifetime. “They” say your life flashes in front of you right before you die. Well, we’re surely not ready for that trip yet – not by a long shot! “Ich bin ein Berliner.” “You deserve a break today.” “Veeeeeeeery interesting.” Let’s breeze through some more of the other things we remember.

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Ah, a boomers' lifetime. What a great time to be alive. What a treasure of memories we share! Sure; there's some ugliness there; it ain't all perfect. But we dwell on the mistakes of our generation elsewhere. Besides, mostly I remember the good stuff.

Great times and great memories: music lyrics, advertising tag lines, memorable moments and unforgettable quotes – all in our lifetime. We are so very fortunate!

"They" say your life flashes in front of you right before you die. Well, we're surely not ready for that trip yet – not by a long shot! But let's breeze through some of the things we remember:

The Boomers' Verbal Collage



And I think to myself....
The story you are about to see is true.
Say kids, what time is it?
Look; up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!
Every day, it's a-gettin' closer.
And a-way we go!
Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee.
I feel good!
Just the facts, ma'am.
What a revolting development this is.
How hot was it?
I got you, babe.
Put a tiger in your tank.
A vast wasteland.
Burma Shave.
Clap for the Wolfman.
Take my wife, please!
We've got to have more power!
One ringy-dingy.
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor?
Soiently!
Born to be wi-i-i-ild.
The devil made me do it.
My wife... I think I'll keep her.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Good to the last drop.
I coulda' been a contender.
Good night, David.
I only sell one kind.
M-I-C.... see ya' real soon.
What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.
Ich bin ein Berliner.
You deserve a break today.
Send them a message!
O-tay!
If I only had a brain.
This is only a test.
My bologna has a first name.
Film at 11.
I'm Nancy; fly me.
Life is a rock.
I am the greatest!
Duck and cover.
Do you know where your children are?
Don't trust anyone over 30.
Chew Mail Pouch.
We will bury you.
Pigs off campus.
Good night, Mrs. Calabash.
The candyman can.
We try harder.
It ain't me, babe.
Heeeeeeeere's Johnny.
You are my knight in shining armor.
That's one small step for man.
Mail moves the country.
Peace with honor.
All you need is love.
Stifle yourself.
What you see is what you get.
Jumpin' Jack flash is a gas, gas, gaaaaas.
Hell no, I won't go.
Get your kicks.
I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.
One of these days, Alice.
I am not a crook.
Big girls don't cry.
Is this the party to whom I am speaking?
Separate but equal.
Atsa' spicy meatball!
Why don't we do it in the road?
Are you smoking more now, but enjoying it less?
All we are saaaying, is give peace a chance.
Honey; I'm home.
Hi ho, Silver!
I'm Ruff; he's Ready.
Now I'm a be-liever.
Love means never having to say you're sorry.
Take a sad song, and make it better.
I'll respect you like crazy!
I am a rock.
Here I come... to save the day.
Where no man has gone before.
Who loves ya', baby?
Que sera, sera.
I still want a hula-hoop.
I'd rather fight than switch.
Cousin Brucie.
A three-hour tour.
I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
Oil, that is; black gold.
There's always room for Jell-O.
The check is in the mail.
Sha-zaam!
Good night, John-boy.
A little dab'll do ya'.
Dy-no-mite!!
Wait for me, Wild Bill!
Everybody wants to get in on de act.
CREEP.
A piece of the rock.
Is that any way to run an airline?
Say good night, Gracie.
I wish they all could be California girls.
Hi-yooooooooooo!
A silly millimeter longer.
Looks like we got ourselves a convoy.
Ah, let me say this about that.
If you can find a better car, buy it.
Mom always liked you best.
Got to be good looking 'cause he's so hard to see.
Te adoro, Maria.
Ask not what your country can do for you.
Chees; what a grouch!
Put a lid on it.
Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock.
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
I didn't know he was Jewish.
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch.
And a rock feels no pain.
I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.
Get the number of that truck!
Oh, Rickie!
Black is beautiful.
You're gonna' make it after all.
Veeeeeeeery interesting.
Houston, Tranquility Base here.
I'm Henry the eighth, I am.
I'm not a doctor, but I play one on television.
Tip-toe through the tulips.
Nattering nabobs of negativism.
Supercalafragilisticexpialadoscious.
Wait'll the NAACP hears about this!
Rain drops on roses.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.
Shaken, not stirred.
God bless the child.
Plop, plop; fizz, fizz.
Hi, Bob.
You know Dasher & Dancer & Prancer & Vixen.
Your mother wears cowboy boots.
So now it's on to Chicago, and let's win there, too.
May a diseased yak do a no-no on your front yard.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
If he kissed you once, will he kiss you again?
I have a dream.
Do you have iron-poor blood?
Don't call me "chief"!
How was I to know there was a party going on?
Let Hertz put you in the driver's seat.
Fly me to the moon.
Ink... a'dink a'ddoo.
Book'im, Danno.
Houston, we've had a problem.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me... a Mercedes Benz.
Watch me pull a rabbit outta' my hat.
Love me, tender.
And then I go and spoil it all.
This was no boating accident.
Let your fingers do the walking.
No, Mr. Bond; I expect you to die!
No, I ain't gonna' el-say my ouse-hae to no ade-spae.
Greasy kid's stuff.
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog.
Look, mom; no cavities!
Black power!
That little ol' wine-maker... me.
Only you can prevent forest fires.
Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot.
Have it your way.
Will you still love me, tomorrow?
Good night, Dick.
Sometimes you feel like a nut.
Why? Because we like you!
The times, they are a-changing.
After all, tomorrow is another day.
And that's the way it is.
Happy trails to you...
Good night, and may God bless.
Those were the days, my friend.

...what a wonderful world... oh yeah!



"The story you are about to see is true." — Dragnet.

"Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee." — Muhammad Ali.

"We've got to have more power!" — Star Trek.

"My bologna has a first name." — "It's O-S-C-A-R."

"That's one small step for man." — Neil Armstrong; Apollo 11

"I wish they all could be California girls." — Beach Boys.

"I have a dream." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you can find a better car, buy it." — Lee Iacocca, Chrysler.

"And that's the way it is." — Walter Cronkite.

Can you get the rest of them? "If he kissed you once, will he kiss you again?" "And then I go and spoil it all." "Happy trails to you..."

Take a moment. "Sit a spell; take your shoes off." Enjoy remembering the good times.

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The BBHQ Sixties Section has a collage for the 60s. Ditto in the BBHQ Seventies Section. One of our favorites essays, "Do You Remember These?" remembers the song with that title. Do we remember these? Yes, we do!

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