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The Official Baby Boomer Qualifying Final Exam


Thousand of boomers and boomer wannbees have taken the BBHQ Official Baby Boomer Qualifying Exam, the first exam in this series. If you haven’t done so yet, you can grab it here. It might be better to start at the beginning.

This is, of course, the logical and inevitable follow-up. And unlike “City Slickers II,” this sequel is every bit as good as the first.

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Being a baby boomer is a state of mind more than a year of birth. But you must have a special, permanent closeness to the events that defined our youth. The BBHQ Official Baby Boomer Qualifying Exams will let you know if you are one of us.

This is not a trivia quiz; it is not the minutia of our childhood. That will come later. So don’t put your thinking cap on; you don’t need to study for this exam. Just sit back and go for it; you either know it, or you don’t.

Answer as many questions as you can; click the submit button; the world is your oyster.

1. “Kookie; Kookie. Lend me your .”

2. The “battle cry” of the hippies in the 60s was “Turn on; tune in; .”

3. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, “Who was that masked man?” Invariably, someone would answer, “I don’t know, but he left this .”

4. Folk songs were played side by side with rock and roll. One of the most memorable folk songs included these lyrics:

      “When the rooster crows at the break of dawn,
look out your window and I’ll be gone.
You’re the reason I’m traveling on,

5. A group of protesters were arrested at the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968 and later tried in court. The resulting spectacle gave them cult status; around the country... and the world. They became known as the .

6. When the Beatles came to the U.S. in early 1964, we first watched them perform on the show.

7. Some of us who protested the Vietnam war in the 60s did so by burning our .

8. We all learned to read using the same books. We read about the thrilling lives and adventures of Dick and Jane. What was the name of Dick and Jane’s dog?

9. The cute, little car with the engine in the back and the trunk (what there was of it) in the front, was called the VW .

10. The Broadway musical and movie “West Side Story” gave us the gang names the and the .

11. In the seventies, we called the drop-out nonconformists “hippies.” But in the early sixties, they were known as .

12. William Bendix played Chester A. Riley, who always seemed to get the short end of the stick in the television program, “The Life of Riley.” At the end of each show, poor Chester would turn to the camera and exclaim, “What a this is.”

13. “Get your kicks, on .”

14. “The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed .”

Here’s a hint:

15. The real James Bond, Sean Connery, mixed his martinis a special way: .

16. “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, .”

17. In 1965, an unknown professional agitator published a book called “Unsafe at Any Speed,” which affected the author’s life as much as it did the automobile industry. Who is the author of this book? .

18. Today, the math geniuses in school might walk around with a calculator or smartphone strapped to their belt. But back in the 60s, members of the math club used a for that purpose.

19. In 1971, singer Don McLean sang a song about “the day the music died.” This was, in part, a reference and tribute to whom? .

20. A well-known television commercial featured a driver who was miraculously lifted through thin air and into the front seat of a convertible. The matching slogan was “Let Hertz .” Let Hertz...

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21. After the twist, the mashed potatoes, and the watusi, we “danced” under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the .

22. “N-E-S-T-L-E-S; Nestles makes the very best... .”

23. In the late sixties, the “full figure” style of Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe gave way to the “trim” look, as first exemplified by British model .

24. Satchmo was America’s “ambassador of goodwill.” Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was .

25. On Jackie Gleason’s variety show in the sixties, one of the most popular segments was “Joe, the Bartender.” Joe’s regular visitor at the bar was that slightly off-center, but lovable character, . (The character’s name, not the actor’s.)

26. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it; it was called .

27. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? .

28. One of the big fads of the late fifties and sixties was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist; it was called the .

29. The “Age of Aquarius” was brought into the mainstream in the Broadway musical .

30. This is a two-parter: Red Skelton’s hobo character (not the hayseed; the hobo) was . Red ended his television show by saying, “Good night, and .”

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