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The Official Baby Boomer Qualifying
Post-Graduate Exam

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These questions are not necessarily more difficult, but if you can make a good showing on all three exams, your heart and soul have deep roots in the sixties. Congratulations! This edition of the exam is an exclusive to BBHQ. If you found it anywhere else, you're dealing with stolen property! Drop to the ground and spread 'em!

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Now, to the business at hand:

1. American's "oldest teenager" is .

2. "I know; it's only rock n' roll, ." Want a hint?

3. "There's a holdup in the Bronx,
      Brooklyn's broken out in fights.
      There's a traffic jam in Harlem
      that's backed up to Jackson Heights.
      There's a scout troop short a child,

4. In 1963, Leslie Gore sang the well-remembered hit, "It's My Party." This is one of those rare songs for which there was a follow-up, "response" song. Sung by the same artist, the response song was called "."

5. What the heck was Jeremiah? .

6. Bikinis were in high fashion in the sixties. And generally, the less, the better. Brian Hyland sang a song about a very special bikini: "It was an bikini."

7. By the end of the 1960's, Johnny Carson was the undisputed king of late night television; and for us true baby boomers, he will always remain so. One of the highest rated shows of his career was the nationally televised marriage of Miss Vickie to .

8. However, the episode of "The Tonight Show" that we remember most involved what might delicately be described as a potential surgical amputation, when, to promote his new television show, threw a tomahawk at an unfortunate target across the stage. Ouch! Carson Surgery

9. All right, one more question about the Tonight Show: Although it has been on the air for over 40 years, there have been only four permanent hosts of the show. Name them. Heck, I'll take you half way there. The host who lasted the longest, of course, was Johnny Carson. The current host is Jay Leno. Who are the other two?

10. With lyrics that might be more appropriate to us today than in the sixties, the Beatles sang,
      "Send me a postcard, drop me a line;
      Stating point of view.
      Indicate precisely what you mean to say;
      yours sincerely wasting away.
      Give me your answer, fill in a form;
      Mine forever more,

Want a hint?

11. Where were you when you heard that President Kennedy had been shot? (And don't tell me, "reading this exam"!)

12. Most of us were in our twenties before we realized that Simon and Garfunkel were referring to herbs when they sang "Parsley, ."

13. Frasier's dog was Eddie. Long before Eddie, Timmy's dog was Lassie. And even before that, The Little Rascal's dog was .

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Rascal's Dog

14. Back in the sixties, the business world admonished us with these words: "Do not fold, bend, spindle, or mutilate." To what did that stern warning apply?

15. We all felt threatened in the sixties by a world leader who, during a speech at the United Nations, took his shoe off and pounded it on the table, allegedly saying "We will bury you." This mis-leader was .

16. Back in the sixties, what was proudly advertised as "99 and 44/100ths pure"?

17. We watched him on television; who was "king of the wild frontier"?

18. "Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed;
      A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed.
      And then one day, he was shootin' at some food,
      when up from the ground came a bubblin' crude.
      , that is;

19. Who sang "Happy Trails" to us?
Come on... sing along the first verse:
"Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again;
Happy trails to you,

20. Sexist though it may have been, only the guys had to register for the military draft back in the sixties. If you were in Uncle Sam's cross hairs, you were classified as I-A. If you were still in school, you had a II-S deferment. And if you had two left feet, were blind in one eye, or had a strange attraction to members of the same sex (not that there's anything wrong with that), you were classified as .

21. Some boomers protested the war by demonstrating in the streets and attending "peace rallies." Others went so far as to move to Canada. One American actress went to North Vietnam and "aided and abetted" the enemy by allowing herself to be photographed sitting atop an enemy gun. Hanoi Jane, as she was not-so-affectionately called at the time, has since retired from both acting and aiding and abetting the enemy. Her real name is .

22. If I asked for Elvis' last name, anybody could answer "Presley." (OK, I guess a few of you would answer "Costello." But... come on.) But a true boomer knows that his middle name was   .

23. If you're an "early boomer," you remember being taught that there were 48 states in the United States. Even if you're a "late boomer," you should remember the excitement of the two newest states being added the union. They are .

24. Two golfers battled throughout the sixties above all the rest for the top spot in professional golf. You may not be a golf fan, but if you're a boomer, you should be able to identify at least one of them: .

25. achieved international recognition and acclaim when he went to West Germany and proclaimed, "Ich bin ein Berliner," (...Which, the purists remind us, actually means, "I am a jelly doughnut." Well, nobody's perfect.)

26. On the other side of the coin, another statesman of the sixties said, "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." Who was that?
Want a hint?

27. Sam Cooke, Herman's Hermits (and more recently James Taylor) recorded the memorable song, "Wonderful World," which is probably known better as "Don't Know Much About History." Wanna' listen? (And wouldn't that serve well as a theme song for today's teenagers, many of whom can't even identify in what century the American Civil War was fought?) One of the lines in the song is, "Don't know what a slide rule is for." The faulty grammar aside, as a baby boomer, you should be able to recall the function of a slide rule. Enlighten your children:

28. In 1970, many of us were moved to tears by Erich Segal's simple but touching novel. In the movie version, Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal starred in "."

29. President Lyndon Johnson battled the Vietnam war throughout his presidency. For most of the time, he had the majority of the country and the Congress on his side. But when he said, "When I've lost ____________________, I've lost the country." He was referring to "the most trusted man in America," .

30. The Russians were first to send a man into space. But the sixties belonged to the USA. Of course, it was our Apollo 11 that first went on the moon. But the first group of US astronauts were known as the Mercury astronauts. There were seven of them. Can you name any three? (We get a lot of the same, wrong answers on this one. Click here for a hint... of sorts.)

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