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Updated: Apr 20, 2018

This blog is for our members, cast and friends of the Boomers Web Series! We love to hear from you, so please send in your favorite pix, past or present.


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Wardrobe malfunctions don't only happen in the Super Bowl! Here's a cute kiddy pool pic of Boomers' Ellen Crawford with her brother Les. Les Crawford's hands also appear in Boomers, as well as his drum set - he's our professional stand-in for real life husband Mike Genovese, who plays Al!

We asked Ellen a few questions about her real Boomer days:


1. What’s your favorite fashion item or hair style from the ‘60s/’70s?

Having survived developing curves during the Twiggy era, and trying to tame naturally wavy hair during the Jane Asher straight hair era, I was ecstatic when “natural” hair came in with the “American Tribalove Rock Musical” Hair. I could dispense with straightening perms and hot rollers and “Let my freak flag fly!”


2. What’s your favorite food or drink from that time?

The first time my husband spent an evening around me in 1974 (long before we were an “item”) I was introduced to that cheese dip made with Velveeta and Rotel tomatoes and green chiles. I think I almost singlehandedly demolished a pound of Velveeta “queso” with Fritos. I think I made quite an impression… not surprisingly it was years before I was on his romantic radar. Not so much my style now but I sure loved it then!

3. What did you do growing up without computers, cell phones or social media?

As kids we spent days “playing pretend”, acting out our favorite books and stories and movies, and sometimes putting together shows in someone’s basement to show our parents and siblings. Of course we had bikes and “Kick the Can” and catching lightening bugs too.

Later, grown up, when Michael and I had to be away from each other for work, our largest budget item was our phone bill. No free calls by cell phone. It was expensive, but we figured that a good relationship was worth the expense!


4. What’s the most memorable experience you have from the ‘60s/’70s?

Definitely my time in both the original Chicago company and National Tour of Hair. I was cast just as I graduated from high school. Probably the most historic experience during that time was at the beginning when they sent a few cast members from each company, NY, LA, San Francisco and Chicago, to sing at the Moratorium in Washington D.C. – remember the famous one in Forrest Gump? I was keeping warm in a bus with Timothy Leary and Peter, Paul and Mary, then went up on that stage to see acres and acres of protestors. Quite a memory.


5. How do you see your ‘retirement’ years, if retiring at all?

I plan to die on stage like Moliere. At least never stop creating as long as I can draw breath. Plus, it seems that we have to keep fixing all the social justice issues we thought we had solved, so I plan to keep doing tai chi and keep rolling as long as I can. Having a fun partner like my husband for travel adventures and projects makes life vibrant.


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David A. Kimball is a bike enthusiast, guitar picker, and lucky real-life husband to Marykate Harris, who plays his wife in the Boomers series. We asked him a few questions about life back in the day - does anyone else remember Screaming Yellow Zonkers?!

1. What’s your favorite fashion item or hair style from the ‘60s/’70s?

Military surplus jackets.


2. What’s your favorite food or drink from that time?

Screaming Yellow Zonkers.


3. What did you do growing up without computers, cell phones or social media?

Enjoyed long stretches of uninterrupted silence. Read maps, got lost. Found great restaurants and bars by accident. Minded my own business (and still do).


4. What’s the most memorable experience you have from the ‘60s/’70s?

1969 Moratorium March on Washington. Also seeing the Beatles live in 1965.


5. How do you see your ‘retirement’ years, if retiring at all?

A slow march to death. Just kidding. It's not that slow...



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Barry Pearl as the Pauper in a musical film version of the PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (19660 - This photo has him in the prince's costume after the switch is made)


What did you do as a kid without cell phones, computers or social media?

Talked on the phone from our NY apartment where it cost 25c a call, or went to the mom and pop grocery store on 8th Ave and 45th to use pay phone for 10c; but if you hit the coin return as soon as you deposited a nickel, it would give you a tone signal and you got your call for five cents. We also wrote letters (what a concept!)


What are some of your fondest memories from the '60s or '70s?

All the fun show biz work I did, and the dynamics that led to loosing my virginity.



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