Even though Barbie was born grown up, it’s her fiftieth birthday today:
Happy 50th to Baby Boomer Barbie
Baby Boomer Examiner
Her age makes her a Baby Boomer and -- in a way, despite the ditsiness often applied to her and especially her name -- she is somewhat representative of how Baby Boomers have reshaped, refined and redefined who they are over the years.
Appropriate: Forbes is throwing the biggest media bash for Barbie …
Barbie Turns 50
Edited By Anna Vander Broek and Michael Noer
She is an American icon, a business phenomenon and a real doll. Since her introduction on March 9, 1959, Mattel has sold more than 1 billion Barbie dolls, nearly 100 million of those last year alone.
Back in the dark ages of the WWW, before there were blogs, before there were social networking sites – I blogged on a social networking site and wrote about Baby Boomers. Here’s a link to my 1998 ‘post’ celebrating Barbie’s fortieth birthday:
It was (and still is) a phenomenon rivaling the one surrounding the Beatles: A doll not to be fed, cuddled or nurtured -- but a fantasy representation of you in the future!
Here’s how Madison Avenue did it in 1961:
What cultural upheavals?