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What was Once

What was once . . .

Our current age of instant digital information has proven easy access to not-so-important knowledge. We now have unending accesses to most media, access to more gossip avenues, and exposure to way too much useless information. All of this instant access makes history a bit more accountable – or maybe it’s lost in the shuffle? Which is why history through TV seems so precious; it’s a time capsule of what was once simple. Mork and Mindy, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat  – simple. Raise your hand if you miss SIMPLE.

This current information overload seriously has me waxing nostalgic for the days when we only had three main TV networks, “instant” Polaroid cameras, and Pong was the only game that interfaced with your TV. What was once simple has become overly complicated. I hate complicated.

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I Loved Chuck

Ever wonder what young, bored in suburbia girls REALLY did in class? They might have looked like they were dutifully taking notes on the days topics, but what they were earnestly concentrating on was writing the name of their one and only true love, over & over & over & over . . .you get the idea.

And in this case of MY one and only true love, it was Chuck, as you can see by my binder ramblings. I actually have at least three pages of the same thing, “I Love Chuck” written so many times I HAD to have run out of ink at some point. Funny thing about Chuck – he was one of three, a triplet. Yup, there were three Chucks, so to speak. Why all the girls seemed to fall for only him, way back when we were all 13, I can’t explain. But damn, did he have it good! I think we all loved Chuck.

Feathered Hair

 

Wrangler Jeans and feathered hair. Serious situations that describe my not-so-serious life, back in the late 1970’s. Oh, yes, the feathered hair meant so much back then. My hair, the boys’ hair. Feathered. If the boy could flip that feathered hair, even better. Seriously – I think the boys had the better feather! Us girls would spend WAY too much time getting that flip just right; boys seemed to just have it without trying. Did they use gel? Did they use mouse? Hey, guys, we HATED you for that!!! Case in point: my saidies date has THE BEST FEATHER EVER, and I spent at least 45 minutes trying to get my feather oh-so-perfect, his looks so natural. Then again, I have no way of knowing how long my date actually spent getting that flip. Hey, John, how long DID it take you to get that perfect flip?

Bitchin’ Camero

What was “in” –  1977

• Cost of a gallon of Gas –  65 cents
• Average Cost of new house  – $49,300.00
• Average Income per year  –  $15,000.00
• Average Monthly Rent  – $240.00

• The Trans Alaskan Oil Pipeline opens

• The New York City Blackout lasts for 25 hours and results in looting and disorder.

World Trade Center in New York is completed

The British-based Clash starts to create an awareness in America of their politicized punk rock sound.

• Steve Hackett quits Genesis, leaving the group to carry on as a trio.

• The movie Saturday Night Fever has the entire country dancing to the disco beat.

Paul Davis scores the one of the most popular hits of the rock era: “I Go Crazy” stays on the national charts for 40 weeks.

•CB radios in cars and trucks are so popular that they begin interfering with radio and TV signals.

•The 1977 Trans Am is one of the most popular cars, thanks to the success of the movie, “Smokey and the Bandit”.

Roots, an ABC miniseries about the family tree of author Alex Haley, attracts 80 million viewers, surpassing Gone With The Wind as the highest-rated program ever broadcast.

• An oil well shoots out of control in the North Sea, creating a slick 45 miles long and 30 miles wide.

•The U.S. State Department urges emergency admission of 10,000 Vietnamese “boat people” as refugees.

• Edward Koch becomes the 105th mayor of New York City.

Most Popular Books

Fiction:

1. “The Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough

3. “Illusions” by Richard Bach

4. “The Honourable Schoolboy” by John Le Carre

5. “Oliver’s Story” by Erich Segal

Nonfiction

1. “Roots” by Alex Haley

2. “Looking Out for #1” by Robert Ringer

3. “All Things Wise and Wonderful” by James Herriot

4. “Your Erroneous Zones” by Dr. Wayne Dyer

5. “The Book of Lists” by David Wallechinsky