The way back machine #10

Tonight’s little trip to the days of polyester, feathered hair, and gas lines takes us to Dec 9, 1978!  What fun!  I’d been a productive member of society for a whole six months.  I’d managed to graduate from high school and even get a job working for a subcontractor of IBM.  I was the only guy in a department full of women in the days well before sexual harassment cases and political correctness.  I had a BLAST!  It was good money too.  I was making a whole 2.75 an hour.

1978… Johnny Travolta was making the transition from Sweathog to the big screen in a blindingly white suit and mad dancing skillz…  Five gay guys in Halloween costumes made it to the top 20 singing about staying at the YMCA.  The ballads were sappy and sickeningly sweet (maybe my sis had something right listening to her hard rock… I was, and still am, a jazz head.).   Bailey Quarters, a character on WKRP in Cincinnati, played by Jan Smithers, was the quintessential girl next door. Sure Loni Anderson had that bombshell look that most guys would kill for, but, man, Bailey was approachable

Here’s a fun fact:  Cleveland, OH, became the first major American city to go into default since the Great Depression.  Her mayor?  None other than the Left wing’s poster child, Dennis Kucinich. And people actually voted for him for PRESIDENT!   The Susan B. Anthony dollar coin entered circulation this week.  Anyone have any of them left?  I have 20 still in a Crown Royal bag courtesy of the Cubs ability to lose.  The Spanish Constitution officially restores that country’s democratic government.  It didn’t last.  A couple of weeks prior, some lunatic named Jim Jones managed to convince over 900 people to drink cyanide laced Kool-Aid at Jonestown, Guyana.   Iran was in turmoil over deepening opposition to the Shah.  (Two million people rioted in protest against the Shah on this date.)  Just a few month prior, US intelligence proclaimed with their usual accuracy that the Shah “is expected to remain actively in power over the next ten years.”  Just like there were WMD’s in Iraq.  I’m sure there were at one time, but c’mon guys, pull your heads out.  Rioters sacked the British embassy in Tehran just a couple of weeks back.  Can anyone say “foreshadowing’? 

 Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin split the Nobel Peace Prize for their achievements in the Middle East peace process.  Those fun-loving guys in Stockholm….they’re such kidders!  These two, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Barry O. to name but a few.  There have been a few more prizes given out to Arab and Israeli leaders for Mid-East peace work as well.  I want some of what they’re passing around the table in Stockholm.   Ask any GI where they’ve been lately…..

This week’s number three song is last week’s number one and it’s an unbearably grating dirge from Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond:  You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. I could have gone a lifetime without ever hearing this nightmare again.  Number two was a fun track from Donna Summer: MacArthur Park.  I used to play a version of this in my high school jazz band.  It was totally fun and I loved playing it.  Every time I hear it in any iteration, I can still see the music running through my mind.  Number one this week was a total disco anthem in the purest sense: mindless, repetitive, and simplistic.  Chic’s Le Freak .  aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, FREAK OUT!!!   Le Freak, so chic!

Now that I have that in your head…..have a great NATO kinda day!


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