Using my blog to try and make the world a better place. If I can help someone forget their troubles for a few minutes a day, it's all worth it.

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like the first-season Bobby Brady in this pic?????):

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like the first-season Bobby Brady in this pic?????):
I watch the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream of warm impermanent sand. So the days flow through my eyes but still the days seem the same. And these children that you spit on as they try to change their world are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Misc. Remembrance:


In the early '70s when I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, I thought it was really cool that he had a traffic light in his apartment (which, when you think about it, if you're going to have a traffic light for private use you pretty much have to steal one because you just can't buy them in stores). I asked my folks if we could install one in our home and of course they said "no". I told myself that when I got older I'd have one in my place, but now that I'm old enough to make that call, for some reason it just doesn't seem that important as it used to be..

Monday, November 17, 2014

I know I'm in the minority on this one:

But in 1978 I didn't think Steve Martin was funny (although I did laugh my @$$ off watching The Jerk), and quite frankly I still don't think he's funny...

Monday, November 10, 2014

As I recall...


... back in the day, digital watches were very expensive. And most, in retrospect, were extremely ugly. I'm not sure if they make them any more, but then again not many people these days wear watches these days except as a fashion accessory. The list of common everyday staples of life from back in the day that are becoming (or have become) obsolete is steadily growing: watches, rotary and land line phones, black & white televisions, typewriters, watches, record players, newspapers (even magazines are on the decline). And to be honest I don't recall the last time I've seen an ash tray being for sale in a store. I can't really say that I miss them though. Especially the ash trays.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Onset Beach:


Back in the day my grandparents used to take us to Onset Beach in Wareham. It was a lot closer than the beaches on Cape Cod. I haven't been there since around '79, but back then it was always packed with people. As I recall the Kayak Center used to be a restaurant / snack shop, and my grandmother used to give me 45 cents to buy a frozen Milky Way bar. I don't know if you've ever tried eating a frozen Milky Way bar, but basically they were so hard it was like gnawing on a block of plywood. To this day I have no idea why I never decided to buy something else, but she told me to get a frozen Milky Way bar, and I figured she was paying for it so what the hell....

It's getting harder and harder to come up with stuff...


... but I just remembered how, in the late '70s (ca. '77), dad thought he was going to get rich selling Amway products. I don't think he sold anything except maybe some breath freshener spray and some cleaning agents (to his girlfriend), and I don't think his Amway career lasted more than 3 months. I still remember riding in his truck and in the center console were the Gordon Lightfoot 8-track tapes and the breath spray. Sorry it didn't work out for him but at least I got some free breath spray out of the deal...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Random fact:

Some girls will fall for anyone who can play a guitar, if the above pic is any indication...

Maybe I'm alone on this one...


... but while I like James Taylor, all his music basically sounds the same to me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why pay for something when you can get it for free:



I didn't have the above album, but my neighbors did (I have to say my least favorite song was the title song). Of course, I didn't really need to buy the album because the radio station I listened to played it over and over. And over. And over. And over. And over...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Judging from the pic you'd never know he'd been in a fight:

Okay so 1978 wasn't a great year for everybody....

Random observance:

People normally don't take criticism very well, no matter how diplomatic the delivery.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

EVERYONE got it wrong:

Like the lady above, back in the day mom used to spray Lysol disinfectant spray into the air in our home after she finished cleaning. For the record, Lysol was not an "air freshener". It was meant to be sprayed onto surfaces to disinfect them, i.e. countertops, toilets, etc. Not an air freshener, people. I wonder if there's anyone out there who actually used it for what it was intended for....

Monday, August 11, 2014

I don't know if I'm alone on this one...

 
 
... but even back in its day the above ad campaign was annoying.

Non-'70s random:

I had a roommate who used to cook chicken from time to time. He used to coat boneless chicken breasts with egg and breadcrumbs. He would always set the oven temperature too high, and by the time it was done cooking, smoke would pour out of the oven and set off all the smoke alarms in the house. He never knew how long it should cook for, but the general rule-of-thumb was that when the smoke alarms went off, it was done.

The "How To Launch A Dream" poster:

 
 
I think these were more of an '80s relic. I believe a lot of people had them, but it's taken me years to find a pic on the 'net. I had one, and my neighbor had one. Even though they were popular, it's impossible to find one on eBay, not that there's any way I'd buy one now, although you never know...

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Misc.:

1974 was a great year, but obviously not for everyone...

Friday, August 08, 2014

Just sayin':

 
In 1974, if it wasn't covered in pepperoni, it just wasn't a pizza.

1977 Bounty commercial ad:

If you ask me, they guy's acting is a bit over-the-top, but that's just my opinion.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Night Disco:

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"MacArthur Park" by Donna Summer. And after all these years I'm still trying to make sense of the lyrics.

Non-'70s random:

I guess the one major drawback in time travel would be the fact that you just never know where you're gonna pop up..

Stuff I had:

The Cap'n Crunch puzzle. The description about the pic dated it to be '71, which seems to be around when I had it. I seem to remember using the puzzle pieces as action figures. Not only would the figures pop out, but I believe the wood background did as well; although it's hard to remember for sure - 1971 was a long time ago.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Like I've said before...

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... I'm not really a fan of Shakespeare, but I am if it's done in the right way.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Non-'70s fave:

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"Romeo And Juliet" by Dire Straits. It was released in 1980, but it could have been written in '79...

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

To be honest....

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... except for I Dream Of Jeannie, I don't think I could sit through an entire episode of the above shows.

Monday, July 07, 2014

For the record:




Just a few pics of The Match Game for Steve to prove that I did like the show, and that I'm not a Communist.

Brady Clips:

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In 1975 and '76 when I'd come home from school, starting at 3:00 I used to watch back-to-back Brady Bunch re-runs on Channel 56. After the Bradys would be Gilligan's Island then The Flintstones. I never missed a day. Although I have to admit I'm a little fuzzy on the order of episodes and the times, but then again my memory isn't quite what it used to be.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Soul Train Saturday

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"Ooh Child" by The Five Stairsteps

Friday, July 04, 2014

Proud to be an American:


Give me liberty, or kiss my @$$.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Random observance:

Some people can find the humor in any situation, and some people are just whiners. In the above pic I think we know which is which..

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Two of the best scenes ever:

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Back in the day when I first saw the above 2 episodes, I laughed my @$$ off. I wanted to see if the washing machine scenario would really work, but I wasn't allowed to go anywhere near the washing machine. I guess my folks knew me too well, and there was absolutely no way my folks would have helped me make an explosive mud volcano. Some times they were just no fun.

I'm wondering...


... if Lindsey Buckingham still has all that great hair, and if Stevie Nicks has finally decided to wear a bra...

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Live the dream:


He's got this dream about buying some land
He's gonna give up the booze and the one-night stands
And then he'll settle down
In some quiet little town
And forget about everything
.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday Night Disco:

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Young man, there's no need to feel down. I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground. I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town there's no need to be unhappy.

Random fact:

I went to 2 separate high schools, and not once did we ever break out in song and start dancing. Nobody was in their 30s either...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Just sayin':

In '75, even though Cher may have been clothed, she was still basically naked. I mean why even bother..

Thursday, June 26, 2014

They gave it their best shot:

In the mid to latter part of the decade, people tried to make soccer mainstream, to be on par with, say, baseball or basketball. Never happened.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Late '70s / early '80s decor:

I remember the above from the Sears catalog, but I forget the year. Back then, rainbows weren't a gay pride symbol and they were quite popular. I don't know how many people had the above, but I'm sure there were quite a few who did. I wonder if any still exist.

Laverne & Shirley season 2: "Steppin' Out"

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The opening, part 1, and part 2.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Random:

Back in the day, my darkest nightmare would have been being locked in a room alone with Shields and Yarnell with no way out.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Random fact:

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Some people just can't seem to stay away from places that they don't belong.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Who are the people in your neighborhood? They're the people that you meet each day:

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Oh, a fireman is brave it's said,  His engine is a shiny red. If there's a fire anywhere about, Well, he'll be sure to put it out. 'Cause a fireman is a person in your neighborhood, In your neighborhood. He's in your neighborhood.

Friday, June 13, 2014

I guess she'll never make that mistake again:

For the Christmas of 1972, my childhood friend Lori received a Blythe doll. It was the above model with the platinum blonde hair and blue dress. She hated it and it eventually ended up in the garbage. If only she'd known that eventually the doll would've sold for over $3,000.00 on eBay if she'd just kept it. I guess it pays to be grateful. Sucks to be her.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Misc. Remembrance:

Back in the day, I was amazed at how TV show producers were able to find people who looked exactly like the show's characters to play in episodes in which the storyline required it. I mean, the above two characters looked so similar they could have almost been the same person

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Braided Rope Bracelets:

These were extremely popular (at least where I was from) back in the mid-'70s. I don't recall seeing them after '75. I would have worn one, but they were a girl thing and not for boys. Boys didn't wear bracelets back then. The one mistake girls would make with these things would be that they would go swimming wearing them, then the bracelets would shrink so much that they'd have to be cut loose in order to get them off. I think they still sell them, and maybe a guy could get away with wearing one these days, but I'll always think of them as a girl thing...

KerPlunk:



I got this as a Christmas gift (I don't remember the year), but I never played it. Never even opened the box. To be honest I was a little afraid of it. With all those sticks sticking out, it just looked so dangerous.

Monday, June 09, 2014

A little family history:

In 1939, my great grandparents, along with their 1 son and 2 daughters (one of which was my grandmother), immigrated from Poland just before the Nazis invaded. They bought the above house in Taunton Massachusetts. It's a 2-family on Meadow Street, just down the road from the Reed & Barton factory where my great grandfather got a job. He worked there 'til he died, and he died shortly before I was adopted into the family. My great grandparents lived in the second floor 3-bedroom apartment, and my grandparents lived in the first floor 2-bedroom apartment.

My grandmother hated living there. She and my grandfather had never intended to move into the house, instead they had planned on buying a house in Brockton, but my grandfather was an alcoholic and he had invested their entire life savings into a questionable-at-best business venture with a friend. The business flopped and they lost everything, so they ended up moving into the house, and my grandfather got a job as a milkman. I don't think my grandmother ever forgave him, nor did my great grandparents. Up until the day they died, both my great grandmother and my grandmother could speak fluent polish, and they used to argue in Polish so nobody could understand what they were saying. It used to drive me crazy...

The house used to be sided with green asphalt roofing tiles, and there were large rosebushes  along the side of the house. There was a small garage at the end of the driveway, and there were two porches on the front of the house (one for each apartment). There was also an old brick barbecue in the backyard. They never used it by the time I came around. It actually hadn't been used since the early '50s, when there was still some semblance of a functional family. But honestly the family had never really been functional: between my grandfather's alcoholism and individual conflicting personalities it never really was a normal family. They weren't the Waltons....

The attic was partitioned into 2 rooms and could have easily been incorporated into the 2nd floor apartment, making the 2nd floor apartment 2 stories. In the attic were the old chests that they had brought over from Poland with all their personal effects: books, family portraits, old photographs from the early part of the century, lace wedding dresses, old suits, etc. I used to love going through all the stuff.

The house is on a river, but nobody seemed to appreciate that it was waterfront, and they let the lawn get so overgrown leading to the water that you couldn't even see the water or get to it. I think it was the river that powered the factory. My great grandmother had a friend (also from Poland) who had a house up the street which was on the river, and her back yard had quite a few apple trees growing on it. We visited her once, and I can still remember sitting in the back yard and the smell of the apples that had fallen on the ground, combined with the smell of the river.

I practically grew up in that house and to this day I still miss it. It was like home. Apparently it's become a really rough neighborhood with drugs and other problems, but it used to be a somewhat attractive and respectable working-class neighborhood. Time certainly has not been kind to Meadow Street.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Don't Blow Your Top:



The above pics are from an eBay listing. The game is dated 1972, and I'm pretty sure I received one in the Christmas of that year. We played this one alot until we ran out of balloons, then I think my mom threw it out. I don't know why we just didn't buy more balloons, but whatever. I guess whatever number the spinner pointer landed on was the number of marbles you dropped into his hat, and whoever made his head explode was the loser. I loved watching his head explode, so much in fact that I didn't mind losing. Just watching his head explode. Yeah that was awesome.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday Night Disco:

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"How Deep Is Your Love" by The Bee Gees. Singing and walking at the same time. Between you and me, I find it a little odd when the camera pans to either Robin or Maurice while it's Barry's voice that is the dominant vocal. It's like Barry's voice is coming out of their mouths. It just seems so wrong..

Friday, May 30, 2014

I learned the truth at seventeen that love was meant for beauty queens, and high school girls with clear-skinned smiles who married young and then retired.

... and those of us with ravaged faces lacking in the social graces, desperately remained at home inventing lovers on the phone who called to say "come dance with me" and murmured vague obscenities. It isn't all it seems at seventeen.

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