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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I miss Point Judith:

In the mid to late '70s, in the Summer we often went to Point Judith in Rhode Island for the day. I think it was closer than Cape Cod. We went to the above restaurant quite a few times. I'm not sure if it was "Champlins" back then. I believe their specialty was clam cakes, but I'm not really sure if that's what they were called. In '78 we spent a week in a rental cottage and had a great time. My father's aunt had a cottage in P.J., as well. Once in a while I think of going back there for a couple of days and hanging out, and seeing if it even remotely resembles what it was back then. It seemed really laid-back, but that was more than 34 years ago, and there aren't too many places that stay that way for that long.

Monday, July 09, 2012

200 years before "Jaws", shark attacks captivated us all:

Watson And The Shark by John Singleton Copley, 1778

The above painting is actually a depiction of a real-life event. It portrays the swimmer, London merchant Brook Watson being attacked by a shark off Havana, Cuba, when he was 14 years old. As a result of the attack Watson lost his leg. I first saw a picture of this painting in an art magazine back in the '80s. Copley, as an artist, did a magnificent job capturing the facial expressions of all his subjects: the surprise, horror and desperation of the swimmer, and the utter helplessness of the sailors in the rowboat watching the tragedy unfold. I can't imagine what it would be like doing the backstoke and looking up to see a 1,000 pound hungry shark 2 feet away. Sucked to be him.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Random fact:

In the '70s, McDonald's sold onion rings. I just found this out 5 minutes ago. I don't remember these at all. I guess I was too busy cramming handfulls of fries into my mouth at the time to notice..

Saturday, July 07, 2012

That's one awesome suit Jimmy's wearing:

In the latter part of the decade, Kristy and Jimmy McNichol were featured on various talk shows singing. They were so cute together. Apparantly the Network Brass expected big things from Jimmy and Kristy. We all did. Well, except the guy in the background of this pic behind Kristy. Who appears to be laughing at them..

Friday, July 06, 2012


I had one of the above mini Dynamite mags. I believe I had the Book Of Yuks, but I'm not 100% sure it was that one. I do know that I had both larger mags pictured that could be ordered (Leif Garrett and The Muppets). I wasn't going to post this one, since it wasn't part of the decade, but I found the pic when I found the one for the previous post and didn't want to not use it. I really loved the cereal premiums we used to get back then. Usually I got the cereal that had the best premium, and I'd stand for twenty five minutes in the cereal aisle trying to decide which cereal to get. I haven't looked at cereal boxes lately to see what kind of premiums are offered, since I don't really eat cereal anymore, but I have a feeling premiums are a thing of the past. How sad.

Thursday, July 05, 2012


Had it. Although it really didn't live up to the hype, I have to say...

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I have to confess: I don't always keep in touch with my family like I should..

A friend and I visited a woman we both knew in Wellfleet Massachusetts. While we were sitting in her living room, my friend was going through The Cape Cod Times and came across the obituary section. He looked up and said "Isn't your grandfather's name Arnold W****?" I said "Yeah he lives in South Yarmouth". My friend replied: "His funeral's tomorrow..."