Lordy, Lordy, who is 40?

In 1974

Disney made Herbie Rides Again, The Bears and I, The Castaway Cowboy and The Island at the Top of the World (I haven’t heard of most of these)…

…came movies I have heard of like The Godfather: Part II, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Chinatown, The Exorcist, The Great Gatsby (the original one with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow), The Man With the Golden Gun (how many different James Bonds has there been? Roger Moore did the most James Bond films), Murder on the Orient Express, and a lot of movies I have never heard of. Doesn’t matter I haven’t seen any of these movies either…

…books were published like Carrie by Stephen King, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Blubber by Judy Blume, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Snow White by Paul Heins, and Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press (why is it RAOK didn’t become very popular until recent years?)…

…people watched All in the Family (CBS), Sanford and Son (NBC), Chico and the Man (NBC), The Jeffersons (CBS), M*A*S*H (CBS), Rhoda (CBS), Good Times (CBS), The Waltons (CBS), Maude (CBS) and Hawaii Five-O (CBS) (notice how there are only 3 channels)…

…the top Billboard Hits inlcuded “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band, “You’re Sixteen” by Ringo Starr, “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand, “Dark Lady” by Cher, “Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver, “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede, “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John, “The Loco-Motion” by Grand Funk, “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney & Wings, “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” by Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods, “I Shot the Sheriff” by Eric Clapton, “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas, and “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin…

  • Just prior to Saigon’s capture by North Vietnamese forces, the last remaining U.S. personnel were evacuated from Vietnam
    The average cost of a new house was $34,900.00
    The cost of a gallon of gas was 55 cents
    The average cost of a new car was $3,750.00
    The average income per year was $13,900.00
    The average monthly rent was $185.00
    The Sears Tower in Chicago became the worlds tallest building
    The much hyped boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali for Ali to regain his heavyweight title took place in Kinshasa, Zaire
    Following impeachment hearings started on May 9th, Richard Nixon became the first US president forced to resign after the Watergate Scandal
    The estimate of The Worlds’ Population reached 4 billion
    Work began on the 800 mile long Alaska Oil pipeline
    The MRI Scanner (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) was developed in the USA
    The post-it note was invented by Arthur Fry. It became widely used and available in 1980
    21 year-old Michael Kittredge opened his Yankee Candle factory
    After several decades of deciding how to do it, the first U.P.C. scanner was installed. The first product to have a bar code included was a packet of Wrigley’s Gum…

…stars were born; such as: Leonardo DiCaprio (actor), Christian Bale (actor), Amy Adams (actor), Penelope Cruz (actor), Joaquin Phoenix (actor), Hilary Swank (actor), Rey Mysterio Jr (wrestler), Derek Jeter (retired Yankee), Lil Kim (rapper), and Nelly (rapper) to name a few. There were a lot of well known actors born that year. Must have been the end of US in Vietnam, all those men coming home…

…And 6 weeks early, along came little ole ME.me

 

 

 

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