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Posts tagged ‘1970′s’

A bit wobbly

June 15th, 2017

In the years before Lil Bro was born, both my parents held full-time jobs. My father worked a regular 9-to-5 gig doing quality control for a local defense contractor and my mother worked evening shifts as a nurse’s aide at an assisted living facility a couple of blocks away from her parents’ place. This was […]

Can the can

June 14th, 2017

In times of crisis, I have found it helpful to look back to an simpler equally chaotic and confusing time in search of answers bizarre shit to marvel at through fragmentary memory and a thick nostalgic haze. Sure, things may look pretty grim on a global scale in 2017, but they still haven’t sunk to […]

Another Monday, another truncated ‘n’ squished collection of pop hits from the polyester apocalypse of the early 1970s. The album is the creatively titled 22 Explosive Hits, Vol 2, released by K-Tel in 1972. I purchased it for the same reason I purchased the thematically similar Believe in Music compilation — to cheaply acquire a […]

Drive in, nod off

May 26th, 2017

During the social media hub-bub surrounding the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars’ cinematic debut, some folks in my circle recalled the various venues where they first beheld the film. It was much more interesting than the discussions about the franchise itself, which has been all but talked to death at this point. I can remember […]

Knowledge is a drug

March 31st, 2017

Before heading out to see the live-action Beauty and the Beast flick last Tuesday, Maura and I took a side trip out to Wilmington to return a pair of cable boxes to the local Comcast storefront. It wasn’t until we got there that we learned the place had relocated to one of the mixed-use developments […]

Know thy self, inc.

February 22nd, 2017

I’ve been dicking around on the internet for almost twenty-five years now. In that time, I’ve seen multiple childhood mysteries clarified by either active searches or chance encounters. Stuff that was once confined to the realm of hazy memory or dismissed as ancient fever dreams have been given names faces, titles or — occasionally — […]

Presents and accounted for

December 22nd, 2016

Following up on Monday’s post about my Seventies holiday memories, here’s a quick and incomplete rundown of some of the cherished childhood treasures Saint Nick deposited beneath my family’s artificial tree. The first on the chronological list would be Fisher-Price’s Sesame Street playset, complete with Little People figures of the show’s principal characters, a garbage […]

Have a mellow, jello Christmas

December 19th, 2016

When most folks think of a “traditional Christmas,” they envision old Currier & Ives prints of holiday revels or the bustle of mid-century downtown shopping district before Woolworth’s and Goring’s gave way to vape shops and title loan places. For this sad casualty of the X Generation, however, the notion of traditional Christmas is firmly […]

A good percentage of my childhood comics collection came from flea markets, where the unsalable overstock of the still-unfolding Bronze Age was dumped into battered longboxes and sold for two bits a pop. New issues were a prized rarity — and a double-edged sword, because a cliff-hanger ending could leave one dangling for months or […]

Last night, I got caught up in a Twitter discussion about the flood of largely forgotten sci-fi and fantasy shows which came and went on network TV during the late Seventies and early Eighties. It devolved, as these conversations tend to do, into an extended back-and-forth of hey-do-you-remembers annotated with the appropriate YouTube links. I’m […]

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