Category Archives: People

Hudson & Landry

Hudson & Landry were a very underrated American comedy team who wrote and recorded four gold albums in the 1970s: Hanging In There (1971), Losing Their Heads (1972), Right-Off! (1972), and The Weird Kingdom (1974). Their “Ajax Liquor Store” sketch from 1971 is a comedy classic and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

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Silver Jubilee

The 1977 Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II was a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. It featured large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth throughout the year, peaking in June with “Jubilee Days,” coinciding with the Queen’s official birthday.

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REMEMBER DUANE ALLMAN

Duane Allman, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, died October 29, 1971, from injuries in a motorcycle accident on Hillcrest Avenue in Macon, Georgia. In 1973, four fans carved a seven foot high “REMEMBER DUANE ALLMAN” in a dirt embankment along Interstate Highway 20 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. It remained visible for ten years.

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Taylor Camp

In 1969 Howard Taylor, brother of Elizabeth, bailed out a motley group of thirteen young Hawaiians jailed for vagrancy and invited them to camp on his ocean front land. It wasn’t long before word spread and scores of hippies, surfers and troubled Vietnam vets migrated to Taylor Camp and built a clothing-optional, pot-hazed treehouse village at the end of a road on Kauai’s North Shore.

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Magician Doug Henning

After graduating from university, Canadian Doug Henning was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant for the purpose of studying magic. He went on to develop the magic-based stage show “Spellbound”, which ran successfully in Toronto before transitioning to Broadway as “The Magic Show”. Debuting in 1974, the show ran for four and a half years, and earned Henning a Tony Award nomination.

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Future Shock

Future Shock is a book written by the futurist Alvin Toffler and published in 1970. Toffler defined the term “future shock” as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. A short definition as stated by Toffler – a personal perception of “too much change in too short a period of time”. The book stemmed from an article “The Future as a Way of Life” in Horizon magazine’s Summer 1965 issue.

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Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert

In 1972, ABC Television hired song publisher Don Kirshner as an executive producer and consultant for their new “In Concert” music series which ran every other week in The Dick Cavett Show slot. The show, featuring acts like Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and The Steve Miller Band, was highly successful, even occasionally topping NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The following year, Kirshner left “In Concert” to launch his own syndicated weekly rock program, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.” On September 27, 1973, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” premiered featuring The Rolling Stones first American television performance in over four years.

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Wikepedia says…

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. It was first published in 1970 as “Jonathan Livingston Seagull — a story.” By the end of 1972, over a million copies were in print, Reader’s Digest had published a condensed version, and the book had reached the top of the New York Times Best Seller list, where it remained for 38 weeks. In 1972 and 1973, the book topped the Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States.

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