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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:33 PM
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1977
Farrah Fawcett
Star Wars
Pop Rocks
Saturday Night Fever
The Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players
Steve Martin
The Electric Light Orchestra
The Chevy Van (with fantasy airbrush artwork on side)
ABBA
The Apple II, the Commodore PET, and the TRS-80
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
CHiPs
The Shining
Plato's Retreat

AIDS, global warming, the "War on Terra", and Britney Spears had not yet invaded our lives and minds.

That was a good year. It was a great f-ing year.
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smbolisnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:34 PM
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1. But I wasn't born until 1979.
:shrug:
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:35 PM
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3. You missed out
I'm so sorry.

But hopefully, when the pendulum swings the other way (as it inevitably must), we can have another 1977 again.
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smbolisnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:36 PM
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8. It's OK...I still got to grow up in the 80's!
And they were pretty cool :P
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:37 PM
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9. me too
what month?
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smbolisnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:42 PM
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20. November :) nt
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:43 PM
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21. nice
october here.
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NeoTraitors Donating Member (351 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:37 PM
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12. 1977
When I think of 1977, I think of Punk Rock. Take that bloated Rock opera and disco!
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:41 PM
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36. Me too. Sex Pistols and Talking Heads both debuted albums in '77
Elvis had to die so punk could be born. :P
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:35 PM
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2. Jimmy Carter
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:35 PM
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4. My wife graduated from H.S.
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luvLLB Donating Member (394 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:09 PM
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30. me too.
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Ann Arbor Dem Donating Member (900 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 06:31 PM
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45. Me three. n/t
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Ekirh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:35 PM
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5. Stupid Question probably...
I thought the Shining was 1980...

are you talking about the book or movie? (I ask because I don't know when the book was published)
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:37 PM
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10. The book came out in '77
At the time, I thought it was one of the greatest pieces of literature ever published. King was the most magnificent writer since H.P. Lovecraft.
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Ekirh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:38 PM
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15. Thanks for the clarification...
"The Shining" is indeed my favorite book of all time. So yes, that is a damn good reason to call 77 a good year.

Also with this post.. I am out of the 700 club.
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:41 PM
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19. Congratulations!!
:party:
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 10:41 PM
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50. i loved "the stand"
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:36 PM
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6. I was in High School and met my first real girlfriend
It was a good year
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:36 PM
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7. I would add "Annie Hall" to that list...
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JimmyJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:37 PM
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11. Since it's earworm day!
in 1977 i hope i go to heaven
cos i been too long on the dole
and i can't work at all

danger stranger
you better paint your face
no elvis, beatles, or the rolling stones
in 1977

in 1977
knives in west 11
lent so lucky to be rich
sten guns in knightsbridge

danger stranger
you better paint your face
no elvis, beatles or the rolling stones
in 1977

in 1977
you're on the never never
you think it can't go on forever
but the papers say it's better
i don't care 'cos i'm not all there
no elvis, beatles or the rolling stones

in 1977
sod the jubilee
in 1978
in 1979
stayed in bed
in 1980
in 1981
the toilet don't work
in 1982
in 1983
here come the police
in 1984
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:38 PM
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13. I finished my BA
***taking a bow***
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:38 PM
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14. Oops
Edited on Wed May-18-05 03:39 PM by UdoKier
Never mind, I see you meant the book.

Amazing that the Apple II and TRS 80 go that far back...
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:39 PM
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16. The year I was conceived and still in my mom's belly!
I didn't pop out until 1978!
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:40 PM
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17. I was in college then
Lids were ten bucks. Life was good.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:40 PM
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18. Don't forget "Close Encounters", and the Luke Skywalker shag cut.
Every kid I knew grew his hair out to get that disco dance-floor shag look. It was especially surprising considering I grew up on military bases, and our fathers hated all that long hair on their sons. My father is a left-leaning moderate, shocking enough in an Army officer, but he was ramrod straight, squared-away Army all the way. My brother and I routinely got the Army haircut known as the "medium trim". We were officer's sons and were by God gonna LOOK like it. When Luke Skywalker shot to the top of every boy's heroes list and we grew our hair out, Army fathers all over the post shook with rage.

What fun. How I miss 1977.
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 06:44 PM
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46. I opted for the Han Solo "do"
I thought that Han Solo was the ultimate in coolness.
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Aiptasia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:44 PM
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22. reflections
Amy Carter
The Space Shuttle
The Ayatollah
Jordache Jeans
Polo cologne
Dance Fever
Low Riders
Son of Sam
Emergency!
The Timex Sinclair 1000, Atari 2600 and the Texas Instruments TI-994A
Rappers Delight
Aspen Cola
Slime
Solid Gold
Pablo Cruise
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:54 PM
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24. I forgot about the Space Shuttle
I remember being so excited that they named it Enterprise.
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rppper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 06:59 PM
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47. man the shuttle was soooooo cool then......
Edited on Wed May-18-05 07:01 PM by rppper
i remember seeing it at Ellington AFB near Houston, riding piggy-back on that huge 747....there were thousands of people there to see the next big thing with the space program....it was a godsend for Houston, which was banking on the shuttle for aerospace jobs and a bigger role for NASA at the time.

now i live 60 miles from KSC...i have probably seen 15 shuttle launches., the night launches being truly awe inspiring. i miss the shuttle launches...i am anxiously awaiting the next launch....you feel and hear the rumble a few minutes after it launches, even as far away as daytona. i don't know anyone who doesn't still go outside to see the shuttle go up. thats a testament in and on itself....

i had almost forgotten about the shuttle at Ellington way back then...it's good to remember those times...it's a crying shame they are gone.......
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 10:47 PM
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52. I was geek enough to write a letter to NASA
urging them to name the space shuttle the Enterprise. I was beyond overjoyed when it succeeded!

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Dukkha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:45 PM
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23. I was 7 then and saw Star Wars
Tonight the circle is complete!
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:56 PM
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25. Senior year in high school
and first fall in college--yes, it was a great year!

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Elivis died on the toilet.
Sadat and Begin made peace between Egypt and Israel.
"New Wave" was getting big--Blondie, The Cars, Pretenders, Talking Heads (first album "77")
The Baake decision in the US Supreme Court (not good)
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 03:57 PM
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26. Ooh man, yes, it was a great year, a great time to be young and alive
I feel sorry for the generation of kids that have followed me. I grew up in a time when the liberal promise of the sixties and early seventies hadn't gone sour. When AIDS was unknown, and the worst you had to fear from sex was getting your girlfriend pregnant, anything that you caught was curable. Yeah, stagflation and the high gas prices were a bit of a problem, but damn, we had leadership that was willing to do something, not just mouth polite nothings and tell you to go shopping. People weren't polarized as they are now, especially since Watergate had shut down the 'Pugs for a little while. Morals and religion were on a live and let live basis, and it wasn't something you thrust upon others, and if you did, people from all sides of the spectrum would call out the offending person for being a rude idiot.

Punk music was just starting to energize the music scene, you could wander down most streets smoking a joint and at worst, at least where I lived, you would only get popped with a ticket and your stash would be confiscated. There were more original movie concepts, it just wasn't an ongoing rehash of hackneyed plots and third rate TV shows. The news actually reported what was going on, and every journalist wanted to be the next Woodward or Bernstein.

Damn, I'm starting to sound like my parents and their maudelin meanderings. I know, I know, there were problems and pitfalls, and that I'm glossing over things in my old age. But damnit, it was a better period, a friendlier time in our country's history, the last, final sweetness, like a beautiful day in late autumn. But then Reagan took power, and the fundies felt empowered, and it started becoming fashionable to be rude, crude and intolerant. Peace, love, and flower power turned into Greed is Good and U-S-A, U-S-A. And it has been going to shit ever since.

I'm sorry for those of you who have came after, and I admire you and your courage and durability. I constantly marvel that today's kids aren't more fucked up than they are, having to deal with all of this insane shit on top of going through all the angst and ecstasy of adolesence. I feel like my generation let you down somehow, that we squandered our good fortune. But I tried to keep it from going all to hell, and in some small ways I've had success. And damn, I won't stop trying to make this a better place until the day I die. For I don't want to live in a world where hope is replaced by fear, and freedom replaced by tyranny. Besides, I owe it to those who come after to pay it forward, as my parents did for me.
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maveric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:02 PM
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27. My 21st birthday!
Saw a Led Zep concert, A Lynard Skynard concert, smoked a lot of weed...
A great year for MAveRiC!
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newfaceinhell Donating Member (216 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:07 PM
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28. Marquee Moon & Pink Flag
Nice!
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warrens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:08 PM
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29. Knives in W11
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:11 PM
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31. I was running around in little bell bottoms
and cords and multi-striped turtlenecks.

I believe I had a "Dorothy Hamill" wedge haircut that year.

Let's see, that would have been late elementary school. Ah, yes, the Carter years.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:33 PM
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32. ABBA?
I was thinking about Talking Heads "77" or maybe Elvis Costello "My Aim is True"
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:36 PM
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33. 1977
leftofthedial and mrs. leftofthedial tied the knot

2005
they untie it.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:36 PM
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34. Don't forget Aja
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:38 PM
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35. I was drinking beer with a young woman ...
... in the bushes surrounding a college parking lot. It was the very first time I truly felt like a college student.

I eventually switched my major to Biology because of her. There were very few women in the engineering classes I was taking, and none of them were anything like her. She could run ten miles with me in the morning and ace a Chemistry exam in the afternoon.

At some point I should have asked her out on a date, or simply kissed her, but I never did. Instead I wasted most of my free time in the computer labs.
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Bzzzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 04:42 PM
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37. I graduated...
and had my first child in 1977.
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scarlett1 Donating Member (427 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 05:09 PM
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38. I graduated from high school in '77
" Oh Thank Heaven for '77" was our motto
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geniph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 05:42 PM
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39. I graduated from high school
and I thought all the music royally sucked...at that point, radio here was still playing all the disco shit.

Here's my senior picture:


I don't look a whole lot different now. Just a little saggier here and there.
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 06:28 PM
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44. Wow
Thanks for posting that. I would have gone out with you, if you wouldn't have minded going out with a 13-year-old Star Wars freak.
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geniph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 02:20 PM
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59. 13 might have been a little bit young...
but then again, I was only 16 myself. I was dating a 15-year-old when I was 17, a year later - and I was a Star Wars geek too.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 05:46 PM
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40. the year I met Jackson Browne and entered high school
those were the highlights
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 05:51 PM
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41. We bought our first home....
my sons were 5 and 3, and my daughter was 3 years away!

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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 06:11 PM
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42. I turned 11 in the summer of that year.
And I saw Star Wars. :)
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 06:22 PM
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43. Finished up freshman year in college in Spring of 77.
It was a great year, wasn't it?
:D
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 09:45 PM
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48. It certainly was one of my best years
It seemed like nothing could go wrong that year.

But then 1978 came with a vengeance
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shawmut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 09:53 PM
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49. Top 10 Songs 5/18/1977
28 years ago today ... :)


1 - Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
2 - When I Need You - Leo Sayer
3 - Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
4 - I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
5 - Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye
6 - Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
7 - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky") - Bill Conti
8 - Hotel California - Eagles
9 - Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
10 - Lucille - Kenny Rogers
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geniph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 02:21 PM
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60. BARF!
See, that's why I tell people the songs from the year I graduated (which they INSIST on playing at every reunion) sucked - I mean the top-40 crap sucked. On the other hand, the emergence of punk and new wave breathed a whole new life into rock & roll, which was otherwise trying to die on the vine.
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 10:42 PM
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51. punk rock
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 10:51 PM
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53. My dad died
Buzzy Linhart stayed at my house for 3 days
I promoted concerts in Massachusetts
I was crazy
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libnnc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 10:56 PM
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54. My dad died too
Jan. 26, '77.

I was 6 and very angry.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:52 AM
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57. Aug 28 or 29 or 30. Like I said, I was crazy
I was 28 and so angry I drank to oblivion for the next 10 years.
Still miss him, even tho I hated him.
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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 11:12 PM
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55. I was born 10/31/77
it was a great year, i suppose
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 11:49 PM
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56. The year I went to Hawaii and Japan for the first time
One of the most momentous years of my life. :-)
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Corgigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:55 AM
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58. My first full year out of High School
Had some BS job but did plenty of partying and driving around in my ole green hatchback Vega. Good year, except for the Vega of course.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 02:23 PM
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61. Moved back to the U.S.
Had my first crush
Started pre-puberty
Learned how to disco dance
Jimmy Carter

Yeah, it was a pretty darned good year.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 02:31 PM
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62. Niki Lauda bounces back from being disfigured and nearly killed in a crash
And is Formula One World Champion again:
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Samurai_Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 02:59 PM
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63. Bella in 1977
I was 16, listening to Rush, Heart, KISS, Aerosmith, ZZTop, etc.

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