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We Can't Be That Old!
by Turtle Jones
I don't know which one of us came up with this topic, but either way, my brain is really itching to go into the "off" position tonight. Me, I'm just itching to get on the couch and watch the Ohio State game until I doze off. But we've got to write and we had to come up with a topic and one of us said something about things that happened the year we were born. So be it.
Turtle can't be that old.
So what happened in the year I was born?
Watergate was happening. Black September was ruining Israels chance of winning any gold medals. U2 was getting an inspiration for one of their first hits and a bunch of rugby players were eating each other in the Andes mountains.
So not much.
Or so you think. Remember that Vietnam was still going on. War crimes and atrocities were happening. Did we win or lose. To some iyt didn't matter anymore. To some the only word on their lips were justice. And they weren't getting any. So they prompty escaped the military jail they were in. Being accused of a crime they did not commit, they escaped to LA using their wits, some wire and a few car batteries. Assuming the identity of an has been actor, a male prostitute, a gold wearing mohawked pimp and a crazy man who just needed to be left alone.
They are out there. Always being chased by the military police for the crime of being proud Americans who help out the sick and poor while vowing to only shoot out the tires of the enemies cars. Driving in the Van of Justice, they will help you. If you can find them.
One day the great injustice will be righted. One day their crimes were be pardoned and the horrible year will be forgotten like G. Gordon Liddy's radio show.
B until then....
We always have reruns of their exploits to remind us of their great sacrafice.
And Little House on the Prairie started! - T
Michele is that old:
It was kind of boring year, if you're looking for earth shattering news. Or at least something exciting like rugby players eating each other. Maybe what I mean is shocking. not exciting. In a Weekly World News sort of way.
Cuban Missile Crisis
Being two months old at the time, I really had no stake in this thing at the time. But years later, this would all play part in my fear of the Russians and my anxiety that the cold war was going to break loose at any second and those damn Commies would bomb us out of our underpants. The air raid drills in school didn't help my fears any. However, the whole missile crisis/cold war thing came in handy in the 1980 Olympics when the hatred of Russia was turned into a patriotic war cry to rally together to cheer on our hockey team.
Amazing Fantasy #15
Spider Man would later become one of my gateway drugs to the world of obsessive comic book collecting.
Other than those things, there were a lot of terrorist attacks overseas and an awful lot of plane crashes and nothing much interesting unless you count the birth of CC Deville, Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose and Jon Bon Jovi as interesting. I'm thinking there was some kind of devil pact/hair metal thing going on that year. -M
So what happened the year you were born?
Turtle and Michele know that you are only as old as you feel. So we're both around 96.